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Photography by Gabriel Teague


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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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...
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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...
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More Than a Movie

Sacramento’s descent into the purple tier forced movie theaters to again close their doors this past fall. And while I know the move was essential, I can’t help but worry that many of those...
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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...
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Best of Sacramento Gift Box Now On Sale

Have you heard that the first-ever Best of Sacramento Gift Box is now on sale? Get your exclusive box today before we sell out. A portion of the proceeds from each box will go...
I Vote

‚ÄúI Vote‚ÄĚ

With local donations and a grant from the Julie A. Soderlund Memorial Fund, muralist Maren Conrad and a team of female artists have created the ‚ÄúI Vote‚ÄĚ mural wrapping around three sides of the...

Check Into The Nailtel

This new, hotel-inspired nail boutique in Sierra Oaks, owned by Sacramento native and former Sephora beauty editor Mari Tzikas Suarez, brings high-design ambience, zero-waste service and nontoxic products to the nail salon experience. Interior...