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Happy Easter 2016!   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi



This time of year we tend to think of spring, with crocus and daffodils peeking up in the yard. Not this year. Mother nature has blessed us with yet another several inches of snow, and it appears we’ll be skiing through June at this rate.

But Easter weekend is upon us, and somehow or other, your kids can participate in Easter Egg Hunts and several places offer Sunday Brunches. Be sure to check your favorite places for availability. Here are a few options:

April 15

Easter Egg Hunts:

Tahoe City at Commons Beach at 10 am.

Truckee River Regional Park at 11:30 am.

Incline Village Recreational Center at 11 am.

The Ritz Carleton, Northstar. 10:30 am.

Gar Woods – 11 am

Sunday Brunches
The Ritz Carleton, Northstar. 11:30 am to 2:30 am

Sunnyside, West Shore – 9 – a pm.

The River Ranch, Tahoe City – 10-2 pm

Gar Woods – 9:30 – 2:30 pm

The Lodge at Tahoe Donner. 10 – 2 pm.



Photo from Carmela Pop



And if you prefer a quiet brunch at home, here’s an easy and fresh pancake recipe you’ll love. Filled with lemony goodness, these are light and lovely. I tried them myself, and they were incredible.

Serves: 8 lemon pancakes
  • 2 Tbsp oil or melted butter
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • 1⅓ Cup flour
  • 2 Tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ Cup lemon juice
  • ¼ Tsp lemon zest
  1. In a bowl mix the oil with the sugar. Add the eggs and the milk and continue mixing.
  2. Slowly incorporate the flour and baking powder and mix until there are no lumps left and the batter is shiny.
  3. Pour the lemon juice and the lemon zest and mix for 1 more minute.
  4. Lightly grease a pan and place it over medium heat.
  5. Once the pan is hot add ¼ cup of batter and cook until there are small bubbles on top.
  6. Flip and cook for 1 more minute. Remove from the heat.
  7. Repeat the process with the rest of the batter.
  8. Serve while hot with butter. Enjoy!

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From everyone at Your Friend in High Places, have a wonderful, safe and Happy Easter!




The Global Cafe – Tahoe Vista   Leave a comment



The Global Cafe. Order at the counter and your food will be up in a jiffy!


By Michelle Portesi

Located across the street from the Tahoe Vista Boat Ramp and Beach, the new Global Cafe is an old building that has been completely remodeled and revamped from its previous life as a Mexican ‘to go’ taqueria.  While I just loved those little tacos with cilantro, onion and lime, this little cafe is a much needed improvement.

Having lived at Tahoe Vista some time ago, I always lamented that there was no place nearby to just walk over and get a latte or breakfast without hopping in my car. With so many vacation hotels, motels and condos in the area in addition to the year round neighborhoods, it was something that was sorely missing.

Well, lament no more! The Global Cafe serves everything from breakfast, to lunch to an early dinner.

On recommendation from the gals running the front end, I had the breakfast burrito with sausage. Not only was it extremely tasty, but it was HUGE! Not being a ravenous, 6 foot, muscle bound buff male ready to conquer some hill, I easily made 4 meals out of it. (Hint: ask for a to go box when you order as you will most likely be taking some of it home.  Or better still, bring your own bag for the leftovers).



Breakfast Burrito with potatoes, egg, mild green chili, sausage (add on), cheddar and jack cheese with a fantastic dipping sauce!


And goodness knows, you can’t beat the view! You can sit at the window and gaze out at beautiful Lake Tahoe while having your coffee and reading the paper, or pack it all up and head across the street and dine at the beach. Park it at one of the picnic tables or bring your towel and beach chair along and eat at the waters edge.

In addition to their eclectic breakfast selections, they also serve soups and salads, burgers (both vegetarian and regular), sandwiches and flat bread pizzas. Made with the freshest ingredients, while the food is made fast, this certainly is no fast food joint.



View of the Tahoe Vista Beach from the bar seat at the Global Cafe, Tahoe Vista, CA


The Global Cafe also serves a wide variety of espresso drinks, tea, Italian sodas,  wine and an impressive array of specialty beers to wet your whistle.

Visit their website to view their complete menu, promotions (Tahoe Adventure Company Paddle Tours) and for more information.


The Global Cafe is located at:

7019 N. Lake Blvd, Tahoe Vista CA

PHONE: 1-530-553-1717

Sun – Wed ….. 7am – 5pm
Thu – Sat……   7am – 7pm





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