Reno, Tahoe… One More Time


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Me, with my partner in crime at The Braiserie in Reno.  Photo credit:  Kat Wilson

We have just returned from one of the best trips we’ve ever made to Reno and Tahoe.  The video is our friend, Kat Wilson, who invited us to Truckee for dinner with her and our other friends, and then to listen to her band, Arizona Jones, which provided an outstanding evening of entertainment.   We danced until we closed the place down.  Then everyone came over to our Tahoe place for a great evening of fellowship, food and laughter.

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My made up sista wife, Kat,  with the non-made up me, enjoying a happy evening with the gang.

But I’m getting ahead of myself…..Let me back up and start with Reno….

We ate at some new (for us) restaurants, joined by various friends, and we joined Kat and her boyfriend, Len, for a second dinner that was also spectacular.

One of the places we tried was the Napa Bistro, upstairs, at the Atlantis Casino.

The food at this restaurant was outstanding, and the service was even better.  We had a great visit with a guy who is attending helicopter school here in Portland, and made plans to hook up with him later.

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I had an excellent marinaded portobello mushroom with polenta.  John had the flatbread pizza.  My husband went over the top and bought us a bottle of  Krug, Clos du Mesnil (2000), which we shared.  We rarely splurge to that extent, but we were on holiday after working very hard through the winter so why not?  We thoroughly enjoyed it, and had such a nice, romantic lunch together.

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We had little shot glass desserts…pies….and then the waiter brought cotton candy on a plate.  Stop!  Too much sugar!!! But fun, nonetheless.


One night, I cooked a nice Mexican dinner for my friend, Patti Hazeltine and her boyfriend, Mark.  After we ate, we all went downstairs and played pool.  Patti beat us all.  She’s good!

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Upon a friend’s recommendation, we went to a tiny nearby bar called, “The Point” where we ended up hanging out with the band, consisting of Joe, Doug and Paul, AKA “The Kindred Souls.”  Went back to hear them a second time on our way out of town.  Really had a nice time.

We also went to the Nevada Art Museum, where we saw a Burningman retrospective, and an exhibit by Ugo Rondinone, a collection of Maynard Dixon’s work and a Mexican collection of modern and contemporary work.  After shooting dozens of photos, I discovered that I had left the memory card out of my camera, so no evidence of the visit.  🙂 Both of us love that museum, though.  It is small and intimate, and excellently curated.  We go there every time we visit Reno.

After a couple of days in Reno, we headed up to the Tahoe house.

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This is a gorgeous house situated up in the hills at Carnelian Bay.  The deck sits at treetop level, and it is a perfect place just to bask in nature and relax.  I spent a good deal of time cooking, taking walks, visiting with friends, spending time with John , and doing other things that I love.

My friend CalLing came down from California, as did my Santa Cruz friend, Linda, and her son, Brandon.  Sutton, Kat, Len, Debbie…..the whole gang came out off and on, and we had some laughs, passed the time together, and generally had a great time.

Tahoe water levels were abnormally high, and the water was a spectacular blue.

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We explored restaurants at the lake that we had not been to before. We went on hikes, meditated.   It was all grand, and the time passed too quickly.  I always leave part of my heart there when we leave….as I did this time as well.


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