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IN EVERY ISSUE 16 EDITOR’S NOTE Reminiscing the Best

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Reminiscing the Best FOR 21 YEARS, THE BEST OF SACRAMENTO PARTY has over-

taken our office with a crescendo of energy that started at a simmer and reached boiling point about three days before the event, usually held in November. Meetings, lists, negotiations (who knew those etched wine glasses could cost so much?), confirmation calls, floor plans, revised floor plans, product deliveries, co-workers in their raunchiest, clean-out-the-garage jeans hucking magazines and enormous cover blowups and tote bags and spit buckets from the on-site warehouse into the Sac Mag van. They’d roar off, taking their tension to the venue, and those of us left behind to produce magazines would breathe sighs of near-relief in the almost-empty office. We would then exist in a state of in-between. We took phone calls from people late-seeking tickets. We helped callers who wanted to know what to wear. (“Comfortable shoes. The floor is concrete.”) We quizzed co-workers who returned from set-up shifts: “How’s it looking?” “What’s the mood?” At that point, everyone was ready to strangle the guy in charge, there was always a story about an irate vendor or a crucial no-show or some snafu that threatened the entire event. Some of us went home to get ready. Others went into the bathroom in workwear and emerged in suits or cocktail dresses, unprecedented makeup and freshly heat-damaged hair. Every year, I half-dreaded the party: too big, too loud, too crowded, too inebriated. But I’d always end up having fun. I worked the Sac Mag booth with fellow editors and we would shout at each other and dance in place and people-watch and hand out magazines and exchange yelled greetings with readers and advertisers and writers and photographers and friends and coworkers. At the end, we often “took one for the team” and hobbled around on killing-us feet, dumping drink remainders into sloshing buckets (so gross!) and creating a towering pile of detritus by the loading dock. Another year, another successful event, another wad of money for the benefiting charity—many years March of Dimes, then Make-A-Wish. The next day, when we all finally rolled into the office, we’d be hung over and hoarse and proud. This year, it’s not happening. Like just about every fundraising party on the calendar, ours is canceled. Still, as you can see, we ran our Best of Sac survey, and we present the results in this issue set against yet another of art director Gabriel Teague’s creative visions. For this one, photographers Brian Johnson and Trev Lee worked together to create double-exposure images of winners. It’s stunning and, in itself, a fine example of Sacramento’s best. Next year, we’ll party.

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CONTRIBUTORS

Trev Lee

Photographer Trev Lee shoots film exclusively. “While I was excited to shoot (the Best of Sac) all on film, the doubleexposure aspect was slightly intimidating since in-camera double exposures are not an exact science,” he says. “One challenge was going to 10 different locations and shooting only double exposures in light conditions and settings I normally wouldn’t. It forced me to get creative and try new things. It was also fun to coshoot this with Brian since we have different styles and approaches.”

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Brian Johnson

“My experience shooting this ‘Best of’ project has been amazing, uplifting and fun,” says photographer Brian Johnson, adding that he has really enjoyed meeting different people in different positions at some of the best companies around town. “(Coming to) Sacramento has been a great move for myself. The people, places and events always have felt like a real community. Everyone is always open to help and share with each other—which helps interests of all levels grow together. Love the unity of Sacramento.”

Steph Rodriguez

“Diversity makes relationships stronger,” says Steph Rodriguez, who wrote “Collectively United” in this issue. “The people in this piece showed me that we all process information in our own way, and we may have different political beliefs, but we’re all part of this vibrant community during such stressful times that we need to lean on each other’s strengths now more than ever.” An award-winning journalist who crafts stories that mirror Sacramento’s diverse culture, she also enjoys spending time with her son, Elliot, and partner, David.


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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 designer Claire Jones of Etch and Ivy Design worked with Suarez to create the space, which includes a 24-square-foot custom Instagram-inspired mural (shown here) by area photographer Alyssa Lawson and a “drip wall� by local artist Jeremy Stanger. Nail polishes are nontoxic from primarily women-owned brands, sanitizing practices include hospital-grade autoclave steam sterilization (an extra step not required by law), and the salon is partnered with Green Circle Salons, which turns salon waste into clean energy. 2381 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 285-5713; thenailtel.com

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How Do You Zoom? Love it or hate it, videoconferencing is a daily ritual for many folks today. We asked three public-facing local professionals to share how they get ready for their close-ups. BY CATHERINE WARMERDAM

Meghan Phillips Founder & CEO, Honey

THE SETUP. I created an office in my guest bedroom where I’m on a laptop with a double screen. IN THE BACKGROUND. I created more of an artistic space than my guest room has ever seen, with local art and a plant from my old office—things that make me feel like I’m back in my old space. WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? I enjoyed the yoga pant moment for a time but found I needed some structure to the workday, so now I get dressed because it helps me compartmentalize my brain a little bit. There hasn’t been a high heel on these feet in more than six months, but at least I am presentable.

Patrick Harbison

Owner, Patrick Harbison Public Relations

WHEN LIFE GETS IN THE WAY. I’ve heard my account director play “Moana” in the background more times than I can count. One benefit of this culture change is that we don’t have to apologize now (for blending work and home).

THE SETUP. I work on a laptop from a guest bedroom that doubles as office space. IN THE BACKGROUND. I bought a new desk and got a bunch of plants in the background so that it looks like I have a green thumb. Truth be told, probably 60% of them are artificial. I also have books and client swag and artwork from some of my favorite local artists. They are things that speak to my professional brand but also the brands of the clients that I rep. WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? I’ll admit to doing the businesson-top, casual-on-the-bottom thing. I am mindful to always make sure that the hair is done. When I make the effort to emphasize my former daily routine, it helps get me into a good mindset. WHEN LIFE GETS IN THE WAY. We just adopted a 120-pound Great Dane. He certainly has dive-bombed some of my Zooms. There’s such a sense of empathy for everyone on these meetings with regard to life interrupting work.

Wanda Abney

Host of “Full Circle” on 97.5 FM KDEE and leadership trainer at the California Public Utilities Commission

THE SETUP. I’m at my dining room table on a laptop with an additional monitor IN THE BACKGROUND. I am up against a plain white wall. One of my co-workers said it looked like I was in an isolation room. WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? The bottom is always the same: either shorts or running pants, because I walk in the morning, and fuzzy slippers. Depending on the meeting, I’ll do my makeup and hair and put on a nice work top, but most of the time I have on a non-offensive T-shirt and maybe a scarf or cap. WHEN LIFE GETS IN THE WAY. While listening to a meeting, I was making a smoothie and walking around my house when I heard my co-worker say, “What’s that background noise?” It took me a minute to figure out it was me. The mute button is my savior.

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15 MINUTES WITH...

Davina Smith

ATTORNEY DAVINA SMITH IS THE CANNABIS PROGRAM MANAGER FOR THE CITY OF SACRAMENTO.

In January, Davina Smith became Sacramento city’s cannabis program manager. A lawyer, she started her career in Humboldt County as a deputy district attorney and later served as deputy county counsel. There, her focus was on land-use and code-enforcement matters. Since it was Humboldt, a lot of her business was related to cannabis. It seems Sacramento has plenty of its own cannabis business as well. What does your office do exactly? At the Office of Cannabis Management, we are the permitting body and the reviewing body. We also do our CORE (Cannabis Opportunity Reinvestment and Equity) program. We don’t do enforcement, although if we come across things, we may recommend enforcement to the code enforcement unit.  What are the permits for? There are a number of cannabis permits that the city is allowed to issue, so pretty much we allow every single type of cannabis business activity in the city of Sacramento. We don’t allow commercial outdoor cultivation, and we don’t allow cannabis smoking lounges (or) on-site consumption of cannabis. Those are basically the only two things we don’t allow. We do have a cap for storefront dispensaries, and that cap is currently 30. Because of that cap, we do renewals for storefront dispensaries, but we don’t issue new permits right now. I’ve heard getting a permit is complicated and expensive. In order to get a cannabis business permit in the city of Sacramento, you have to have a location and then you have to have a CUP—a conditional use permit—for that location. You have to apply for that conditional use permit. One of the things that costs people a lot, both in terms of just sheer expense and time, is the CUP process. CUP is anywhere from about $15,000 to $30,000. It’s either reviewed and decided upon by a zoning administrator, or if there are sensitive uses within a certain distance, then it has to go up to the planning and design commission and there’s a hearing for whether it should be approved or not. Depending upon the complexity and any request for extra time by an applicant, those can take anywhere from two months to eight months to be processed, which is a good period of time to hold onto a business location and pay rent on that location. Then, once that’s approved, you have to make sure you have whatever build-out you’re going to do, your tenant improvements.  While you’ve been doing that, you’ve also been applying for business operating permits from my office. We have a list of requirements. It can easily take a year if you’ve got your stuff together, a year and a half.  a niko k iezel

That’s a lot of money up front. That is a tough pill to swallow, and that’s on top of a security deposit and rent that you have to pay for a commercial space while you’re waiting for this to happen. In most industries, the landlord pays for that CUP because it runs with the land and ultimately it benefits the landowner. In cannabis, property owners have been able to shift so much of this onto applicants. Does your office have any stake in social equity? I think we do. Social equity, racial equity, economic equity is something that this country has lacked for a very long time. We’re just over a year into

the CORE program, and there are definitely successes. I think there are areas where we can be more successful. That’s something we’re looking at and evaluating, and we’re going to be reporting back to the city council eventually on that. We’ve spent a lot of time talking about it, working with applicants in our social equity community. It’s interesting work. Sometimes it’s very hard work. Sometimes it’s heartbreaking work because, for all that, we’re also city employees and the city has a certain procedure on how things are done. The council has given direction to open up another 10 dispensary permits, and those are going to be only for social equity members. —Interviewed by Marcus Crowder SACMAG.COM October 2020

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Libraries in the Time of COVID Libraries provide a community with far more than books. They are places where patrons can search for a job, sing with their toddler, access the internet, learn a new skill and apply for a passport. So when the pandemic forced the Sacramento Public Library to shutter its 28 locations and cancel all in-person programming, it felt like a “gut punch” for executive director Rivkah Sass. “Especially right now, we know how much people need us, so to not be able to open our doors, I feel pain about it,” she says. Almost immediately after the shutdown began, staff began brainstorming how they could continue to serve the public through online programming and other creative services. From

virtual storytimes for youngsters to teen anime trivia sessions to Zoom book club discussions, librarians have created a space online for patrons to gather and interact with one another. “We are about connection—that’s what libraries do,” says Sass. “I am literally in awe of our staff who are coming up with amazing programming ideas and delivering them and, I think, really making a difference.” Library branches have also designed a system for safe curbside pickup of books and other materials requested online. (Returned items are quarantined for 96 hours before returning to circulation.) In spite of having to halt in-person events, the library has successfully lured some famous faces to participate in virtual programs, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who attracted around 550 participants to her online talk. “We couldn’t have fit that many people in the galleria, so that was kind of magical,” says Sass. “I love that we’re getting these big-name authors.” The community response to the library closures has been significant, especially in terms of donations. During the Big Day of Giving, the annual fundraising event for area nonprofits held in May, Friends of the Sacramento Public Library raised $82,000—up from around $56,000 in 2019. “That was a bright spot for me, knowing that people care enough about the library to share their resources with us at this time,” says Sass. Libraries will not physically reopen until health authorities give them the green light, but Sass promises her team will be ready when they do. —Catherine Warmerdam

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Lawn Care: Are We Blowing It? BY REED PARSELL PICTURE THIS: You’re at home (as you have been almost every moment since mid-

March). Maybe you are drinking coffee. You are conversing leisurely with your spouse, or your child, or your live-in partner . . . “BUH-RAH-RRRRRR!” blasts in a noise from outside. “BUH-RAHRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!” Past the window comes a growing cloud of dust. You’ve heard this tune before. Leaf blowers. GAS-POWERED LEAF BLOWERS The Sacramento City Council in February heard a OPERATE AT 80 TO 112 DECIBELS. leaf blower-related proposal from Jeff Harris, whose THAT’S MORE THAN ENOUGH TO District 3 encompasses East Sacramento and part of INFLAME THE CITIZENRY. Natomas. Sacramento Bee reporter Theresa Clift wrote at the time that Harris called for a ban on both gas- and electric-powered leaf blowers whenever “the Air Quality Index hits or exceeds 100, which happens on average about 34 days a year.” So far, the council has taken no action. Leaf blowers’ undeniable pollution, of both the emissions and noise varieties, has irritated millions since they were invented in 1959 by someone who by now, presumably, is resting in peace. The American Lung Association ranks Sacramento-Roseville as the country’s fifthworst metropolitan area in terms of ozone pollution, whose contributors include gaspowered engines. The region ranks 16th in year-round and 11th in short-term particle pollution, which is generated in part by wind-blown (or leaf blower-blasted) dust. James Fallows, in the April 2019 issue of The Atlantic, pointed out that, “By 2020, gas-powered leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and similar equipment in (California) could produce more ozone pollution than all the millions of cars in (the state) combined. Two-stroke engines are that dirty. Cars have become that clean.” As for noise, it’s been posited that gas-powered leaf blowers operate at 80 to 112 decibels. That’s more than enough to inflame the citizenry; it also can terrify pets and wildlife. Speaking of creatures, leaf blowers’ mighty blasts can also kill insects or wipe out their homes. The devices can be hard on tender plants, too. However, leaf blowers have spared many an elderly or harried homeowner from having to drag a rake around. They can make yards look extra tidy (at least until the wind picks up). And they are a time-saving device heavily relied upon by lawn services, which typically are operated by low-wage earners who receive no health care or other benefits, and who might not be trained or eligible for any less-polluting line of work. In summation, any sort of leaf-blower ban might lead to a quieter atmosphere and less pollution but could also result in some scrappier yards and more unemployment. Perhaps you would like to give this issue a few moments of further contemplation—at least until your thoughts are interrupted by “BUH-RAH-RRRRRR!”


Cozy Coffee Take a tour around town and discover your favorite fall flavors. BY THEA MARIE ROOD It’s OK to admit you wait for a certain seasonal latte at a corporate coffee chain—a latte so famous it goes by its three initials (PSL). But in this year of change, why not mix it up a bit? In fact, make it a game: Try a new coffeehouse every week and order the fall specialty drink, and we’re willing to bet none of them will be orange. You’ll taste locally roasted coffee and brilliant concoctions while also meeting—and helping to support—brave entrepreneurs who are keeping their doors open.

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Tiferet partners with several local vendors to stock its seasonal menu. Breakfast burritos come from the craft food delivery service City Kitchen Sacramento. Also look for small bites, baked goods, salads and sandwiches from Estelle Bakery & Patisserie, which specializes in French pastries and artisan breads. All the food pairs well with Tiferet’s drip coffee and espresso drinks, as well as unique loose-leaf teas like Moroccan mint (which can be ordered hot or iced).

Pachamama is a coffee roaster (the roastery is at the 20th Street location) and takes brewing seriously: stateof-the-art Slayer Espresso machines, Hario pour-over bars, Chemex brewers and Nitro cold-brew taps. This fall, in addition to the Honey Bear Latte (made with syrup infused with wildflower honey from Winters), try the Oaxaca Mocha, Spiced Chai Latte and Pure Maple Latte.

