Cool Runnings Jamaican Grill

Cool Runnings Jamaican Grill, a new restaurant with a reggae feel, opened in Nevada City this week on July 27th, the opening day of the Olympics. This new grill has a unique menu unlike any other in town. Cool Runnings has a wide variety of traditional Jamaican dishes, including curry chicken, curry goat, jerk chicken, jerk pork, roast fish, brownstew chicken, brownstew fish, fried chicken, escovitch fish, oxtail, rasta pasta, ital stew, festival, plantain, and fried dumplins.

We tried the jerk chicken, which has a little bit of kick, the fried chicken, which was hot out of the frier, and brownstew chicken, which was sweeter and fell apart in your mouth. Each of our meals had a generous serving of the main dish. All the meals include tasty rice and seasoned cabbage and carrots. Meals are $5-$12 and sides/small dishes are $3-$5. This new grill will be opened for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.

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July Events 2012

Looking for a fun and safe way to spend 4th of July? Come to Nevada City and enjoy the patriotic parade that starts at 2:00 right in front of Broad Street Inn. Then head over to the Nevada County Fairgrounds to watch an incredible fireworks show at 9:30. Read details on the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce website, or click HERE.

Come to Summer Nights, one of Nevada City’s most popular events. The fun and free street fair is great for the whole family and dog-friendly! Enjoy music, art, vendors, classic cars, and the shops you know and love downtown. The street fair is only here for three Wednesdays: July 11, 18, & 25. For more information, visit the Nevada City Chamber website.

Travel back in time this summer! Sierra Stages presents The Music Man, set exactly 100 years ago, July 1912. Watch the classic musical at the Nevada Theatre from July 12 to August 4. Tickets start at $15 and are available at the Nevada City Box Office or HERE.

The 16th Annual WorldFest is back this year from July 12-15 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Come to see performers such as Cake, Joe Craven Trio, Mumbo Gumbo and many many more! Tickets start at $50 for a day pass. Want to camp out? It’s just $15 extra for a campsite! For more information on tickets, visit their website, or click HERE. Just a reminder, leave the pooch at home. Dogs are not allowed at the campground or in the fairgrounds for this event.

The Food and Film Series, put on by Miners Foundry and the Nevada City Film Festival, present Amélie, a classic French film nominated for 5 Academy Awards, on Friday July 20 at the Miners Foundry. Doors open at 5:00, the film starts at 6:00, and music and fare is at 8:00. Tickets are $16 for Magic Lantern Film Society and/or Miners Foundry Members, and $20 for non-members. Enjoy live music by Beaucoup Chapeaux, and classic French crepes by Isabelle’s Soul Kitchen Creperie are available for purchase. Next month’s film is Sideways. For more information, click HERE.

The Sierra Storytelling Festival returns to the North Columbia School House Cultural Center this year from July 27 – 29. Come and listen to African, Native American, and Jewish traditions and folk tales. Find ticket information online, HERE.

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The Curly Wolf Espresso House in Nevada City

Nevada City local, Joshua Henry, has opened Curly Wolf Espresso House, a fun new coffee shop on Broad Street, near Lefty’s Grill and the National Hotel. They got the name “curly wolf” from old miner slang for a tough or rugged man. The general manager, Stephen, is an experienced barista. He takes much pride in their beautiful Slayer espresso machine, hand built by a two-man crew in Seattle.

 

They brew Caffé Vita coffee, a dark roast from a small company also from Seattle. At Caffé Vita, the coffee is roasted by hand in small batches on a 1930s Probat cast metal roaster The coffee is freshly ground cup-by-cup in a Mahlkönig coffee grinder. The German company founded in 1924 specializes in high-quality grinders that concentrate on emphasizing the natural flavors of the coffee.

 

This new coffee shop has a very comfortable and elegant atmosphere, with couches and window seat, perfect for reading a book or catching up with friends. Curly Wolf is set apart from the rest of the cafés in town by staying open late until midnight on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends. They hope to eventually stay open 24 hours in the summer. Curly Wolf will be a great place for locals and tourists to go after a late dinner or a movie. Check out more photos on our Flickr HERE.

