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The Almost (But Not Quite) TV Star

Home-makeover TV shows can be a career game changer for design professionals. Consider Joanna Gaines from Waco, Texas. As the star of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” she and her goofy husband Chip transform ramshackle hovels...

Wall o’ Plants

An arresting architectural feature recently appeared at the corner of Folsom and 48th in East Sacramento: a “living fence” made entirely of plants. Marrying form and function, the waist-high fence encloses the sidewalk patio at...

Catch a Fire

Since caveman days, people have been gathering around fire. Beast + Bounty is counting on that attraction. A wood-burning fire is the drawing card at this slick new restaurant from Michael Hargis, the man...

It’s Brunchtime

THERE ARE ROUGHLY 1.44 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN THE URBAN SACRAMENTO AREA. And on Saturdays and Sundays, it seems like most of them are going out to brunch. Behold the throngs of people lined...

Pass the Pastrami

Consider this Jersey girl psyched about the recent opening of Solomon’s Delicatessen, a Jewish-style deli in downtown Davis.You’d think that, after living in California for 30 years, I’d have lost my taste for corned...

A Sting Operation That Stung

Last year, California Department of Motor Vehicles spokesperson Jaime Garza was given an assignment: Convince able-bodied people not to use disabled-person placards to get choice parking spots.So Garza invited members of the media to...

How Sweet It Is

A local caterer has struck gold with her gourmet bar cookies. Valerie Cleland began making Miss V’s Dessert Bars in 2016. A spin on the classic seven-layer bar, Miss V’s were so addictive that people...

Eat Pie Love

I’m enchanted by movies that center around food. “Chocolat.” “Babette’s Feast.” “Like Water for Chocolate.” In each of these films, food is a stand-in for something mysterious and magical—love, friendship, human connection. I couldn’t stop...

Toast of the Town

Made from thick slices of artisanal bread with liberal lashings of interesting, even unusual ingredients, fancy toast has been the San Francisco foodie go-to breakfast for several years. Now it’s here. Chocolate Fish Coffee...

Meat Up

With Echo & Rig, a swanky new steakhouse inside The Sawyer hotel, Sacramento gets another first: a celebrity-chef-driven Vegas restaurant.The celeb chef is Sam Marvin, an American who studied at Le Cordon Bleu in...

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