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Winter Wonderland: 50+ Things to Eat, Drink, See, & Do This Season

The weather might be frightful, but you can still make the season delightful. Ensure this year’s winter is extra warm and wonderful by checking out our top picks of what to eat, drink, see, and do when the temps dip down.


Cold weather and hot soup are the perfect winter pairing. Lucky for us, our region is overflowing with bowls from every corner of the globe that’ll please all palates.

Kara-Miso Ramen at Fukumi Ramen


Fukumi in Japanese means “feel” “mood” and the tonkotsu ramen from Fukumi Ramen definitely qualifies as feel-good food. Their broth is boiled for 72 hours to achieve a fantastic umami and makes their Kara-Miso Ramen especially good, with thick noodles in an original miso spice blend topped with pork belly, a perfectly seasoned egg, green onions, corn, and sprouts. 10271 Fairway Drive, Suite 120, Roseville, 916-474-5748,
Did you know? Tonkotsu ramen originated in Fukuoka on the Kyushu island of Japan. Its broth consists mainly of pork bones boiled for several hours resulting in a creamy, rich flavor.

Tom Yum Koong at Thai Paradise


As the name suggests, Tom Yum Koong from Thai Paradise is all kinds of “yum”my. Prawns, white mushrooms, and fragrant Thai herbs like lemongrass swim in this hot and sour soup. Since the soup is broth-based and not coconut milk-based, it’s fewer in calories and keto-friendly, making it a prime pick for any weight loss plans this year—at least that’s the excuse we’re giving ourselves for downing it. 2770 East Bidwell Street, Folsom, 916-984-8988,; 4361 Town Center Boulevard, El Dorado Hills, 916-939-0389,
Did you know? The word “tom” refers to the boiling process and “yam” means “mixed” in Thai. The base of this soup is traditionally made by grilling chilies, shallots, and garlic on a charcoal fire.

Pho Mimi Special at Pho Mimi; Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group*


The aptly named Pho Mimi Special at Pho Mimi is a pho-vorite of ours. Chockful of high-quality flank, fat brisket, tendon, tripe, and meatballs, along with tender rice noodles in a clear yet flavorful broth, you’ll want to order the extra-large serving of this one! 25004 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 121, Folsom, 916-542-7913,
Did you know? Pho (pronounced “fuh”) is a relatively new food—having existed only within the last century or so. It was originally sold at dawn and dusk by vendors in Vietnam, who shouldered mobile kitchens on carrying poles from which hung two wooden cabinets: one housing a cauldron over a wood fire; the other storing noodles, spices, cookware, and space to prepare a bowl of pho.

Chupe de Camarones at La Huaca; Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group*


For a tropical take on chowder, visit Roseville’s La Huaca for their Chupe de Camarones (translation: stew with prawns or fish). This spicy bowl boasts Peruvian chili peppers, potatoes, Peruvian corn, milk, a fried egg, and Andean green herbs. Whether you have it with the mahi-mahi or shrimp, you’ll be transported to the undulating Peruvian coastline bite after bite. 9213 Sierra College Boulevard, Suite 140, Roseville, 916-771-2558,
Did you know? Chupe de camarones (shrimp cioppino) is one of the most popular dishes of Peruvian coastal cuisine. It’s regularly found in Peruvian restaurants specializing in Arequipan cuisine—a regional cuisine known for its spicy food that’s often served alongside corn beer (chicha de jora).

Zuppa di Fagioli at Vaiano Trattoria; Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group*


Vaiano Trattoria in Granite Bay promises—and delivers—a taste of Tuscany with their Zuppa di Fagioli, a rustic white bean soup flavored with salty pancetta. Perfect for winter, this comfort food is hearty, earthy, and pleasing to the palate. 7160 Douglas Boulevard, Granite Bay, 916-780-0888,
Did you know? Tuscan cuisine has peasant origins and is quite simple, often relying on legumes, bread, cheese, vegetables, and fresh fruit for a meal.

Rasam at Sanskrit; Photo by Menka Belgal © Style Media Group*


Try the Rasam at Sanskrit in Folsom if you’re looking for bright, bold flavors. This peppery South Indian soup, rightly called “fire broth,” is a piquant blend of tomato, tamarind, black pepper, and cilantro. The sour and spicy vegetable stock can be eaten with piping hot white rice on its own or following a meal. 2776 East Bidwell Street, Suite 300, Folsom, 916-817-4356,
Did you know? Rasam is often used as a remedy for colds and the flu and is a good pick for weight loss. It’s also rich in minerals and aids in digestion, which is why it’s normally had at the end of a meal.