 

The coffee shop held a soft opening tonight with live music at 7:30 with a $5 cover.

You can find Curly Wolf Espresso House at 217 Broad Street, Nevada City, California.

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Summer in Nevada City

It’s really starting to feel like summer in town! With temperatures rising, it’s a great time to hit the Yuba River. We went to a little swimming hole this week and made rock art!

 

In the back patio at the inn, the daisies are in full bloom! They look amazing growing right above the fire pit. There are so many that we added some to the bouquet from Magickal Florist in the front office.

  

You can kick off summer by watching the Soap Box Derby on Nimrod St. by Pioneer Park tomorrow from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Don’t forget that Fathers’ Day is on Sunday! Celebrate by bringing dad (and the whole family, really) to the 52nd Annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic, starting at 1:00 p.m. with the Juniors race and the Pros starting at 5:00 p.m. To really make dad happy, bring him to the Pre-Race Brewery Party at the Ol’ Republic Brewery behind SPD.

 

If you’re looking for more fun activities this summer, check out our June Events blog, or talk to Carla at Nevada County Escapes for any type of adventure or getaway!

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June Events 2012

Ewing Productions presents Next to Normal, a 3-time Tony Award winner and recipient of a 2010 Pulitzer Prize, is showing at the Nevada Theatre from May 24 to June 24. Tickets range from $15-$35 and can be purchased at the door of ahead of time at Briar Patch or by calling 530-265-5462. Tickets are also available online. For more information, visit http://ewingventuresnc.com/

Sierra Vintners hosts “Discover the Gold” Wine Trail on June 2 & 3 from 12:00-5:00 p.m. Begin your tour at any of the participating wineries, where you will receive your commemorative wine glass, a wristband and a program outlining what each winery will be offering (program preview available online at www.sierravintners.com). This is a rain or shine event. Tickets are $30 for Friday OR Saturday, $40 for Friday AND Saturday, or $10 for a designated driver (you get food!). For more information, visit http://sierravintners.com/

The 2nd Annual Nevada City Foreign Car Show, Wine Stroll, and Pub Crawl is back! The Sidewalk Sale is joining the events this year too. The Car Show and Wine Stroll will be from 10:00-3:00 on Saturday June 9, and the Sidewalk Sale will continue until 5:00. More information is available HERE.

The Food and Film Series, put on by Miners Foundry and the Nevada City Film Festival, present The Other F Word, a film about punk-rock dads, on Thursday June 14 at the Miners Foundry. This particular film does not have an adjoining meal, bringing ticket prices down to $7 for members, students, and seniors, and $9 for general admission. Next month’s film is Amélie. For more information, click HERE.

The 37th Annual Bluegrass Festival is coming up! Come and enjoy the performances, workshops, and more at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, June 14-17.

The Nevada City Farmers Market is returning June 16 on Union Street (by the Chamber of Commerce). The Farmers Market will be every Saturday morning from 8:30-12:30 until November 17 (Saturday before Thanksgiving).

Back by popular demand, The Nevada City Soapbox Derby returns to Pioneer Park on June 16 from 10:00-4:00. If you missed it last year, you must see it this year! Bring the whole family and enjoy the races, as well as food, beer, and entertainment for the kids. Read more about the derby HERE.

The 52nd Annual Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race is back this Fathers’ Day, June 17. Watch racers compete in the largest and oldest bike race on the west coast, and second-oldest in the nation! The races start with the juniors at 1:00, with the last racers, Men’s Pro, starting at 5:00. For the full schedule and more information, visit http://www.nevadacityclassic.com/

The 2nd Annual Green Life Eco Fest returns this year to a new location, the Julia Morgan North Star House in Grass Valley. There will be vendors, speakers, and workshops available. The festival centers on sustainability and green living. Join the fun on June 23 from 12:00-7:00 and June 24 from 11:00-6:00.

