So I’ve got a friend who goaded me into visiting Blitz. Now usually I’m more millennial main-stream, you know I have to be somewhere others will envy. My thoughts turned to how no-one would look at my Instagram’ed photos and what would I pin on Pinterest? Much to my surprise this is not a hidden hot spot it is simply a hot spot, the restaurant is humble but not a whole in the wall. When we arrived it’s packed and we had to wait for a table to clear. Once we were down our waitress asked for our drink order and if we could give her a few minutes to catch-up. Sure. We enjoyed our blue whale sized soft drinks, and true to her word our waitress was back and simply said, “You’re here for Taco Tuesday.” On Tuesday at Blitz it is a fact, that’s why everyone is there. My dining companion is from Puerto Rico and scoffs at tacos so he ordered the soup (homemade tomato parmesan basil – that was thick and tasty) and a chicken avocado sandwich (looked delightful and he ate it all). I was there for the tacos and ordered one of each. Let me simply say, for the price, these tacos are the best I’ve had in Nevada. Now, I could visit Las Vegas, and pay $42 for a Wagyu Taco and it would be wonderful but this is a $1.99 taco at Blitz. What’s the secret, parmesan cheese; I know you think I’m nuts but I asked, twice. They take a corn tortilla and put a little parmesan cheese on it while on the grill; the parmesan takes away the cornmeal taste and gives the outside of the taco a robust crunch. The tacos look like bouquets, brimming with filling as they arrive in their wax paper trays, they are heavy with meat. The chicken and beef taco are filled to the brim with meat, cheese, lettuce, onions and the salsa delivers just enough of a kick. Fish tacos are served with a cabbage slaw, add the salsa you’ll get the fish-cabbage-crunch and an occasional burst of heat. I’ve saved the best for last, Blitz Carne Asada Taco, the meat tasted of vinegar, garlic, lime, chili powder and cumin; I’m also thinking perhaps a hit of soy that is often used in carne marinade, slow roasted and delicious meat. I quaffed my taco down before I remembered the jalapenos. Let’s just say I could still be sitting at Blitz eating tacos. That’s right – it’s Tuesday so guess where I’m heading. Blitz, 400 S. Rock Blvd. Sparks NV – (775)972-5489
It’s time to pack away the cocktail shakers and grab the kettle. Let’s talk toddy; hot toddy that is. A toddy is made with a base of brandy, whiskey or rum, a warm mug of toddy makes a cold day past quickly. The word toddy itself stretches back to the colonial era and is taken from the Hindi word tārī, which was a drink made from the fermented various varieties of toddy palm, hence the name; and thank goodness the toddy has come a long way. Every year at the Sparks Hometowne Christmas parade I have been known to have a toddy; its how my family talks me annually into going to the parade. Since I enjoy a toddy during the parade at O’Skis Pub and Grille I reached out for an update on their available toddies. O’Skis owner, Cindy Pisiewski is still thinking about Christmas drinks, however she’s got some great Halloween options. I scrambled over to O’Skis to discuss toddies and crunched through an order of O’Skis’s nachos and discovered a delicious Pumpkin Coffee made with Captain Morgan’s Jack-O-Blast Pumpkin Spiced Rum. You can also enjoy a Pumpkin Bomb made with the same spiced rum. If you are looking for an Irish Coffee to warm you up O’Skis has one of the best in the area. O’Skis Pub and Grille, 840 Victorian Avenue, Sparks NV – (775)359-7547 (oskispubl.net)
The Sun Valley General Improvement District and Washoe County Senior Services host the 7th Annual Veterans Appreciation & Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 12. The opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. with Boy Scout Troop 585 Color Guard and local organizations offering veteran related services and resources will be on hand. At 9:30 a.m. the pancake breakfast will be served to all guests and event participants. The public is invited to the Sun Valley Neighborhood Center located at the Sun Valley Community Park, 115 West 6th Avenue, Sun Valley. If you’d like more information call the Sun Valley GID office at 775-673-2220.
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