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1-pound bags of coffee beans, t-sac tea filters, loose-leaf teas and merch, including Tiferet washable face masks, cute tank tops, T-shirts and totes.

1-pound bags of coffee beans, camper mugs, tin canisters, travel tumblers and a book of photography showing the coffee trail (“Connecting Worlds”).

This company is not only women-owned but sister-owned: Sabrina Berhan and Makeda Berhan opened shop in 2014.

Pachamama is a farmer-owned collective made up of farmers from Peru, Nicaragua and Guatemala who formerly struggled to make a profit producing specialty coffee. Pachamama first started selling its locally roasted beans at the Davis Food Co-op in 2006 and quickly grew a loyal following.

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Milka, named for Milka Benouar, the owners’ grandmother, is located in Mansion Flats Don’t miss the house-made in a registered historic building banana chocolate chip bread, built in 1861. The Benouar the bacon cheddar omelet or family restored the formerly the green apple mixed green dilapidated Italianate/Queen Anne mansion and now serves salad. These seasonal plates go well with a French press, handcrafted doughnuts, lema cold brew or an espresso on bars, scones and hero bars drink—all made with beans to pair with their steamers, from Rocklin-based Mast Cofteas, pour-overs and unique fee Company. Also stop in on a espresso drinks. The Apple chilly evening for the Dessert Hill Latte, for example, is an Hot Chocolate. apple-cranberry-herbal-teainfused ginger simple syrup with espresso and your choice of locally sourced milk.

1-pound bags of coffee beans and coffee magazines (“Drift” and “Coffee People”).

An insulated Thermos, an “Okay, But First Shady” T-shirt and a Cool Beans sticker.

Every second Saturday, Milka hosts an online show featuring local bands and a silent art auction that raises money for charities such as Stevante Clark’s I Am SAC foundation.

This family-owned, women-owned coffeehouse opened in 2010 in what was a drive-up dairy in the 1950s. Continuing that tradition, Shady sold hard-to-find grocery items—like eggs, milk and bread—during the height of shelter-in-place.

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ven if you are not prone to worrying about every ache or pain, scouring the web for worst-case scenarios, it is easy to obsess about your health during a worldwide pandemic. To many of us, in fact, that seems like a much more realistic reaction to COVID -19 than standing shoulder-to-shoulder in crowded bars and party venues, seemingly without a care in the world. And from a public health standpoint, of course, most experts want you to land closer to the more cautious end of the spectrum. “Some anxiety is good,” says Angela Drake, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at UC Davis. “You don’t want to be the guy stumbling around Safeway without a mask and with very low anxiety, because he is being exposed more and could get sick. You want to modulate and use anxiety as motivation (to keep yourself safe).” But, she adds, you also want to avoid going so far into a COVID panic that you are “driving yourself and everyone around you crazy.” Sounds practical, but if you are prone to health worries, how do you strike the right balance? Is it possible to maintain physical distance, gracefully accept mask-wearing, drench yourself

in hand sanitizer, dance around a shared bathroom or break room at the office, monitor potential exposure, evaluate possible symptoms—but not assume you have coronavirus every time you cough or feel hot? Several local mental health professionals offer some timely—and very warmhearted—advice. NORMALIZING THE SITUATION— First of all, it’s important to

realize the emotions you are feeling about this unprecedented worldwide public health emergency are a rational response. “There’s a lot of stress and anxiety all around,” says David Hsu, M.D., an adult and geriatric psychiatrist with Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group. “The pandemic context is important. I empathize with patients because I struggle with it, too. There have been a lot of changes, and it’s good to have some concern and be serious about this.” The fact we are all going through this experience at the same time means it is easy to find others who share your fears and can provide some camaraderie, but also help set a brake on unrealistic panic. “We must physically distance . . . but we don’t have to be soSACMAG.COM October 2020

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Health cially distanced,” says Christina Bilyeu, M.D., chief of mental health services for Kaiser Permanente Sacramento and Roseville. “If you’re checking in with yourself and friends and family, it’s easier to see this is normal.” As an example, Bilyeu cites an experience she had a couple of months ago. She arrived at work on a summer day, parked her car, then got caught up for a few minutes after turning off the ignition—and the air conditioning. When she arrived at the hospital entrance for her required temperature check, the reading was 99 degrees. “Oh, no!” she instantly thought. But her co-worker said, “Weren’t you just sitting in your car?” She calmed down, realizing that, yes, she had gotten physically warm in a hot automobile and did not have COVID. “(It’s important to) have someone to reflect that back to you,” Bilyeu says. The length of time we have been forced to alter our behavior also takes an emotional toll. “For students and parents, at first it was going to be two weeks, then three weeks, then six weeks, then the rest of the school year,” says Tam Nguyen, Ph.D., director of ambulatory mental health and addiction care for Sutter Health, who also has two young children. She, too, has felt the challenge, balancing her job as a clinical psychologist with managing education and activities for her 4- and 7-year-old children: for example, slathering them with sunscreen and sending them to the park with a socially distanced tutor minutes before a phone or Zoom meeting. “At first it was kind of cool, working at home,” she says. “But now it’s not so cool and becomes a question of how do I adjust?” STAY IN THE NOW— A big component of

anxiety is anticipating the very worst possible outcome and reacting emotionally as though this scenario has already come to pass. It is times like this, in fact, when our big human brain with its ability to envision the future is not always helpful. But mental health professionals have a variety of tricks to combat this type of catastrophic thinking. “It’s important to take an inventory, monitoring where you’re at on a scale of one to 10,” says Drake, who specializes in people with health anxiety—even preCOVID. “If your anxiety is getting high, go wash your hands, do some deep breathing, go for a walk. Activity helps.” She describes one of her own coping methods when she walks her dog in the

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mornings: Rather than worrying if somebeing prepared,” says Nguyen. “But you one is too close to her or is not wearing a don’t want to be inundated because it can mask, she focuses on how she is placing be conflicting, and that also raises anxiety. her foot, how it is rolling on the ground. Stick to the same news sources.” She also recommends yoga, knitting and It might also lessen your anxiety to read crocheting, folding laundry, doing little a newspaper, where you can pick and household tasks. “Moving in a rhythmic choose what stories you take in, as oppattern, and doing someposed to watching TV news, where you can’t control what thing that’s not hard—so no FOCUS ON THINGS YOU you see, says Bilyeu. She also sudoku,” she says with a CAN MAKE DECISIONS AND CHOICES ABOUT, AS recommends about one hour laugh. “Think about how do OPPOSED TO THINGS THAT you calm a baby: in a rockof news in the morning, so you ARE OUT OF YOUR HANDS ing chair. It’s rhythmic and have the information you need (LIKE HOW LONG THIS soothing.” for your day, and a half hour PANDEMIC WILL LAST). It’s also helpful to focus in the evening to catch any on things you can make decisions and changes. “And social media is not the most choices about, as opposed to things that objective source, so limit the amount of are out of your hands (like how long this time (you consume) news through social pandemic will last). “You have control over media,” she advises. your behavior—how you spend your day,” says Hsu. “One extreme is probably not MEDICAL TREATMENT—If you’ve been working upstairs on a warm afternoon good: the idea of being in a crowd, shouland you feel a flush of heat, it’s easy to run der-to-shoulder, no mask. But the other for the thermometer. And for some people, extreme is also not a good idea: to stay at there is even a big temptation to rush out home all day, neglecting the essential acand get a COVID test. But if your risk extivities of life.” He suggests these include going to work posure hasn’t changed (you haven’t been around someone who has the virus; you and paying attention to your finances (which can alleviate economic anxiety), haven’t been eschewing public health guidelines; you haven’t been in a crowd taking care of your children or other family members (which includes grocery shop- with unmasked strangers), leaping to these medical steps may not be the best ping and cooking meals) and getting some decision. For one thing, tests are still not exercise. readily available for people who are not Bilyeu encourages people to be aware of COVID symptoms and to be mindful of actively showing symptoms. For another, your anxiety can become “hooked” on this self-care, but to also stick to a routine and type of relief. keep moving forward with their lives. On the other hand, people should not “Even working remotely, get up on time, avoid medical treatment for real issues. shower, put on your makeup,” she says. “A “Especially for older people, if you wait, daily routine helps relieve anxiety, even if a condition can get worse,” Hsu says. “And you’re just going from your bedroom to you should still be seen for checkups. Kids your kitchen table.” still need their vaccines.” He also recomTHE NEWS—There is also at least some mends a flu shot, which is generally a good suggestion you shouldn’t be sitting by a idea every year but might be especially screen all night—and certainly not all day. crucial as health officials worry about the Instead, find a balance in terms of how intersection of influenza and COVID this much information you need to navigate winter. COVID -19. But there is a subtle spectrum Seeking treatment for mental health there, too. issues is also encouraged—and totally “If you’re watching too much TV, readunderstandable, given the situation. “For ing every article, searching the internet, anybody who is not coping well or is you can become more anxious,” says stressed, there are mental health proDrake. “But others do well with informafessionals, wellness coaches, doctors, tion; it’s comforting. Their anxiety levels therapists and social workers who can feel better after watching CNN or reading offer—through telehealth or in-person The New York Times.” visits—some extra support,” Hsu says. “We Experts suggest, however, that your will welcome you, because we recognize news sources should be reliable and objec- there’s a lot going on. Hang in there, Sactive. It’s best to pick a couple that you trust. ramento. We are resilient and all in this together. And we’ll get through this.” “Staying informed is in the category of

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uburban sprawl surrounds Highway 395 around Carson City, Nevada, enough to prompt anyone to move onward, north or south. Countless times, it has done so to me. But one spring day along the asphalt ribbon leading travelers south into the Mojave Desert or north as far as British Columbia, I decided to veer eastward, toward the lonely Stillwater and Shoshone ranges, past low-slung desert abodes and tumbleweeds, eventually arriving at a leafy, well-manicured plaza, not unlike an Ivy League campus. It was a chilly March morning when I visited the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum and met with Stacey Montooth, executive director of the State of Nevada Indian Commission. As we stood looking at the hills and toward the omnipresent Sierra Nevada, Montooth talked with me about the school’s history. “The trades mostly,” she told me, when I asked her what students had learned here. “Cooking, secretarial work, mechanics, stone masonry, construction. They even taught students here how to work as farriers.”

Montooth knew this in part because her grandmother and aunt were once Stewart students at the beginning of the last century, as well as members of the Walker River Paiute Tribe, one of 27 Tribal nations in Nevada’s Great Basin. An uncle, she notes, once ran the school’s infirmary. From 1890 until 1980, it was Nevada’s only off-reservation Indian boarding school. Today, it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District. “Stewart, and others like it around the United States, were run like military schools,” she said as we walked along the paved paths cutting across the well-tended lawns and bordering the stately stone buildings—95 in all—now occupied by the Nevada Department of Corrections and other state agencies. “The students had their hair cut; they were forbidden to speak their native languages. “It was a time,” she noted, rather matter-of-factly, “when the idea was to kill the Indian and save the man.” Later on I told Montooth rather ashamedly that I had passed through Nevada’s Carson Valley often in the past few years, discovering its own attributes for myself, the high-desert plain on SACMAG.COM October 2020

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the horizon, Mount Rose’s majestic peak. I’ve raced through it, onward to Reno or Mono Lake. I’ve read a lot about it. My husband and I spent the last two nights of our honeymoon in summer 2019 in sweet Genoa, Nevada’s oldest settlement, after we’d spent a few weeks meandering across the Eastern Sierra, smitten with each other and Genoa itself. I thought I knew Carson Valley well, to the extent even that my husband and I talk of living there part time when we retire. But when I visited in March, I realized— like with the Stewart Indian School—that there was even more to explore in this region that I imagine may strike many as too rural, perhaps dull, in some cases simply unappealing. But then, come to find out, Carson Valley has an astonishing number of sites placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Although it’s an undersung destination, it’s an insider tip particularly for day-trippers, and the area has been doing its part to keep both residents and travelers safe during the pandemic. If you go, be sure to check the Visit Carson City website for latest advisories. At the time of writing, face

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masks are mandatory in all public places; the Stewart Museum was offering free masks to visitors, as well, and is allowing no more than 10 visitors inside at a time. On my March visit, I ruminated on how growing up in Sacramento, anything beyond the Sierra was forgettable hinterlands to me. This struck me almost as absurd the two evenings I sat on the patio outside my elegant room at David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort & Spa , luxuriating in the hot springs there, nearly breathless at a harvest moon as Canada geese swooped down into the neighboring creek. And the day after I met with Montooth, those hinterlands would be even more of a breathtaking backdrop when, in the early morning, wildlife photographer JT Humphrey met me in Minden in his pickup truck to whisk me up into the Pine Nut Mountain Range about 10 miles to the east. For half an hour, we rollicked over cratered dirt roads, crisscrossing rangeland mostly covered in sagebrush. Every now and again, I’d turn to stare back at the snowy Sierra Nevada bathed in sunshine. I occasionally watched raptors lazily circle above, and at one point, Hum-

phrey pointed out four deer, sizing us up with patient interest. For some three decades, Humphrey himself has nurtured a patient interest in the wild, be it eagles, owls or—as in our case that early morning—horses. For several years, the Bureau of Land Management has tried to manage, mostly unsuccessfully, Nevada’s and Idaho’s wild horse population, the untamed offspring of escaped horses from explorers, ranchers and miners. A few years ago, just north of Reno, I had wistfully driven past a BLM wild horse adoption center and, on another tour in Northern Nevada, sat spellbound at a deserted intersection while a posse of mustangs gracefully, without a care in the world, crossed my path. But now, Humphrey and I edged ever closer to several herds, which can travel up to 20 miles per day. As we gingerly approached them among the sagebrush, they stood regal and aloof, barely acknowledging us. I could hear my steady heartbeat in wonder, no less while gazing at stunning Jobs Peak, Jobs Sister and Freels Peek, the ideal backdrop. “Zorro, Jake, Chase, Lady, Wilma, Rudy,

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Travel Scarlett, Puddin . . .” Humphrey rattled off rested development today with a descendtheir names, pointing out each as he hand- ing roofline revealing two smokestacks. ed me his binoculars while quietly telling She then directed me to the imposing carme of mating and betrayal rituals, jealou- riage house, built in 1915, and a handsome sies and triumphs, an equine soap opera barn dating to 1875 and constructed within which he keeps the camera rolling. It out a single nail, she noted with awe. never gets tiresome, he said. Listed on the National Register of HisA trip across rural Nevada may have toric Places, the Dangberg Home Ranch you believe that it’s all rough and tumble is Carson Valley’s memorial to family dyout here, a land of wild horses, many once nasty and decline, on par, Harris noted, corralled and made to heel, but most stay- with the Kennedy family’s travails. Built ing resistant to restraint. On by homesteader and German AT BENTLY HERITAGE my visit, however, I would also immigrant Heinrich FriedESTATE DISTILLERY, rich Dangberg Sr. in 1857, it see a genteel side of Carson ENORMOUS COPPER STILLS was the valley’s largest ranch Valley I didn’t think existed. RESEMBLE SOMETHING Though I’d driven several at the time, spreading at one OUT OF WILLY WONK A’S times along Highway 395, point to nearly 20,000 acres CHOCOLATE FACTORY. marveling all the while at the and accommodating cattle Sierra Nevada’s dramatic ascent, I’d ap- ranchers, cowboys and hay harvesters, as parently been oblivious to the Dangberg well as eventually the slaughterhouse. It Ranch, just a few miles west of Minden was just one of Dangberg’s four ranches and with stellar views all around. in the region, reflecting his industrious “This is not a working ranch,” Kim Har- spirit. To attract even more industry, his ris, Dangberg’s events manager, told me sons built the town of Minden in 1907 in as we took in the valley. She pointed out an effort to bring the railroad to the area, a cordoned-off august brick building with christening the town after their father’s “1918” painted on the façade—once the birthplace in Germany. ranch’s slaughterhouse but trapped in arBy 1917, the Dangberg Land and Live

