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  • Truckee Tavern and Grill

    By Priya Hutner on October 1, 2014
    By Priya Hutner ·  Owner Chris St. Martin with Chef Donovan Webb and co-owner Ryan Dierks. I sat down with owners Ryan Dierks and Chris St. Martin of the newly opened Truckee Tavern and Grill to share a meal recently. The ambience is warm, woody and super cozy. Classic rock music gives the restaurant a nostalgic aura. Pasta with fresh […]
  • Take flight in four easy steps

    By Lou Phillips on October 1, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  Christa Finn and Dean Schaecher at The Pour House ·  A wine flight can be defined as enjoying multiple, taste-sized pours of wine that are served together. Another meaning can be that a path to wine knowledge can be seen as a soaring journey. I like both as metaphors, so here we go. Wine flighting (invented […]
  • Butterscotch Sauce

    By Chef David “Smitty” Smith on October 1, 2014
    By Chef David “Smitty” Smith ·  Do you believe in coincidences? Oops, I think I read one time that you’re not supposed to start an article with a question. Actually, I think a long time ago I did this same thing. Could it be déjà vu? I don’t remember getting a fat lip and my knuckles busted by my editor, […]
  • Tasty Tidbits

    By The Weekly on October 1, 2014
    Courtesy Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop ·  Spend the day at Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop Wine enthusiasts, food connoisseurs and dedicated shoppers will be able to indulge themselves with some of the finest vintages matched with delicious food samples as they shop and stroll in the historic downtown Truckee from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 4. Tickets for […]
  • Fat Cat Bar & Grill

    By Priya Hutner on September 24, 2014
    By Priya Hutner ·  Fat Cat Café in Tahoe City ·  Thai Lettuce Wrap with tofu It’s nearly fall in Tahoe City and the streets and shops buzz with activity. I breeze into Fat Cat Bar & Grill to check out the food. I arrive after a busy lunch hour and before the dinner hour starts. There are a few […]
  • Wines for the fall

    By Lou Phillips on September 24, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  Insert your favorite lengthy autumn word-picture here. I’m saving my space allotment to talk about wines that brighten our change of season. With the whites, we could go to rice-aged Chardonnays and spicy Gewurztraminers, but let’s save those for winter. We are going to look at – and drink – Viogniers, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blancs. […]
  • Rubs

    By Chef David “Smitty” Smith on September 24, 2014
    By Chef David “Smitty” Smith ·  Wow, have I gotten a lot of comments on steaks this last week and the seasoning article hadn’t even hit the stands yet. Most of the talk was about flavoring a steak and by the time you get to read this article, you will have already read the article on the timing of seasoning […]
  • Spindleshanks delights at new location

    By Priya Hutner on September 17, 2014
    By Priya Hutner ·  Grand Reopening Sept. 28 | 3 p.m. $25 | $10 kids Spindleshanks American Bistro and Bar has recently relocated from its former Tahoe Vista locale to its new location at the Old Brockway Golf Course. I arrived at the large log cabin building to sample the food on the cusp of breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is […]
  • Wines that age

    By Lou Phillips on September 17, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  Thanks to all for the comments and questions I received from the last column. Keep them coming. Two of the most popular questions have been about what makes wines that age well and how to start and maintain a wine collection. We will look at the first topic here, which will be a good set up […]
  • Seasoning steaks

    By Chef David “Smitty” Smith on September 17, 2014
    By Chef David “Smitty” Smith ·  Seasoning steaks sounds pretty simple and straight forward, right? Well, it is – sprinkle the steak with salt and pepper and cook for … how long? Although it is how long into the cooking process to season the steak that generates most of the controversy, even sprinkling the steak with salt and pepper is […]