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May Events 2012

Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques’ annual art show and sale is from May 5-13 in their warehouse in Nevada City. Twice a year, in Spring and Fall, Kodo Arts opens its warehouse to the public. Inside, you will find Japanese décor, furniture, textiles, art, kimonos, and much more! The warehouse is located at 571 Searls Ave in the 7 Hills Business District in Nevada City, or visit their website at www.kodo-arts.com.

CATS, Community Asian Theater in the Sierra, is putting on a production of Teahouse of the August Moon. It is playing at Nevada Theatre through May 5.

Crimes of the Heart, a play by LeGacy Productions, is playing at Off Center Stage in Grass Valley through May 13. Tickets are $18 in advance, or $20 at the door. You can purchase tickets HERE.

Deconstructing the Beatles is back by popular demand on May 8 at the Miners Foundry.

Johnny Winter is performing at the Miners Foundry on May 17. Tickets are $40 in advance.

Howlin Rain in concert with the Soft Bombs are performing on May 25 at the Miners Foundry. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $14 at the door.

Reclaiming the Sierra, a convention put on by The Sierra Fund discussing the effects of abandoned mines in California, is taking place from May 3-5. The convention takes a look at the impact of mining and green solutions to the problems.

The annual Teddy Bear Convention is back this year on May 11 & 12 at the Nevada City Elk’s Lodge. For the young and young at heart, you’ll find exhibits, vendors, appraisers, story time, and crafts for kids. Bring a can of food for the Food Bank, and get $1 off admission. Breakfast is available Saturday Morning. For tickets & information: www.dolls4all.com or call Dorothy at (775) 348-7713. (May 17 & 18 2013)

The Food and Film Series, put on by Miners Foundry and the Nevada City Film Festival, present Breakfast at Tiffany’s on May 12 at the Miners Foundry. Come and watch the classic film and enjoy a wonderful dinner inspired by the movie. Admission is $38 for non-members. Next month…The Other F Word.

Garden Tours at the Empire Mine begin on May 13 and continue every Sunday through September.

Join Nevada City Winery for their open house and “Bottle Your Own Bottle” party on May 19 & 20.

The 19th Annual Spring Garden Tour is on May 20 this year.

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April 2012 Events

Come see over 10,000 tulips at the Crystal Hermitage Gardens Tulip Open House. The  dates this year are April 7 & 8 and April 14 & 15 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. This is a free event with live music, refreshments and gardening questions and answers. The Crystal Hermitage Gardens are located in the Ananda Village, just 15 miles from the Broad Street Inn. It is also possible to see the tulips on self-guided tours throughout the month of April between 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Check out our pictures of the tulips from last year on Flickr!

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) opens its 18th season with The Teahouse of the August Moon. This Tony Award winning play was first adapted by the 1951 novel, then opened on Broadway in 1953, and later MGM produced a movie in 1956. This comedy takes place in a tiny Okinawa village from 1945 to 1952. It is a clash of cultures as Captain Fisby begins the process of “Americanization”. The play runs from April 12 through May 5 at the Nevada Theatre. Show times and tickets are available HERE. (You may have seen CATS’ incredible production of The King and I last year.)

Take a hike! Docent guided Wild Flower Walks will be held every weekend beginning March 17 through May 13 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the South Yuba River State Park. Bring a lunch, snacks, good walking shoes and a camera. Take in the flowers and views of the South Yuba River on the Buttermilk Bend Trail. For more information call the Park Visitor Center at 530-432-2546 or visit their website at www.southyubariverstatepark.org. This is a fun, family event and you can support our local park by donating a suggested $3.

For a new way to see Nevada City, go on a food tour! We highly recommend Local Roots Food Tours for a fun and interesting way to discover Nevada City for first-time tourists or return visitors. Read our blog on our food tour experience by clicking on the blog tab above or clicking HERE.

Once a month, join local bird expert Bill Cortright on a birding expedition along the South Fork of the Yuba River. The 2012 schedule is posted on the South Yuba River State Park website or click HERE.