Stock Company was at the apex of power and influence, and in siring five children, Fred Dangberg Jr. had hoped to extend that prosperity for generations to come. It wasn’t easy. He was a gambler, and he once lost the company and personal property because of his addiction. The ranch suffered through the Depression. But none of this hardship would be readily apparent in touring the delightful interior at Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park. The Dangberg family held onto its valuable heirlooms, which in their entirety convey their wealth and status. As well, the Dangberg Foundation has preserved the home exceptionally well, taking appointments in advance for tours. The grounds are open for day use without fee or reservation, and staff ask that visitors comply with Nevada’s health and safety directives regarding COVID -19. A guided history tour, which I took with Harris, led me inside the ranch house, but at the time of writing, the tour stays mostly outdoors. Face masks are required indoors when distancing is not possible. Upon donning plastic shoe coverings, I followed Harris in wandering among the

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Travel bourgeois trappings of this frontier home, admiring especially a red lacquer Chinese tea set in the living room and later a stunning turquoise vase emblazoned with lotus blossoms in the parlor. It all hearkened back to a time when deals were made over poker games in rooms like this. Clark Gable once visited. I felt just as urbane the previous day while lunching at The Pink House in Genoa, which today is a well-preserved frontier town. My husband and I had overnighted at the adjacent White House Inn during our honeymoon; we still wax poetic about the compote we made there one evening after picking pears from a tree next to our bungalow. We recall waking up to deer circling the grounds the next day, and cottonwoods rustling in the wind. We hadn’t had time then to visit the very pretty, dainty Pink House next door, regretting then how we were missing out on the artisan cheese and charcuterie it’s known for. For lunch, I ordered the sumptuous Cheesemonger’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich, dripping with melted cheddar, brie and smoked Gouda. While waiting to be served, I caught sight of the sublime Art

Nouveau wallpaper featuring gold and white irises, cattails and matching trim, as well as a Tiffany chandelier. Dating back to the same era as the Dangberg Ranch, the Gothic Revival-style Pink House was built by settler John Reese in 1855; like Dangberg Ranch, too, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Over the next century, it would be used as a town hall, and at one time or another it would be home to local merchants hustling during Nevada’s Silver Rush. These days, one of the most hustling businesses in Carson Valley is the Bently Heritage Estate Distillery, where I ended up the next day. Housed in a century-old flour mill and creamery in Minden, it also is on the National Register of Historic Places and produces world-class spirits including single-malt whisky and elite small-batch liqueur. Bently closed temporarily to the public during the spring and summer due to the pandemic; would-be visitors should check the distillery’s website for current visitor offerings and restrictions. “The corn, the oats, wheat, rye, barley, fruits, most of our ingredients are raised on our land,” tour guide Tom Morgan told

me as we entered the old Minden Creamery Building, where I stood bowled over at the enormous copper stills that resemble something out of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. I stared at the conduits and glossy circular open stairwells, trying to keep up with Morgan’s chemistry lecture on reverse-osmosis water treatment and fermentation. Owners Christopher and Camille Bently, he said, didn’t just want to make award-winning whisky—they do this—“but they very carefully thought this out, thinking this should be an aesthetically pleasing distillery and should preserve Carson Valley’s history. That’s rare.” I considered this as Morgan poured me samples of Bently’s cacao liqueur, followed by the vodka rested oak sherry. Both were flavorful, an unexpected pleasure as I drink only sparingly and don’t think of myself by any stretch as a connoisseur. Yet here I was, gazing at the Stillwater Range, thoughts of Native American legacies and lives, and pioneer pluck and profits playing in my mind, these among Carson Valley’s rare, unexpected pleasures, akin to sighting wild horses motionless against a searing, endless horizon.

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For over twenty five years, Dr. Thomas Kaniff has been changing the Face of Sacramento Plastic Surgery, quite literally one face at a time. Double board certified in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Kaniff is the medical director of Kaniff Cosmetic Medical Center. Fellowship trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and having performed over 12,000 procedures, Dr. Kaniff is uniquely qualified to evaluate and treat all aesthetic issues of the nose, face and neck, with both noninvasive

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SACRAMENTO’S FAVORITE CUPCAKES ICING ON THE CUPCAKE

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In 2017, family members Shelly Schnetz, Stephanie Sikich and Sammy Schnetz took ownership of this treasured local cupcake bakery. Icing on the Cupcake was founded in 2007, and had a rollercoaster ride of growth throughout the next decade as it passed through the hands of multiple owners. Today, the business operates out of three locations in the Sacramento area that are open for in-store pick up, as well as local delivery and wholesale orders. The bakery is known for its vast

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offering of unique cupcake flavors that are made from scratch daily with quality ingredients and provide the perfect addition to any special occasion. The business prides itself on its dedication to creating quality products and providing exceptional customer service, as well as continuing to offer unique dessert options. All three locations have been renovated in the last two years and now offer coffee as well as vegan and gluten-free cupcakes.

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DESTINATION AESTHETICS™ SHAWNA CHRISMAN, CEO

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Destination Aesthetics™ is Northern California’s premier medical spa that specializes in non-surgical treatments for the face and body. Shawna graduated from UCSF as a nurse practitioner and received her master’s degree in 2002. Destination Aesthetics™ of Sacramento opened in November, 2011. Shawna and her team elevated Destination Aesthetics into one of the fastest growing cosmetic practices in the United States, achieving a top 4 ranking out of 24,000+ accounts nationwide with Allergan, the manufacturer of BOTOX®, in less than 8 years. In the last 5 years, DA™ has expanded to 4 locations and employs over 38 team members. As a master injector, she has trained hundreds of aesthetic providers on her craft. Shawna is married to her high school sweetheart and has two amazing teenagers. Shawna’s message: “Eliminate the word vanity. Doing something for yourself that makes you happy is not being vain. It’s simply empowering.”

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GREEN DAY POWER SETH DEVEY, CEO, GREEN DAY POWER

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Seth started Green Day Power in 2016. He began his contracting career at a very young age next to his father, who has been in the business for over 35 years. “I learned so much from my dad: the importance of choosing good contractors, being honest, having clear communication with the customer, and taking pride in a job well done. When we began Green Day Power, we wanted to give our community a choice in their energy solutions and have a product that we could stand behind. We

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offer employment to the local community in Solar, Roofing, and Generac generators. We have all our own installers for our products. We added roofing along with Genarac generators to our product line and moved to a 21,000 sq ft building last year and we have nearly filled it up with the growth we have had. It is because we have stood by our core values. I have two children and I hope to instill in them the importance about serving our community and bringing your best to a job.

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DaVinci Research is a small company making big differences for patients struggling with unresolved medical conditions. We partner with major pharmaceutical and medical device companies to study new treatments, under the watchful eye of the FDA. Our small but mighty team has led the country in several major studies in recent years, seeing exciting developments become available to all patients. We are passionate about the importance of the work we do. Without medical

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research, solutions to health problems like the current COVID-19 pandemic would not happen. We are always looking to partner with interested physicians and patient candidates. Visit our website to learn more about what we are doing, hear what our patients are saying about us and to see how you can join us in our mission. Together, as a trial participant or as an investigator, we will advance healthcare, one patient, one study at a time.

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THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY GARIB KARAPETYAN, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO | KOLAS SIX SACRAMENTO LOCATIONS • (916) 46KOLAS • WWW.KOLAS.COM

KOLAS celebrates all people and elevates everyday life. Our name is derived from the “kola”—the flower cluster at the top of the cannabis plant. We are vertically integrated—yet horizontally diversified: our core values built upon inclusion, employee development, customer service, education, compassion and community support. As a Sacramento company, we think globally but act locally—raising $40,000 for the Downtown Streets Team, and supporting veterans, the Asian and

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Black Chambers, art and culture (local music and Wide Open Walls) and neighborhood businesses. Our six Sacramento locations offer the essential cannabis products our customers need while providing the high-caliber knowledge they deserve—whether it be for therapeutic relief or to elevate their personal lifestyle. Our “passion for people” culture— customers, employees, and the community—makes us an essential part of Sacramento life. “Welcome to KOLAS! How can I help elevate your life?”

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take a hands-on approach to your case and are regularly available to meet to discuss any issues. They will spend as much time with you as needed during your case to make sure you understand the process, and to prepare your case for the best resolution. Having been in the business for over 25 years, the attorneys at Eason & Tambornini know what it takes to get you the settlement you deserve.

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The injury law firm of Ashton and Price, LLP is on the cusp of celebrating a quarter of a century of being blessed with the trust of thousands of injury victims over the course of these last 25 years! Whether the loss is minor, or catastrophic, Christopher A. Price and Craig F. Ashton, as well as the other lawyers and staff at Ashton and Price, are deeply honored by the trust bestowed on them by their clients as they shepherd them through some of the most challenging times of their lives. With every action, on every case, Ashton and Price strives to make sure that the trust bestowed on them is earned every single step of the way. Everyone at Ashton and Price would like to thank our clients, past and present, for their trust over the decades and is hoping that the Sacramento region continues to not “Think Twice” and calls on “Ashton and Price” for decades to come.

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At Davis Dermatology, one immediately senses Dr. Noll’s warmth and Southern hospitality. Known as “the best kept secret for cosmetic dermatology,” Davis Dermatology was voted Readers’ Choice for “Best Dermatologist” in Yolo County for the past 9 years. Her success comes from her ability to listen to her patients, emphasis on excellent patient experiences, mastery of technical skills, a never-ending quest for innovative technology, and natural results. With years of experience, Dr.

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Noll guides patients in choosing the best treatment options. In addition to founding Davis Dermatology, her greatest accomplishments are being an inspirational role model to her four amazing teenagers, a supportive military wife, and a caring leader in her community. When not treating patients, she creates Cajun-Filipino fusion dinners, tends her garden, and practices Vinyasa yoga. Discover why Davis Dermatology is known for “small town hospitality with big city results.”

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TMJ THERAPY/ DENTAL SLEEP MEDICINE TIMOTHY MICKIEWICZ, D.D.S.,

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Over the past 30 years, Dr. Mickiewicz has developed a comprehensive practice that truly integrates medicine and dentistry. Creating a “clinic without walls,” Dr. Mickiewicz has partnered with major medical groups in Northern California to treat complex facial pain and sleep issues, often as the doctor of last resort. He is a pioneer in the use of oral appliances for treating sleep apnea and other breathing disorders. Known throughout the medical and dental community for his vast, evidenced-based knowledge, he is called upon to testify as an expert, render second opinions and to be an educator for both physicians and dentists. Decades spent as a restorative dentist strengthen his resolve to provide patients with the most conservative treatment, while embracing and enhancing cutting edge, Facial Pain, Airway, Sleep Medicine and Orthodontic Therapies. Dr. Mick’s spare time is devoted to family and local philanthropic endeavors focused on health care innovations including Botox Techniques, Migraine Therapy, Tinnitus research, stabilization of Arthritic Joints and incorporation of Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence advances to improve clinical outcomes.

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MASIS KEVORKIAN, FOUNDING PARTNER • STONES GAMBLING HALL STONES GAMBLING HALL • (916) 735-8440 • WWW.STONESGAMBLINGHALL.COM

A seasoned professional with an extensive background in real estate and gaming, Masis Kevorkian plays a key role in the management of Stones Gambling Hall. When the pandemic hit, Masis worked closely with founder Ryan Stone to keep players and team members safe. After months of closure, they made the bold decision to move their operations outdoors into a 5,000 square-foot tent. This put approximately 300 people back to work in the Sacramento area and gives the public a

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new, safe entertainment option. To ensure a maximum level of safety, they worked closely with local and state health officials to develop numerous safety protocols and procedures. They even pump in airconditioning to keep the air circulating and cool. Masis and Ryan see themselves as innovators and disruptors who entered this industry to reform it and help make it better. Sacramento’s first outdoor gaming facility is a prime example of thinking outside the box.

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INNOVATIVE ARCHITECTURE CATHERINE REON, CEO, PRINCIPAL INTERIOR DESIGNER • KALE WISNIA, CFO, PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT CRKW STUDIO INC AND TREE TOP SAC • 2912 FRANKLIN BLVD., SACRAMENTO • WWW.CRKW.COM • WWW.TREETOPSAC.COM • (415) 305-9482

CRKW Studio Inc approaches each project as an opportunity to create a sense of “place.” A successful project starts with a strong concept built on an integrated approach that includes all the critical stake holders. Whether it is infilling urban settings with stacked containers for co-working, designing a bathhouse for relaxation and energizing, or elevating your courage with Tree Top Sac’s parcour courses 20 feet above the ground in the oak canopy of one of

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the largest urban forests in the world, CRKW faces every unique challenge with innovation and forward thinking. Catherine and Kale, principals and owners, put clients at ease and shape spaces that transform your perception of your surroundings and enhance your personal experience, comfort, and well-being.

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Chriswell Home Improvements, Inc. is a Veteran-Owned Home Improvement company committed to providing beautiful, long-lasting, energy-efficient products to homeowners in the Greater Sacramento and surrounding areas. Our broad range of home improvement services includes Roofing, Siding, Windows, Patio Doors, Entry Doors, Exterior Painting & Coating, and Kitchen & Bathroom Remodels! Chriswell Home Improvements is a Golden Rule company. Caring for every home as if it

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were our own is our number one priority. Each of our product offerings are made with sustainability and energy-efficiency in mind. When you choose to partner with us, know that you can feel confident that you have made the best choice for your home. Contact us today for your free consultation with one of our professionals to help assess your current home improvement needs, see our products up close, and plan for the renovation of your home at a time that is convenient for you.

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APPAREL FOR LIFE’S SPECIAL OCCASIONS OLIVIA RUSSELL, OWNER/DESIGNER BELLA LEXI BOUTIQUE

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Celebration holds a special place in all of our lives. Especially so in the life of small business owner, Olivia Russell. In Argentina, where she was born, events such as birthdays were always a big part of her family’s joyous celebrations. After having children of her own, she wanted to continue that tradition while fulfilling the need for a creative outlet. That is how Bella Lexi Boutique was born. Love and creativity work together to develop unique designs to celebrate any of life’s special moments. From sentimental pregnancy announcements to family birthday tees, Bella Lexi Boutique has a uniqueness and exclusivity that can only be found from the creativity of Olivia. All of her designs are sure to warm your heart. Her business tagline, ‘Custom Apparel for Life’s Special Occasions’, comes to life with the promise of bringing distinctive apparel for your next celebration.

