"They had forsaken home and family, and gone into the unknown of a new land with only courage and the hands that God gave them, and had given us in our turn the right to be born American."
-- Robert Laxalt
In his celebrated memoir, Sweet Promised Land, writer Robert Laxalt tells the story of his Basque ancestors and the incredible challenges these new Americans faced in northern Nevada. While more than time and distance separates Nevada's Basque community from their home in the Pyrenees, the rich culinary traditions of the old country live on in the simple but distinctive dishes found in the traditional Basque restaurants that dot Nevada's landscape. You'll want to start off a meal with a Picon punch, a popular Basque aperitif with Nevada roots as strong as the drink itself.