Articles by "Paul - 10/39 - Driving Inertia"
The cash register of a great bar -- note the bullets.

The bar you can camp at in Baker, Nevada

By     |    Aug 22, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Nevada     |    No Comments

Drive Highway 50 long enough across Nevada, and you’ll eventually end up near Baker, Nevada (you’ll have to detour south about two miles on Highway 487).  Baker is the gateway to Great Basin National Park (more to come on that). But let’s stop first in Baker. Baker isn’t much of a town, it just seems to exist because Great Basin National Park exists and every park needs its gateway city. […]

Read more
Reno at night.

Reno isn’t Las Vegas

By     |    Aug 21, 2012
Posted in: Nevada     |    No Comments

Las Vegas, when it dresses up, pretends it’s another city — New York, Venice, Rome, Paris, ancient Egypt, Circus-ville, Strato-opolis. Reno, when it dresses up, pretends it’s Las Vegas, old-timey Las Vegas. I find this tremendously endearing. It’s just so … precious, so cute, like a younger sibling copying its big brother or sister. But it’s a bit more down-and-dirty. I got panhandled while buying coffee in the morning inside […]

Read more
Let's all get a picture not as good as Ansel's!

Ansel Adams Ruined Yosemite

By     |    Aug 21, 2012
Posted in: California, Parks     |    No Comments

Ansel Adams ruined Yosemite. Well …. somebody did. Probably, a bunch of people had a hand in it, collectively ruining the park by popularization. Ansel may have just kicked it off. The cool climbers that flock here just sealed its fate. Honestly, though, why even try to take a picture of Yosemite? Ansel’s already taken a better one. You can buy a print at the gift shop. Of course, you can […]

Read more
Is that east?

East, east, east!

By     |    Aug 17, 2012
Posted in: Schedule     |    No Comments

Sonoma’s the turn — we’re now headed east for the first time in a long time. East, generally, with zigs and zags, of course, but east nonetheless. Not west. There’s no more west to be had. We’ve pushed across the state already, hungover after a fun wedding, and laid-up outside Yosemite. Yosemite promised to be crazy. Before plunging in, we had coffee and WiFi at Mountain Sage coffee shop. If […]

Read more
Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco Supreme ... in repose.

Unboxing the Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco Supreme

By     |    Aug 17, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Food     |    4 Comments

Well, firstly, this was no McGangBang (and also not authentico at all unlike these, these, and these), but it didn’t make me hate myself after eating it, so let’s call that a win. Secondly, let’s translate the name for the non-Spanglish speakers out there, Doritos Locos Taco Supreme means: crazy flavor-covered tortilla chips have hijacked your taco and covered it with more crazy. Anyway, I finally got to try the Taco […]

Read more

Wisconsin Drinks a lot of Korbel Brandy

By     |    Aug 16, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., California, Wisconsin     |    3 Comments

Fun fact: Wisconsin drinks 1/3 of all the brandy Korbel makes: “Wisconsin is our number one state,” says Margie Healy, director of public relations for the California-based Korbel. “We export 385,000 cases a year, and 139,000 go directly to Wisconsin. That’s one-third of our total production.” Fake fact: 75% of all brandy consumed in the US is consumed in Wisconsin. (Not true, sadly.) Growing up, my grandmother always had a […]

Read more
The Kenwood tasting room.

We Return to Kenwood Winery

By     |    Aug 15, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., California, Wine     |    No Comments

We visited Kenwood in 2006, way back in the day, when Lisa and I lucked into a trip to Sonoma. We loved it. Lisa was DD that day, and I’m pretty sure I sampled every one of their wines. There are maybe 30 on the tasting list. We returned to revisit the wines and learn about the Yulupa Zinfandel that Lisa declared the $10 bottle of wine closest to her […]

Read more
$2.50 martini!

Skip Willi’s Wine Bar for Happy Hour at Stark’s Steakhouse in Sonoma

By     |    Aug 15, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., California     |    No Comments

We needed a snack. We’d decided to head to Willi’s Wine Bar, so I looked at their website to check their happy hour deals. They had none. Digging deeper, I found that their sister restaurant, Stark’s Steakhouse, has the “best happy hour deals in Sonoma.” Hooray for the internet! Here’s the deal: Beefeater martinis for $2.50, cheap food specials, and wine and beer deals. The place is just north of […]

Read more
Had to pound one taco before I was collected enough to snap a pic.

Yummy Tacos in Sonoma

By     |    Aug 14, 2012
Posted in: California, Food     |    2 Comments

This is why it’s so tough to stay angry at California: Mexican food. Goddamn it’s good here. We had an amazing lunch at a food truck along the side of the road in Sonoma, just north of Healdsburg at the Taqueria Guanajualo Taco Truck. Lisa got a Chorizo-filled quesadilla. I had a grab-bag of three tacos. Everything was amazing. Leaving Oregon, we had lunch at a Mexican place in Brookings. […]

Read more
Oysters at Cafe Reyes.

Goodbye, Oysters

By     |    Aug 13, 2012
Posted in: California, Food     |    No Comments

After we turn in towards Sonoma, it’s all east from there on out. We’ll say goodbye to the Pacific … and its oysters. Sad day. Of course, it’s going to be tough to be more awesome than Indian Pass in Florida or Willapa Bay in Washington. Those places were amazing. And cheap. But as we headed south, we were leaving ‘cheap’ far behind. Here are your options for oysters in […]

Read more