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KAREN M. HOBERG, BROKER/ OWNER | RANCHO MURIETA HOMES & LAND, INC. KAREN@RMHL.NET • DRE# 00670687 WWW.RANCHOMURIETA.COM/HOMES DRE# 01813926 • (916) 947-6910

ENERGY. PASSION. COMMITMENT. Karen’s love of people, genuine concern, exuberant personality and great business sense have made her one of Sacramento County’s Top Residential Real Estate Brokers year after year. For over 30 years, her clients have recognized her market knowledge, tireless attention to detail, and unwavering commitment to results. Throughout the years, generations of families remain loyal and utilize Karen’s talents and expertise to help them buy and sell again and again. Karen enjoys living and selling homes in Rancho Murieta, and is the Top Producing agent in her community. She also has a proven track record throughout Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and Amador Counties. It’s very important to Karen to give back; she continues to contribute to her many favorite charities: Weave, Red Cross, Kiwanis, Happy Tails, Jacob’s Angels and to firefighters and victims of fire throughout Northern California.

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THE FACE OF SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY IN THE SACRAMENTO REGION NICK SADEK SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY 9217 SIERRA COLLEGE BLVD., STE. 120, ROSEVILLE CA • 2277 FAIR OAKS BLVD., STE. 460, SACRAMENTO, CA • (916) 784-7444 • WWW.NICKSADEKSIR.COM

Three years ago, Nick Sadek merged his former luxury real estate company with Sotheby’s International Realty—proving that Sacramento is a major luxury real estate market that deserves global attention. The new venture began with just two agents and now Nick Sadek’s firm has over 130 Realtors® between two regional offices in Sacramento and Placer Counties. Sadek’s proprietary network of resident brokerage companies serve clients in more than 72

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countries worldwide. He prides the firm on being globally connected and locally known. While his customers are exposed to properties worldwide, Nick Sadek Sotheby’s International Realty provides “boutique services” for all clients, accounting for every detail. His team embodies the professionalism, integrity and prestige of the Sotheby’s brand.

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FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY KENNETH M. TOFT, M.D.

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Dr. Kenneth M. Toft is considered Sacramento’s expert in facial plastic surgery. He began his surgical training at Stanford University, continued his studies as a Clinical Instructor in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA, and has been the Medical Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Mercy San Juan Medical Center for thirteen years. This impressive pedigree is backed up with exceptional results. Focusing entirely on the face, Dr. Toft has

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a reputation of giving patients natural appearing results with a quick recovery utilizing the most modern techniques available. Dr. Toft uses his expertise to minimize the signs of surgery so his patients can return to their active lifestyle looking refreshed, youthful and balanced. If you are considering facial plastic surgery or would like to attend an informational seminar, make an appointment with “the expert” in Facial Plastic Surgery, Kenneth M. Toft, M.D.

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GREGORY G. OLSEN, D.D.S., FICOI, FOLSOM ORAL SURGERY AND IMPLANT CENTER 2370 E. BIDWELL ST., SUITE 130, FOLSOM, CA 95630 • (916) 983-6637 • WWW.FOLSOMDENTALIMPLANTS.COM

Dr. Gregory G. Olsen is a specialist in the field of Oral and Facial Surgery with an emphasis in dental implants, bone grafting and reconstructive jaw surgery. Oral and Facial Surgeons undergo the most extensive training of all dental specialists and are qualified to treat the most difficult cases. Dr. Olsen is a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Board Certified Dental Anesthesiologist, Fellow of Oral and Facial Surgeons of California, and Fellow of the International Congress

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of Oral Implantology. As a continuing education provider and lifelong student, Dr. Olsen stays committed to maintaining the best overall care for his patients. He believes in staying at the forefront of new technology and innovating techniques, such as tooth guided immediate implants, which can reduce the number of required surgical procedures and patient time. At his state-of-the-art office, patients are seen as friends and family, and are treated with exceptional care and safety.

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FARMING IN THE CITY THANKS TO URBAN AGRICULTURE, EVEN THE MOST DIE-HARD CITY SLICKERS ARE GETTING BACK TO THE LAND. by luna anona | photography by create + gather

imagine: A vacant lot transformed into a fruit garden. An apartment balcony repurposed as a tomato nursery. A backyard that functions as a grocery store. They’re all urban farms, producing food in the city—and literally changing the landscape in the process. Country and concrete can not only co-exist; they can also address food insecurity, nutrition education and healthy eating as well as carbon footprint reduction, all while creating and empowering community. Here are four little urban farms that are accomplishing big things in and around the farm-to-fork capital.

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PRO TIP grow in season “New farmers fail to plan, missing the window for planting in season and setting themselves up for a failed harvest midfreeze. Google is your friend! Look up a planting calendar for your zone and stick to it.”

WEST SACRAMENTO URBAN FARMS a place for future farmers to learn

Sara Bernal was a social worker managing housing subsidies for homeless shelters in San Francisco when a relationship took her to a farm in Fair Oaks. Her partner at the time had landed a farming apprenticeship, and Bernal, visiting from the city, was enchanted by her first glimpse of farm life. When the relationship ended, she decided she wanted to farm, too. After an internship in Penryn and a job at Chico’s What’s Next Grub Farm, she headed to the Delta to start her own Bernal’s latest project is kind farm on a leased plot of land she’d found on Craigslist. of like if a farmers market Four years later, she lost the farm, but a new opportuand a food truck had a baby. nity arose: The city of West Sacramento was looking After securing a refrigeration for someone to spearhead an initiative for an urban grant from the California farm. “I was like, ‘Holy crap, that would be cool!’” recalls Department of Food and Agriculture, she purchased Bernal, who wrote a grant proposal and partnered a refrigerated mobile market with the nonprofit Center for Land-Based Learning. truck from a custom builder Now, she works as program manager for West Sacrain Canada. She plans to mento Urban Farms, which converts vacant lots into launch the truck in 2021 and urban farm business incubators that help small-scale primarily serve residents farmers get established. in affordable housing The farms, on five separate sites totaling 7 acres, complexes. With enough funding, grow more than 25,000 pounds of fresh produce every Bernal also dreams of pilotmonth. The produce is donated to food banks, supplied ing a “veggie prescription to local schools and restaurants, and sold at farm stands program” that would give and farmers markets. Although the farms aren’t certisick people vouchers for fied organic due to prohibitive costs, Bernal says they fresh food in addition to, or in employ completely organic practices. “We’re out there some cases instead of, a pill at 7 a.m. squishing bugs with our fingers,” she says. prescription.

Sara Bernal

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West Sacramento Urban Farms operates a farm stand at the corner of Bridge and Riverfront streets 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


YISRAEL FAMILY FARM

PRO Talk to others TIP who have taken

good eating starts at home

Judith and Chanowk Yisrael became urban farming pioneers in part out of necessity. During the Great Recession, they were looking to reduce their family’s food bill—together, they have nine children. They also wanted to transition to a healthier, plant-based diet, with vegetables as the centerpiece of the family dinner table. So they planted a half-acre urban farm in the backyard of their south Oak Park home. They don’t use pesticides or herbicides and, with a self-imposed “no-till” rule, the farm is very much a labor of love. After a few years of trial and error, the farm was productive enough that they could share their bounty with others. But when they tried to sell their produce to their neighbors, they discovered that it was illegal. So they partnered with other urban farmers to create the Sacramento Urban Agriculture Coalition, which helped pass a 2015 city ordinance allowing people to grow and sell produce to consumers directly from their properties. The USDA considers their neighborhood a food desert, but Judith doesn’t use that term. “We are under food apartheid,” she says. One way the farm combats that is through a youth mentorship program, Project G.O.O.D. “That is our core, our What’s Next Judith would like to use their heart, our passion,” she says. The couple’s backyard farm to celebrate goal is to empower people by giving them the intersection between what they need to be self-sufficient. “It food and culture. They once doesn’t matter if they’re in an apartment hosted a cacao ceremony to or small backyard or patio,” she says. celebrate the ancient healing “We always show them ways that they ritual of drinking cacao in a can grow.” sacred circle. “Land isn’t just Chanowk calls urban farming “a gatefor growing food—it’s a space that our ancestors used for way drug” to a deeper connection with rituals and storytelling, and nature. “There’s a corresponding life that’s how culture is handed lesson you can learn by watching nature down,” she says. “I would love around you,” he says. “I’m more aware to do that again, and be able of the impact I’m making, not just on to grow our space where we myself and my community but, ultican reach more people.” mately, the planet.”

your path

“If I’d had the type of mentorship that I provide to people now, it would’ve saved me thousands and thousands of dollars.” —Chanowk Yisrael

Judith Yisrael

Yisrael Family Farm operates a farm stand at the Sacramento African Marketplace, located at 2251 Florin Road, on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

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THE TABLE FARM using food to create justice

The Table’s Chloe McElyea

You can use urban farming to address social and environmental issues. That was the big takeaway for Gina Anderson during an environmental justice summit at Jesuit High School, where she worked. There, an urban farmer spoke at length about how eating locally reduces carbon emissions and improves the health of the community. After hearing that, Anderson thought to herself, “I’m sold. I want to do that.” Then she filed that dream away and waited. A year or two later, she was with the principal of St. Robert Catholic School when the topic of urban farming came up. “She told me, ‘Please come do this in our back field,’ and she told me about a grant that Raley’s put out to help get school gardens off the What’s Next ground,” Anderson says. She won the grant and went Anderson recently moved on to study at the Center for Land-Based Learning’s to New York, but not before California Farm Academy to learn the ropes of farmfinding someone to fill her ing. By early 2018, she was ready to plant. boots. The Table UMC, a The resulting farm is a one-fifth-acre plot at the church in East Sacramento, took over the farm, with Hollywood Park parochial school. It produces vegpastoral apprentice Chloe etables such as tomatoes and lettuce, along with McElyea serving as its new flowers. “Local, homegrown flowers can’t be beat,” farm lead. “We see this as a says Anderson. “They’re lovely to give or take home central ministry of feeding to admire.” people in our neighborhood,” The first year, more than 100 people, many of McElyea says. “We want to them teachers and students at the school, voluntackle issues of food justice teered to help plant, weed and harvest. In 2019, on a local level and help people who experience food the farm donated 1,100 pounds of fresh produce hardships. Our focus will be to River City Food Bank. The farm also supports on how we’re supporting our South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership, a local neighbors and how we work food bank, with food donations and communityalongside each other to feed sponsored produce bags. each other.” The farm currently doesn’t have a farm stand. For more information, go to thetable.farm.

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start small

“See how it goes on a small plot, like one-tenth of an acre, and then scale up from there.” —Gina Anderson

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“WE WANT TO TACKLE ISSUES OF FOOD JUSTICE ON A LOCAL LEVEL AND HELP PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE FOOD HARDSHIPS.”


NEW ROOTS

giving refugees access to healthy food In 2009, the International Rescue Committee helped Ram Khatiwoda resettle in the United States from a refugee camp in eastern Nepal, where he’d lived for 17 years after fleeing his native Bhutan. Working as a Nepali interpreter at local hospitals, he saw a lot of unhealthy, unhappy people. “I asked the doctor, ‘Why is this? This is supposed to be the best country in the world. Why are people suffering?’” Khatiwoda says. Unhealthy food was one answer. Today, Khatiwoda is the garden and market specialist for IRC’s New Roots program, which oversees community gardens in West Sacramento and Arden-Arcade. Some 65 gardeners and 14 farmers work the land. “Farmers,” as they’re called, have larger plots of land and sell their produce at New Root’s farm stands, while “gardeners” work small plots and grow for themselves. The farmers also sell more than 1,500 pounds of produce every week to Yolo Food Bank. The farmers partnered with a New York-based hot sauce company, Small Axe Peppers, which sources peppers at premium prices from more than 100 community gardens around the country, giving farmers a reliable cash crop. In 2019, New Roots sold 1,000 pounds of peppers to Axe. In return, the company sends back bottles of hot sauce for sale at its farm stand. At the New Roots gardens, refugees can grow fruits, vegetables and herbs from their own countries and cultures—things often not available at local supermarkets. Among What’s Next the produce grown there: ganA new garden is being dana, a type of leek grown in built in Arden-Arcade’s almost every province in AfghanBohemian Park with plenty istan; black-eyed peas, which are of plots available. “We have used in many Iraqi dishes; and a great opportunity here for people to come and enjoy,” Dalle Khursani from Nepal, one Khatiwoda says. of the world’s hottest chilies. New Roots operates farm stands at Kuchenu Farm, 491 Regatta Lane, West Sacramento, 11 a.m.– 3 p.m. Saturdays, and at Bohemian Park, 3130 Wright St., 5–7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

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Our differences can make us stronger. ith Election Day approaching, hard lines have been drawn throughout the country when it comes to disparities concerning culture, spirituality, politics and police reform. As people continue to argue opposing views on everything from mask mandates to distance learning, it’s important to search for glimmers of unity. Remember, there is also room for more lighthearted debates, ones that keep us honest, such as the Las Vegas Raiders or the San Francisco 49ers, and more importantly, does pineapple belong on pizza? (The answer is yes.) At the end of each day, we are all humans with unique attributes, and that’s what gives us an opportunity to learn and to grow. These three pairs of colleagues, siblings and partners beautifully illustrate how people can be collectively united through their differences.

