“Kitchen Cabinets”: Friends & family who advise each other in a real kitchen

“Kitchen cabinet” politics is a group of unofficial advisers to a political leader—often more influential than the official cabinet. President Reagan’s “kitchen cabinet” included trusted old friends, as did the group assembled by Andrew Jackson in 1829. Next year, our new President will form his or her own “kitchen cabinet.”
The same is true when it [...]

Sierra Vintners Wine Trails on May 14, July 16 and September 24

THE FOOTHILLS HAVE SOME ENJOYABLE wine trail experiences on “roads less traveled”: “Grape Days of Summer” in Placer County, “Big Crush” in Amador County, and “Passport” in El Dorado County, among others.
Sierra Vintners, which includes wineries in Placer and Nevada Counties, is offering three regional wine trail experiences in 2016— in May, July and September. [...]

A “super bloom” of wildflowers this spring

This spring is going to be a “super bloom” of wildflowers, thanks to welcome El Niño rains after a prolonged drought. The biggest explosion of wildflowers in a decade is expected at Death Valley, one of the hottest and driest places on Earth.
In April, orange-and-gold California poppies carpet the hillsides in the foothills around Auburn, [...]

Spring events: Amgen bike race in Tahoe, art & wine walks, Nevada City soapbox derby, tulips

Springtime Events
Nevada City
April 9-10, 16-17
Springtime at Ananda
The annual event has become a Northern California tradition, drawing thousands of visitors to see the more than 16,000 tulips and flowering trees, set amid mountain vistas at Ananda Village near Nevada City.
CrystalHermitage.org
June 5
Nevada City Soapbox Derby
Cars compete on creativity and team spirit, not just speed. Teams race nearly [...]

Craft cocktail boom spreads to Foothills and Tahoe-Truckee

THE NEW-YORK BASED TELEVISION SHOW Sex and the City helped put craft cocktails on the map in the ’90s when Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw, regularly ordered “Cosmos” with her girlfriends.
“The idea that it’s not a date without cocktails was created by Sex and the City,” as Dale DeGroff, America’s foremost mixologist and a [...]

Food Trends: What’s hot for 2016

LOCAL SOURCING OF PRODUCE, meat and seafood are among the top restaurant trends for 2016, according to the National Restaurant Association’s annual culinary forecast. The survey, focusing on the responses of nearly 1,600 chefs, also identified continued interest in environmental sustainability as a trend.
Locally sourced meat and seafood rank at the top of the [...]

What’s new in Placer County and Nevada County CA in Winter 2016

Lake Tahoe
Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 4: Friday Night Tubing
Tube under the lights this winter at Tahoe Donner Snowplay until 6:30 p.m. TahoeDonner.com
March 3-13: North Lake Tahoe SnowFest
North Lake Tahoe celebrates its long winter season with SnowFest, a 10-day event TahoeSnowFestival.com
April 1-3: WinterWonderGrass Festival
Music, brews and mountains is the theme for the WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Festival, [...]

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 juice and [...]

Boutique Hotel in Auburn

The developer-operator behind the Gold Miners Inn/Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Grass Valley is proposing to build an 80-room boutique hotel, conference center and parking garage for about 120 cars in Old Town Auburn. It is at 150 Folsom Rd. “Auburn could benefit from an additional hotel property for special events, as well as [...]

Fine wine: A new offering at Tess’ Kitchen Store

TESS’ KITCHEN STORE IN HISTORIC Grass Valley has launched a wine program that includes retail sales, classes and two wine clubs. In April, Tess’ also expects to begin selling bottles of craft beer.
It is a milestone for Tess’ and represents a growing trend, the morphing of food, wine, and kitchenware into one shopping experience. Carpe [...]

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