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Thanksgiving Morning

When Gaylord Walker pitched a Thanksgiving Day fun run to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services in 1994, the idea of hosting a race on the holiday was a novel one. Sacramento Food Bank...

Tongs a Lot

During my stint as a student abroad in China six years ago, I got hooked on 85°C Bakery Cafe, a Taiwan-based self-serve bakery. At 85°C, customers grab a tray and tongs and select their...

Bringing Your Own

Right now, I’m sitting in Identity Coffees with an iced Americano and a small packet of Trader Joe’s blueberry digestive biscuits. I’ve parked myself in the far corner of the cafe, away from the...

The First Rule of Ramen Club

​Great restaurants don't pop up overnight. For creative and entrepreneurial chefs who lack the big-name buzz needed to secure investors or open a prime-time-ready restaurant, the path to achieving culinary freedom can be a...

Currying Favor

They say if you want good food from a culture other than yours, turn to a cultural insider for guidance. When my mom told me her Uber driver, who hailed from Pakistan, had sung...

Cabbages and Honey Cakes

The night before I was to host a small dinner party, I found myself frantically pouring over cooking magazines and my food-centric Pinterest feed. I had little more in my fridge than a few...

Good For You

Like nearly all good suburban cheap eats, BAAGAN is tucked into a strip mall. Baagan also continues the hole-in-the-wall trend of having a menu heavy on milkshakes, burgers and tacos, with hot sauce everywhere...

Help Yourself

During my brief stint as a study-abroad student in Shanghai, I was introduced to modern Chinese-style bakeries, where you grab a tray and a pair of tongs at the door and pluck buttery pastries...

Fun and Games

A convenience store in the Elmhurst neighborhood is just about the last place you’d expect to find hot, satisfying, homey Indian food, but Cottage Mart defies expectations. The cozy little store, barely visible from...

Hot Stuff

While appreciation for Southeast Asian food continues to grow, Laotian food has remained under the radar. Every big neighborhood has its go-to Thai restaurant or pho joint, but I’m not sure your average Californian...

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