Now Trending: Spring in the new

Every change in season brings new things to try, new styles to wear, and places to visit! Here’s my lineup of the area’s freshest spots to discover when you’re springing in to Reno/Tahoe.

 

Bowl-icious

Skip the plate and go for the bowl. Whether it’s acai bowls, poke bowls, noodle bowls or B.Y.O.B (Build Your Own Bowl), bowls of food are in. Restaurants are loving this trend just as much as I am, featuring simple clean ingredients that pack a lot of flavor, and for a great price too. Super charge your morning at Basik Acai Café in Midtown Reno, this is their second location with a home base in Hawaii. You’ll fall in love with their contemporary selection of acai bowls and smoothies. I’m a sucker for blueberries and strawberries so the puna is my go to, a spin on the classic acai bowl. When lunchtime is near, Pola Poke is my favorite Reno poke joint. Try the vacation bowl that piles on savory proteins like tuna, salmon with tagashi and pineapple ponzu and topped with crunchy goodness, like coconut and macadamia. When you’re in a rush, take a sushi burrito to go, at Poke Rock in Tahoe or FinBomb Sushi Burrito + Poke Bar in Midtown. For the finale, BAB Café is a new restaurant serving up Korean flavors with their nutritious rice bowls like their spin on teriyaki chicken, spicy pork, and kimchi with vegetarian and gluten-free favorites. My mouth is watering after writing this. basikacai.com; polapokebowl.com; finbombsushi.com; bab-café.com

 

Game On

Take a hike PlayStation because the classics are back! Press Start Bar & Arcade brings you to a time when pinball machines were the raddest and arcade games were cool beans. This new “barcade” and gaming space features dozens of the most popular lost games. Before you push start, grab a themed cocktail like the Miss Pacman Margarita or Donkey Kong Manhattan. For some serious mind games, escape rooms are the newest craze to hit the area and I have yet to successfully accomplish any of my missions. Even though I know I’m not literally trapped in a room and I know a ghost, zombie or murderer is not going to bust down the door in 60 minutes, solving the clues and uncovering the mystery gets my adrenaline peeking every time. Puzzle Room has multiple locations in Reno/Tahoe and themed rooms that will get your heart pounding. For a trippy experience, Anything Virtual is Northern Nevada’s first virtual reality arcade. With padded 80-square-feet play rooms and top-of-the-line HTC Vive headsets, get lost in a new dimension. pstart.net; puzzleroomreno; puzzleroomtahoe; anything-virtual.com         

 

Better in small batches

It’s not just a cup of coffee. It’s the start to your day, your motivation, your conversation starter. More and more, coffee lovers appreciate the expertise of small-batch roasters — for the flavor they are able to achieve, confidence in where it originated and recognition of who’s roasting it. Clyde’s Coffee Roasting Co. on Tahoe’s Nevada side is family owned and operated. With their roaster in the back, I can assure you that they make the perfect cup every time. Pair it with a homemade lemon poppy seed scone, and you’ll have the best morning. Just down the road on Tahoe’s California side, Black Cabin Coffee roasts their beans sourced only from co-op farms that use sustainable harvesting practices and only uses 100-percent organic syrups. Off the hill in Reno, the award winning Magpie Coffee Roasters had its humble beginnings in a garage, until the two friends refined their product, opening their artisanal coffee roastery at the end of Midtown. clydecoffee.com; blackcabincoffee.com; magpieroasters.com

 

Fashion on wheels

Young entrepreneurs are shying away from the standard brick-and-mortar business idea and leaning toward a more mobile concept, like The Biggest Little Fashion Truck. Owner Britton Murdock opened BLFT in 2016 and hopes to empower women by clothing and styling them with a unique wardrobe that makes them feel confident. BLFT partners with other fashionista vendors and restaurants to host one-of-a-kind shopping spaces. For a fun girls night out, attend one of her monthly pop-up events or book a private party and have the fashion come to you! biggestlittlefashiontruck.com

Out with the old and spring in the new! With this lineup of trending hot spots, you’ll have plenty to brag about to your friends. Share your experiences with me on FB + IG at @meghanburk.

 

 

By: Meghan Burk