Two Ironman events on September 21 in Lake Tahoe

For the first time nationally, IRONMAN® and IRONMAN® 70.3® race on the same day in North Lake Tahoe. Today IRONMAN announces that IRONMAN Lake Tahoe will pilot this dual program in North America. This format is well received by athletes in Asia-Pacific.
The IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Tahoe is the 25th race in the U.S. Series. IRONMAN [...]

New video: Campo Chef-Owner Mark Estee shares his “whole hog” culinary philosophy

Mark Estee is driven by a love for authentic ingredients that create true connections between land, farmer, food and diner. Whether it is hand-choosing his restaurant’s produce or meat from a local organic farm or developing new dishes based on his “Whole Hog Philosophy,” Estee believes in building full-flavored food using every portion of [...]

Why the Sierra and its foothills are a world-class destination

Recent accolades that make our region a world-class destination:
Cool Small Towns
Nevada City was just named the sixth coolest small town in America in Budget Travel’s 9th annual America’s Coolest Small Town contest. “Residents value the Gold Country town for its music and art scene, food and proximity to some of California’s amazing rivers, lakes and [...]

Tahoe Trips and Trails offers summer adventures

Panoramic vistas and the opportunity to climb 1,500 feet in elevation over a short distance are the biggest draws for adventure seekers from as close by as the San Francisco Bay Area and as far away as New York and Europe. Active adults who have a zest for adventure are looking for outdoor adventure concierge [...]

Fresh food teams in the Sierra Foothills

“FROM OUR COUNTY TO YOUR TABLE” is the theme of the California State Fair in July. It is well suited to our region, where chefs specialize in using fresh, local ingredients, including fruits and veggies, meats and poultry, and grains.
Examples include Ike’s Quarter Cafe in Nevada City; Newcastle Produce; Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli and [...]

Stella restaurant in Truckee features a “Culinary Tour de France” on May 10 and June 14

TRUCKEE IS KNOWN FOR ITS year-round outdoor activities. But it also is becoming a popular foodie destination, with menus that hold their own in any food-obsessed city.
Restaurant Trokay received a four-star review in the Sacramento Bee. More modest restaurants have recently opened, such as Marg’s Taco Bistro, Morgan’s Lobster Shack & Fish Market and Spice, [...]

Real Food on I-80

TRAVELERS ALONG I-80 NEEDN’T SETTLE FOR fast food on their way to the Sierra and back. Some of the region’s best eateries are just off the highway.
CAFÉ ZORRO
This restaurant, just off I-80 at Loomis, is a longtime local favorite and worth a stop. Its menu features seasonal fare such as fish, chicken, meat, salads and [...]

Truckee Dream Home

THE HGTV DREAM HOME IS HOME & Garden Television’s annual project house and sweepstakes, held since 1996. Past locations have included towns in Florida, New Mexico and Colorado.
The 2014 Dream Home is in Truckee, a coup for the Sierra mountain town. The 3,200-sq.-ft. home is in Schaffer’s Mill, set in the Martis Valley between Truckee [...]

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 [...]

The Sierra Foothills’ Pizza Heritage

ONE OF THE CULTURAL TRADITIONS BROUGHT TO the Gold Country by the Italian immigrants was the tradition of baking in stone ovens, popular for pizza-making. Around 100 stone ovens dot the countryside where the Italians settled, according to the Sacramento Italian Cultural Society.
Stella Restaurant in Truckee has a wood-fired oven, along with Sierra Knolls’ Bear [...]

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