Red Hut Waffle Shop
I've added so little to the International list during this crazy travel month of October, but the Regional experiences have been adding up. Above, we are in South Lake Tahoe, CA at a tiny Waffle Shop at 7 am. Breakfast is an important meal for people who ski or hike, so there are plenty of good spots in the area!
We visited Red Hut a year ago, when Cheryl waited on us. Back then I did more eating than visiting, since I had no blog. Now I know that Cheryl has worked here for 22 years. This family owned joint started in 1959 and has changed little. Cheryl could have been frazzled since every chair and bar stool was taken, but her calm warmth seemed to relax the place. It felt like she was just serving one big family!
If you're planning on hiking the Tahoe area, you have to have a big breakfast! Blueberry Streusel French Toast with a thick, diner-mug of coffee was just about right for a moderate hike. Since it was our first day and we were going from an altitude of about 65 ft back in Texas to around 7,700...we couldn't take on too much.
This is the kind of hike you can handle after French Toast! We did a little meandering through the Quaking Aspens on what was once part of the Pony Express!
Zephyr Cove Lodge
On another day, we needed a bigger breakfast for a bigger hike, so feasting at Zephyr Cove Lodge in Nevada was the plan. This has been a busy retreat for over 100 years! We arrived before the restaurant even opened and had the place to ourselves!
The interior has been updated with sort of cheesy furniture, but the fire and lake view made it a perfect way to start the day.
Our server, Vincente has worked at this National Forest Service Lodge for 17 years. In winter and summer the place is packed with tourists, but in October we saw mostly workmen coming in to grab a coffee.
A hefty, skillet meal of eggs, potato, spinach, mushroom and cheese was just the fuel I needed for a ten mile hike! Of course we didn't know we were going to hike that long. In fact when I look at this spread I don't know how we managed to do anything besides nap! Back to cereal breakfasts, soon!
Putting a good breakfast to use...
Our Zephyr breakfast lead to a more rugged hike than our Aspen Trail! But we were also motivated by the amazing views of Emerald Bay as we hiked!
Our other HIKING motivation was RUBICON's LIGHTHOUSE! We had been tipped off that the lighthouse was unimpressive, but all we could do was laugh when after 5 miles we came upon this weathered little building. This poor outhouse-looking thing was built almost 100 years ago and only worked for 2! Thankfully we packed sandwiches, because our breakfast had been forgotten and we had to head 5 miles back.
POINTS FOR BREAKFASTS IN LAKE TAHOE- Too hard to figure out!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.