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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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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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Date Night: Bocce Edition

The Shore Restaurant at Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel

My husband Mike and I both grew up in Reno and have been dating for 14 years. That’s a lot of nights out, a lot of dinners and movies. We love to go out and explore Reno, but with kids, we have to decide what qualifies as a good enough night …

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My Facebook Detox

Facebook

It was March, and I was in about week 4 of my depression. I have always had a tendency toward depression, though in the last few years I had been pretty consistently happy. But then that kid shot up a high school in Florida. Of all the social media outlets, …

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How to Do a Playdate

mammas n munchkins

Mammas and Munchkins is a playdate group that meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. We moms take turns hosting these playdates at our homes. I joined and have been to four and am hosting for the second time soon. The group began by a mom in the military, who learned how …

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