BY STEPH RODRIGUEZ

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THE He enjoys the changing seasons from autumn to spring. She McGeorge School of Law, where she will pursue a career in prefers bright, 75-degree weather year-round. He grew up on criminal defense and civil rights work. The couple is also a part the East Coast. She grew up in sunny San Diego. But that’s of Sacramento ACT, or Sacramento Area Congregations Together. not all: He’s a rabbi, and she’s an ordained minister in the It’s a diverse, multifaith organization dedicated to the transformaUnited Church of Christ. Rabbi Seth Castleman and the Rev. tion of underserved communities. Dr. Elizabeth Griswold have built a life together that includes Says Castleman, “We’ve been involved with protests and activism three children and emphasizes the common ground between for a whole slew of causes from . . .” “. . . issues relating to poverty or advocating for rights for homeJudaism and Christianity. That doesn’t mean they’ve watered down their traditions. less folks, racial justice, anti-war. I do a lot of work with “We decided early on that we wanted to raise the children reproductive justice and abortion rights,” finishes Griswold. “For Jewish. It made a lot more sense, because if we wanted the me, it’s very much part of my faith, and a path of following Jesus children to have Jewish identity, it felt important to really emis to emulate a lot of his ministry, which was caring for other phasize that,” Griswold says. “I yearned for my family to be more people and having that be central to living out your religion.” involved in religion—to do that together.” Social justice work trickles down to their children. Over summer, their oldest daughter created a lemonade stand to The children are steeped in Jewish traditions, literature and practices. They observe the Sabbath. They belong to a synagogue in Davis. raise money for the Yolo Food Bank and the Catholic WorkThey enjoy celebrating Passover and Hanukkah. er community Griswold was a part of in Los Angeles. Castleman is the director of Exodus Project, a spiritual mentoring In their interfaith marriage, Castleman and Griswold program through St. Vincent de Paul that helps connect formerly emphasize faith. “A life of faith connected to everyday life, connected to justice work, connected to what we pour our incarcerated individuals with the resources they need to transition hearts into—that’s the common ground for us, even though into their new lives successfully. Griswold began a new journey in they happen to be different traditions,” Griswold says. August, leaving her job at Parkside Community Church to attend SACMAG.COM October 2020

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THE Colin and Julia MeCey are 16-year-old twins. At first glance, for her. But as public schools in Sacramento adjusted to a distance they look like your average set of teenagers embarking on their learning model in March, Julia was suddenly forced to learn the online ropes with her teachers. junior year in high school. But like most siblings, Colin and Julia have just as many stark differences as they do simi“Distance learning was really hard to pick up because none of larities. Colin, a technical whiz with a keen interest in the teachers knew what to do—and they’re all good teachers, but they weren’t trained to do that,” she says. “So it was really hard for computer science, was attending Rio Americano High School all of us to get used to it when they weren’t even used to it.” with his sister in 2019 when he realized that in-person schooling just wasn’t for him. So he asked his parents about distance Colin and Julia are both enrolled at California Virtual Academies learning, and in November he joined California Virtual Acadthis fall. It’s a switch that Julia says she’s willing to make, because the online school offers more electives, such as an entrepreneuremies’ Sacramento branch. “I switched because I was having a bit of trouble with learning. ship class she’s excited about. Once public schools safely reopen, Switching at first was a bit hard, because you’re learning this Julia plans to return to Rio Americano and get back on the lacrosse field. entirely new system since everything’s online. But after that, it was “Colin has a lot of free time because they have a system in a lot nicer,” he says. “I liked it a lot more because the pacing was more place that actually works. It’s nice to be able to take a class about the student and not the entire classroom. I was able to get a and not have to worry about figuring it out with my teachlot more support from teachers, because there was constant academic support and tutoring every single day.” ers,” she says. “Next year, a lot of kids are worried about how As an avid lacrosse player and overall social butterfly, Julia says everything is going to go. Senior year, if it all goes away, I’m she was thriving at Rio Americano and enjoyed talking with her planning to go back just because I’m really social and it’s friends, teachers and her coach. In-person learning worked well really hard to just stay in an online class.”

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THE While Sarah Pollo Moo was working with Arnold SchwarzenegAs board members of the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission, the two have collaborated on spending ger’s administration, Eric Guerra worked for state Sen. Gil measures. One measure helps after-school programs and introCedillo. Over a Zoom conference, Guerra and Pollo Moo duces students to opportunities in media. The other, known as The laughed about their rival football teams, the Raiders and the Atrium 916, was granted $100,000 by the commission. It hires local 49ers, but they also reflected on how their political differences helped them work stronger together. artists to create distance learning content for broadcast outlets “Schwarzenegger ran his campaign about repealing and including Access Sacramento and KVIE. getting [driver’s] licenses away from undocumented immi“I think dialogue has been on the decline in this country, particugrants,” Guerra says. “I was working for the senator that was larly in areas like Sacramento where you have a lot of politics involved,” Pollo Moo says. “It can get very polarized, and I’ve always tried to drafting the law to get licenses for undocumented immigrants.” look at issues from different perspectives, not just my own.” Now, Guerra is a Sacramento city councilman for District 6, which Pollo Moo says she was always cautious about government oversees everything from Tahoe Park to Little Saigon, and Pollo Moo spending, especially when it comes to people’s taxes. is the president and CEO of Pollo Communications Inc. As Sacra“I’d never been on this end before. I’m usually the one saymento State alumni, they crossed paths in 2016 during their volunteer work for the Hornets Policy & Politics chapter. There, Pollo Moo was ing, ‘No spending. No taxes. Lower taxes,’” she says, laughing. introduced to Guerra, and she said something that really struck him. “By us working together, we were able to accomplish more funding for the after-school programs to help so many kids “I remember she said, ‘Hey, I really want to help out my neighborhood.’ To me, that’s what caught me,” Guerra says. “To me, I don’t who wanted to participate in media and in a new platform,” Guerra says. “We’ve got a lot of work to do in our country, care what your history is, but if you want to help out your neighboreven in our own city. The challenge is so daunting, it’s going hood, the people who live adjacent to you and improve the to take all of us.” quality of life around you—to me, that’s such a noble thing.” SACMAG.COM October 2020

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things up Inspired by their home country of India, a Granite Bay family goes irresistibly vivid. By Mari Tzikas Suarez Photography by Stephanie Russo

Q HOME TO: Rakesh and Swapna Parikh, their two daughters and two dogs

Q STATS: 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 half baths

Q NEIGHBORHOOD: Silverwood, Granite Bay

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The family collected the glass light fixtures above the eating-nook table (opposite page) during their travels in Italy. Designer Laura Neuman bundled and staged them ever so playfully.

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octors Rakesh and Swapna Parikh wanted their home—a beautiful but admittedly dated Tuscan-style house—to feel more like home. A modern dwelling that enveloped them in the vibrant hues and beloved rituals of India. Laura Neuman of PepperJack Interiors in Loomis was instantly attracted to the project, because of both the bold design opportunities and the Parikh family’s apparent sincerity and engagement in the process. “The family loves color and modern design,” she says. “They didn’t even flinch when I suggested painting the dining room black in order to make their brightorange patchwork dining chairs pop.” Other pops include a “turmeric yellow” ceiling adjacent to the bar (and, well, the bar itself) and backlit jali-style woodwork majestically set before a hot-pink wall. By contrast, the stark simplicity of the kitchen serves as a bit of a palate cleanser, with the ceiling-flush cooking vent allowing for optimal openness. Opposite page: Dining room wall paint color: Benjamin Moore Carbon Copy This page, top left: A custom-designed cupboard houses the family’s vivid assortment of spices used in traditional Indian cuisine. Top center: The home’s original laundry room was knocked out and turned into a formal bar. Neuman describes it as “wild, fun, colorful and entertaining.” Top right: A floating bench, backed by a perforated screen known as a jali, is used for everything from entertaining guests to a prayer shrine. Bottom: The powder room packs a powerful punch. SACMAG.COM October 2020

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MEET THE TOP PRODUCERS IN REAL ESTATE FOR SACRAMENTO AND PLACER COUNTY

COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE MASTERS CLUB MEMBERS ACHIEVE MORE THAN TOP SALES

On the following pages, you’ll meet participating members of the Masters Club who have achieved club criteria during the year 2019 and have paid to support this section. You’ll also learn about the importance of using a REALTOR® and what it means to be a Masters Club member, and discover how REALTORS® support their communities. We thank participating Masters Club members and their associations for their support in this section.

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Another Successful Year! FOR SACRAMENTO ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® MASTERS CLUB

2019 was a successful year for the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® Masters Club which welcomed 720 Members. This number represents the top 9.7% of all Sacramento Association of REALTORS® members.

productivity of its members, and to recognize the achievements of the top REALTORS® who apply for membership and who have earned a requisite level of excellence in real estate sales.

The purpose of the Masters Club is to support the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® in providing programs and services that enhance the competency, professionalism and

The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® Masters Club is active in supporting community activities by donating monies and services to a wide range of local charities. Masters Club raised $24,000 at their Annual

golf tournament in 2019 which benefited the following charities: Foster Youth Education Fund, Women’s Empowerment, and Wind Youth Services. Make your move to team up with the best in real estate, your Masters Club REALTORS®! Congratulations to all the outstanding producers who achieved Masters Club Membership during 2019!

2019 OFFICERS HYRUM GRAY, LYON REAL ESTATE | President ROBYN DELONG, COLDWELL BANKER | President-Elect BARBARA LEBRECHT, GALSTER GROUP | Secretary-Treasurer JIM ANDERSON, LYON REAL ESTATE | Immediate Past President

2019 STEERING COMMITTEE Jim Amen, Amen Real Estate Karen Berkovitz, Lyon Real Estate Katie Butler, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Betty Brody, Keller Williams Realty Jared Cartwright, Coldwell Banker Angela Gitt, Lyon Real Estate Lori Logan, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Patti Martinez, Lyon Real Estate

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Dennis McCarthy, Keller Williams Realty Amy Morris, Lyon Real Estate Sean Palmer, Palmer Real Estate Kelly Pleasant, Keller Williams Realty Yuri Ramirez, eXp Realty of CA Inc. Brandon Shepard, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Inc. Paula Swayne, Dunnigan, REALTORS® Cynthia Woods, Galster Group

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Placer County Association of REALTORS® is a real estate membership based organization focused on being the leading advocate of the real estate industry, serving the communities in which we do business and building valuable alliances locally and statewide to promote private property rights.

“Masters Club” Placer County’s 2019 Top Achievers The Placer County Association of REALTORS® (PCAR) is thrilled to honor the 2019 Masters Club recipients and all of their incredible success in the real estate industry! These members have dedicated their careers to elevating the industry through their exceptional work and service to their clients. While PCAR was unable to celebrate these members with the annual gala, their work and efforts were recognized through a handful of new and socially distanced festivities. “As we all continue to endure the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we at PCAR were determined to recognize our 2019 Masters Club members for all of their dedication to our industry,” said PCAR CEO, Dean Anderson. “We held many virtual meetings to discuss with our committee how to accomplish this and were able to implement some creative ideas that would ensure the safety and health of our members, but still celebrate their impressive achievements.” In lieu of the annual in-person gala, the Masters Club Committee put together a spirited swag bag of treats that participants were invited to pick-up from the PCAR office at their convenience. Members were recognized with photos in front of a branded step and repeat and also via a video that went out to all 4,000+ PCAR members via Facebook. A custom Facebook profile photo frame was also created for use by Masters Club members only. “The PCAR staff and community really came together to en-

sure that these members were properly recognized for their great work in our industry,” noted Masters Club Committee Co-Chair, Cheryl Keller. “From implementing digital solutions on various social media platforms to collecting over 25 raffle prizes from local businesses, it was more important than ever this year that we made an extra effort to celebrate our 2019 Masters Club recipients.” 2020 marks the 45th year that PCAR has celebrated its prestigious and accomplished Masters Club. Members of Masters Club are REALTORS® who have met the previous year’s sales and transaction qualifications set by the Masters Club committee. In 2019 REALTORS® were required to reach a total sales volume of $5 million with at least 8 closed transactions or a total of 20 closed transactions. Participants who qualify for Masters Club represent the top 10-15% of PCAR members. This year, 474 Masters Club members qualified and represented the top 13% of the REALTOR membership which totaled 3,751 at the close of 2019. The Masters Club is comprised of the following classes; First year members (70), Continuing members with 2-4 years in the club (110), Life Members with 5-9 years in the club (151) and Outstanding Life Members with 10+ years in the club (143.) “We are so grateful for our sponsors continued support this year, even with an unconventional celebration,” said Masters Club Committee Co-Chair, Tracy Young.

Masters Club Committee CHAIR: Cheryl Keller, RE/MAX Gold Tracy Young, The Advantage Group

2019 PCAR MASTERS CLUB SPONSORS AND RAFFLE DONORS INCLUDE:

COMMITTEE: Teena Budd, Better Homes & Gardens Michele Colombo, Better Homes & Gardens Gail Hargis, Windermere Granite Bay Mimi Kim, Coldwell Banker Sun Ridge Nichole Moody, Coldwell Banker Sun Ridge Amy Rivers, NextHome Cedar Street Realty Cathy Ruiz, Nick Sadek Sotheby’s International Realty Bill Sadek, Engel & Völkers Nick Sadek, Nick Sadek Sotheby’s International Realty Chris Sheffer, Sheffer & Associates Dayna Summers, Boutique Real Estate Kim Tucker, Better Homes and Gardens Sherri Walker, Keller Williams Realty

CONGRATULATIONS, PLACER COUNTY MASTERS CLUB MEMBERS

AMERICAN PACIFIC REVERSE MORTGAGE COLDWELL BANKER SUN RIDGE ENGEL & VÖLKERS FINLEY HOME SERVICES GOLDEN 1 CREDIT UNION METROLIST NEXTHOME CEDAR STREET REALTY NICK SADEK SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL RE/MAX GOLD THE ADVANTAGE GROUP WHITNEY RANCH

Placer County Association of REALTORS® is a real estate membership based organization focused on being the leading advocate of the real estate industry, serving the communities in which we do business and building valuable alliances locally and statewide to promote private property rights.

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We have been blessed with clients who continue to call upon us to help with their real estate needs. Again this year lots, land, estate homes and small commercial properties comprised a major part of our business. We look forward in 2020 to providing professional real estate services to our loyal and new clients.

Specializing in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer and Yolo Counties - Dee has built her business with great care and attention to detail. Aimed at achieving her client’s complete satisfaction, she takes a “Clients First” approach when guiding them through the Real Estate world. For 35 years Dee has been a consistent award winner and top producing agent.

Albiani Real Estate Group DRE# 00584962 | SAR (916) 425-0330 gil@albianireg.com

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The Albiani Group.

Dee Schwindt, REALTOR® Emeritus

Coldwell Banker (916) 341-7852 | (916) 704-0718 DRE# 00498850 | SAR dee.schwindt@cbnorcal.com www.CallDeeFirst.com

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Gil A. Albiani

NAR REALTOR Emeritus Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage DRE# 00570810 (916) 947-6638 ®

georgia.mikacich@cbnorcal.com

Brian Kassis

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Lyon Real Estate, Vice President DRE# 00475888 | SAR (916) 849-7314 vdaley@golyon.com

Georgia Mikacich

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I have been in real estate in the Sacramento area for more than 47 years and with Lyon RE over 37 years, moving here from Georgia in 1970. I have worked in New Home sales for Robert Powell in Campus Commons, East Ranch, Wyndgate and Maddox Ranch. Prior to real estate I was in banking and in the 60’s a Flight Attendant for Eastern Airlines, which nurtured my love for people and eagerness to assist them. I’m lucky to be doing what I love and strive to be the BEST for my clients. Let us all keep an attitude of gratitude.

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Vivian Daley

RE/MAX Gold DRE# 00989626 | “Your REALTOR® for Life!” (916) 539-9555 Brian@TeamKassis.com www.briankassis.com

DRE# 00842218 | SAR Berkshire Hathaway Drysdale Properties (916) 764-7500 nick@nicklaplaca.com www.nicklaplaca.com

REALTOR® Emeritus, Broker, GRI, SRES, ASP DRE# 00513104 | SAR Judy Schoer REALTORS® Call: (916) 966-2221 • Text: (916) 716-0558 judyschoer4homes@aol.com www.judyschoer.metrolistpro.com

FAIR OAKS AND AREA SPECIALIST

DRE# 01034942 | PCAR Windermere Granite Bay REALTORS® (916) 765-2200 TadT@Windermere.com www.tadthompson.com

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Josh Blackwood Granite Creek Realty DRE# 01801610 | SAR (916) 741-8720 Josh@granitecreekrealty.com www.granitecreekrealty.com

OUTSTANDING LIFE

Tad Thompson believes membership in the Masters Club is not so much a recognition as a responsibility. It means maintaining higher standards, offering superior service, and adhering to a strict code of professional behavior. Long after the transaction is over, the character of the REALTOR® endures.

