Counter Culture: Eat your way to Lake Tahoe and Back
Allen Pierleoni, Sac Bee, June 29, 2012The weather was too hot to stay in Sacramento, so we made a plan: Go for a bike ride and a swim at South Lake Tahoe, stopping at a few restaurants on the way up and down the hill.
Outside of Placerville, we pulled off at the Red Apple Cafe. For years, its interior has been "kountry-kitchen kitsch," a charming clutter of homey knickknacks.
Step out back, however, and there's more breathing room. Fancy wrought-iron fencing borders a 3,700-square-foot stamped concrete deck overlooking rolling, pine-covered hills dotted with yellow and purple flowers. Decorating the deck are a wood-burning fireplace and strategic landscaping, nice touches for the newly initiated weekend dinners. Adding to that, owner Sabrina Choe says, she's planning wine-tasting events this summer.
We sat at an umbrella-covered table and fueled up on an apple-studded Belgian waffle ...