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Holiday Treats!

If you’re on the hunt for some traditional holiday flavors, there are plenty of goodies around town! Here are a few of places that have the seasonal tastes you’re looking for: peppermint, pumpkin spice, ginger, and more!  The holiday season is all about splurging and indulging, so check out these local eateries for some holiday snacks; we won’t tell!

Dorinda’s Chocolates is a great place to start if you’re trying to satisfy your holiday sweet tooth. Here you will find peppermint truffles, made of peppermint butter cream dipped in dark chocolate; peppermint bark, and Pepper’ Minties. Dorinda’s also has eggnog brandy truffles, Jolly Bark, hot cocoa cones, and pumpkin caramel sauce, which will be delicious on just about anything!

The Chocolate Bar will also give you a sugar rush. Their hot chocolate comes in the classic chocolate option, but they also offer white chocolate and peppermint white chocolate to fit the season. Their list of chocolatey coctails are sure to please, as well. They have plenty of winter drinks, like the White Chocolate Raspberry or the Turtle Martini.

Wild River Grille is serving up some wintery cocktails. Their Gingered Apple Sparkler, made with apple liquor and ginger beer, reminds you of warm apple cider. The Mistle-Tonic, a mixture of gin, elderflower liquor, cranberries and mint, is definitely a holiday must. Wild River Grille also has two warm cocktails: the Rusty Apple (moonshine, elderflower liquor, apple cider, and a cinnamon stick) and the Wild River Cider (Captain Mogan’s Spiced Rum, house made orange brandy, and apple cider) that are sure to keep you nice and toasty during the cold season.

The menu at Homage Bakery is filled with yummy winter treats. They’ve got cinnamon danish rolls, maple bacon rolls, cranberry-creme rolls, and a pecan pie cookie that are sure to keep you happy! Homage also has a number of holiday pies and cakes available. “The Drunk Uncle” is a chocolate-bourbon cream pie that will satisfy all your relatives, “The Little Rascal” is a caramel apple streusel, and the Chai Spiced Apple Coffee Cake that will warm you right up!

chez louie celebrates one-year anniversary at Nevada Museum of Art

Congratulations to chez louie on their one-year anniversary at the Nevada Museum of Art!

It doesn’t get much better than being served a fresh, seasonal dish with a side of the finest art in the state of Nevada. The name chez louie can be loosely translated to mean “at the home of family,” and that warm welcome is exactly what has kept guests returning to the Nevada Museum of Art’s dining hotspot. Mark Estee, owner and tastemaker, compliments the fine art in the museum with his own artistic abilities in the kitchen that guests can appreciate on their plates and taste buds. Whether you’re dining for lunch, Wednesday through Saturday, dinner on Thursday, or brunch on Sunday, you can be assured you’re eating some of the finest seasonal, local and freshest foods in the region.

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Whenever you’re in need of a venue for an event or reception, the views from the rooft0p of the museum are unbeatable… especially when paired with catering from chez louie and a glass of wine.

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After getting a taste of chez louie’s current and upcoming menu items, guests are able to visit the Nevada Museum of Art’s exhibits, such as  Late Harvest (pictured below), which juxtaposes contemporary art made with taxidermy, and historically significant wildlife paintings.  20141023_18570320141023_18594720141023_185733

Food for Thought for the Playa

With Reno being the closest major metropolitan area to Black Rock City, it is easily the most accessible place to get your supplies for Burning Man. Come early and stock up! Burning man has designated a number of shopping hubs along I-80 (East – West) and US-395 (North – South), which criss-cross each other near the middle of Reno-Sparks, so you can pick the most convenient one(s) for your trajectory. Other places around town are very accommodating to Burning Man.

Burning Man recommends these local stores for your grub at the Playa:

Save Mart Supermarket
525 Keystone Ave – 775-786-2150

Whole Foods Market
6139 South Virginia Street – 775-852-8023

Trader Joe’s
5035 South McCarran Blvd – 775-826-1621

Great Basin Community Food Co-Op – the fastest growing co-op in the nation!
240 Court Street – 775-324-6133

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Great Full Gardens’ “Gino the Soup Man” has “JumbaPLAYA” ready to grab. So stop on by!

Food Tips:

-          Bring lots of Ziploc bags-  the Playa will get dust on everything and the best way to minimize ingestion of it is to prepare and portion out meals ahead of time.

-          Keep the refrigerated food in your camp colder than 41 degrees at all time. Restock the ice frequently and use a thermometer to make sure it is staying cold. Also, label your coolers with contents. This will minimize unnecessary opening and closing.

-          Prep as much as possible in advance- this will come in handy so you’re not spending your time cooking.

