karina martinez bartender

Interview with a Bartender

Karina Martinez, the widely respected bartender currently slinging drinks at The Snug, has learned a lot during her decade-long career. In this conversation, she...
harry's cafe chicken soup

Chicken Soup for the Soul

A friend of mine, sick in bed for almost two weeks, recently asked me to bring her some chicken soup. It was a busy...
brissa heredia

Sweets for the Sweet

Traditional Mexican sweet breads, known as pan dulce, are the main attraction at BRISSA & CO., a new Mexican bakery and market in Folsom....
lou valente

Fish Tales

More than two years after getting fired from his namesake restaurant, Lou Valente is back and better than ever. The former Lou’s Sushi frontman debuted...
diner waffle

Reinventing the Diner

For the past decade, Lucky Rodrigues has been known as a coffee guy. Now he’s expanding into the food world with Simpleton, a midtown...
Good Jo Coffee & Espresso Bar

The Greater Good

The first thing everyone notices about Good Jo Coffee & Espresso Bar is Josie. That’s the 1965 Oasis travel trailer that Good Jo co-owner...
gold leaf burger

Going for the Gold

At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Wheatland, high rollers can now order a meal that telegraphs their baller status. The 24-Karat Gold Leaf...
dividing the bill

Splitting Headache?

You know the scene well: You’ve gone out to dinner with a large group of friends and the time has come to pay the...

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