OUTSTANDING LIFE

Tad Thompson

Toddy Schultz DRE# 01483530 SAR OUTSTANDING LIFETIME MEMBER Lyon Real Estate (916) 342-3573 tschultz@golyon.com www.teamupwithtoddy.com

OUTSTANDING LIFE

Lyon Real Estate DRE# 00465919 | SAR (916) 616-7858 gknopke@GoLyon.com www.gloriaknopke.com

Nick LaPlaca

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Gloria Knopke

Achieving the status of Presidential Membership in the SAR Masters could not have happened without the support of wonderful customers and my fellow real estate professionals. Thank you! I am proudly celebrating 45 years of successfully meeting the needs of buyers and sellers in greater Sacramento. Integrity, hard work and knowledge of the marketplace and community are crucial to creating longevity as a REALTOR®! I strive to demonstrate my commitment to provide top quality service. Taking extra precautions to keep buyers and sellers healthy and safe during these challenging times. May I help you?

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Judy Schoer

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Coldwell Banker Realty DRE# 01070238 | SAR (916) 214-8479

shanda.lusich@cbnorcal.com www.shandalusich.com

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Shanda Lusich

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Tim Comstock Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage DRE# 01879462 | SAR (916) 548-7102 Tcomstock44@gmail.com

DRE# 01706589 | SAR Coldwell Banker (916) 342-1372 erin@erinstumpf.com www.SacREblog.com

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Carla.Layton@cbnorcal.com www.ReadySetOwn.com

Patty Gillette Lyon Real Estate Broker-Associate DRE# 00472483 (916) 601-3678 pgillette@golyon.com www.PattyGillette.com

Julie Burks DRE# 01019816 | SAR Riverpoint Realty (916) 225-0707 julie@julieburks.com www.julieburks.com

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DRE# 01395619 | PCAR Coldwell Banker Realty (916) 580-8018

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Carla Layton

Mark DeGennaro Coldwell Banker DRE# 01394970 (916) 849-4810 mark@markdrealty.com

Ann Caminiti GRI, Masters Club Cal BRE# 00498200 Broker-Associate (916) 591-9999 CBCaminiti@gmail.com www.caminitipm.com

OUTSTANDING LIFE

Erin Stumpf

Personable. Knowledgeable. Professional.

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Jan Detrick DRE# 01208861 | SAR Outstanding Life Member Coldwell Banker Realty Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) (916) 812-8180 jdetrick@cbnorcal.com www.JanDetrickRealEstate.com

Witham Real Estate DRE# 01456452 | SAR (916) 718-1751 Victoria@WithamRealEstate.com www.WithamRealEstate.com

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shaunalston@landmarkeagle.com www.EagleRealty.org

Victoria Witham

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DRE# 01191824 | SAR, South Lake Tahoe Association of REALTORS® Bay Area Association of REALTORS®, Eagle Realty (916) 698-4646

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Shaun Alston has been called a triple-threat to his 5000+ competitors. To his clients, he is three experts in one, a one-stop shop and a powerhouse in the real estate industry. Builder, Interior Designer and leading Real Estate Broker with decades of experience. That’s why he’s consistently the Sacramento area’s leading real estate agent.

OUTSTANDING LIFE

Shaun Alston

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George Mijares GM Realty Retired Sac Police Lt. Sac State University, BA (916) 764-3333 Broker | SAR

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Judy Black Coldwell Banker Realty CRS, GRI, PMN, AHWD, GREEN, ABR, SRES Military Relocation Professional DRE# 01129479 | SAR (916) 533-3344 www.JudyBlack.com

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kathypapola@gmail.com www.papola.com

Maggie Frisch DRE# 01000718 | SAR Lyon Real Estate (916) 996-8050 mfrisch@golyon.com www.maggiefrisch.com

As owners of Galster Real Estate Group, Sacramento’s premier real estate company, Steve and Sue have built their sterling reputation on the personal bonds they make with their agents, office support staff, friends, neighbors and you! They offer a level of personalized agent support that is unmatched. When you combine Steve’s enthusiastic style and business savvy and Sue’s caring follow-through and attention to detail, it’s easy to see how they’ve made such a lasting impact with their agents and in the market. DRE# 01325532 | SAR Galster Real Estate Group (916) 718-1471 Steve@GalsterGroup.com www.GalsterGroup.com

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

— Helen Keller

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Network Real Estate DRE# 00498457 | PCAR (530) 271-3815 | (530) 913-9879 Cell

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Kathy Papola

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Steve & Sue Galster

DRE# 01004189 | SAR Coldwell Banker (916) 212-1881 angela.heinzer@cbnorcal.com www.angelaheinzer.com

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Andy Thielen DRE# 01227077 | SAR Lyon Real Estate (916) 230-3778 AThielen@GoLyon.com www.AThielen.GoLyon.com

DRE# 01901828 (916) 698-6257 Masters Club, SAR, NAR, CAR LisaShanahanRealEstate.com ListWithLisaRealEstate@gmail.com

Angela Gitt DRE# 01132561 | SAR Lyon Real Estate (916) 224-5843 agitt@golyon.com www.angelagitt.com

OUTSTANDING LIFE

traci.petersen@cbnorcal.com Making you feel like you’re her only client!

Lisa Shanahan

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Angela Heinzer

Coldwell Banker DRE# 01267649 | SAR (916) 224-1515

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LRothfels@GoLyon.com www.LRothfels.GoLyon.com

Traci L. Petersen

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lwood@dunniganrealtors.com www.LindaWood.metrolistpro.com

Lyon Real Estate DRE# 01726096 | SAR (916) 996-8877

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Dunnigan REALTORS® DRE# 01129438 | SAR PRESIDENT 2018 (916) 802-8042

Lisa Rothfels

OUTSTANDING LIFE

Linda Wood

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CHANGING LIVES ONE HOME AT A TIME

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Physician Relocation Specialist DRE# 01273462 | EDCAR, SAR, DRS (916) 801-1105 sherri@sherripatterson.net www.SherriPatterson.net

Dana Miller RE/MAX Gold DRE# 01472899 | PCAR, SAR (916) 716-9046 danamillersells@yahoo.com www.DanaMillersells.com

OUTSTANDING LIFE

Franco@GarciaRealEstate.com www.GarciaRealEstate.com

Sherri Patterson

OUTSTANDING LIFE

DRE# 00925201 | SAR | Past President Garcia Realty (916) 206-3802

OUTSTANDING LIFE

Franco Garcia

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Steffan Brown DRE# 01882787 | SAR Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (916) 717-7217 steffan@steffanbrown.com www.SteffanBrown.com

Sandy J. King I cover the greater Sacramento Area and Placer County. I have been an active REALTOR® since Oct 2006. Whether you need help finding your first home or selling a longtime residence, my training addresses the needs of home buyers and sellers of all ages. Combined with my thorough approach and natural compassion I help you succeed in Real Estate by being In Tune With You. Contact me today. (916) 878-0101

Maribel Perez

DRE# 01403682 LIFE - SAR

Lisa Auble

DRE# 01268030 (916) 806-4061

Lyon Real Estate DRE# 01369531 | SAR (916) 719-6381

Learn how Tanya can help you realize your real estate dreams at TCurry@GoLyon.com

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Jim Anderson

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SandyK@GalsterGroup.com

JAnderson@golyon.com www.JimAndersonsellshomes.com

LAUBLE@golyon.com www.LisaAuble.com

Tiffany is a Top Producer at Newpoint Realty. She prides herself on creating a low-stress, top quality buying and selling experience for all of her clients. She enjoys working with firsttime home buyers looking for their first big purchase as well as retirees who are ready to slow down and find the perfect forever home. Tiffany also works with numerous out-of-thearea clients who are relocating to the Sacramento/El Dorado/ Placer region. Her dedication to these clients through constant communication and previewing homes sets her above the rest. Tiffany is proud of her 2019 success and is looking forward to another fun year of Real Estate in 2020. Newpoint Realty DRE# 02009988 | PCAR, SAR (916) 541-8813 ttate@newpoint.us www.newpoint.me

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Tiffany Tate LIFE

Tanya is a top producing REALTOR® of 14 years with Lyon Real Estate. She has a positive mindset and is committed to providing high-touch, superior service. Tanya has represented hundreds of buyers and sellers and has a passion for helping others that sets her apart. She is active in multiple local charities.

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Keller Williams Realty DRE# 01318668 | PCAR, SAR (916) 223-1309 maribel@maribelperez.com MaribelPerez.com

CA BRE #01403682 Certified Distress Property Expert, E-PRO, SRES,

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Broker Associate with Coldwell Banker Realty who has been helping buyers and sellers through the real estate process since 2004. Your home is a huge part of your life, both financially and emotionally. So the decision to sell a house is not one to be made lightly. When you hire me as your listing agent, I will be putting my 16+ years of experience as a REALTOR® to work for you. As a Broker Associate with Coldwell Banker Realty, I approach the sale of every property with the highest level of professionalism and care. Coldwell Banker Realty DRE# 01411594 | SAR (916) 705-2298 www.MarkDelgado.com Mark.delgado@cbnorcal.com

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Mark Delgado

Nick Sadek Broker/Owner

Broker, SRES, REALTOR®, StoneBrook Realty Group DRE# 01040512 | SAR (916) 601-4225 kelly@stonebrookrealtygroup.com www.StoneBrookRealtyGroup.com

Nick Sadek Sotheby’s International Realty Luxury Home Specialist DRE# 00970410 | SAR, PCAR, EDCAR (916) 966-4444 nick.sadek@sothebysrealty.com www.nicksadeksir.com

Representing buyers and sellers throughout the Sacramento region and Northern California LIFE

Cynthia Woods, Broker DRE# 01749720 | SAR Galster Real Estate Group (916) 743-6611 cynthia@realestatesinger.com www.realestatesinger.com

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Coldwell Banker Cal DRE# 01721230 | SAR (916) 206-0063 Nadia.Zierke@cbnorcal.com www.NadiaZierke.com Masters Club Life Member

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Kelly Upchurch LIFE

Nadia Zierke

CEO of Nick Sadek Sotheby’s International Realty. Today Nick is renowned as the go-to REALTOR® for luxury properties. His knowledge of the local area, commitment to his clients and complete integrity have propelled his success. He understands the unique needs of the luxury market and high-net-worth buyers and sellers know that they can trust his professionalism.

Brandon E. Lower Sacramento Association of REALTORS® Masters Club member

knewman@golyon.com

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DRE# 01806429 | PCAR Lyon Real Estate Services (916) 677-9932

Joel Perez RE/MAX Gold DRE# 01467711 | PCAR, SAR Top Achiever for EDCAR Cell: (916) 997-7393 Office: (916) 537-2400 joel.perez@norcalgold.com

Brandon has been involved in various facets of real estate for nearly 20 years, including property management and home mortgage loans. In just his second year of selling homes, he became a member of the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® Masters Club. Brandon has sold homes in Sacramento, Colusa, El Dorado, Placer, Sutter and Yolo counties. Born and raised in Sacramento, he has a lifetime of knowledge about the area and vows to work day or night to get you the best deal. Whether you’re looking for your first home or are experienced in buying real estate, his passion for real estate and helping his clients makes him a great candidate to get you the house you’re looking for. REALTOR® BRE# 02033008 | (916) 812-0209 lower.brandon@gmail.com

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Has sold homes in five Sacramento-area counties • Available to customers anytime, day or night

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Carmichael | $1,345,000 Welcome to Serene, a custom-built Mid-Century Modern home. The open floor plan, expansive windows, vaulted ceilings, oak hardwood floors, and one of kind, spectacular setting, makes you feel as though you're in your own private forest; and you are! Retreat to a secluded master bedroom and bath. Enjoy your private year-round running creek and towering redwoods, fruit trees, expansive, pool and spa. Carlos Kozlowski 916.973.4506 Carlos.Kozlowski@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00878571

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Jenner | $825,000 Picture this, privacy, lush trees, birds flying, and you sit on your deck overlooking the reservoir. Quality craftsman 3br/3.5ba built home located in Timber Cove w/large deck upstairs and bonus space downstairs on approx. 1 1/3 of an acres. There is a generator that is wired through the house to give you energy and peace of mind when it gets wild and wooly like our gorgeous Sonoma Coast does. Hilary Thomas 707.293.4493 hcthomas@yahoo.com | CalRE #02069128

Sacramento | $975,000 Custom built home offers a thoughtful floor plan with spacious rooms and plenty of storage. Upstairs there is approx. 950 sqft of livable space. Enjoy a screened patio, lighted badminton court and mature landscaping.

Sacramento | $965,000 Gorgeous 5br/3ba home features formal dining and sitting rooms, great room, chef’s dream kitchen with stainless steel appliances and master suite. Enjoy the shaded back patio, beautiful pool and cozy firepit.

Angela Heinzer 916.212.1881 angela.heinzer@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01004189

Doug Reynolds 916.494.8441 DougReynoldsRealEstate@gmail.com | CalRE #01734464

Lincoln | Price Upon Request This three to four bedroom, three bath home sits in the gated Catta Verdera Country Club community. Features include solar, high end finishes and updates! Outside boasts water features, arbors and a built-in fire pit.

Sacramento | $899,000 Great horse property close to town with a pasture area, arena and round pen. The backyard is a paradise with free form pool, casual dining room, great room with fireplace & kitchen with upgraded appliances.

Beth Bryant 916.996.1268 beth.bryant@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00903372

Richard Landrey 916.205.6639 richard.landrey@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01017177

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El Dorado Hills | $899,000 This amazing 5br/5ba sought-after Lennar home is in the Blackstone community of El Dorado Hills. Sitting on almost a third of an acre, the pool-sized backyard has a built-in fireplace area a view from every angle.

Sacramento | $879,000 Stunning waterfront home features an open- floor concept with vaulted ceilings, formal Living room with fireplace, formal Dining area with wet bar, galley Kitchen with marble counters, Master Suite, & incredible views.

Arman Khachatryan 916.200.5446 arman.khach@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01948420

Rich Cazneaux 916.212.4444 | CalRE #01447558 Maggie Sekul 916.341.7812 | CalRE #01296369

Sacramento | $875,000 Fabulous 4 bedroom, 3 bath home features an enormous gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, spacious master bedroom and bathroom suite upstairs, beautiful front yard with fruit trees and a 2 car garage.

Lincoln | $869,950 Spectacular views from this amazing 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath gem located in the heart of Sun City Lincoln Hills near the 12th tee of the Orchard Golf Course. Owned solar! Chef's kitchen! Full Casita w/separate entrance!

Steffan Brown 916.717.7217 steffan@steffanbrown.com | CalRE #01882787

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 melinda.shrader@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00994757

Sacramento | $829,950 This charming Land Park 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom cottage presents an ideal place to retreat! It features traditional living spaces, an updated Kitchen, and an entertainer’s dream Backyard with a pool, spa, and Rec room.

Carmichael | $825,020 A rare Spanish style single story with spacious front courtyard and custom hardwood front door. The backyard is a summer oasis featuring a renovated pool and spa, diving rock, built in BBQ grill and bar, and a deck!

