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A food and restaurant review through the eyes of a 13 year old and his family.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

My Food Adventures in Truckee, CA

At the end of summer, me and my family went to Truckee for a final summer vacation. We had never spent time in Truckee during the summer months, it's always been during the winter. During the summer it is really beautiful, nice and warm and a really cool place to hang out. We took our bikes and went on a really cool 20+ mile bike ride along the river. The native Truckee people are really nice and all seem to love dogs. Everywhere we went, people had their dogs with them....even in the restaurants.

One of the first restaurants we checked out was Jax at the Tracks in downtown Truckee. Jax at the Tracks looks like an old railroad car on the outside but on the inside it's like a 50's diner. It's located right on the railroad track that goes through town. The food is AWESOME! It's like homestyle comfort food and is just really good. We went there for breakfast and I ordered some of the best biscuits and gravy I've ever eaten....they were really good. I will have to say that the BEST biscuits and gravy are made by my Aunt Amy's friend Marty. Actually, he is my friend too, but I met him through my aunt. No one can replicate them and that's another story...back on track, Jax and the Tracks biscuits and gravy were really close. They have a really big menu with lots to choose from. They also have a great kids menu. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are in Truckee, most definitely go there if you love a cool atmosphere and really good homestyle comfort food. The service was excellent and our first waitress that served us was really, really pretty. If there were a Jax and the Tracks in Sonoma County, I would go there a lot. www.jaxtruckee.com

We also ate at this little pizza and taco shack at the end of our bike trail ride along the river in Tahoe City. It was really awesome. It was called Front Street Pizza Company, and if you hit the trail from Truckee to Tahoe City you'll run right into it. They make the best fish taco's and homemade sauces. Nothing better than a couple fish taco's after a ride on the trail. Frontstreetpizza.com

In downtown Truckee, kind of in a warehouse like building is this burger joint called Burger Me that has one of the best burgers I've ever eaten in my entire life. Their specialty is burgers in every way. They have Meyer all natural beef, turkey, homemade vegetarian and bison. One of the weirdest burgers that I'd ever heard of that they have there is called the Italian Stallion. It's basically a burger with a bunch of cold cuts on it which I thought was extremely weird, but I bet it's pretty good. I ordered a traditional burger with two add ons of pepper jack and caramelized onions and an order of fries. The buns are homemade and awesome. My burger was so juicy that it was dripping down my arm. The lettuce on the burgers is shredded which I love. They have a really great kids menu too. Burger Me just opened up a place in Reno too so if you miss it in Truckee you can try again in Reno. It is a self serve kind of place. You place your order and pay at a register and then they call you when your order is ready. A very busy place and well worth the wait! www.burgermetruckee.com

I kind of think that no matter where you go in the Truckee area that you won't be disappointed. It is such a cool place with so much to do and see. It is amazing in the summer and in the winter. I think it's probably a perfect place to live someday. There's biking, paddling, hiking, swimming, climbing, rafting, skiing, golfing, fishing, hanging out around cool people who love their dogs. What's better than that!?!

Monday, October 24, 2011

National Food Day - October 24, 2011

National Food Day was today, October 24, 2011. It is a day to recognize healthy food, to support healthy farming, nutrition and good eating habits.

So today at school, I brought in a snack to share with my class. It was pasta with creamy pesto sauce, "Simpson Skewers" and homemade chocolate chip cookies. I made the creamy pesto by first making a roux. A roux is melted butter, flour to form a paste and then you add milk to make the cream sauce. I then added homemade pesto from basil from our garden, salt and pepper and a hint of truffle salt. The Simspon Skewer is a fresh mozzarella ball, basil from the garden and a cherry tomato skewered on a fancy toothpick. I drizzled a balsamic dressing over them and some salt and pepper. This is one of my favorite snacks. My mom made chocolate chip cookies using our family secret recipe.

National Food Day is a day that helps me appreciate the food you eat, food that comes from the garden, from local farmer's and is healthy. I am not a fan of using processed foods like American cheese. It's disgusting. I was able to make this snack for my class from scratch and show that even I can cook and make a healthy meal. All kids should help out in the kitchen and ask your parents if you can cook. You might make a few mistakes, you might make a mess, but that's how you learn. So go out there and cook with your family or for your family. Check out the local homegrown places like Victorian Farmstead, Stemple Creek Ranches, French Garden Farms, Laguna Farms, all the farmer's markets. You'll love it like I do.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pezzini Farms, Castroville, CA - The BEST Fried Artichokes You'll Ever Have!

If you are traveling down towards Monterey and you love artichokes, then you have to go through Castroville, CA. Castroville is the Artichoke Capitol of the World. They are everywhere. For the BEST fried artichoke hearts, go to Pezzini Farms. This is a really great vegetable/fruit stand with a food truck that sells fried artichoke hearts. They are lightly battered, fried crispy and seasoned then served with your choice of dipping sauces. My favorite was the garlic dijon aoli. It's six bucks per order. You should just order 2 orders when you make your order because you will definitely want more!

Their address is: 460 Nashua Rd., Castroville, CA
The website is: www.pezzinifarms.com

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The 19th Hole, Tres Pinos, CA

The 19th Hole is like a really cool real deal cowboy bar and restaurant. It is located in the heart of Tres Pinos, CA. A little town that has a few restaurants, a fire department, a post office and a feed store. If you blink while going through this town, you will miss it. The restaurant is in an old building that looks like a saloon in the old western cowboy days. It is decorated with some old style guns, some bows and arrows scattered all over the place, saloon doors and cowboy western stuff everywhere. There are also pictures of real cowboys from that area and their history hanging throughout the restaurant. It is a really cool place.

The food is excellent! My usual there is either the Chicken Hole Club or the Hole Burger. The Chicken Hole Club has chipotle may, bacon, pepper jack and wood fire grilled chicken. It is served on a bun with french fries. The Hole Burger is a freshly ground beef patty with jalapeno poppers, pepper jack, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles on a bun. It's also served with french fries or onion rings. The french fries are big fries and the onion rings are beer battered and totally delicious. A really cool thing about their drinks is when you order them, they come in a large mason jar. They have a really great kids menu with the usual grilled cheese, mac and cheese, etc.

If you are ever heading down to Monterey or the Pinnacles in the Hollister area, make sure you go through Tres Pinos and eat there....you won't be disappointed!

Food: *****
Kid Friendly: *****
Price: $$
How it felt: *****
Service: *****