Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

Name: Mark Estee

Age: 38

Occupation: Chef/ owner of three restaurants

Hometown: Lake Tahoe, Truckee, CA

Status: Single

Diva Minds Want to Know…

1. Where do you like to flirt?

I flirt anywhere except bars or supposed pick up joints. That is weak sauce. I like to be coming into a coffee shop at 6am on my way to the gym and flirt it out with any woman who is up at that time! Great way to start the day. I have also been known to flirt at the bar with some of our customers, of course this is done with extreme caution as not to turn anyone off. If it is good for business, it is good by me!

2. Where’s your favorite table for two?

I love Moody’s, Baxter’s and Burger Mesa—all in Truckee. Also Le Bistro is a super great place. The Tourist Club, Pastime and Bar of America are great watering holes!

3. Where should we stay when we visit?

Classic Truckee is the Truckee Hotel, old old old..loud trains. The River Street Inn is super quaint and the slick Cedar Sport Hotel is a very city-like green built hotel with awesome amenities.

4. What quality do you find irresistible in a woman?

Confidence is key for me. I am outgoing and dedicated to my work, so the woman needs to hold her own. Not be afraid to kick my ass if needed. Sense of humor and silliness is also key. As far as looks, I think that the hand and feet test is a must, followed closely and in no specific order by: calves, ass, face, hair, legs. I like the total package!

5. Where can we find you on a free Sunday afternoon?

Reading the SF Chron at the bar at Casa Baeza with a bowl of menudo!

6. What do you love most about your city (besides our arrival)?

The people here in Truckee and Lake Tahoe are very open and love to have fun. We also work really hard and enjoy the outdoors. There is a strong sense of community that exists here. I like to embrace that!

7. What should we bring when we visit your town? What should we leave with?

Bring your bathing suit. Leave with 2 extra pounds from me feeding you every day and night!

8. What do we absolutely have to see while we’re there?

Sounds corny but you must drive around the lake and stop and see the sights!

9. Any areas of town we should avoid?

Avoid?? That is tough because there is something special in every corner here in Tahoe…maybe stay away from all the firehouses. Those guys always steal all the best women!

10. Any local secrets you want to share?

It is not as cold as they say it is here. I promise!

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