Culinary Passport: Lefty’s Grill – Nevada City, CA


On our trip out to Hirschman Trail, we wore ourselves out from all that walking and chasing toddlers so we decided to grab some food before we headed home. We went driving around Nevada City, looking for something delicious. Now initially, due to the lack of parking options in town, we were unsure of what we wanted to do. I don’t know about you, but I hardly ever carrying change so meter parking was out of the question.

Lefty’s is right off the highway in the coolest looking house right over a little creek. I was drawn to it by the huge staircase on the backside of the house (unfortunately, I couldn’t get a good picture of it because Rosie fell asleep on me. Next time I will!). There just happened to be ONE parking spot in the lot across from the place so we decided to give it a shot.

Wow!! Yum! It was a little fancier on the inside than it looked from the outside and I was a little nervous about it at first. I tend to stay away from fancy places usually if we have the kids with us, but we were starving.


“The Lefty”

My burger was amazingly delicious! Seriously! I had always wanted to try a burger with a fried egg on it, I was not prepared for that! Bacon, egg, beef …..yummmmmm!!

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Nick picked this one and forgot to tell the waitress no onions, but we were not disappointed by the sandwich at all!! I am usually not a fan of onions, but those carmelised onions were to die for. Also, we took half of this one home (cause the Lefty burger was huge and filled us both up quick!) and heated it up in our convection oven. It was just as delicious with the bread all super crispy.

The kids really liked this place too because they had big coloring pages and crayons to keep them busy while they waited to steal all of our fries 😉

Overall, loved this place! We will definitely be keeping it in mind for our next date night. I would like to check it out during their prime time.

2015 Culinary Passport

Culinary Passport

2015 was a good year for stepping outside of my comfort zone in the eating out department. As I said in my earlier post, I spent many many years alternating like the same 4 restaurants because I knew I would be happy with the food and realized after like 8th plate of shrimp linguine alfredo that year (not joking, wish I was!) that there were so many tasty looking things out there that I had never tried because I was scared that I wouldn’t like them. Now, I didn’t get too crazy with it in 2015, but I did try new stuff and I went to some places that I normally would not have gone to.  I’m gonna start with the most amazing one because I’ve been dying to tell everyone and anyone about this place. In July, after a super fun family trip to the Santa Barabara Zoo, our friends suggested we all find a nearby pizza joint to help us recover from the last 3 hours of chasing 4 toddlers around the zoo. We agreed, of course! We ended up going with a place called Pizza Guru right there in Santa Barabara because it had the best reviews on google. It was fantastic!! Turns out they served only “fresh, locally-sourced, organic” pizza and pastas and it was incredibly delicious. I even stepped way outside my box and tried the one that had onions and mushrooms……OH. MY. GOD! Yummmmmmm. And all of that was not even the best part. They had toys and kid-sized picnic tables to keep the kids busy while we waited for our food. They loved getting to sit together without all the grownups. 🙂 If you are ever in Santa Barabara, check them out (p.s. I hear they deliver too! What?! What?!)

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Pizza Guru – Santa Barabara, CA

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“The Dagwood” at Viking Garden Restaurant – Solvang, CA


“Authentic Fish & Chips” at some rinky-dink place in Lompoc, CA

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“Chicken Fried Steak” at American Host – Lompoc, CA

(seriously, this place was also insanely good! big portions, great service, and delicious food. we went to this place like 4 times)

So 2015 was a pretty decent year for traveling and trying new food, but 2016 is gonna be out of this world! Any suggestions of amazing places or types of food that I just shouldn’t miss? Tell me about it in the comments! Believe me, I will be taking notes 😉

Culinary Passport

Though I’m sure the concept of a Culinary Passport is pretty self-explanatory, I will explain how I came up with the idea. A few months ago, I was realizing that every time my family and I went out to eat we would go somewhere that we knew we loved like Perkins or Red Lobster and though we were almost always satisfied with the meal, I was never trying anything new. So I started the Culinary Passport to challenge myself to try new places and foods that I wouldn’t normally try. The first place we went to was a total bust. It was a breakfast style eatery that ended up having exceptionally bland food and very rude waitresses. It almost discouraged me from trying new food all together. However, the second place I went to was a bar in Sturgis, SD where I tried deep fried steak tips. WHOOOO!! Yum Yum Yums! Since then, I’ve been pretty obsessed with it. I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a legit food critic, but I figure I should share with you the greatest places I find simply in support of local businesses. One of the best parts about traveling is trying food in strange places and so far it has been a blast! Also, I would like to apologize in advance for my novice photography skills. I am trying to teach myself some basics and am saving for a DSLR. 🙂 So, here is a basic list of some of the things I am hoping to try while I continue this Culinary Passport:

  • Pit Barbeque
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Beignets
  • Tamales
  • Chocolate Croissants
  • Bloody Mary topped with food
  • Fishbowl sized Margarita
  • Gumbo
  • Huevos Rancheros
  • Philly Cheesesteak in Philadelphia
  • Pho
  • Rabbit
  • Mission style burrito
  • Chicago style pizza in Chicago
  • Creme Brule
  • Chocolate Souffle
  • Shark
  • Cronut
  • Fondu