-          Keep food surfaces in your camp as clean as you can. Wash your dishes in soapy water and rinse them in water that has 2 teaspoons of bleach added for every gallon of water. Dirty dishes can breed bacteria and make you ill.

-          Waste Not, Rot Not- make the most of your food.

Water:

Simply Water
1070 Gentry Way – 775-337-8111

Fresca Waterhouse
1196 North Rock Boulevard (north of I-80) – 775-358-9893

Important: Drink only bottled water or water that you know the origin of. Do not accept water from camps that you have doubts about, and do not share water bottles and canteens with other people.

Allot about 1.5 gallons of water per person per day.

Cheers, Burners!

Dining Hot Spots during Hot August Nights

Cruise on over to one of these classic cool dining spots during Hot August Nights for a taste of of the de-lish Reno dining scene. From authentic diners that have turned back the clock to flavors of yesteryears, to restaurants with a front row view of the classic cars cruising down Virginia Street…. Here are a few hot picks to help keep your cool during one of the best car shows in the nation!

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Dig in at these diners:

Gold ‘N Silver Inn

As seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives! This dining establishment has been a Reno landmark for over 50 years. No need to dress up here, you’ll find working stiffs all suited up, families celebrating a birthday, maybe a few politicians, and even the mayor.

The Nugget Diner

Arguably the most popular diner in Reno thanks to their Awful Awful burger, this is a dining hot spot during Hot August Nights. It’s located in downtown Reno, and open 24-hours! Talk about convenient.

Pneumatic Diner

Vegetarians and vegans pick this hidden gem in downtown Reno for its fresh ingredients, authenticity and menu selection! It’s so good, it even pleases the palate of the biggest meat-lovers with their big flavors.  “Slab tacos” are a favorite for locals.

Red Hut Café

Feeding Lake Tahoe since 1959, the long-time favorite, Red Hut Cafe, has opened in Reno. Take note of their well-known outrageously good service and waffles.

Beefy’s Diner

Located in MidTown Reno, this retro diner serves a mean milkshake and float. This place looks, tastes and feels like a diner.

Mountain House Diner

Located right inside Reno Tahoe International Airport, this hip diner is a great stop on the way in or out. Try the delicious buffalo burger for a wild western treat.

Dinner, drinks and a view:

Chapel Tavern

First, you will be blown away by their Bloody Marys. They take pride in mixing fresh drinks (juice is squeezed right before your eyes) with an incredible selection of liquors.  Take your drink to the patio for a seat right along Virginia Street!

Miguel’s Mexican Food

With plenty of window seats, you’ll surely spot classic cars cruising by. Verde salsa and chile rellenos are specialties at this hot Mexican restaurant.

Midtown Eats

You’re definitely not passing up flavor for a view at this joint. With prime location in MidTown, this rustic hot spot is a go-to during Hot August Nights. The Atomic burger is out of this world.

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Their wooden deck will be a prime seat this week to enjoy a light meal and spot cruising classic cars. Salads, soups and sandwiches are their specialty!

Asian Garden Restaurant

If you’re looking to spice things up and go for Asian cuisine, this restaurant has a ton of window seating to enjoy dinner, and a show of classic Hot August Nights cars.

(Restaurants selected on Yelp)

Cinco De Mayo Fiestas y Food

Cinco de Mayo is widely celebrated by use of sombreros, fake mustaches and a decent supply of margaritas. But let’s not forget about the delicious Mexican FOOD! There are so many different food and drink deals during the first weekend of May in Reno Tahoe (preceding Cinco de Mayo on the following Monday). Here is your guide to delicious Mexican food and festivities going on at the beginning of May:

Hussong’s Cantina

As inventors of the margarita! Hussong’s Cantina has stayed true to its authentic yet quirky roots since its 1892 opening in Ensenada, Mexico. As the story goes, in 1941 bartender Don Carlos Orozco whipped up a combination of tequila, lime juice and Damiana liquor for a regular, Margarita Henkel. She loved it and since then the margarita has become a staple in bars worldwide. Now Hussong’s is moving north and opening its third location in Reno!

Grand Sierra Resort

This party is widely regarded as Northern Nevada’s largest celebration of Latino heritage. The entire party will be held at the parking area of the GSR May 2 from 3-8 & May 3 from 11-7. The party costs $5.00 for ages 12-65 years. Children under 12 and seniors 65+ get in absolutely free. The event is catered by Big Daddy’s Barbecue, and there are almost too many options. There will be chile rellenos, fajitas, fully loaded nachos, and almost every type of meat you could possibly dream of! Besides the food, there will be games, contests, boxing matches, carnival rides, and even dancing horses! By the way, if you prefer American food, Big Daddy’s also has ribs, sandwiches, and other BBQ treats. Click on the event picture for the whole menu and more event details!

