Food

Diegos restaurant: A hidden gem in Grass Valley

Diegos restaurant: A hidden gem in Grass Valley

TUCKED AWAY IN A LEAFY GREEN neighborhood of Victorian-style houses in Grass Valley, Diegos restaurant is a hidden gem. It takes you on a journey to South America with fresh, delicious food, eclectic decor and a shaded patio with colorful plants. “A really interesting, tasty little place that I go to whenever I visit...

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Where to go for summer drinks in the Sierra Foothills and Tahoe

Where to go for summer drinks in the Sierra Foothills and Tahoe

CAROLINES COFFEE ROASTERS When the “Good Day Sacramento” television crew recently was visiting western Nevada County, it knew where to go for a good cup of coffee: Carolines Coffee Roasters in downtown Grass Valley. Now that summer has arrived, we recommend a Mocha Freeze from Carolines. The drink is a blend of...

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Cooking classes at Tess’ Kitchen Store and BriarPatch this summer

Cooking classes at Tess’ Kitchen Store and BriarPatch this summer

“WE’RE TALKING ABOUT COOKING MORE, but survey research confirms we’re cooking less and buying more prepared meals,” as food activist Michael Pollan explains in his book Cooking. Pollan explains the paradox by theorizing, “We might not feel we have the time, energy or knowledge to do it ourselves every...

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Best Al Fresco dining in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee-Tahoe

Best Al Fresco dining in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee-Tahoe

HERE ARE SOME ENJOYABLE OUTDOOR DINING spots in our region: DIEGOS Diegos has a charming outdoor patio, featuring original tile work, a trellis and colorful plantings. The eclectic surroundings are redolent of a neighborhood Latin America café, with food ranging from lomito sandwiches (roast, shredded pork) to fish...

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Our Sierra Foothills “Beer Barons”

Our Sierra Foothills “Beer Barons”

FROM THE GOLD RUSH TO PROHIBITION, our region was the West Coast beer capital. With easy access to mountain spring water, locally grown hops and barley, and refrigerated rail cars for shipping, it’s easy to see how Sacramento once was home to the largest brewery west of the Mississippi. Now craft beer is booming...

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Wine

Is Pink the new White?

Is Pink the new White?

WHITE WINE, SUCH AS CHARDONNAY, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and more recently Viognier,...


Farmers markets can now offer wine tasting

Farmers markets can now offer wine tasting

CALIFORNIANS CAN SAMPLE FRUIT, cheese and veggies at a farmers market but not wine....


Wine tasting in Grass Valley

Wine tasting in Grass Valley

VISIT GRASS VALLEY’S DOWNTOWN tasting rooms, where you can sip award-winning...


Food, wine & music at Grass Valley wineries

Food, wine & music at Grass Valley wineries

THE WINERIES IN NAPA, SONOMA, El Dorado and Amador counties are often crowded in...


Foothills wineries win big in State Fair wine tasting competition

Foothills wineries win big in State Fair wine tasting competition

Sierra Foothills wineries, from Auburn to Lincoln to Grass Valley and Nevada City,...


Naggiar Vineyards’ WineFest starts in June

Naggiar Vineyards’ WineFest starts in June

CALIFORNIA’S WINERIES AND VINEYARDS are its second most popular visitor attraction...


Bud break at Sierra Vintners’ wineries

Bud break at Sierra Vintners’ wineries

As the weather warms, the vineyards begin to wake up from their dormancy and green...


Tasting notes: Wine tasting in Grass Valley, Fawnridge and Van Howd and more

Tasting notes: Wine tasting in Grass Valley, Fawnridge and Van Howd and more

FOOTHILLS CELEBRATION The Foothills Celebration in Grass Valley on Saturday, March...


Naggiar: “Double Gold” medals, winter food & wine events

Naggiar: “Double Gold” medals, winter food & wine events

“AMERICA’S FAVORITE RESTAURANT,” says Open Table, “is at a winery.” St....


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Art

InConcert Sierra: from orchestral favorites to pianist Alessio Bax

InConcert Sierra: from orchestral favorites to pianist Alessio Bax

INCONCERT SIERRA HAS BEEN INNOVATING since it began in 1946. The group has traveled...


Peter Pan comes to Nevada City from July 10-August 2

Peter Pan comes to Nevada City from July 10-August 2

THIS YEAR MARKS THE 110TH ANNIVERSARY of the stage debut of J.M. Barrie’s Peter...


Nevada County’s music scene this summer: Benoit to Jewel

Nevada County’s music scene this summer: Benoit to Jewel

LANDING THE ICONIC STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL at its Fairgrounds in September is a...


Lake Tahoe Music Festival: Serenades at Sunset

Lake Tahoe Music Festival: Serenades at Sunset

FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS, LAKE TAHOE MUSIC Festival attendees have enjoyed warm summer...


Valhalla Festival: arts, culture, music & theatre

Valhalla Festival: arts, culture, music & theatre

THE 34TH ANNUAL VALHALLA Art, Music & Theatre Festival at Tahoe Tallac Estates...


Watch Shakespeare under the stars this summer

Watch Shakespeare under the stars this summer

ENTERTAINMENT, FOOD, FAMILY and friends will converge under the stars on the scenic...


Studio tours & art walks this summer

Studio tours & art walks this summer

OUR REGION’S ARTISTIC TALENT is showcased at open studio tours and art walks....


Sierra Storytelling Festival: tales that connect generations

Sierra Storytelling Festival: tales that connect generations

FOR ONE MAGICAL WEEKEND IN JULY, settle back and hear stories unfold beneath the...


Starry, Starry Night at Empire Mine State Park

Starry, Starry Night at Empire Mine State Park

NEVADA COUNTY HOSTS ELEGANT affairs at historic sites: the Julia Morgan-designed...


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