Spring issue of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine is now circulating — in print and online

A digital version of our spring issue is here. The theme is “The New Gold Rush,” featuring new investments in our region, including the Truckee Railyard project, the National Hotel and The Stone House in Nevada City, the Nevada County Bank Building in Grass Valley, and a new hotel in Auburn, among others. (Cover photo: Will Edwards)

Enjoying a visit to the “Pink Palace” in Honolulu

A room with a view at the “Pink Palace”

The spring issue of our magazine is finished, so I headed out to Honolulu for a quick “R&R.” I snagged a low fare on Alaska Airlines from Oakland, and started my trip at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel (AKA “the Pink Palace”).

I love the history of the Royal Hawaiian. The pink stucco, Spanish-Moorish styled complex opened in 1927 to accommodate the Matson Nativagion Co.’s steamers from San Francisco. The hotel offers walking tours that recount stories about the iconic resort.

My first trip to Hawaii was in high school. I flew on a United Airlines 747 by myself to spend the summer in Honolulu with a longtime childhood friend, whose family had returned to the island.

His mom was born in Honolulu, a descendant of early Christian missionaries. She graduated from Punahou School in Honolulu — a storied private school — and Scripps College, Claremont. Before passing, she was honored by the Hawaii State Senate for her volunteer work.

I developed a love for Hawaii on that trip, getting an “insider’s view” of Honolulu, including the arts and culture venues. Later, my wife Shannon and I would return to the “windward” side of Oahu, where we rented a house from a former colleague of The Chronicle, who lived there. We would swim and grill fresh fish from the famed Tamashiro Market. We also would eat dinner at Alan Wong’s, who grew to become one of Hawaii’s most renowned chefs.

Since then we’ve been back to most of the islands: Kauai, the Big Island and Maui. In short, Hawaii has been a part of our lives together, including when our son was born. He has memories of going to a luau and swimming in the surf. He learned about Pearl Harbor firsthand from a visit there.

This time, I’m on my own for a little “R&R.” I will visit Alan Wong’s for dinner, visit the Honolulu Museum of art, and enjoy swimming in the ocean. I like to leave the sliding-glass door of my room open at night to hear the surf.

The three-hour time difference is an advantage too, because I can help my son with his homework before it even gets dark. And I’ll fly home in a narrow-body 737, a “toy airplane” as my friend who was a captain of a 747 used to joke. Times have changed. Enjoy your week!

Here’s a vintage United Airlines commercial from the 1970s, when I took my first trip to Hawaii in a 747:



Bent Metal Winery announces it will close in mid-July

Editor’s note: We received this email today from Bent Metal Winery — an official announcement of what we knew was in the works. Wishing Scott and Judy the best in their future adventures. Thanks for 10 years of wonderful wine and good times!

“After 10 wonderful years it’s time for us to move on to other adventures.

“Lot’s of recent changes for us, including selling our other business of 37 years.

“We will be closing Bent Metal Winery the middle of July 2018.

“We have met so many great people, And have made many good friends along the way.

“We want to thank all our Wine club members and repeat customers for all your support over the years.

“We hope to see you all before we close. We are planning a final party on June 23rd
( more details to follow ) .

“Our remaining wine inventory will be available at Huge discounts… come and get it.

“We will be included in this years Wine Trail on May 19th.”

Scott and Judy”

Nevada City celebrates its 162nd birthday

WHAT: Nevada City Celebrates 162nd Birthday
WHEN: Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Nevada City Hall, Council Chambers, 317 Broad Street, Nevada City
TICKETS: Free to the public

On Thursday, April 19, Nevada City will celebrate its 162nd Birthday and to commemorate the occasion, city council members will host a party at City Hall.

Local news blackout? The Chronicle wins 26 California journalism awards, including best large newspaper for the third straight year

Editor’s note: While our local newspaper tooted its own horn, and “local yocals” such as Don Bessee, Barry Pruett, and Todd Juvinal joined the chorus, I missed the news that interested me as a 12-year alumnus of Northern California’s largest newspaper:

As Steve Rubenstein reports in the “Voice of The West”: “The Chronicle won (26 awards) and 12 top awards — including its third straight first-place award for general excellence in large-circulation newspapers — from the California News Publishers Association.

“In naming The Chronicle the first-place winner in the daily division, the California Journalism Awards judges cited ‘clear and compelling writing, good photos and lots of just nice finds tucked throughout the pages.’

“Every section is treated with care … (there’s) something for everyone,’ the judges added.

“The Chronicle’s other first-place awards for 2017 came in the categories of breaking news, editorial comment, feature story, front page layout and design, in-depth reporting, online general excellence, online photo story/essay, photo story/essay, photojournalism, sports feature photo and video journalism. The Chronicle also won nine second-place awards.”

I think I’ll renew my subscription to The Chronicle! We travel a lot in Northern California, and I often find community newspapers such as The Union to be too provincial. And some stories, like the front-page “investigation” on “roofie madness” are “fake news.” A lot of community news I read in The Union appears on my Facebook page — and it’s not fake news. To each his own, however.

Bold Women Artists

Yuba Lit presents “Bold Women Artists” at The Stone House, 107 Sacramento St., in Nevada City on May 31 t 7:30 p.m. The gathering features Bridget Quinn, author of “Broad Strokes: 15 Women who made Art and Made History.” Reading with Ms. Quinn and sharing stories how they persisted in making art are Nevada County artists Deborah Bridges, LeeAnn Brook, Ruth Chase, Amanda Paoletti and Jerianne Van Dijk.