Sherry-Infused Lobster Bisque at Heyday Café; Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group*


You know what lobster bisque is, but have you tasted the Sherry-Infused Lobster Bisque at Placerville’s Heyday Café? It’s the best in town, bar none. Rich, creamy, and flavorful, it’s an “I-could-lick-the-bowl-it’s-that-good” kinda soup. Dunk some of their garlic bread in it and you’ll be oohing and aahing all week long. 325 Main Street, Placerville, 530-626-9700,
Did you know? This French-origin soup is based on a strained broth of crustaceans like lobster, crab, or shrimp and its name is thought to have been derived from the Bay of Biscay along the western coast of France.

Pozole at Mexico Lindo;Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group*


The Pozole from Mexico Lindo in El Dorado Hills is a must-try—along with their fajitas, alambre, and craft cocktails. Unlike other eateries that only offer the hominy (corn kernel), chili-spiced, and pork-laden delight on weekends, Mexico Lindo’s is served daily…guaranteeing you can get your fill seven days a week. 3375 Bass Lake Road, Suite 100, 916-941-5941, El Dorado Hills,
Did you know? Pozole means soup or stew. Hominy—a prime ingredient in pozole—is an ancient ingredient that’s been used to make beverages, grits, soup, dough, and sweet porridge.

French Onion Soup at La Provence; Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group*


La Provence in Roseville makes the most perfect French Onion Soup. Loaded with onions (just how we like it) this fragrant soup is obviously made with care and lots of love. A little sweet, a little salty, and a lot scrumptious, you’ll be slurping down this cheesy goodness in no time. 110 Diamond Creek Place, Suite 150, Roseville, 916-789-2002,
Did you know? Ancient in origin, this soup saw a revival in the ’60s due to a great interest in French cuisine in America—something we suspect Julia Child contributed to.

Avgolemono Soup at Petra Greek; Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group*


The most authentic pairing to a Greek salad would likely be a Greek soup, wouldn’t you think? Well, Petra Greek in Folsom makes a divine one that’s straight from the (Greek) Gods. Their silky Avgolemono Soup is made from an egg-lemon base along with rice and chicken. It checks all the comfort food boxes for us. 230 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1213, Folsom, 916-693-6397,
Did you know? Although known as part of Greek cuisine, avgolemono, or egg-lemon sauce, is originally from Sephardic Jewish cuisine and is found in Italian, Arabic, Turkish, and Balkan cuisines as well.

Wor Won Ton Soup at Fat's Asia Bistro; Fat's Asia Bistro photo courtesy of Fat's Asia Bistro.


Banana cream pie is what you have at Fat’s Asia Bistro when it’s celebration time, and the Wor Won Ton Soup is what you have when it’s hunker-down-for-the-winter time. Delicate shrimp and pork wontons are accompanied by chicken, shrimp, barbecued pork, and tons of veggies in a savory broth—what more could you possibly want? 1500 Eureka Road, Roseville, 916-787-3287; 2585 Iron Point Road, Folsom, 916-983-1133,
Did you know? "Wor" is the Chinese word for everything, so "wor" won ton soup has a little bit of anything and everything in it. Finish it off with a drizzle of sesame oil or hot chili oil, and you have the recipe for soup success!

By Tara Mendanha


Our backyard is brimming with prime (and picturesque!) places to lift your spirits this season. Check out these spots for the ultimate snow day of play.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows


Located in North Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is home to 6,000 acres featuring two mountains and stunning views. Skiers and snowboarders of all abilities are welcome—as they offer beginner, intermediate, and expert terrain. Lodging at The Village at Squaw Valley is available, too, along with dining and shopping. Adult lift tickets start at $99 and must be purchased online. 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, 800-403-0206,

Sugar Bowl photo by Vincent Zacha-Herthel.


Sugar Bowl Resort lies atop Donner Summit and is proud to be one of the oldest ski resorts in California. Skiing and snowboarding abound on the mountain with four peaks, and lodging is available at The Hotel at Sugar Bowl. Adult lift tickets are $125 and must be purchased in advance online. 629 Sugar Bowl Road, Norden, 530-426-9000,



Sierra-at-Tahoe is the closest resort to Sacramento and boasts over 2,000 skiable acres, as well as multiple parks and pipes to test your tricks. Prices vary but include options for one-day lift tickets, “3 PAK” lift tickets (three lift tickets that don’t have to be used consecutively), and a season pass—all which must be purchased in advance online. 1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road, Twin Bridges, 530-659-7453,

Heavenly Mountain Resort


Vail Resorts include Northstar California Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, and Heavenly Mountain Resort—all of which have the same protocols but each with unique slopes. Lift ticket prices vary but must be purchased in advance online. Be sure to make time to shop at The Village at Northstar, try something new at the Kirkwood Cross Country and Snowshoe Center, and ride Heavenly’s epic gondola. 5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, 800-466-6784,; 1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive, Kirkwood, 209-258-6000,; 3860 Saddle Road, South Lake Tahoe, 775-586-7000,

