Healthy Food

Find fun things to do in North Lake Tahoe, California. There’s a fabulous variety of totally fun tourist attractions and things to do in North Lake Tahoe to suit every taste, from skiing and snowboarding in winter to fishing and water sports in the summer. Plus, there is plenty of dining, shopping and activities when it’s time to come inside. Whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or hit the shops, restaurants, spas or the casino tables, you’ll find it all in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. The Squaw Valley Lodge provides the perfect spot to experience it all!

Truckee Chili Cookoff 2012

The Best Pies team at the 3rd Annual Truckee Chili Cookoff

Sunday, June 24, 2012 | 11am-4pm

Truckee River Regional Park, Truckee, CA

A sponsored fundraiser for the Truckee-Tahoe community by the Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club, the 4th Annual Truckee Chili Cookoff  is a spicy way to turn up the heat on the local community! Local contestants compete to claim the title of “Best Chili in Truckee.” Join celebrity MC KCRA’s, Teo Torres, for an afternoon of chili tasting, sip on cold beer, and cool down your palate with sweet ice-cream.

This event also features a battle of the bands between The Deck Heads, Jo Mama, and Dancing with Clowns!

Check out the 2012 chili contestants! Are your taste-buds ready for some hot eats?!

  • Old Farts making Chili and Their Trophy Brides
  • Truckee Police Department
  • Summit Bar & Restaurant
  • Poets on Payday
  • Hey Chef
  • Truckee Fire Department
  • Michael Stark
  • Slow Food Lake Tahoe
  • Jax Truckee Diner
  • Best Pies
  • Full Belly Deli
  • Dragonfly
  • Plumpjack’s Restaurant
  • Wild Cherries
  • Porter/Simon
  • US Forest Service
  • Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company

Tickets are $15/Adults, $3/Children under 12; and available online here! Tickets may also be purchased at the event day of.


Growing Local, Eating Local

Foothill Farmers' Market, Tahoe City

Although it felt like summer would never arrive, Mother Nature triumphed with tremendous sunshine, calm winds, cloudless skies and just the right temperature to enjoy Lake Tahoe to the fullest. We hear tourists and locals alike chat excitedly about Foothill Farmers’ Market, which runs from June through October. It is a bustling place to browse locally grown produce, a chance to peruse artisans and Lake Tahoe vendors.

As we enjoy the last moments of the summer season, why not head out to the Foothill Farmers’ Markets on the North Shore and pick up some fresh vegetables for dinner? It doesn’t take much to throw together a healthy and delicious meal for the whole family. If you need more micronutrients in your diet, why not put down that grilled cheese and whip up the following recipe?

2 Medium Heads of Red or Green Leaf Lettuce

2 Small/Medium Heirloom or Beefsteak  Tomatoes

3-4 Green Onion Stalks

1 Avocado

1/4 Pound Green Beans

1/2 Large Red Onion

1 Lemon

Olive Oil

1 Clove Fresh Garlic

Balsamic Vinegar

Salt & Pepper (to taste)

Heat medium saucepan with one tablespoon olive oil. Thinly slice the red onion. Rinse and chop green beans into one inch pieces. Saute the onions until brown, and add green beans. Stir occasionally and add several tablespoons of balsamic vinegar to caramelize onions and green beans. When green beans are steamed but still somewhat firm, set aside.

Chop the tomato and green onion. Place in a large salad bowl. Squeeze one lemon; add several tablespoons of olive oil, minced fresh garlic and salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside and allow to marinate. Wash and chop the lettuce, or tear into bite sized pieces. Slice the avocado. Toss the greens in salad bowl with dressing. Serve and top with avocado slices, and onion/green bean mixture. Serves approximately four.

Bon Appetite!

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