With a stay at Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge in Tahoe City, you'll be on a lake and close to Gatekeeper's Museum and Tahoe City Golf Course. This lodge is within close proximity of Watson Cabin Museum and Tahoe City Marina.
Make yourself at home in one of the 23 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring DVD players and CD players. Your bed comes with cotton sheets and down comforters. Rooms have private balconies where you can take in lake and garden views. 32-inch flat-panel televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature deep soaking bathtubs and designer toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Make use of convenient amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare. Additional features include ski storage, wedding services, and a fireplace in the lobby.
Satisfy your appetite at one of the lodge's 2 restaurants.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include audiovisual equipment, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and a 24-hour front desk. Planning an event in Tahoe City? This lodge has 1500 square feet (139 square meters) of space consisting of banquet facilities and a meeting/conference room. Free parking is available onsite.
Cottonwood Restaurant serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Truckee's Truckee district.
Bring a bottle of wine or your favorite beer to Cottonwood Restaurant, a local BYOB restaurant.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Perfect for after-work outings, Cottonwood Restaurant's happy hour is hard to beat.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Cottonwood Restaurant, you can surf the web and get some work done.
At Cottonwood Restaurant, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Cottonwood Restaurant guests enjoy a taste of live music with their food as well.
Bring your furry friend to the restaurant — Cottonwood Restaurant allows dogs to dine, too.
People tend to swarm the restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays, so be sure to reserve space for your party ahead of time.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Parking is accessible and not far from the restaurant.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Cottonwood Restaurant is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Come to celebrate a special occasion at Cottonwood Restaurant.
Don't put it off any longer, and give Cottonwood Restaurant a try.
Make your way over to Cottonwood Restaurant and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Cottonwood Restaurant is all about.
Your pet deserves a vacation, too! Olympic Valley's PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn is a pet-friendly hotel that caters to pet lovers.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
The private room at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn is an excellent option when you're heading out with a big group for a night of celebration.
Booking one of the hotel's magnificent suites makes for the perfect luxury getaway.
Work hard at the on-site business center, so you have more time to spend relaxing and enjoying your time.
Hop online in no time using PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn's free wifi.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn with their charming outdoor seating.
Who says you can't workout while traveling? Check out the hotel's fitness center during your stay.
Guests of PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn can kick back and relax at the on-site swimming pool.
Have breakfast in bed. With room service, PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn does all the work.
As an extra perk, the hotel rooms feature a kitchenette.
Breakfast is provided on a daily basis, compliments of PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn.
Try one of the sweet or savory signature dishes offered at the hotel restaurant.
Bottoms up! The hotel's bar lounge is a great place to hang out and unwind after a long day.
PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn is located near a parking lot, which many diners take advantage of.
PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
CB's Pizza and Grill serves up hot and delicious pizza in a casual dining environment.
Foods you can't live without fill the menu here — tasty pizza and flavorful pasta are the pizzeria's big-ticket items.
This pizzeria also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this pizzeria just as much as their parents do.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on CB's Pizza and Grill's complimentary wifi.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for CB's Pizza and Grill diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to CB's Pizza and Grill for a group meal.
Keep it casual at CB's Pizza and Grill — the pizzeria is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from CB's Pizza and Grill to create the perfect night.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Parking is made simple at CB's Pizza and Grill, a local restaurant with nearby street and lot parking options.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the pizzeria.
If you're short on cash, take care of business with one of many major credit cards.
So enjoy a casual night out this weekend and treat yourself to a tasty pizza pie from CB's Pizza and Grill.
Before ordering just a generic box of pizza, re-think that decision and go with a pie above the rest from CB's Pizza and Grill.
For flavors from around the world, Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique serves a blend of Asian dishes right in the middle of Tahoe City's Downtown Tahoe City district.
Searching for gluten-free goodness? Come to Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique and taste it for yourself.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Got kids? No problem at Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique.
Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique to create the perfect night.
Parallel-parking experts can find room on the street, though patrons also have access to the restaurant's adjoining lot.
Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, but diners have the option of grabbing breakfast or lunch here, too.
If you can't pinpoint your food craving, try the combination of Asian-style dishes at Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique. You're sure to find something you love.
You won't be disappointed at Truckee's Bar of America, where well-prepared eats and delicious drinks rule the menu.
For a low-fat and healthy bite, dine at Bar of America.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Make sure to check out Bar of America's happy hour for a great way to decompress from the workday.
Make it a VIP party and book a private room at Bar of America today!
For no extra charge, utilize Bar of America's free wifi.
Those that prefer some music with their meal will find live tunes at Bar of America.
Reserve your table ahead of time if you're heading over to the restaurant on a Friday and Saturday — it can get quite crowded during the weekend.
Bar of America honors a business casual dress code, so formal wear can be left behind.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Can't get enough of Bar of America's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
At Bar of America, diners should plan to park on the street.
Meals at Bar of America are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Bar of America serves three meals a day.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
Watch her explain her approach to fine dining:
As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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