Circus Circus

The extended happy hour schedule in honor of Cinco de Mayo will runon May 2-5 from 2-7 p.m. with a whole different type of happy hour schedule. Enjoy amazing drink deals such as buckets of regular Corona priced at 4 for $15, and you keep the Corona metal bucket! Also, Premium Jose Cuervo Gold Margaritas for only $5, enjoy all our Mexican premium drafts for $4 (including Modelo, Pacifico, Dos Equis and Modelo Negra), top tequila shots for only $2 (including Espolon Reposado, Campeon, El Sagrado Anejo and Toro de Lidia Extra Anejo) and complimentary tortilla chips and house-made red and verde salsa.

The food specials are a basket of Jalapeño Poppers for only $1.99 or house-made mini tacos in soft tortilla with your choice of chicken or pork for only .99 cents each. In the Dos Gecko’s Cantina restaurant on Cinco de Mayo only, bring in your family, friends or the entire neighborhood for Dos Gecko’s specialty foods and our famous family style platters for $12.95 per person ($8.95 for children under 6). For those over 21, enjoy a $1 margarita with each order. The kids won’t be left out; they each can get a real Mexican celebration sombrero while supplies last!

Silver Legacy

You’ve been to the Great Rib Cookoff at the JA Nugget, but do you know about the Great Reno Margarita Mixoff? Rum Bullions Island Bar at the Silver Legacy is hosting their first ever Margarita mixing competition this Friday May 2, 2014. Celebrity judges will choose the “Best Specialty Margarita,” concocted by professional bartenders from all the bars at the Silver Legacy! The competition is sure to be fierce as they compete for bragging rights and the right to wear the Championship Sombrero! Hussong’s Cantina®, the birthplace of the Original Margarita serves a full menu of tasty twists on Baja Mexican cuisine and will be featuring a “built-your-own” nacho bar and taco specials during the competition on the back patio. Somehow the word “delicious” does not seem to capture the thought of loaded nachos and a cold refreshing margarita.

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Offering $1 margaritas all month long in Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille.

Reno Mexican Food

The Grand Sierra and Dos Geckos are not the only places with Mexican food in Reno. There are many other places to get your chimichanga fix this Cinco de Mayo. Here is a list from renotahoe.about.com of the top Mexican restaurants in the Reno area.

A Nouveau Beaujolais Emerges on Riverside Dr.

Longstanding Local French Bistro Gets New Look, Feel and Location

After 11 years on West Street, it was time for an upgrade in scenery for the longtime French hotspot, Beaujolais Bistro. The restaurant’s new setting along the Truckee River in downtown Reno perfectly complements the historic French Bistro ambiance inside. Items on the menu will instantly transport diners to France – yet with a more approachable price tag.

Watch the culinary team at work through the window of the open kitchen, or the bustling Riverwalk goers just outside; both add a dynamic element to the dining experience.

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Wrapping around the kitchen, a new bar offers small plates that allow patron to enjoy Beaujolais’ enticing, everyday French fare more often than just on special occasions. The bar’s drinks are modernizations of the classic from the French cultures of New Orleans and the French Caribbean.

Beaujolais is now located at 753 Riverside Drive, and will be open Tuesday-Sunday for dinner beginning at 5pm, with small plates and drinks available in the bar and lounge areas at 4pm.

The Countdown Ticks on Trader Dick’s

All good things must end, and the tropical sun will set soon on Trader Dick’s at JA Nugget. The restaurant will be open through February 8, 2014.

To make the Polynesian parting a sweeter sorrow, enjoy a farewell feast at Trader Dick’s from January 29 through February 8, 2014 at 25% off your entire bill. It’s also your last chance to enjoy Trader Dick’s specialty cocktails at 25% off and you get to keep the souvenir glass, while supplies last.TraderDicks

It’s been a delicious, rum-rich run for this legendary restaurant that opened in 1958 on the South side of B Street in Sparks, Nevada, across from the casino. Trader Dick’s opened at a time when World War II soldiers were returning home from the Pacific Theater with fond memories of hula girls and tiki culture.

The restaurant moved inside the casino in 1973 and was relocated to its current location in 1988. Tiki fans have traveled from all over the country to visit this historic Polynesian paradise that features traditional décor and a 5,000-gallon saltwater fish tank.

Trader Dick’s will be under construction beginning mid-February through mid-Spring to convert the space into a new country western-themed venue, called Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que. Gilley’s is set to open in late Spring of 2014. Click here to see The Nugget’s new plans!

