Laughing Planet on N. Virginia

“Laughing Planet. You know we’re a quick-service restaurant offering nutritious, affordable, and delicious fare. Maybe our tasty burritos and bowls, soups, salads, smoothies, juices, and homemade cookies are among LaughingPlanet_2012_logoyour favorites. But the truth is, through our own mixture of fresh, healthy food; a fun, quirky ambiance; and a daily dose of laughter and inspiration, Laughing Planet is more than a meal—it’s the best part of your day. Venture inside a Laughing Planet and in mere seconds, you’re transported to a lively, friendly world where laughing is part of your daily health. Every café is a meeting spot, a community-building forum, a place to sit and talk with friends and strangers.”

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Laana Thai Cafe – Reno

“Lanna Thai Café was built as a labor of love by Chef Pim, a home taught chef from a small village outside of Chiang Mai Thailand. Pim’s mother and village guided her in the traditional ways of authentic Thai cooking. In building her restaurant she pledged not to dilute the exotic tastes of Thailand with over-Americanization. Her vision is to share a 1407522204000-REN0806-Menu-Watch-Lanna-Potstickersjpggenuine Thai experience with every guest.”- Got this off their website, hopefully they stand by it. I wouldn’t know because I haven’t really tried Thai food in Thailand, but I’ve heard it’s awesome, especially if you’re a fan of street food.

But I do like American “Thai” food and Laana Thai Cafe was my second shot at it in Reno, after Ruby Thai restaurant in the food court at Meadowood Mall, which was quite mediocre.  Continue reading “Laana Thai Cafe – Reno”

5 Best Buffet Options In Reno

For a city with a population of a little over 200,000, Reno relatively has a wide variety of options especially when it comes to food. And for all those foodies that are always on the lookout for dining options, there’s no better place to be. We never run out of options here. There are always new restaurants opening up, be it in Midtown or in and around the city. And it just keeps getting an Awful-Awful lot better.

What better way to binge on food and be spoilt for choice than buffets? Reno has a wide variety of buffet options. Too many options though can be overwhelming at times. Which is why I’m narrowing it down to the 5 best buffet options, based on personal favorites and people’s choice. Continue reading “5 Best Buffet Options In Reno”

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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