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Try Monaciello for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Small Plates. (But Only if You Like Food.)

strawberry and brie french toast

When Monaciello first opened its doors, I attended a media preview night; I recently dug out my notes from the event, and I noticed these words that I had scribbled down as I was sampling the night’s offerings: “Life-changing carrot.” It’s not often that a root veggie is preceded by …

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Candy Cane Express: Insider Tips for an Afternoon of Christmas Joy

Train Depot Santa really was the best Santa.

My 7th grade Nevada history instructor from Clayton Middle School, Mr. Gandolfo, would likely do somersaults in his grave if he could hear the following admission: I’ve never ridden the V&T Railroad. So very sorry, Mr. G. But I made it up to him today (and seriously thought about so many of the things …

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What’s with the Teal Pumpkins?

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Halloween. It’s about dressing up in nutty costumes and making haunted houses and scaring the daylights out of your neighborhood kids. It’s picture-perfect moments with your cute little Storm Troopers and Wonder Women. But if you’re a kid, Halloween is all about the C-A-N-D-Y. It’s the one night a year …

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Warning: Brunching at Chez Louie May Lead to Mind-Blowing Disclosures

Mikalee Byerman and Karena

  My best friend in the entire world — a woman I have known for 25+ years, my former college roomie, a lifelong friend who has endured 1990s-inspired big hair and bad fashion with me (Exhibit A, left) and my closest confidant — revealed something so jarring during a recent …

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Reno River Festival: The Ultimate Mother’s Day Weekend Family Outing

Looks like we'll have better weather this year!

Have you been to the Reno River Festival in recent years? It is amazing to me how this festival has grown and changed since it started 14 years ago. How do I know it was 14 years ago? Because I vividly remember working the inaugural event the weekend that my …

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The Tale of the Headless Easter Bunny

easter bunny cake

I have issues. I get that. But perhaps during no season are my issues more prevalent than during the run-up to Easter. And there’s one massive reason. The Easter Bunny. But not the cute, fluffy, imaginary one (sorry kids if you’re reading this) that stops by my house every year to set …

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