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Awesome Dog Friendly Restaurant in South Lake Tahoe – The Bear Beach Cafe

I was up at Tahoe this weekend, and – since I always prefer to keep Mr. Hercules with me given the choice, I set about looking for a cool dog friendly restaurant in South Lake Tahoe.  I found a great one!

First of all, if you’re not familiar with Lake Tahoe, permit me to school you. 🙂  It’s the most awesome place in the history of ever.  It’s so gorgeous!

Mark Twain wrote this about it in 1861:

“At last the lake burst upon us–a noble sheet of blue water lifted six thousand three hundred feet above the level of the sea, and walled in by a rim of snow-clad mountain peaks that towered aloft three thousand feet higher still! As it lay there with the shadows of the mountains brilliantly photographed upon its still surface, I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole world affords.”

The View from My South Lake Tahoe Motel Window

The View from My Room in South Lake Tahoe

So, as I was driving around, I noticed that the Bear Beach Cafe on Highway 50 sets out tables on the lawn in front of the building, and I saw some people with dogs laying under their tables.  Excellent!  Views of the lake and hang time with my puppy?  No question!  It was time for me and Hercy to give it a try!


The Bear Beach Cafe in South Lake Tahoe

The Bear Beach Cafe in South Lake Tahoe

The first thing that struck me was how easy it was to get seated.  This sounds like a small thing, but you’d be surprised what a pain in the neck the logistics are at some places to get seating outside when you’re alone with a dog.  Well, at The Bear Beach Cafe, I simply walked in and asked the hostess if I could grab a table outside with my dog.  She said that would be no problem, and we settled on which table it would be.  I told her I was heading back to my car to get my dog – and what do you think I found when I arrived at the table just moments later?  A water bowl, all laid out for Hercules! 😀

My Table at the Bear Beach Cafe, With Water Bowl Laid Out for Hercy

My Table at the Bear Beach Cafe, With Water Bowl Laid Out for Hercy

As you can see, the view is awesome, being so close to the Lake!

The View From My Table

The View From My Table

The View From My Table

The Rest of The View From My Table

The food was absolutely delicious.  I ordered the Lakeview Omlette, which was delicious! 😀

Lakeview Omelette

Lakeview Omelette


Herc obviously liked it – he enjoyed looking out at the view, as well as chillin’ on the grass!

Hercy's Water Bowl

Hercules by His Water Bowl


Herc's Water Bowl

Happy Hercy! 😀


Herc Chillin' on the Grass



Next time we are back in Tahoe, we will definitely be hitting up the Bear Beach Cafe! 😀

Cheboygan County Fair Queen


Don’t ask me how I came across this as I was researching something for a client…sometimes click trails are just extremely convoluted.  😀 But I did. I came across an article in the Cheboygan News about the Cheboygan County Fair Queen. And it BLEW. ME. THE. F*#&$. AWAY!

So, here’s the deal. Six chicks competed for the apparently illustrious title of Cheboygan County Fair Queen in Cheboygan, Michigan last Sunday. Here are the four that placed:

Cheboygan County Fair Queen Court

Cheboygan County Fair Queen Court

Cheboygan County Fair Queen Winners

Cheboygan County Fair Queen Winners


OK, so, fair enough…I live in Los Angeles, not Michigan, so maybe I have a skewed sense of physical beauty.  Maybe there’s just not a huge pool of talent in good ole Cheboygan?  Right?  Am I right?




This is one of the two girls that DID NOT MAKE THE TOP FOUR.  Out of SIX!


Cheboygan County Fair Queen Wannabe

Cheboygan County Fair Queen Wannabe


I’m sorry, but in what universe does that girl not beat those four other girls by a galactic effing MILE in a beauty competition???

Is Cheboygan, like, BIZARRO world or something?

Hello, Newman.


PS – Before anyone starts to berate me for being mean to the sensitive little kiddies, let’s remember that these girls entered themselves, of their own free will, into a competition where they *asked* people to evaluate, judge, and rank them on their physical attributes.  I’m merely taking them up on that request! 🙂


PPS – Apparently someone from this town is spreading this post like wildfire. Opinions are a mixed bag, from those that are “appauled” that I somehow got the idea that the concept of “pagent” somehow relates to beauty (go figure), to those who feel I’ve merely given voice to opinions secretly held by many. Who would have thought this would have become such a hot-button issue, like, five months after the fact??

At any rate, apparently (according to a couple of commenters), this “pagent” is all about inner beauty, and character, and charity work, and whatnot…which apparently is best judged in ballgowns and tiaras. My mistake! 😀

Kanye West – “People Look At Me Like I’m Hitler”


I think this comparison could have easily been avoided with a little bit more careful consideration with regards to personal style…

Kanye West - People Look At Me Like I'm Hitler

It's Chaplin! It's Hitler! No....It's KANYE!!!!

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