Rich Cazneaux 916.212.4444 rich@eastsac.com | CalRE #01447558

Kurt Parkinson 916.798.4214 | CalRE #01517516 Janay Parkinson 916.717.2750 | CalRE #02030986

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Rocklin | $819,000 4 bedroom, 3.5ba breathtaking home featuring a stunning grand entrance, newly remodeled kitchen with newer appliances and quartz countertops bonus room and amazing master suite. Enjoy the private backyard.

Roseville | $734,900 Move-in ready home featuring 4 bedrooms plus an office and a spacious bonus room upstairs, 3 full bathrooms and a one-half bathroom. This home offers newer interior and exterior paint and newer appliances in the kitchen.

Laura Corbin 916.626.2800 laura.corbin@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #02020448

Alicia Guzman-Folster 916.202.9336 aguzman@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01201248

Sacramento | $729,000 Like new 4br/3.5ba home in the heart of the McKinley Village. Part of the highly coveted first phase of the Mulberry collection, this home provides a larger backyard and outdoor livable space.

Sacramento | $725,000 Semi-custom home features a chef's kitchen with island, quartz counters & stainless appliances. It has great room with stunning lake views, a Master suite, secondary master & striking pool. Offered for 55+ Active adult.

Brendan Delaney 916.628.0831 brendan.delaney@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01873794

Ed Corominas 916.599.9389 ed@edcorominas.com | CalRE #01095218

Sacramento | $725,000 This unique one of a kind home is situated on almost an acre of land. It features a private entry mud room, formal dining room, country styled kitchen with island, gathering room with hardwood floors and expansive deck.

El Dorado Hills | $720,000 There is plenty of room for everyone in this large Serrano, approximately 3,600 square foot, five bedroom, three bathroom home on a cul-de-sac with a large enclosed bonus room on over a third of an acre!

Ed Corominas 916.599.9389 ed@edcorominas.com | CalRE #01095218

Melissa Quade 916.936.8855 melissa.quade@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #02012631

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Rancho Cordova | Price Upon Request 4br/3ba home offers luxury upgrades throughout. It features a great room concept, separate dining and living room, kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counters, a master suite and your own personal oasis.

Sacramento | $679,000 3br/2ba home in the magical neighborhood of River Park. Pride in ownership is apparent in the meticulously kept landscaping, along with updated big-ticket items. Pack your bags, move in and take a dip in the pool!

Arax Butler 916.802.0616 arax@araxbutler.com | CalRE #01372569

Tiphanne G. Crowe 9167430122 Tiphcrowe@gmail.com | CalRE #01475681

El Dorado Hills | $675,000 This 5 bedroom, 4 bath gem checks all the boxes! Features include a gourmet kitchen, a cozy fireplace, master suite, an upstairs bonus room and a 3 car garage. Outside offers a patio, garden beds and lots of trees.

Elk Grove | $668,888 Two-story turnkey home is mere blocks from the lush greenbelt of Camden Lake and has a great cul-de-sac location. It features a kitchen with marble counters, elegant master bedroom, large bonus room and gorgeous pool.

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 melinda.shrader@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00994757

Jared Cartwright, 916.936.0090 jared@jaredcartwright.com | CalRE #01979225

Sacramento | $665,000 Welcome to 1322 D Street - the Mansion Flats 6br/2ba duplex you've been waiting for! Timeless Victorian details abound in these two vacant units offering spacious layouts and large bay windows.

El Dorado Hills | $649,000 Beautiful 3br/3ba home plus den is in desirable Fairchild Village. The custom updated kitchen includes stainless appliances, Viking gas range and quartz island. Enjoy the private backyard with patio cover and brick work.

Matt Jones 310.903.7724 matt.jones@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01891116

Pat Quan 916.812.4341 pquan@pacbell.net | CalRE #01918240

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Cameron Park | Price Upon Request Beautiful in style and design, this 1 story home features a relaxing great room and kitchen with granite counters and ample storage. Enjoy the welcoming master retreat with en suite bath and private backyard retreat.

Ione | $625,000 This exquisite approximately 82 acre property is off the grid! It features a 6.8kilo solar power system with a 540-amp hour lithium battery, two 100amp hour lithium batteries, two solar panels and newly installed roof.

Andrea Duane 916.365.3697 andrea@andreaduane.com | CalRE #01466952

Tammy Goolsby 209.332.0250 tammy.goolsby@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01987204

Sacramento | $619,000 Welcome to an entertainer’s dream home featuring a formal entry way, grand living and dining rooms, fireplace, cozy family room, updated kitchen, large master suite and backyard with several patio areas & sparkling pool.

Sacramento | $599,000 Great opportunity with a well built and classic floor plan. It features spacious bedrooms, formal rooms & large family room. Out back there are areas to entertain, mature landscape & access to the American River Parkway.

Elise Brown 916.715.0213 eliseivesbrown@gmail.com | CalRE #01781942

Angela Heinzer 916.212.1881 angela.heinzer@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01004189

Sacramento | $595,000 3br/1ba w/dual-pane windows, an updated kitchen & extra living space looking into the backyard. East Sac location close to Sac State, American River bike trail & local restaurants.

Sacramento | $595,000 This well-appointed 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom Craftsman has been updated at every turn, while. preserving touches traditional to East Sacramento. This home offers an open- floor concept coupled with spaces to retreat!

Mike O'Connor 916.801.8182 mike.oconnor@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01972804

Rich Cazneaux 916.212.4444 rich@eastsac.com | CalRE #01447558

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Carmichael | $559,000 This lovely home features a welcoming open entry with formal living and dining rooms, bright kitchen, family room and spacious master suite with private bathroom and walk-in closet. Enjoy a private backyard with firepit.

Roseville | $550,000 You will love this remodeled 4 bedroom, 3 bath gem with a 3 car garage and RV/boat access. The stunning kitchen has an expansive island, stainless steel appliances and leads to the family room with a wood burning stove.

Angela Heinzer 916.212.1881 angela.heinzer@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01004189

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 melinda.shrader@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00994757

Rocklin | $550,000 This 4 bedroom, 3 bath home features a gourmet kitchen with a grand island and an entertainer's backyard complete with a covered patio and a personal spa. Additional features include owned solar and a gas log fireplace!

Sacramento | Price Upon Request A well maintained approximately 3,000 square foot home features 4 bedrooms, game room, living room, great room, kitchen with island, 3 full bathrooms, 3 car garage, backyard with fruit trees, covered patio, and a kennel.

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 melinda.shrader@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00994757

Tecca Wysk 916.205.8973 tecca.wysk@camoves.com | CalRE #01308218

Davis | $542,000 Welcome home to this inviting, bright and super clean property, lovingly attended to by its original owner. Offering three bedrooms, two full baths, separate family and living rooms and charming kitchen with dining nook.

Sacramento | $529,990 A two bedroom, two bath updated house with generous kitchen and granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors and a bonus room. Large backyard in a great neighborhood with convenience to everything!

Dana Hawkins 530.219.5076 dana.hawkins@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01318897

Steffan Brown 916.717.7217 steffan@steffanbrown.com | CalRE #01882787

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Elk Grove | $529,000 A beautiful home with an incredible yard and pool in the highly desirable Fallbrook neighborhood. It features a wonderful cook’s kitchen with granite counters, a large master suite with 2 closets and private backyard.

El Dorado Hills | $525,000 From beyond the gates of the active adult lifestyle home awaits a true find. It features a wide-open great room with a custom entry door, a kitchen with granite slab counters, a large master suite and a covered patio.

Sue Benton 916.214.9072 sue.benton@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01410704

Ed Corominas 916.599.9389 ed@edcorominas.com | CalRE #01095218

Roseville | $515,000 This wonderful single-story East Roseville home has it all. Features include three bedrooms, two baths, updated laminate flooring, a spacious kitchen, a cozy fireplace and a built-in pool and spa plus RV/boat access.

Roseville | Price Upon Request This highly desirable single story home has an open great room floorplan offering four bedrooms including master suite, three full baths, separate office area, gourmet kitchen, 2 car garage and low maintenance backyard.

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 melinda.shrader@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00994757

Tecca Wysk 916.205.8973 tecca.wysk@camoves.com | CalRE #01308218

Citrus Heights | $499,900 Situated on a peaceful location setback down a short private roadway, this beauty has been remodeled throughout and the built-in pool is jump in ready. There is an extra approximately 300 square foot addition.

Sacramento | $499,500 This 1960's style home in a cul-de-sac is nestled on an approx. .29-acre lot. Features include tiled entry, three bedrooms, two remodeled bathrooms, Formal Living room, Formal Dining area and Kitchen/ Family room combo.

Marc Traverse 916.802.4141 marc@marctraverse.com | CalRE #00876065

Sue Olson 916.601.8834 sue@sueolson.net | CalRE #00784986

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El Dorado Hills | $499,000 Incredible cottage styled home in an active adult community features designer upgrades, open great room, chef inspired kitchen with stainless appliances, master suite walk-in closet and backyard with a covered patio.

Citrus Heights | $485,000 This renovated 4 bedroom, 3 bath home has a modern flair. The chef will love the gourmet kitchen, spacious family room w/a gas log fireplace, a large sideyard w/RV access and a wonderful backyard complete w/a treehouse.

Ed Corominas 916.599.9389 ed@edcorominas.com | CalRE #01095218

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 melinda.shrader@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00994757

Ione | $485,000 Beautiful approx. 2,407 square foot home featuring a custom kitchen, great room, formal dining room and siting room. The master suite is private and spacious with views. Enjoy the enormous yard with hot tub and tiki room.

Roseville | $479,000 Welcome Home to Longview Meadows! Open great room living, downstairs den and full bath, plantation shutters, ceiling fans, stainless appliances, upstairs master suite, loft, laundry room and a gorgeous large back yard!

Tammy Goolsby 209.332.0250 tammy.goolsby@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01987204

Joellinda Hannigan 916.773.7566 jhannigan@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01039089

Elk Grove | $437,000 This move-in ready single-story offers engineered hardwood flooring, living room, kitchen with bar seating, pantry closet, dining nook and family room with fireplace. Enjoy a back patio, beautiful foliage and lush lawn.

Ione | $425,000 Beautiful remodeled four bedroom, three bath home overlooking Lake Camanche from the rear covered deck with beautiful views. This location is fantastic for any outdoors person. Boating, fishing, hiking and so much more.

Jared Cartwright, MBA 916.936.0090 jared@jaredcartwright.com | CalRE #01979225

Tammy Goolsby 209.332.0250 tammy.goolsby@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #01987204

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Sacramento | $425,000 Beautifully remodeled and updated! This spacious home provides approximately 2,215 square feet, a private master suite and a secondary master bedroom and bath. In total 4 beds, 3 full baths and an office/5th bedroom.

Sacramento | $410,000 Updated home offering a spacious living room with a picture window and fireplace along with combo dining room. The kitchen has granite slab counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Enjoy the covered patio and deck.

Doug Reynolds 916.494.8441 DougReynoldsRealEstate@gmail.com | CalRE #01734464

Angela Heinzer 916.212.1881 | CalRE #01004189 Shirla Carnefix 916.715.4854 | CalRE #02041980

Sacramento | $350,000 Fully updated 3br/2ba w/saltwater pool in backyard. Updated kitchen and baths, laminate flooring, newer roof, newer fence, newer HVAC, ducting and insulation. Large bedrooms, master w/2 closets.

Soda Springs | $345,000 Warm and cozy cabin is the ideal get-a-way place in the mountains. The home features south facing windows, sunny deck, newer flooring and kitchen counters, spacious loft, lower bedroom with access to private deck.

Jaime Becker 916.715.7454 Jaime@JaimeSells.com | CalRE #01737783

Lynn Richardson 530.412.0706 lynn.richardson@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00937210

West Sacramento | $342,000 Beautiful condo in Riva on the River. It features a kitchen with granite countertops and pantry, high ceilings, gas fireplace, patio access from the master bedroom, ceiling fans, in unit laundry room and 2 car garage.

Citrus Heights | Price Upon Request Welcome home to this 3br/2ba property on a spacious corner lot. Enjoy the freshly painted kitchen cabinets, newer paint throughout, tile flooring, newer backyard fence and private yard with mature trees.

Erik Honore 916.299.5051 erik.honore@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #02031843

Nikki Tanner 916.705.8506 nikkitannerhomes@gmail.com | CalRE #01931462

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Sacramento | $225,000 Adorable Tahoe Park! Quaint 1 bed, 1 bath home provides 936 square feet of livable space and a large yard spanning 0.2 acres. It features ample natural light, large living room, den w/fireplace & screened-in back porch.

Citrus Heights | $220,000 This two bedroom, two bath condo sits in a wonderful gated community complete with a pool, spa and tennis courts. Enjoy beautifully updated flooring, a cozy fireplace, indoor laundry and a private balcony!

Doug Reynolds 916.494.8441 DougReynoldsRealEstate@gmail.com | CalRE #01734464

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 melinda.shrader@cbnorcal.com | CalRE #00994757

Kings Beach | $899,000 Pride of ownership is evident throughout this 3br/2.5ba custom-built Tahoe retreat. Bordered by greenbelt and beautifully landscaped yard.

Sacramento | $869,950 This outstanding Arden Park home features four bedrooms, three baths and updated details throughout. Outside hosts a built-in kitchen and pool!

Newcastle | Price Upon Request Stunning Solar country home has fabulous views, 4br/2.5ba, approx. 3,060 s.f., hardwood floors, open rooms, chef’s kitchen, and master suite.

Sacramento | $739,000 This beautiful single story home features 3 bedrooms plus bonus room and 2.5 baths. Enjoy the beautiful backyard oasis with pool/spa.

Tom Mills 530.318.1376 tom@tommillsrealestate.com CalRE #00756102

Tom Phillips 916.799.4571 tomphillipssacrealtor@gmail.com CalRE #01401556

Greg Larson 916.223.1500 greg.larson@cbnorcal.com CalRE #00838126

Susie Kelly 916.271.3181 susie.kelly@cbnorcal.com CalRE #01872723

Placerville | $650,000 Experience private, country living in this farmhouse cottage nestled atop a long driveway on 3 beautiful acres of horse property.

Tahoe Vista | $599,000 Consisting of two 2 bed and 1bath units, this duplex is walking distance to Lake Tahoe.

Shingle Springs | $579,000 This manufactured home has 2br/2ba and is approximately 1,152 square feet and sits nicely on the slightly sloped 40 acre land.

Tahoe Vista | $550,000 Well maintained 3br/2ba chalet bordered by greenbelt for an exceptionally private setting.

Andrea Duane 916.365.3697 andrea@andreaduane.com CalRE #01466952

Tom Mills 530.318.1376 tom@tommillsrealestate.com CalRE #00756102

Pat Quan 916.812.4341 pquan@pacbell.net CalRE #01918240

Tom Mills 530.318.1376 tom@tommillsrealestate.com CalRE #00756102

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Roseville | Price Upon Request Classic 2-story residence in Woodcreek West with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and an open loft. Open floor plan. Covered patio, large lawn & hot tub.