Chez Louie eatery inside the Nevada Museum of Art

chez louie is a new French-inspired eatery located in the Nevada Museum of Art. It is fun, modern, and affordable bringing high-class cuisine to a comfortable, friendly, and truly unique setting. Gifted Tastemaker & Owner, Mark Estee complements the cultural fabric of the museum by highlighting seasonal ingredients and treating guests, volunteers, donors and members alike as family.chez louie

Hours of Operation

Wednesday – Friday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm (Perfect mid-week lunch portions!)

Thursday: 10am – 8pm (Museum and dinner date night, anyone?)

Sunday Brunch: 10am – 3pm (Hello, bottomless Bloody Mary and Prosecco bar!)

Closed: Monday – Tuesday

What foodies say on Yelp:

“…making a return visit to the museum sounds all the more enticing knowing that we could couple it with a good meal.” – Nate from Sacramento

“French onion soup and pear hazelnut salad for lunch.  The soup was the best French onion soup I have had in years.  Of course, I burnt the top of my mouth it was so hot, but it was too good to wait for it to cool.” – Earl from Reno

“Third restaurant in this location. This is the best so far. Very good food, smaller portions than a chain restaurant, yet it is an adequate serving size… I enjoyed my meal and will return. The place was packed yet we had great service.” – Linda from Reno

It’s a must-go!

Local Foodie Feature: Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee Holiday Blend

Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee announces its Holiday Blend, a medium, lively roast with a note of caramel, a luscious creaminess, and the subtlest wisp of apple.

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Tim’s been roasting Holiday Blends since 2006. This year he changed his creative process a bit and came up with his best Holiday Blend yet. He explains, ”Normally, I have a flavor profile that I’m trying to achieve. I put the coffees together and try to determine the best way to get the profile.” This year, he took the opposite approach, finding inspiration in a particular coffee and adding two other varietals to enhance its strengths. He was taken with the brown-sugar sweetness, hint of orange-like acidity, and subtle earthy tones of a creamy Honduras. He added Nicaraguan beans to enhance its earthy character and blended in Ethiopian beans to emphasize the bright, lively acidity. He dark-roasted the blend over an apple-wood fire. It’s flavor is full and round, brightened by a delicate acidity, and capped with a briefly lingering finish. “But like a good friend, it knows when to leave,” says Tim.

Enjoy Holiday Blend by the cup in Reno at Dish Cafe, Hi Point Coffee and Café, Joe’s Good Java, or Daughters Cafe.

Holiday Blend will be available from Nov. 23 through Dec. 31 (or while supplies last) from Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee headquarters, 30 Ohm Pl., Reno or online at woodfireroasted.com.

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Best time to serve: Any time. It’s a wonderful, well-rounded coffee for breakfast or after dinner.

Best way to brew: Any method works well. French press brings out flavors to their very fullest.

Best way to use in a coffee cocktail: Holiday Roast with Baileys.

Best food pairing: Pumpkin pie.

Peppermill and Atlantis Restaurants receive Wine Spectator’s 2013 Award of Excellence

bimini-steakhousePeppermill Resort Spa Casino’s Bimini Steakhouse and Romanza Italian have received Wine Spectator’s 2013 Award of Excellence, recognizing restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, pair well with the menu and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

Guests of Bimini and Romanza will find wine selections perfectly paired to the menus. At Romanza, enjoy exquisite Italian cuisine in a setting of romantic elegance. Dine beneath an enchanted sky dome while chefs skillfully prepare each course of handcrafted pastas, exotic sauces and seafood. Bimini offers hardwood grilled steaks, chops and seafood in an unparalleled atmosphere where high open spaces provide spectacular views of the pools and gardens. Wines from the expansive cellar pair perfectly with seasonal menus.

steakhouse-dining-smAtlantis Casino Resort Spa’s Atlantis Steakhouse and Bistro Napa receive the prestigious Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

Capturing the essence of Chicago to San Francisco, the Atlantis Steakhouse is a five time recipient of the Award of Excellence. Atlantis Steakhouse proudly serves Allen Brothers meats, the nation’s finest steaks. Experience the art of traditional tableside dining, unsurpassed services and attention to detail. Classic cocktails, metropolitan martinis and over 336 selections of wine complete the experience.

Seven time recipient of the Award of Excellence, Bistro Napa serves contemporary cuisine inspired by the Napa Valley with emphasis on seasonal, organic ingredients. The Sommelier will help complement any Bistro experience with a thoughtfully chosen wine from the 4,000-bottle wine cellar.

To qualify for the Award of Excellence, a wine list must present complete, accurate wine information with vintages and appellations for all selections, including wines available by the glass. Lists are judged on well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Typically these lists offer at least 100 selections.