BY RICK CONWAY
Bite is an ambitious modern restaurant-bar, especially in small, rustic feeling, Incline Village. The atmosphere has a contemporary, stylish twist with woody, naturistic undertones. Modern Jazz music greets customers at the door. The fare is served artfully on small square platters. Portion sizes are equally small. The best way to enjoy Bite is to order a handful of entrees and try a little of each. You may have to order twice if you really like something. Everything goes well with sides like sweet potato fries and your waiter will happily increase the portion size if asked …for an extra fee of course. This can get expensive as entrees run from $8 to $19 and it is not the place to go if you have an exceptionally large appetite.
You can’t go wrong with ribs, or fish tacos, but the sliders are the real standout, and standby, “no frills” dish. Filet mignon bites are a great dish to share and they give you enough steak to fill a teacup poodle -almost. Dogs are not allowed to dine inside.
Choice sides include stuffed mushrooms, calamari and sweet potato fries. The cheese plate is as delightful as can be found anywhere in 100 miles, and the Point Rey’s blue cheese wrapped dates are a mouthful of flavor. The menu rotates often and new additions are hardly ever a letdown.
The wine list should prove satisfactory for all but the most obnoxious snobs, and innovative mixed drinks are always fresh and tasty, with only premium liquors, and fresh fruit and herb garnish. There is something particularly special about the bloody mary which bursts in the mouth like a ripe tomato, though the bar remains tight lipped of the secret mix.
To end the night, try the flourless chocolate cake, a bittersweet chocolate mousse with hazelnut brittle.The warm apple turnover bites are also an excellent choice. The wait staff is always fresh looking, spritely, and greets the guests, with nimble grace. They’re all skiers. Practically all the waitstaff in Tahoe area are ski bums, but the ones at Bite have class and style. No boozy, un-kept, lift ticket clippers here.
When planning a visit, book well ahead, as Bite is one of the more crowded restaurants in town, even on weekdays. Remember Bite is a dinner only venue, open 5pm to 9pm on weekdays and 5pm to 10pm on weekends. But don’t come on Wednesdays; it is the staff’s ski day.
BY Meghan tebow
The self-proclaimed “first noodle house” in South Lake Tahoe hardly catches the eye as you travel down State Route 50 through the center of town. Yama Noodle may not look like much from the outside, residing in the same run-down complex as a used book store and a purveyor of pirate accessories, however it boasts the most gut-warming hearty bowl of noodles to be found in the Tahoe area.
Enter into the noodle house and you will immediately notice Chinese dragons hanging from the ceiling, and a mosaic wall of old movie posters, many featuring Godzilla and other heartless monsters endemic to Japanese cinema. The menu, while offering more than just your average bowl of noodles, keeps things succinct with only one page of culinary options to choose from.
All noodles are made in house, from scratch, and include different varieties such as Udon, ramen, and rice. The Emerald ramen is a vegetarian option made with tofu, assorted vegetables, and a green curry broth, and is one of the establishment’s most popular menu items. For those who dine more carnivorously, the Yama ramen includes braised pork and egg in a rich pork broth, and commonly gets rave reviews from diners.
In the heat of the summer, a hot bowl of noodle soup might not be your cup of tea. Yama Noodle also boasts a selection of Banh Mi, a style of sandwich gaining popularity in the United States with Vietnamese origins. They also offer several different appetizers including a refreshing green papaya salad and a cold soba noodle toss made with fresh vegetables and a vinegar based dressing. Childrens’ options include stir fry, a simple udon soup, and appetizer style poppers.
If that weren’t enough to draw fans of Asian cuisine in, Yama Noodle also offers boba tea, a sweet milk based drink that boasts a wide straw for sucking up tapioca bubbles at the bottom of your drink. Kung fu movies from the 1960s and 70s play constantly on the restaurant’s two television screens. With awkward subtitles and the likes of Bruce Lee and Godzilla staring you down as you eat delicious food, it is difficult to pass up a stop at this tiny noodle house when venturing down to the southern end of the lake.
“Throughout the years the food has become increasingly better,” Resident Assistant Ashley White said. “The addition of Truckee Bagels last year and the new produce company this year has changed how I view cafeteria food.”
The school cafeteria receives its food from Sodexo, a food management service, and started a new partnership this year with Fresh Point, a produce company from Turlock, California.
Zendner has been working for Sierra Nevada College since 2007.
“We’re using Sodexo’s ‘ideas’ but implementing different ingredients. Fresh Point offers us more organic produce and a lot more variety in the produce that we can order, as opposed to before when we had the same apples, same bananas, you know just the same stuff every time,” Zendner said. “I am now able to get ahold of plums, nectarines, pears and different things like that.” Zendner admits that although Fresh Point has helped improve cafeteria food, there are still some pushes to be made.
“I’ve been really getting after the produce company because there has been some stuff I haven’t liked. I’m trying not to just accept everything they send and make sure that it is actually good stuff,” Zendner said.
People assume that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We are told this growing up because breakfast corporations want us to buy their food. However, the trick is to eat when you are hungry. If you wake up and are still full from last night’s late meal, then wait until you digest that meal to have breakfast.
-Don’t Mix Fats with Carbohydrates.
Our favorite foods usually consist of some type of bread and some type of fats for example pizza, grilled cheese and quesadillas. Scientifically, carbs and fats do not combine together to break down in your body to digest. Don’t think this stops you from eating carbs and fats altogether. It’s okay to eat carbs, and it is okay to eat fats, just eat them separate from each other!
Students were lured away from the monotonous stress of midterms week by the crackle of crispy bacon and the savory promise of maple syrup to Patterson Hall, where the Student Government Association (SGA) served pancakes to accompany stump speeches.
Sierra Nevada College branded merchandise is proudly displayed. There are sweatshirts, T-shirts and sweaters hanging to the left and right. Brightly colored Big Truck hats are presented in eye popping stacks in the center of the room. Welcome to the Sierra Nevada College campus store. Although there’s a lot on display, sales figures collected from Aug. 19 to Nov. 13 show that patrons are most likely to leave with a Coca Cola and a Snickers Bar.
Sierra Nevada College’s Prim Library opened its doors on Monday, Oct. 21, to the The Lab @ SNC, which is the second location for local business I.V. Coffee Lab. Conveniently situated in the back corner of Prim, where the neighboring printers dull the grinding of beans and the buzz of the espresso machine, the shop has an air of professionalism and homegrown pride sometimes missing from Incline Village.