Biggest Little Santa Crawl

This past weekend, my hometown was host to one of the largest pub crawl events, called The Santa Crawl.  Thousands of Santas, elves, reindeer, and general snow hos, roam the streets of downtown in search of great drink prices (generally not great) and good times. I’m always in for a good time, and the Santa Crawl is no exception.

I started my trek for the perfect Santa Crawl by selecting a crawl-worthy ensemble. My “Bah-Humbug” attitude led me to a sweater I found on Amazon.com:

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Pig Suit-Up!

In tiny font, and the very tail-end of the job summary that I received when I was hired at John Ascuaga’s Nugget, underneath ‘Create graphics for web’ was a line reading “…and other duties as needed.”

That other duty came in the form of putting on a pig mascot costume and heading down to the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off media luncheon.

Meet Mr. Ribster:

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Top 10 things to do in the 3rd Worst City in America

My hometown, Reno, Nevada, was recently put on blast by EscapeHere.com as one of the “10 Worst Cities to Visit in the United States.” Now, I wouldn’t exactly call Reno a travel destination, but there are many fun attractions, activities, and all around merriment to be had in The Biggest Little City. If you get a chance, check out The Biggest Little City Movement, which is a collection of Renoites stories and shared love of our biggest little city. Below is my list of top ten activities and attractions that are a MUST when visiting Reno, or even if you’re a Reno local.

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All About the Bling

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Cheryl Bartee, a new vendor from Texas at her first Sparks Farmers’ Market

For Cheryl Bartee, a good wardrobe starts with the bling, which is why she began her own jewelry line in May 2012, All About the Bling Jewelry Boutique.

This past Thursday was Cheryl’s first time at Sparks Farmers’ Market, and she was very excited to start selling some of her pieces.  Cheryl just recently moved to the Reno area from Dallas, Texas with her husband, and loves it here in Northern Nevada.

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Fourth of July Weekend: Star Spangled Sparks

It’s the Monday back from an incredible holiday weekend, celebrating freedom and patriotism in all shapes and forms. Some may have camped out on a beach, others BBQing with family, or maybe you watched a spectacular fireworks show with friends.

I was at work, and while I was sad I couldn’t spend time with my family at their annual BBQ, I was able to take part in putting on the largest fireworks show in the Northern Nevada Region at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Star Spangled Sparks is a 14-year-long tradition involving delicious food vendors, fun carnival rides and games, and of course concluding with an amazing fireworks show. As a young girl, my family would always hike the few blocks from out house to the Nugget, toting along our lawn chairs and tupperware of cut up watermelon, to watch the breathtaking show.

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Whiskey Business

Each year around this time in Reno, Nevada, the Rodeo comes to town. There are cowboys, livestock, a fair, vendors, and of course the most popular seasonal bar, the Jack Daniels Tent. Last year, I was given the opportunity to work as a bartender at the tent, and came back again this year for some more.

I’d like to talk about my favorite part of bar tending: I have complete and total control over people’s sobriety. This is like a superpower.

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The Biggest Little Fashion Truck

Food trucks have recently hit the Reno/Sparks scene as a tasty and different way to grab a quick bite. With the ever-growing popularity of food trucks, Vinnie Lucinda along with his business partner Hillary Schieve hatched a plan for a new kind of truck – The Biggest Little Fashion Truck.

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After the owners discussed their idea, it wasn’t look before The Biggest Little Fashion Truck took to the streets. Their first event was March 23, 2013 at the Nevada Women’s Expo.

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