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March 2012 Events

Ewing Venture Productions presents Harold & Maude from March 1 through March 25 at Nevada Theatre. Based on the 1971 film, this cult comedy tells the tale of Harold, a young man obsessed with death, falling in love with Maude, a 79-year-old woman who feels she’s lived her life. In their time spent together, Maude teaches Harold some of life’s greatest lessons. Tickets range from $15-$25 and can be purchased online HERE.

The 2nd Annual Burnal Equinox takes place on March 3 from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. at the Miners Foundry. This event features Burning Man related vendors, food, costumes, mini camps, and more. There will be live entertainment, including Albino! a 10-piece Afro-funk band from San Francisco. Purchase tickets in advance online HERE.

Come join us at the 23rd Annual Psychic Fair where you will enjoy lectures, workshops and readings. There will also be vendors offering artisan jewelry, clothing, lotions and potions,  and gems and crystals. Entertainment includes music by Lasher Keen, The Blackbird Quartet, the Billzillionairs, and belly dancing. This event takes place on March 24 from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. and March 25 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Miners Foundry and costs only $5.00 per person.

Take a hike! Docent guided Wild Flower Walks will be held every weekend beginning March 17 through May 13 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the South Yuba River State Park. Bring a lunch, snacks, good walking shoes and a camera. Take in the flowers and views of the South Yuba River on the Buttermilk Bend Trail. For more information call the Park Visitor Center at 530-432-2546 or visit their website at www.southyubariverstatepark.org. This is a fun, family event and you can support our local park by donating a suggested $3.

For a new way to see Nevada City, go on a food tour! We highly recommend Local Roots Food Tours for a fun and interesting way to discover Nevada City for first-time tourists or return visitors. Read our blog on our food tour experience by clicking on the blog tab above or clicking HERE.

Once a month, join local bird expert Bill Cortright on a birding expedition along the South Fork of the Yuba River. The 2012 schedule is posted on the South Yuba River State Park website or click HERE.

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January Events

Looking for something fun to do when you come to town? Check out what’s happening!

Come into town for SYRCL‘s 10th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival! This year, the three-day environmental film festival is on January 13, 14, and 15 in and around Nevada City. Each year, the Festival draws in top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the largest film festival of it’s kind. The films show all over Nevada City, including the Miners Foundry, the Nevada Theatre, the Veterans Hall, and many more locations (almost all are walking distance, too!). This is one of Nevada City’s biggest events and is worth going to! If you plan on coming next year, make your reservations as soon as possible. Accommodations fill up as far as one year in advance. We hope you can join us for this fabulous, one-of-a-kind festival!

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Nevada County Arts, and SYRCL present the 2012 Wild & Scenic Art & Wine Stroll on Saturday, January 14 from 4:30-6:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for the Wine Stroll, but art is on display throughout the town (free for viewing). The Wine Stroll includes 7 local wineries, including BYOB, Szabo, Clavey, and Nevada City Winery; art is on display at over 30 local businesses and buildings. The Art & Wine Stroll is a great way to stretch your legs after a long day of film watching!

Off Broadstreet Theater is bringing back by popular demand the musical comedy, Angry Housewives. Set in Seattle in the early ’80s, this cult classic tells the story of four conservative, middle-aged women who start a punk rock band. This performance is directed at an adult audience and may not be appropriate for the whole family. Catch a showing on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:15, January 13-February 18 (plus Sunday January 29th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $22 on opening weekend, $24 for the Sunday matinee, and $27 for all of the other showings. We highly recommend making reservations well in advance.

For years, John McCutcheon has been performing annually in Nevada County. His lively concerts show off both his musical talents and his amazing storytelling. McCutcheon is in town for just one night–January 19. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the show starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for KVMR members, $20 in advance, $22 at the door, and $30 for an advance reserve ticket which includes early entry and a free beverage. You won’t want to miss this entertaining and enjoyable performance!

The Gold Country Celtic Society is hosting the 21st annual Robert Burns Celebration: Dinner and Ceilidh on January 21 at the Miners Foundry. Doors open at 4:00 pm and dinner seating begins at 5:30 pm. After dinner will be a traditional Scottish Ceilidh featuring the music and singing of The Trinity Ensemble and The Ingersoll Family Pipes and Drums. Tickets are $55, which includes dinner and a show!

