Winter comfort food: Where to get it

CHEESE FONDUE FRIAR TUCKS Melted swiss gruyere & emmentaler cheeses, blended with wine and spices served with french bread, apples and mushrooms. 111 N Pine St., NC COQ AU VIN MATTEO’S PUBLIC Organic chicken breast with mushrooms in a delicate red wine sauce. Served with organic jasmine rice and seasonal vegetables. 300 Commercial St., […]

What’s in season: Farm, Food & Drink

NEPTUNE’S DELIGHT The Bloody Mary’s simple, two-ingredient base—tomato juice and vodka—lends itself to countless interpretations. We’ve sampled this cocktail in our region, and the “Neptune’s Delight” served at Morgan’s Lobster Shack in midtown Reno is a standout. The 22-ounce cocktail-meal consists of Chopin vodka and house-made Bloody Mary, topped with a crab leg, shrimp, Berkshire […]

Down home, hearty cuisine from restaurants in the foothills and Sierra

Some of our favorite fall dishes: SALCEDO DIEGOS RESTAURANT The sandwich features shredded pork or steak, topped with house-made coleslaw and peach barbecue sauce on a homemade Amasado bun. Diego’s Chilean-inspired South American cuisine includes sandwiches, street-style tacos, empanadas, grilled meats and fresh fish, all made fresh local, organic ingredients whenever possible. 217 Colfax Ave, […]

Tofanelli’s ownership celebrates 10th anniversary

April 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of ownership of Tofanelli’s casual Italian-American bistro and to celebrate, Tofanelli’s will offer a daily (except Sundays) $10 special on popular menu items such as prime rib tostadas, crab cakes, shrimp or chicken caesar salad and fish tacos. Husband and wife partners Frank Cooney and Susan Purdy purchased Tofanelli’s […]

Craft cocktails in Grass Valley, Auburn and Truckee

Here are some of our favorite spots for martinis and craft cocktails in Grass Valley, Auburn and Truckee: KANE’S The martini menu with 16 choices. “The Perfect Ten Martini” is Tangueray #10 gin and dry vermouth, shaken and garnished with three olives. “Classic Cosmo-tini” is made with Ketel One Vodka, all-natural triple sec, cran- berry […]

These are a few of our favorite things

Our Favorite Things for the Holidays CRAFT COCKTAILS Traditional cocktails and craft distilling are making a comeback. A new lounge is opening this fall in Nevada City called Golden Era, specializing in craft cocktails. In Auburn, California Distilled Spirits’ Darjeeling Gin is making a splash. It is served at Tofanelli’s in Grass Valley, among other […]

Grass Valley: Preserving the Past

“Dependence on a gold economy has given way to a much broader range of commercial enterprises, but due to the preservation of many of the original buildings, the Gold Rush legacy of the 1800s remains to delight and inspire visitors,” according to Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Grass Valley by the Grass Valley Historical Commission. Some […]

Craft Cocktails: Martinis & more for holiday cheer

THE MARTINI’S ORIGINS CAN BE TRACED back to a miner who struck gold in California during the Gold Rush, at least according to one popular theory. During the days of the Gold Rush, a miner struck it rich and walked into a bar—in Martinez—for a special drink to celebrate. The bartender put together what he […]

Fairs and Festivals in Grass Valley and Nevada City

GRASS VALLEY Historic Grass Valley is brimming with fall and holiday activities: Safe Trick or Treat for Preschoolers Thurs., October 31, pre-school aged children tour Mill St., closed to traffic, and receive candy from merchants. Holiday Open House Sat., November 9, a downtown Grass Valley holiday shopping event with store specials, food, music and more. […]

Craft beer booming in Sierra Foothills, Truckee-Tahoe

THE FOOTHILLS AND TAHOE-TRUCKEE are becoming a mecca for taphouses, brewpubs and craft beer breweries. Ol’ Republic Brewery in Nevada City just won city approval for an expansion that will quadruple its production. It will begin selling bottled beer this fall. Knee Deep Brewing received approval from the city of Auburn to expand operations to […]

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