My Tahoe Experiential Dining: Shabu Shabu

Junko_CMX2629Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is now offering a new immersive dining experience in Echo Restaurant – Shabu Shabu. A Japanese delicacy, the name for this “cook your own meal” hot pot experience comes from the sound the ladle makes as you stir the dish.

Diners receive a cooking pot full of Kombu, a clear seaweed broth. The broth is used to cook side platters of vegetables, tofu, and Udon noodles. You then have a choice of select, thinly sliced meats, and two kinds of dipping sauce. Vegetarians can select additional vegetables.

Now comes the fun. Place your choice of veggies and meat in the boiling broth and wait three to four minutes as your meal cooks at your table. This healthy and filling meal is a dining experience the whole family can enjoy as each person can create their own. The heart of the meal is in the broth, as the raw vegetables and meats absorb the flavor.Shabu_CMX2653

Or try the Sukyaki, a sweet soy sauce broth that comes with the veggies already in the pot. It is served with a dipping sauce and poached egg and dinners have their choice of meats to add.

Japanese cuisine pays careful attention to appealing to all five senses. Shabu Shabu, brings together flavor and aroma with sounds and sizzle to entice diners with the ears and eyes as well as their palate.

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Shabu Shabu $14.00 per person
Your meal is served with Kombu, a clear seaweed broth used to cook side platters of: assorted vegetables, tofu, and Udon noodles. Served with two kinds of dipping sauce. Add your choice of meat (below).

Sukyaki $14.00 per person
Your meal is served with assorted vegetables, tofu, and Udon noodles inside Sukiyaki (soy) a sweet soy sauce broth. Served with a dipping sauce and a poached egg. Add your choice of meat (below).

Additional Ingredients for Shabu Shabu and Sukyaki (please select one):
Natural Pork Loin $16.00 per person
Natural Angus Beef $18.00 per person
Additional Vegetables $5.00 per person
Additional Udon Noodles $5 per person

Lake Tahoe — America’s playground is open for summer

iStock_000009672598SmallSouth Lake Tahoe has been a summer retreat from more than a century. With warm days, think mid-70s, and cool nights, it just exudes perfect summer.  As the temperatures rise in the valleys, our mountain retreat and clear blue water just gets better. Take advantage of Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel’s June getaway special and visit for as low as $89 a night, Sunday through Thursday, through June 23.

Now is the time to secure your summer vacation plans before everyone gets the idea. Along with ideal weather and Lake Tahoe of course, June is full of free concerts, events, and new attractions.

Starting June 9 Reggie Hall will be live at 5 p.m. on the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel Echo Restaurant outdoor deck. Sit at our expanded bar and enjoy music, beverages, delicious food and the Tahoe sunset. You might also catch an impromptu magic show with illusionist Alex Ramon. Opening this month in Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room, the magician will be at the hotel Tuesdays through Saturdays from 2 to 5:30 p.m. giving guests a sneak peek of his show “Impossible.” Ramon will be performing on Echo’s outside deck and in the hotel’s main atrium.

You can also try Echo’s latest culinary adventure and be your own chef at one of our Shabu Shabu tables. Shabu-Shabu is kind of like the Japanese version of Fondue. Cook your choice of thinly sliced meat and vegetables in a simmering broth at the table and season with an array of dipping sauces and create a taste all your own.

Live at Lakeview summer music series returns to Lakeview Commons on June 23. With amphitheater style seating, this popular free beach party happens every Thursday through Aug. 25.

Right next door to Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel you can catch more free music at Heavenly Village’s summer concert series which runs every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. Or catch the gondola to Heavenly Mountain’s Epic Discovery which opens June 18 with new attractions like the Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster.

The Tallac Historic Site offers a chance to step back into Tahoe’s grand history when characters like the infamous Lucky Baldwin operated the Tallac Casino and California founding families summered on the shore in their mountain mansions.  Spend an “Afternoon with Anita Baldwin,” and listen as she recounts her adventures as Lucky’s daughter, Fridays, June 10, June 24 at 1 p.m. Or take a tour of the Pope House and then have “Tea with Mrs. Tevis” on the porch of the Tevis Pope Estate and hear about her life in Tahoe, on June 29. Tickets are available through the www.tahoeheritage.org website.

Or just come up and soak in the summer. It might be time for a couple days of hooky. We won’t tell.

The Mountains are Calling

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Spring wildflowers, professional bike races, concerts and warming temperatures make South Lake Tahoe a must getaway for May. Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel’s spring special offers rates as low as $89/night, Sunday through Thursday in May and June.

Some call it “shoulder” season, we call it simply one of the best. You can often find a little piece of Tahoe Zen to call your own. Less crowds means more chances to hike, paddle, and ride with just the sounds of nature as your soundtrack. Or immerse yourself in the thrill of the Amgen Tour of California as professional cyclists return to Lake Tahoe to compete May 19.  The men will take off in Lodi, Calif., and finish at Heavenly Mountain Resort’s California Base Lodge in South Lake Tahoe. Women’s Stage 1 race will also start and finish at Heavenly Mountain Resort on May 19. Lake Tahoe’s natural geography of steep climbs and long descents against postcard views will offer plenty of sites to catch race action.

Nighttime entertainment includes rock super group Chickenfoot with Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Chad Smith and Michael Anthony in town May 7-8 at Harrah’s South Shore room. Also on tap is Los Lobos on May 14.

For daytime adventures get in your first round of Tahoe golf in 2016. Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course is scheduled to open May 9 and Lake Tahoe Golf Course is already open and booking tee times. You can customize a golf paScreen Shot 2015-02-26 at 12.18.06 PMckage through Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel and book one of 25 courses around Lake Tahoe and nearby locations like Genoa Lakes in Genoa, Nev.

Bring your bike, clubs, paddleboard, kayak, or travel light and rent some when you get here. It’s May and the mountains are calling.