Sierra Stages presents Death of a Salesman at the Nevada Theatre starting January 25. This famous 20th Century drama is playing in town until February 12. There is one Wednesday showing, on January 25 at 7:00 pm, then it plays every Thursday at 7:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, and Sundays (February 5 and 12 only) at 2:00 pm. Tickets are only $18 if purchased before January 27, $20 on or after January 27, and $30 for reserved seating. Tickets are available online (HERE for general admission, HERE for reserved seating), Nevada City Box Office at Miners Foundry, The Book Seller, and Briar Patch Co-Op, or by calling 530-346-3210.

Coming Soon! The annual Masquerade Ball and Mardi Gras Parade are on Saturday, February 18, and Sunday, February 19, respectively. Make your arrangements soon!

This information is also available on our events page at broadstreetinn.com/events. Also, check out the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce events page at www.nevadacitychamber.com/blog.

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Local Roots Food Tours

Looking for a way to learn about Nevada City? Whether you’re a local, a first time visitor, or a regular in town, a food tour is a great way to learn about the history of Nevada City, try the different restaurants, and feel truly immersed in the town. Eric and Lisa have a food tour business, Local Roots Food Tours, where they take patrons on a tour of the town, while incorporating food and history. Eric and Lisa are locals who live in Grass Valley and started doing food tours in Sacramento. They saw how successful it was down there, that they decided to expand their business to Nevada City.

I joined in on Eric’s tour last weekend and learned so much about the place I call my hometown! The tour meets at Calahan Park, then heads over to Cafe Mekka. Cory, the owner, gave each person on the tour a taste of three of his favorite coffees. He also talked about where he gets his coffee, which is from Temple Coffee Roasters out of Sacramento, (we buy our coffee from him, so if you stay with us, you can taste some of the delicious Temple coffee!) and why he prefers it over other roasters.

  

Eric then took us over to the National Hotel where he talked about the history of the hotel and its significance of the town and the Gold Rush. We then went to Lefty’s Grill where we tried their delicious Italian Butcher pizza. Lefty’s has won awards for their Napa Style Pizza, which has a balsamic drizzle over pears, gorgonzola, mozzarella, olive oil, and fresh herbs. Their flat bread pizzas are all grilled in the pizza oven.

  

The tour moved on to Nevada City Winery, and on the way Eric talked about the Powell House which has just been recently remodeled. Each of the patrons on the tour were welcome to try the many different kinds of wine that Nevada City Winery offers. While at the tasting room, we were also offered to try Calolea Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and their Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. (Interested more about the wine at Nevada City Winery? Read my blog about the day I watched them press the grapes HERE.)

   

Once we left Nevada City Winery (which took much coaxing!), Eric talked about the history of the Miners Foundry. We then headed up to Elevensies where we got to try both sweet (Pumpkin Pie) and savory (The Petey Pie) crepes. (Read my blog from when Elevensies first opened, HERE.) While everyone was munching on their crepes, Eric led us up to our place, where everyone got a brief tour of the Broad Street Inn. We headed back downtown and enjoyed some delicious homemade treats from the Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe. They gave us samples of their famous Gold Miners’ Delight and a pecan turtle. After everyone finished–and after a few bought some fudge–we headed over to Sopa Thai. They brought out a few of their most popular dishes, which were all big hits.

 

 

We were running short on time so we didn’t go up Coyote Street. We then went to Deer Creek Inn where we were offered yummy homemade cookies. The tour then ended at the Stonehouse. The tour was 3 hours long, but went by very quickly. Patrons leave full of delicious food and a good idea of places they would like to return to. We highly recommend going on this tour whether you know the town like the back of your hand or it’s your first visit to Nevada City! Don’t forget about their food tour in Sacramento too!

For more photos from the tour, check out our Flickr page HERE.

Read their awesome reviews on TripAdvisor or write a review if you loved your tour!

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