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The Love Is Baked In

Lori Diaz doesn’t mince words when it comes to her baking. “I somehow accidentally stumbled upon making the best chocolate chip cookies there ever has been, and I say that with equal parts humility...
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Woodland Wonder

When Ronnie and Jenn Mafrici moved to Woodland from the Bay Area, they wanted a modern farmhouse that reflected their style and their lifestyle, says the couple’s interior designer, Lori Brazier. “They were looking...
burger patch

Growing a Better Burger

Burger Patch founders Phil and Danea Horn are on a path to upend the fast-food industry with their local chain of plant-based restaurants. (A third location is set to open near Sacramento State early this year.) The couple chatted recently about the power of...
Mushrooms Date Vegan Deadly Sins

Greed, Envy and Vegetables

It wasn’t all that long ago that Sacramento was a veritable desert when it came to vegan dining. Back then, avoiding animal products meant settling for a ho-hum salad or ordering a modified vegetarian dish relegated to a far corner...
Jose Velarde Truffle

The Truffle Trade

Jose Velarde isn’t one to sit on an idea for long. Last July, he hatched an ambitious (some would say impractical) plan to start a truffle importing business from his home in Olivehurst, just north of Sacramento. The enterprise was up and running...
Bobbie Singh-Allen

15 Minutes with Bobbie Singh-Allen

The newly elected mayor of Elk Grove discusses her plans for the city, breaking barriers and staying grounded in the midst of an acrimonious campaign.What's the biggest challenge Elk Grove is facing currently, and...
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All in the Bag

What do smoked baby clams, Spam, kimchi, chow mein noodles, pomegranate boba and crunchy Sriracha peas have in common? They’re all sandwich ingredients at Timmy’s Brown Bag, a compact Placerville lunch joint that surprises and delights customers with some of the most offbeat food combinations ever found...

3 Reasons You Need Tamales This Christmas

Tamales have long been a Christmastime staple in Mexican households. But if the folks behind Yolanda’s Tamales Factory had their way, everyone would be noshing on them during the holidays. Founder Yolanda Vega, working alongside her son and daughter-in-law, Andres...

When Takeout Bites

Is there a wrong way to do takeout? Some restaurateurs say yes. The issue involves third-party apps—think Postmates, Grubhub, DoorDash and the like—that provide convenience to customers but don’t always give restaurants a fair shake.“My particular issue with...
Pip Pip Hooray

Pip Pip Hooray!

Amy Grabish was in high school when she learned that a friend’s mom called her a pip—not exactly a term of endearment as far as she was concerned. So it was a bit of a...