Nevada City, Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe to host 2015 Amgen Tour of California

Editor’s note: Nevada City is a host city for the men’s race, and South Lake Tahoe is a host city for the women’s race. The race begins in Sacramento.
The Amgen Tour of California, presented by AEG, announced it will make its grand return to Sacramento, the capital of California, to kick off the 10th anniversary [...]

Home Sweet Home

SUMMER IN PROVENCE, ALASKA OR THE SOUTH PACIFIC SOUNDS WONDERFUL, but our own backyard offers an unforgettable vacation experience — from our Gold Rush towns to picturesque vineyards, to crystal-clear Lake Tahoe, to awe-inspiring Yosemite.
The Sierra and its foothills has rebounded from the recession with a more refined food, wine, craft beer, art and [...]

Sierra BrewFest draws from all over

CRAFT BEER ENTHUSIASTS gather at the Nevada County Fairgrounds August 23 for the 25th annual Sierra BrewFest, one of the oldest continuously running brewfests in California.
This year’s event will feature more than 100 hand-crafted beers from popular microbreweries, such as ol’ Republic Brewery, Auburn Alehouse, Out of Bounds Brewing Co. and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., [...]

Treat Street at the Nevada County Fair

The Nevada County Fair is famous for its Treat Street, which consists of food made from our local non-profit community organizations.
Huell Howser featured this infamous street on his show, California’s Golden Fairs, in 2010.
Try a pasty, nachos, a corn dog, a baked potato, an ice cream cone, tacos, corn on the cob, a rice bowl, [...]

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. shows farm-to-fork boom

SOME OF OUR FAVORITE FOOD PARADISES are in the Bay Area, such as the Ferry Building Marketplace or the Rockridge Market Hall. Now a vibrant community of farmers, artisan food sellers and artists is emerging in downtown Nevada City.
Located in the heart of the historic district on Commercial Street, it is anchored by Three Forks [...]

Our region’s “Beer Barons” show craft brew boom

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 in the [...]

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 Grass Valley,” [...]

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 homemade mocha mix with shots [...]

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 day, but we’re not prepared to see [...]

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 tacos. 217 Colfax Ave., GV. DiegosRestaurant.com
IKE’S QUARTER CAFE
Ike’s tree-covered [...]

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