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The Dollar-Wise Gourmet: Vegging Out

What? Nutburgers instead of hamburgers? You got that right. This month, The Dollar-Wise Gourmet saves dollars by going vegetarian—lacto-ovo, that is, meaning dairy and...

Snow Getaways

El Niño. For skiers and snowboarders, the term is magic. Why? Because this Pacific current often delivers massive amounts of snow to the Sierra—white...

Travel: New Year’s Eve in Monterey

Anyone looking to get out of town for New Year’s Eve has an invitation to Monterey’s First Night, a community event held throughout downtown...

Gripes From the Servers: 10 Things I Hate About You

1. Talk down to them “It happens a lot. Customers speak to us with clipped tones if we can’t hear them, or if we...

Los Lagos Home: Decorated for Winter

How’s this for a romantic evening? You and your husband go out to dinner and when you leave the restaurant, you’re holding a napkin...

Who Doesn't Love a Meteor Shower?

This coming Tuesday, the Leonid meteor shower will peak at 1 a.m. Sacramento time (so that means staying up super late on Monday night),...

Deserve a Vacation? Tell Your Story, Win a Free Trip

Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants wants to know why you need a vacation and if your story’s good enough, you could win a two-night stay...

The Rock: Visiting San Fran’s Alcatraz

I’ve lived in California for 30 years and visited San Francisco countless times, but hadn’t toured Alcatraz until this year. What a trip! We...

A Day at the Dog Park

With Daylight Savings Time approaching, last week I took my two pugs to Glenbrook Dog Park (8500 La Riviera Dr., http://www.cityofsacramento.org/parksandrecreation/parks/ dogpark1.htm#glenbrook) for one...

Saddle Up at Shadow Glen

I'm not crazy about horses, but my daughter is, so once a month, I pay $38 for her to take a one-hour group horseback...

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