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Author archive for Nicole Cheslock

  • Cake Tahoe | Sweetness through and through

    By Nicole Cheslock on July 9, 2014
    By Nicole Cheslock  ·   Owner Johanna Lasseter-Curtis with a happy customer. Johanna Lasseter-Curtis will tell you that her favorite cupcake at Cake Tahoe is the gluten-free vanilla bean made with Madagascar Vanilla and vanilla bean paste. After sampling her way through San Francisco cupcake shops, she says that she knows that when there is a really good vanilla cupcake, chances […]
  • River Grill

    By Nicole Cheslock on June 11, 2014
    By Nicole Cheslock · Have you ever been transported to a different time and place in your past with just one bite? Just a few weeks ago, sitting at the crowded bar overlooking the Truckee River at River Grill, I was transported to a moment that took place many years ago in San Francisco when I was introduced to a […]
  • Trek amongst the treetops

    By Nicole Cheslock on June 4, 2014
    By Nicole Cheslock   North Tahoe Adventures  · When a friend invited me to the Treetop Adventure Park in Tahoe City, my interest was piqued, and I didn’t hesitate. Truckee resident Alice Meng was eager to go on an aerial hike before returning to the modern adventure park at Granlibakken with her 5-year-old daughter, Talia. And, I was a fortunate […]
  • Red Truck at the Runway

    By Nicole Cheslock on June 4, 2014
    By Nicole Cheslock I deviated from my near weekly quinoa bowl when I discovered Red Truck’s daily specials. Just like the creative and tasty menu items with combinations not available elsewhere, the daily dishes never disappoint: Portobello burger with Baba Ghanoush, arugula pesto and oven-roasted tomato topped with crispy potato stings on a house-made sesame bun, fish tacos, exquisite quiche […]
  • Syd’s Bagelry and Espresso 

    By Nicole Cheslock on May 7, 2014
    A welcoming cup of Early Grey with a warm, house-baked blueberry oat muffin. The welcoming smell of cooked bacon permeated the air as I stepped through the doorway into Syd’s Bagelry and Espresso in Tahoe City. Baked goods including croissants and morning glory muffins fill baskets at the counter. Large chalkboards noting menu items are suspended from the ceiling so […]
  • Spring into Tahoe City

    By Nicole Cheslock on April 24, 2014
    California State Pier | Niobe Burden · Take pleasure in the joys of springtime in Tahoe City, the tranquility on hiking and biking trails and the sheer wonder of being in such a magical place. There are dozens of delicious bites and fun things to do around town, so we’ve narrowed it down to 25 favorites. Whether you are passing […]
  • Incredible variety at Tahoe City Sushi

    By Nicole Cheslock on April 24, 2014
    Jewel Festival Handroll, one of 14 featured vegetarian and vegan rolls · Tahoe City Sushi has an incredible variety of offerings that all sushi-eating lovers will adore. In fact there are 14 distinct vegetarian and vegan rolls, and though my dining companion and I tried to taste them all, we sampled just more than half before vowing to return. “I […]
  • Zia Lina

    By Nicole Cheslock on April 9, 2014
    Burrata with a Balsamic Reduction on top of Mixed Greens and Charred Bread. · Warmth radiates from Tahoe City’s Zia Lina where white lights are strung from points across the ceiling and you immediately see the open the kitchen and horseshoe-shaped bar upon entering. With new ownership, the menu at Zia Lina has evolved under the care of Suzanne Nguyen, […]
  • Smart’s Wagon Trail Coffee Shop

    By Nicole Cheslock on March 26, 2014
    Fresh Spinach Scramble with Buttermilk Biscuits · Located in the heart of historic downtown Truckee, Smart’s Wagon Trail Coffee Shop is definitely a place to eat with children who will adore the moving train overhead and the Little Dippers, mini pancakes made especially for small fingers and dipping (no utensils needed). Opened in 1947, the family owned and managed restaurant […]
  • Morgan’s Lobster Shack

    By Nicole Cheslock on March 12, 2014
    Lobster Grilled Cheese · It’s my fifth visit in the last month, and I’m already looking forward to another delicious, just flown-in, freshly prepared meal at Morgan’s Lobster Shack in Truckee. The Crab Cakes are excellent: well seasoned, loaded with fresh crab meat and the sandwich makes for a filling lunch. I haven’t gone wrong ordering the Scallops, sautéed with […]