Northstar California Resort


Tube Tahoe features over 500 feet of tube-able snow that’s open to riders of all levels. General admission is $45 ($35 for kids 12 and under; $15 for 3-5-year-olds) and includes a tube rental of two hours. Hold on and get ready for a totally tubular time! 3021 US-50, South Lake Tahoe, 530-600-2304,

Tahoe Adventure Company


Get moving with Tahoe Adventure Company! They offer activities year-round, including guided snowshoe tours (rated easy to moderate) that—depending on snow level and conditions—last between two and five miles and run $80 per person. If you’re looking for even more of a spectacle, take part in their Full Moon Snowshoe Tour or Sunset Snowshoe Adventure for $75. All prices include snowshoes, poles, permit fees, and knowledgeable guides. 530-913-9212,

There’s a surplus of Sno-Parks in California (18 total!) with the majority of them being close to home. There you can enjoy a variety of activities including cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, and various types of snow play. Each park is unique to what they offer, but day-use permits must be purchased per vehicle for $5 each or you can buy a $25 season permit that’s good through May 30.

By Emily Peter-Corey


Just because there’s a chill in the air doesn’t mean alfresco dining has to come to a halt. Thanks to fire pits, comfort food, and booze, you’ll be warm and well-fed at these literal hot spots.

Mikuni; Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group*


Mikuni in Folsom boasts a spectacular fire pit under a state-of-the-art adjustable slated roof that provides cozy outdoor seating and a modern ambience all year long.
Try this: Should deep-fried cravings hit, try their Puff Daddy—crab-stuffed shrimp tempura with a creamy house sauce. Cold weather calls for Hot Sake, and none better than a bottle of the Folsom-brewed Gekkeikan. 185 Placerville Road, Folsom, 916-934-5250,

J Wild's Livery & Feed; Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group*


Snag a fire pit table at J Wild’s Livery & Feed and you’re in for a toasty dinner in charming Historic Folsom. Take in artwork and murals depicting Sutter Street during the 1800s while savoring impressive barbecue.
Try this: Their creamy Mac n Cheese makes the perfect side to lip-smacking BBQ but can also hold its own. And don’t forget to try their Whiskey Flights, where you’ll get a taste of Kentucky, Wyoming, Tennessee, and more. 614 Sutter Street, Folsom, 916-353-0140,

Smith Flat House Cellar & Grill has impressive seating arrangements from their wine cellar to a vast courtyard. Over the winter, said courtyard comes to life with live music and comedy shows amid fireplaces and heat lamps in the cozy gazebo.
Try this: Dig into puff-pastry wrapped Baked Camembert made better with gala apples, drunken fig jam, and maple bourbon candied pecans. Alongside, sip on some Champagne or a soft, fruity red for a memorable evening. 2021 Smith Flat Road, Placerville, 530-621-1003,

Eureka! in Roseville invites you to relax by their fire pit and sip on handcrafted libations. This chic space is the perfect getaway from the humdrum of daily life.
Try this: Chow down on a Cowboy Burger, complete with shoestring onion rings, bacon, cheddar, and a beer-barbecue sauce. You could have it with one of their craft beers or an Old Fashioned to keep you warm on a cold night. 234 Gibson Drive, Suite 100, Roseville, 916-864-9500,

Sienna; Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group*


Sienna in El Dorado Hills has a spectacular outdoor fireplace and the locale in Roseville has multiple large fire pits making both restaurants the perfect setting for any intimate gathering.
Try this: Sometimes, all you need is something sweet and something fizzy. In this case, try their dangerously delicious Donut Holes and Port Fizz. 3909 Park Drive, El Dorado Hills, 916-941-9694; 1480 Eureka Road, Roseville, 916-771-4700,

Pink Martini is known for its fun vibe as well as ample and beautiful outdoor space. You can reserve fire pit seating—complete with comfy couches—to ensure a fab night of live music (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) or happy hour (Monday-Saturday).
Try this: Go all out with their Bourbon Flambéed Mushrooms with garlic and parsley. Then cap off the night with a delectable Cran-tini. 6700 Lonetree Boulevard, Suite 100, Rocklin, 916-773-7465,

Lazy Dog delivers with their well-conceived outdoor seating. Plenty of warmth can be found here, making weekday happy hour very enjoyable. Best part? Your furry friend can bask in the warmth, too.
Try this: Breakfast for dinner, anyone? With Bacon Candy and a Smoked Maple Bacon Old Fashioned, we say “rise and shine!” 238 Gibson Drive, Roseville, 916-727-6321; 300 Palladio Parkway, Folsom, 916-378-4660,

