Running, Eating, and Traveling: Summer 2015

Yes, I know. Summer 2016 is just around the corner, but I’m still talking about Summer 2015! It was a great one, so that’s why I have been behind on my posts… it seems I was always busy running, eating, traveling, and eating again.

I actually had a list of restaurants to try, but didn’t make through all of them. Here are a few though:

Great Full Gardens – again. Always healthy salads available. Love their rewards program too.

Laughing Planet – again. Another healthy favorite.

Hummus Fresh – with B. and a surprise visit from my friend K. They have salads, wraps, and juices.

Suite 103 – great food (tofu green curry, lamb shank, Mediterranean shrimp), lots of hiccups with service, but food was amazing.

Z Bar – My favorite 1944 Mai Tai (rum and orgeat syrup).

Centro – again. They were out of some items… Awesome waffle bananas foster.

Reno Provisions – meatloaf and polenta again. Can’t go wrong. (Unfortunately, they closed in the fall…)

Jus – juice bar. Great on a hot summer day after a run.

The Depot – okay food, okay service, nothing to rave about. The building, however, is pretty cool.

Villa Donato – great Italian food, but service was horrible.

Sushi Pier 1 – buy 10 get 1 free. Love all you can eat!

Moo Dang – good Thai place in Midtown, but there are better ones.

Café Deluxe – amazing café with lots of healthy options.

Asiago’s – new pizza place in Tahoe. Awesome Greek salad with mint dressing.

Latin Soul – this Lakeside Inn restaurant in Tahoe has an all-you-can-eat Brazilian steakhouse night!

With all the food, I had to keep active, but sometimes it was too hot to run, so, instead, I went to the beach in Lake Tahoe, on hikes on Mount Rose and Tunnel Creek, to the river with the dogs, and even swimming at the public pool. Plus, got to try acro yoga again with the fiancé.

Although after I came back from Ireland and Texas, there wasn’t much traveling for a while, we did have a lot of fun in Tahoe and Reno. Fourth of July was spent barbecuing with friends and watching the fireworks in my neighborhood. I went to an Elton John concert in Tahoe, and did many outings with my Little Sister such as to the Rib Cook-Off, Art Museum, Circus shows, etc.

Other summer adventures included making candles, going to a Paint and Sip night that inspired me to paint even more, celebrating birthdays with friends, the annual Shakespeare Festival in Sand Harbor, and a rope’s course in Tahoe with work!

Eating: Dine The District 2015 and Spring Home Cooking

In May there was an event in downtown Reno called “Dine the District”. Basically you pay $20 and walk to 20 different restaurants downtown for a small sample. It was an awesome experience: food, drinks, nice weather, and walking. Some of the participating places were Pignic (a new “bring-your-own-food” bar where we had a Mint Julep since it was Kentucky Derby Day), Fuego (nice Spanish guitar), Noble Pie Pizza (best pizza and friendly service), and Crafted Palette (new wine and paint restaurant). Even the gay dance club Five Star Saloon joined the food event and served cheesecake pieces. At the end of the event there was a drawing and, guess what, the fiancé won a gift certificate for Reno Provisions!

Surprisingly, I have also cooked A LOT this spring. Lots of firsts for me: seared ahi, all bran muffins, raspberry muffins, vegan pancakes, Brazilian panqueca (crepes), Brazilian flan, scrambled eggs with cornstarch, chicken marsala, healthy turkey meatballs, baked French fries, croutons, bread pudding… I’ll be posting my favorite recipes soon! We also went to a couple of kid’s birthday parties and baby showers and had lots of cake. Man, do we eat!

Eating in Reno – Spring 2015

I don’t even know where to start – we ate out so much the in last three months! I’ll just make a list and try to remember the highlights.

Jazmine – An Asian restaurant with lots of options, but we had sushi. It was good, especially the ones they sear with a torch.

Sushi from "Jazmine"

Sushi from “Jazmine”

Kimmie’s Coffee Cup – Super cute place for brunch.

Salad from "Kimmie's"

Salad from “Kimmie’s”

Lucky Beaver Bar and Burger – Small casino/bar in Reno with great food specials.

Slides from "Lucky Beaver"

Slides from “Lucky Beaver”

Reno Provisions – Another restaurant by chef Mark Estee, but cafeteria style.

Reno Provisions

Reno Provisions

Flowing Tide Pub – another bar in our neighborhood with good happy hour specials.

Chicken Tacos from "Flowing Tide"

Chicken Tacos from “Flowing Tide”

Twisted Fork – love this restaurant near our house. The beet ravioli is to die for and they have a cocktail with bacon in it!

Drinks from "Twisted Fork"

Drinks from “Twisted Fork”

Super Taquería – awesome burritos.

Burrito from "Super Taqueria"

Burrito from “Super Taqueria”

Centro Bar & Kitchen – new upscale restaurant in Reno from the same chef as La Vecchia. Can’t wait to go back.

Lamb tacos at "Centro"

Lamb tacos at “Centro”

Uncork’d – their ratatouille is the best!

Ratatouille at "Uncork'd"

Ratatouille at “Uncork’d”

Miguel’s – new location (Summit Mall) of this established Mexican restaurant in Reno. We went there for Cinco de Mayo with friends and although they were extremely busy, they did a good job.

Cinco de mayo at "Miguel's"

Cinco de mayo at “Miguel’s”

BJ’s – we went there for Mother’s Day. Great avocado spring rolls and, of course, we had to have a Pizooki (their cookie with ice cream dessert).

Avocado Egg Rolls from "BJ's"

Avocado Egg Rolls from “BJ’s”

My Thai – restaurant in Tahoe that I went with a friend and her newborn daughter. Really good Pad Thai.

Spring Rolls from "My Thai"

Spring Rolls from “My Thai”

Silver Peak Restaurant – although I had been to the Silver Peak downtown several times, this was my first time at the midtown location. Lovely terrace. Then crafted cocktails at Z Bar was calling us.

Drink from "Z Bar"

Drink from “Z Bar”

Sierra Gold Casino – this place near our house has a 50% off pizza special every night. Always full and always delicious.

1/2 off Pizza at "Sierra Gold"

1/2 off Pizza at “Sierra Gold”

Tahome Gelato – one of my Spanish students started this little booth in Tahoe and served this bark-like gelato. The presentation is super cool as they make it right in front of you, but it was also very tasty and refreshing. They don’t have a specific location but participate in several Farmer’s Market.

My student making Gelato at the Ski Run Farmer's Market

My student making Gelato at the Ski Run Farmer’s Market

Oyster Bar – a small bar at the Hard Rock Café in Tahoe that serves creole food. I loved the oyster and the fiancé, who is picky with his New Orleans inspired food, loved the gumbo. Surprisingly authentic.

Bouillabaisse from "Oyster Bar"

Bouillabaisse from “Oyster Bar”