Eating at Reno Bites

The second annual Reno Bites is coming up Oct. 20-27 with an expanded lineup of culinary events and a worthy motto, "Break the chain; eat local."

Twenty restaurants (including the ones with all the buzz) will showcase their cuisine with either specialty dishes, chef events or three-course menus. Women farmers are the focus Oct. 21; there's an Offal Offal Experience on Oct. 22; and a Chef Showdown on Oct. 26.

(OK, how many of you got that Offal Offal is a riff on Reno's yummy Awful Awful burger?)

Find all the offerings at http://RenoBitesWeek.com.

San Fernando history

That headline is no oxymoron. The San Fernando Valley has a deep, rich history, and an entrepreneur is putting his collection on display in a new museum, Valley Relics, to prove it.

Displays range from Nudie Cohn's flamboyant cars to the sign for the valley's first kosher deli to documents dating back to developer Isaac Newton Van Nuys' first trip to this region. (Clearly it wasn't his last.)

Go to www.mercurynews.com/travel to read the story and see the slideshow. And if you have San Fernando Valley memories to share with other readers, email your thoughts to us at travel@mercurynews.com.

Tips on wine getaways


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Are the wineries of Carmel/Monterey and the Livermore Valley beckoning? If so, you're going to need some tips on where to sip, eat and sleep. That's where Winery Road comes in. It's the new free app from our food, wine and travel staffs, with lots of cool new ideas. Download it at the iTunes store.

Uh, excuse me ...

The annual Road Trip Scavenger Hunt got wild when we asked readers to photobomb the vacation pictures of others and convince police officers to pose while eating. See the slideshows at www.mercurynews.com/travel.

Contact Linda Zavoral at travel@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/buh_byetravel.