Bacchus House Wine Bar & Bistro has an elegant patio with fancy “fire heaters” that’ll make you forget all your winter woes. In addition to an A+ for ambiance (and warmth!), they also have some of the best food and cocktails in town—with a happy hour that’ll turn any frown upside down.
Try this: Trust us when we say to try the Grilled Crab Cakes (they’re one of the most popular small plates for a reason!) alongside a glass of crisp Sobon Estate Rosé. 1004 East Bidwell Street, Suite 100, Folsom, 916-984-7500, 

Land Ocean in Roseville has a running fire pit that looks as impressive as it is effective. Their Folsom locale has some cozy fire pits, too—perfect for sweater weather and boozy evenings.
Try this: While away the time with Local Wine and Chicken Skewers served with a teriyaki glaze and jalapeño slaw. 2720 East Bidwell Street, Folsom, 916-983-7000; 1151 Galleria Boulevard, Suite 241, Roseville, 916-407-5640,

House of Oliver; Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group*


House of Oliver has enough fire pits and patio heaters to warm the entire neighborhood. You’re always in for a good time here, especially with live music every Friday and Saturday and happy hour Monday through Saturday.
Try this: In keeping with the warm vibes, try their Spinach and Artichoke Dip served piping hot and brimming with gooey goodness. Then, wash it down with some fine House Cabernet while savoring the cozy environs. 3992 Douglas Boulevard, Suite 140, Roseville, 916-773-9463,

The Independent has a gorgeous stone-accented patio with a romantic fireplace, plenty of heaters, and soft lighting that sets the perfect mood at sundown.
Try this: The ideal accompaniment to this setting is their Bread Pudding coupled with a Double Shot Espresso Martini. 629 Main Street, Placerville, 530-344-7645,

The Independent; Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group*


Back Bistro’s outdoor patio is studded with stylish stone fire pits and lighted palm trees. Their outdoor seating area has expanded onto the Palladio, too, giving you more room for comfortable and safe dining.
Try this: Their Prawns and Polenta with linguiça, lemon, and garlic is creamy and delicate, and will pair nicely with their House White. 230 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1201, Folsom, 916-986-9100,

By Tara Mendanha

Winter Sport Safety During COVID-19

While each resort in the Tahoe and Reno area are handling their operations a bit differently, keep these general changes in mind.

Online Reservations
Most resorts are not selling same-day on-site ski passes. Be sure to purchase your pass in advance.

Limited Numbers on the Slopes
Ski and snow play areas are reducing numbers and spreading people out to allow for social distancing. Translate: demand may exceed space available.

Outdoor and Tailgate Dining
To avoid crowded lodges, many ski destinations are offering takeout options for outdoor and tailgate dining.

Household Members Only on Chair Lifts
Depending on where you ski or board, be prepared for household members only on chair lifts.

Private or Limited Group Lessons
Expect limited, pre-booked lessons with an emphasis on private lessons.

Contactless Lift Entry
RFID gates are being used more frequently at chair lifts, which allows for contactless lift ticket entry.

Plan Ahead, Stay Over, Arrive Early
Now more than ever, getting to the snow early has great importance. If you’re planning a Tahoe-Reno ski holiday this winter or early spring, plan ahead and consider adding a conservative and COVID-sensitive stop on the way in less-touristy locales like Colfax, Placerville, or Hope Valley.


Chicken Tortilla Soup at Bennett’s Kitchen Bar Market, 1595 Eureka Road, Roseville, 916-750-5150,

Hot & Sour Soup at Folsom Palace, 1169 Riley Street, Folsom, 916-983-8880; 3941 Park Drive, Suite 10, El Dorado Hills, 916-936-0909,

Pumpkin Soup at Folsom Tap House, 25005 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 140, Folsom, 916-292-5711,

Chicken Udon at Hisui Sushi, 25004 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom, 916-985-7778,

Menudo at La Rosa Blanca, 402 Natoma Street, Folsom, 916-673-9085,

Sizzling Rice Soup at Lotus 8, 199 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom, 916-351-9278,

Albondinga at Mariachi Mexican Bar & Grill, 400 Iron Point Road, Folsom, 916-500-9595,

Caldo de Marisco at Mexquite, 25095 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom, 916-984-8607,

Sopa Puerto Escondido at Mezcalito Oaxacan Cuisine, 5065 Pacific Street, Rocklin, 916-701-4772; 187 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 160, Folsom, 916-351-0900,

Clam Chowder at Powell’s Steamer Co. & Pub, 425 Main Street, Placerville, 530-626-1091,

Spicy Crab Bisque at Scott’s Seafood Roundhouse, 824 Sutter Street, Folsom, 916-989-6711,

Minestrone Soup at Visconti’s Ristorante, 2700 East Bidwell Street, Suite 700, Folsom, 916-983-5181,

EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to the ongoing pandemic and changing dining guidelines, please call each restaurant before heading out. Or grab some takeout from one of the restaurants mentioned and have your own fireside feast!

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