Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry- Virginia City

Want to take a ride back in time? Well, it’s just 30 minutes away from Reno! Once the richest city in world, Virginia City’s mining revenue amounted to millions of 12670761_10208077914520871_432287770151302690_ndollars, which would relatively equal billions today.  Just a peek of this tiny town gives you the chills. The classic Victorian-era architecture, the Old West Saloons, the authentic board sidewalks, 19th century homes, the “Haunted” Washoe Club or Grandma’s Fudge Factory (cause who doesn’t like fudge right?). All this in just a cliff-note of what this place has to offer, and riding horse-drawn carriages is a given!

But what got me there was St. Patrick’s Day. Each year this historic town celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a ballsy festival. The Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry brings more than 3,000 people to sample this “delicacy,” take part in the Leprechaun Bar Crawl and watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Continue reading “Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry- Virginia City”

Genghis Grill: Seize Control And Build Your Own Bowl

How convenient would it be if everyone of us owned a restaurant where the only person to blame for insipid food would be the customer? Doesn’t sound real does it? Well, Genghis Grill is one of those places. They say,”There’s only one person in charge at Genghis Grill: You. Seize control and build your own bowl.” Voila to build-your-own-bow1the guy who came up with that idea!

I was greeted by a smiling employee, everybody loves a smile! She then walked me through the process of ordering and how everything worked. I was constantly being checked on, water refilled, polite. All my service expectations were met. Continue reading “Genghis Grill: Seize Control And Build Your Own Bowl”

Thali-Authentic Indian Food In Reno

For a while now I’ve been scouring The Biggest Little City In The World for some authentic Indian food, “Maa Ke Haath Ka Khaana” which is a Hindi phrase for “Mom-made Food.” And finally, after digging around for awhile, I stumbled upon Thali.

IMG_8668Thali offers 100% organic vegetarian food and an experience like no other Indian restaurant in Reno. Its authenticity comes from the owners’ vision of serving completely organic, locally grown food and deliver an authentic experience to their customers. Serj, one of the owners, has pushed the limits by learning and practicing organic farming for a year before stepping into the restaurant business. They buy most of their groceries from the Great Basin Community Food Co-Op , which sells locally-grown food and is community-owned. Continue reading “Thali-Authentic Indian Food In Reno”

Maria’s : Authentic Mexican Food

Reno has come a long way from being just a crossing point of the Truckee river to becoming “The Biggest Little City In The World.” Reno’s nickname is a result of the wide range of cosmopolitan amenities in a city of its relatively small size. And a cosmopolitan city always invites more diversity, which in turn adds value to the city’s culture. Over the course of time, my goal is to try and explore as many cuisines in Reno as possible and map uncharted restaurants (google doesn’t count) so more people know about the awesome treats that Reno has to offer.

En route I-80 west, off Verdi, I stumbled upon a board that read “Maria’s Authentic Mexican Food.” I’ve tried Taco Bell, Del Taco and all these other fast fomariasod chains that offer “Mexican Food”, no offense, I do like what they offer, but trying the real deal’s been on my list for a while now. And what better place to run into than a family owned, locally run restaurant with the head chef himself being the owner of the place?
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Shawarmageddon, Reno’s Very Own Shawarma Joint

Shawarma has always been one of my favorite wraps to binge on. For the Shawarma virgins, Shawarma (Arabic: شاورما‎ / ALA-LC: shāwarmā;) is a Levantine Arab meat preparation, where lamb, chicken, turkey, beef, veal, carabeeVertically_rotating_roasted_lambf, or mixed meats are placed on a spit , and may be grilled for as long as a day. Shavings are cut off the block of meat for serving, and the remainder of the block of meat is kept heated on the rotating spit. Shawarma can be served on a plate (generally with accompaniments), or as a sandwich or wrap.

When I was told that Reno has its very own Shawarma joint, that was it, Shawarmageddon  was my next place on the list.  Continue reading “Shawarmageddon, Reno’s Very Own Shawarma Joint”

Reno, The Biggest Little City In The World

Reno, the biggest little city in the world, more like the tallest midget? This “little city” has more to offer than one can imagine. Being a casino town, it never shuts down. It’s always full of life, be it downtown or around the University of Nevada,Reno . The only time that I have seen it slowing down a little is during the snow storms, which by the way, ends with painting the whole town white, the best time to experience Reno’s true beauty.

Surrounded by the Sierra Nevada, one can enjoy it’s scenic views from almost all parts of the city. Located less than an hour away from Lake Tahoe, perfect for a weekend getaway with your friends or family and less than 200 miles away from Sacramento, Oakland, San Francisco or San Jose to get some sun and enjoy the Californian weather. It’s location makes it even more prefect. Continue reading “Reno, The Biggest Little City In The World”