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naturally ella

Nailing the ‘gram

Erin Alderson, the creative mind behind the vegetarian cooking website Naturally Ella, is also an accomplished photographer whose photography studio, Grove Haus, celebrates the unforced beauty of fresh ingredients. Her images, like her recipes,...
Shelley Blanton Stroud

15 Minutes With Shelley Blanton-Stroud

We recently chatted with Shelley Blanton-Stroud, a writing instructor at Sacramento State and co-director of Stories on Stage Sacramento, about releasing her debut novel, “Copy Boy,” amid the pandemic, how grit became a theme...
al pastor tacos

Trust in Tacos

The Sacramento region is spoiled with scores of great taquerias, each putting their personal spin on what many consider to be the perfect food. Whether you prefer soft or crispy, al pastor or asada,...
sailing martin machado

Point of Sail

Martin Machado is proof that creative inspiration can strike at any time. The San Francisco-based artist was trying to avoid freeway congestion after visiting family in Sacramento when he opted for a backroads route...
cook book

Can’t Cook? Crack a Book

What’s an aspiring chef to do when the restaurant industry they dreamed of being a part of is turned upside down? Kathi Riley Smith, a veteran chef (she worked at San Francisco’s Zuni Cafe)...
cheesemaking with sacha laurin

15 Minutes With…Sacha Laurin

Sacha Laurin Day job: Cheesemaker for Winters Cheese Co. Hidden talent: Making vegan leather from kombucha for her fashion business, Kombucha Couture Lives in: DavisWhen did your love of cheese begin? I lived in New Zealand and Australia...

Dance Dance Revolution

If you’ve ever dreamed of showing off your sweet dance moves in front of a live audience, you need to meet Venetia James. James is the founder of Hundred’s Unit, a troupe of amateur...
mark helms bread

Baking to His Own Beat

Bread bakers tend to be an obsessive bunch, and Mark Helms is no exception. He personally bakes every loaf of bread served at Juno’s Kitchen, an East Sacramento lunch spot known for its outstanding...
urban wood rescue trees

New Life for Old Trees

The Sacramento Tree Foundation has come up with a novel way to manage wood waste from the urban forest. Through a program called Urban Wood Rescue, dead trees that normally would be chipped into...
pet tech

Pet Sitters Plus

When your pet has a special health condition, finding a pet sitter who can attend to its medical needs can be a challenge. That’s what prompted registered veterinary technicians Haley King and Taylor Guynn...