Flavors of Asia in the Sierra Foothills

THE BROADWAY MUSICAL MISS SAIGON IS coming to the foothills this spring. Asian culture has been an integral part of our region’s past.
In the mid-to-late-1800s, the area received a flurry of activity during the Gold Rush and later, the building of the first transcontinental railroad.
The building that houses Sopa Thai in Nevada City was in [...]

Tahoe City’s “Tahoe House” coffee honored at Sochi Winter Olympics

For years, we have happily distributed our magazine at the Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet in Tahoe City, and we have featured the bakery in our magazine. We’re also regular customers.
Now the word is out in Sochi. “Best coffee in the world — Tahoe House,” reads a plate on the wall in the U.S. Hospitality [...]

Pet-friendly trips in Tahoe-Truckee and Sierra Foothills

MORE PEOPLE ARE TRAVELING with their pets, on the road and in the air. Last year about 30 million people vacationed with their pets, with dogs leading the pack, according to the Travel Industry Association of America.
Dogs love summer vacation, and Tahoe-Truckee and the foothills are top choices for travelers.
They offer a wide range of [...]

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 a new [...]

Picnic opens in Tahoe City for gourmet “to go”

A new cafe called Picnic has opened in Tahoe City for gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, homemade soup, artisan ice cream and — yes — picnic baskets. Its motto: “fresh, seasonal & sweet to-go.”
“Just found this little gem over where Baskin Robins used to be,” in the Safeway shopping center at 950 North Lake Blvd, as [...]

Ironman Lake Tahoe set for Sept. 22

IRONMAN Lake Tahoe, set in one of the world’s premier vacation destinations, will offer athletes a beautiful, challenging experience in a picturesque venue. The inaugural event is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, and will be the first full-distance IRONMAN event in California since 2001.
 “Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty and experience in hosting world-class endurance events [...]

Tahoe Teas: reflecting healthy mountain lifestyle

TAHOE TEAS EMBODY JOY, wellness and health through herbal blends and certified organic teas. “I always wanted to start a company that reflects our healthy Tahoe lifestyle,” says Alenka Vrecek, founder of Tahoe Teas.
The Tahoe City resident grew up in Slovenia where she spent a lot of time with her grandparents in the foothills [...]

Tahoe’s West Shore: Unspoiled beauty

IMAGINE KAYAKING OR PADDLE BOARDING OVER sparkling blue water, and hiking or biking along a pine- covered path by the shoreline.
Or waking up in a cabin or lodge to the sound of birds and fresh smell of pine trees. Lodges, with old-world names such as Granlibakken, also have a sparkling swimming pool and tennis [...]