Sacramento | $545,000 Sprawling 4br/3ba single-story ranch offers a living room with gas fireplace, kitchen with tile counters, family room with fireplace & private deck.

Elk Grove | Price Upon Request Single-story w/over $16K of upgrades. Move-in ready w/3br/2ba & den.Smart home technology & leased Solar system.

Sacramento | $517,000 SOLD: This large lot is being subdivided into four parcels. There is a single-family home, which has just been remodeled, on one of the four parcels.

Cara Ryan 916.716.8233 cara.ryan@cbnorcal.com CalRE #01952043

Wendy & Matt Kay 916.717.1013 kayteamrealestate@gmail.com CalRE #01335180

Josephine Leung 916.396.8698 josephine.leung@cbnorcal.com CalRE #01802315

Chris Mitchell 916.365.6635 chris.mitchell@cbnorcal.com CalRE #01992798

North Highlands | $489,000 A great home on the front corner of an approximately 1.4 acre lot featuring four beds, two baths and an attached garage. Enjoy a huge yard.

Placerville | $489,000 Charming and beautifully updated single-story rancher featuring an open-concept layout and relaxing backyard with patio, spa and deck.

Rancho Cordova | $479,888 This home offers an upgraded gourmet kitchen with a large island and stainless steel appliances, a downstairs master suite, turf grass and pergola.

Elk Grove | $465,000 This beautiful Laguna West home sits on a cul-de-sac with an oversized pie-shaped lot. Featuring 4br/2ba and a spacious open concept.

Tracie Reed 916.548.2340 reedtracie@comcast.net CalRE #01463795

Andrea Duane 916.365.3697 andrea@andreaduane.com CalRE #01466952

Jillian Robinson 916.642.3633 jillianrealestate@gmail.com CalRE #01982012

Destiny Slothower 916.806.2207 D.Slothower@yahoo.com CalRE #01883204

Citrus Heights | $459,000 Fabulous 3br/2ba Citrus Heights home with a built- in pool. Large lot with fruit trees, sun deck, covered patio and beautiful landscape.

Orangevale | $445,000 Welcome to this 4br/2ba single-story home with a sparkling newer swimming pool. The nice home has one of the largest private lots in the area.

Roseville | $435,000 Darling single-story home. Upgraded kitchen counters, cabinets & flooring. Large backyard w/covered patio. Great schools! Great location!

Sacramento | $429,000 Corner lot home in the College Glen Community has 4br/2ba, family room, living room, dining room off kitchen & refenced backyard.

Barbara Silva 916.718.6244 barbsilva@comcast.net CalRE #00986087

Dale Apodaca 916.308.6161 Dale@HomesAtSac.com CalRE #01233424

Cheryl Harding 916.223.9685 cheryl.harding@cbnorcal.com CalRE #01463180

Angie Patton Carocci 530.306.8837 angie.carocci@cbnorcal.com CalRE #01947556

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El Dorado Hills | $429,000 Wonderful 4br/2.5ba single-story home featuring a spacious kitchen with ample cabinet space, a family room with fireplace and sizable backyard.

Sacramento | $419,900 Remodeled 2 bedroom with office, 2.5 baths in peaceful location with hickory engineered wood floors, plantation shutters and stainless appliances.

Elk Grove | $419,900 3br/2ba Family-built custom w/front pergola, multi patios. Kitchen boasts SubZero refrigerator, DCS range and granite counters. It’s your move!

Sacramento | $399,900 Wonderful Streng built home from 1968 features wonderful landscaping in the front & rear yards, updated chef's kitchen, remodeled bathrooms and more.

Pat Quan 916.812.4341 pquan@pacbell.net CalRE #01918240

Wendy Milligan 916.425.0855 wendy.milligan@cbnorcal.com CalRE #01099461

Amaris Brown 916.802.6677 amaris@brownmorgan.com CalRE #01912679

Mark Peters 916.600.2039 mark.peters@cbnorcal.com CalRE #01424396

Citrus Heights | $389,900 Located in the heart of Citrus Heights on a cul-desac lot, this 3br/2.5ba home offers a swimming pool and deck area. Put this on your list to today!

Stockton | $385,000 Beautiful 5br/3ba home features a separate open living and dining room, huge kitchen with granite counters, big master suite and pool size backyard.

Elk Grove | $380,000 Well cared-for home on a peaceful Laguna Park street. It is landscaped and features an updated kitchen, fresh paint & private front and back patio.

Citrus Heights | $379,000 Nothing to do but move in! This 3br/2ba contemporary home will captivate you with its attention to detail and adorable garden shed in the backyard.

Barbara Silva 916.718.6244 barbsilva@comcast.net CalRE #00986087

Kim Carlson 916.595.9932 kimrealtormom@yahoo.com CalRE #01847324

Lynn McNeal 916.224.9357 lynn.mcneal@cbrealty.com CalRE #01941339

Ann Vuletich 916.203.0146 aclark4700@gmail.com CalRE #01922850

Sacramento | $360,000 Welcome home to this historic, circa 1925 Oak Park bungalow. Remodeled and turn-key this home with a 1 car garage and long driveway!

Sacramento | Price Upon Request Charming 3br/2ba approximately 1,433 square foot home in prime location. It offers a spacious floor plan, remodeled kitchen and covered patio.

West Sacramento | $353,900 Incredible turnkey condo offers stunning park views, kitchen with stainless steel appliances, two private second-story balconies and upstairs loft.

Citrus Heights | $350,000 This three bedroom, two bath Citrus Heights home offers approximately 1,008 square feet of livable space on approximately 0.24 acres.

Letty Santana 916.835.9327 leticia.santana@cbnorcal.com CalRE #01893056

Nicole Carmier 619.873.6629 nicole.carmier@cbnorcal.com CalRE #02022748

Sarah Vasquez-Curtis 916.527.4106 sarah.curtis@cbnorcal.com CalRE #01974655

Tim Pantle 916.834.6376 timothy.pantle@cbnorcal.com CalRE #01377493

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Sacramento | $350,000 Single story 3 bedroom, 2 bath in the heart of Rosemont. Great room concept with energy efficient upgrades & low maintenance backyard.

West Sacramento | $335,000 Cute 3br/1ba Arlington Oaks bungalow w/fresh paint, newer laminate flooring, updated HVAC system & roof. Large backyard & fenced RV parking.

Tahoe City | $322,000 Tastefully remodeled condo in Tahoe City features granite counters, stainless appliances, newer cabinets & carpet, vaulted wood ceilings & fireplace.

Sacramento | $290,000 This two-bed, two-bath home has been well-maintained and features a fireplace, newer interior doors, wood flooring and window coverings throughout.

Nicole Donlevy 916.973.4594 nicole.donlevy@cbnorcal.com CalRE #01454256

Brad Pfeiffer 916.799.3212 brad.pfeiffer@cbnorcal.com CalRE #01896338

Lynn Richardson 530.412.0706 lynn.richardson@cbnorcal.com CalRE #00937210

Richard Shults 408.398.3760 richard.shults@cbnorcal.com CalRE #00903890

Tahoe City | $289,000 Prime location in Tahoe City with easy access to Lake Tahoe, bike trails & Truckee River. It has flexible lock off plan and excellent rental history.

Sacramento | $275,000 Great Natomas location on a greenbelt and an end unit. Wonderful condo complex with a 1 car garage under the unit. It offers 1 bedroom with an office.

Lincoln | $270,000 Adorable, move-in ready 2br/1ba updated home on a corner lot. Many upgrades including laminate flooring, barn doors, newer fixtures, & appliances.

Diamond Springs | $269,000 3br/2.5ba home features a large kitchen with spacious counters, walk in pantry, dining area and full garage.

Lynn Richardson 530.412.0706 lynn.richardson@cbnorcal.com CalRE #00937210

Barbara Silva 916.718.6244 barbsilva@comcast.net CalRE #00986087

Christina Hinds 916.341.7806 christina.hinds@cbnorcal.com CalRE #01902832

Michelle Whitley 916.870.7644 Angie Patton Carocci 530.306.8837 CalRE #02093447 | CalRE #01947556

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West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive-In

Drive-Ins Are In Again BY CATHY CASSINOS-CARR IT TOOK A PANDEMIC TO LURE me back to the drive-in.

I’ve always been a movie buff—as a young reporter, I even reviewed films for the now-defunct Sacramento Union newspaper. But the allure of cars under the stars had fallen off my radar. Like many, I suspect, I’d been seduced away by modern-day theaters offering such creature comforts as plush reclining seats, sumptuous surround sound and, in some cases, servers who trot out food with a lazy push of the button. But in 2020, all the rules changed. After COVID hit and theaters shut their doors, movie watching became a strictly homespun activity. (Netflix and Amazon Prime Video never had it so good.) But hallelujah! There is still one outlet moviegoers can enjoy during pandemic purgatory: the drive-in. Offering f r a n c i s c o c h av i r a

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escapism and entertainment for the quarantined masses in a socially distancing-safe environment, drive-ins are suddenly in again, and business is booming. It’s a national trend—and our fair city is no exception. To see for yourself, just cruise out to the West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive-In (just off Bradshaw Road and Highway 50) some night around sunset, and you’ll likely be swimming in a sea of taillights at the entrance gate. That’s what my boyfriend Paul and I discovered on our recent drive-in date. Even on a Sunday night, 40 minutes before showtime, there was a lineup of cars angling to get in. But we kind of expected that. What we didn’t expect was that we’d have the most fun we’d had at a movie in years. SACMAG.COM October 2020

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NOSTALGIC VIBE (AND A FULL MOON, TOO)—Although the movie’s

start time of 8:45 p.m. was a little late for a couple of 60-somethings who are usually conked out on the couch by nightfall, we felt a rush of giddy adrenaline when we arrived. The retro, old-school look of the place hit our nostalgia button hard, instantly throwing us back to sweeter, simpler times. With its vintage décor and a circular snack bar straight out of “The Jetsons,” it felt like the 1960s revisited, though the complex (which originally had only five screens) opened in 1973. Family owned and operated, the West Wind is now in the catbird seat as the sole surviving drive-in in a region where multiple outdoor cinemas once lived, including the Starlite, Sunrise, 49er, El Rancho and Sky View. After cruising the lot and finding our spot, we propped up our lawn chairs behind Paul’s truck and sat, gazing upward at the night sky, full of stars and a glorious full moon. We “oohed” and “aahed” at the wonder of it all. Did we even need a movie? We saw “The Jungle Book” that night, which might seem an odd choice since we were there sans kids. But the alternatives were creepy thriller flicks, and besides, we’ve got nothing against Disney. This was the 2016 version of “The Jungle Book,” featuring the charismatic voices of Bill Murray and Christopher Walken and an

SACRAMENTANS ARE LUCKY TO HAVE A DRIVE-IN IN TOWN: AS OF OCTOBER 2019, THERE WERE ONLY 15 DRIVE-INS OPERATING IN THE ENTIRE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. Source: United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association

all-around top-notch cast, and it was more “adult” than we expected, visually stunning and perfectly engaging. Our moviegoing experience was enhanced by a surprisingly stellar sound system—we brought a transistor radio and high-quality mini speakers (West Wind uses digital FM stereo for sound)—and buttery homemade popcorn. We’d also packed blankets and sweaters “just in case,” but we should have known we wouldn’t need them on a warm August night. Though there was a good-sized crowd and plenty of families, we were barely aware of others around us, a pleasant surprise. Much of the time, we felt we had the place to ourselves. It was only when we made our inevitable restroom rendezvous

Funny Old Films To Watch at Home

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For those who can’t make it to the drive-in, or who just need a good laugh (and isn’t that everyone?), local film critic/historian Matías Bombal of Matías Bombal’s Hollywood (mabhollywood.com) offers a list of comedy classics to watch at home. Most are available

“Animal Crackers” (1930)—The genius and comic timing of the Marx Brothers are second to none, and this film sparkles with sophisticated mayhem and mirth.

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“Bringing Up Baby” (1938)—Screwball comedies of the 1930s mix elegance with zaniness, and this classic starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn is one of the best.

“Airplane!” (1980)—The irreverent, often crude parody of air disaster movies remains thoroughly watchable and fun 40 years later. “Mon Oncle” (“My Uncle”) (1958)—The brilliance of Jacques Tati’s work is that you need not understand a single word of French to understand and laugh uproariously at this movie. “Dr. Strangelove (Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)” (1964)—Stanley

that we encountered other humans close-up—but from a 6-foot distance, of course, and wearing masks. When the movie ended, Paul flashed me a grin and said, “That was so fun! We need to do this again!” Considering the source, this was big. Paul is not one to be easily impressed. As we exited the complex around 11 p.m., we were surprised to see a line of cars arriving for the second show. (West Wind typically shows double features.) People really stay up this late? We were even more surprised that two aging boomers who are usually in la-la land by 9:30 p.m. had made it to the bitter end. A BREAK FROM THE KIDS— For Andrew

and Maggie Santos, exhausted parents juggling work and child raising (Anastasia is 2 and baby Gabriel, still shy of 6 months), the West Wind offered a desperately needed couples’ night out and a shot of sanity. The outing was Maggie’s idea. Andrew’s arm didn’t need to be twisted. “We’d been cooped up in COVID -19 quarantine for a very long time and were itching to get out of the house,” he says. “With two small children, we don’t have much time for each other, and we wanted a date night, but in a COVID -safe setting. As soon as Maggie said, ‘You know the

Kubrick’s classic, starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden and Slim Pickens, providing a satire of something not funny at all, nuclear war, was made so well you can’t stop laughing. “Road to Morocco” (1942)—The Bing Crosby and Bob Hope road pictures, including this one, are a study in comedic timing by the two most seasoned pros of show business of the golden age.

“The Pink Panther Strikes Again” (1976)— Inspector Clouseau is one of the greatest characters invented for screen comedy, one that would not exist without its true creator, Peter Sellers, embodying the bumbling detective. “The Circus” (1928)— In Charlie Chaplin’s “The Circus,” not only is there a great story and multiple laughs, there are moments of truth and beauty that will linger in your mind for a lifetime.

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The Numbers, Nationwide 1933

Year the first drive-in theater opened

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Number of drive-ins as of October 2019

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States with no drive-ins as of 2019 were Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana and North Dakota Source: United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association

drive-in’s still open?’” I said, “Let’s go!” The East Sacramento couple got a babysitter and, armed with takeout from Cookie’s Drive In, headed out to catch “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a natural choice for two musicians. They hadn’t been out to the movies since their 2-year-old was born, adds Andrew. He was only mildly concerned about one thing: Last time he’d been to a drive-in, his car battery died. But they had better luck this time. Would they go back again? “Absolutely,” Andrew says without hesitation. “It’s a good escape when the pressure builds up, and a nice change from sitting on the couch doing Netflix.” THE DETAILS

What: West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive-In (part of the West Wind chain) Where: 9616 Oates Drive, Sacramento When: Double features nightly; check schedule for details Cost: General admission: $8.50 per person; $2 for children 5–11 years; free for 4 and under. For a discount, go on Tuesday, when general admission drops to $5.50. Also noted: West Wind is a fully high-tech experience, with state-of-the-art digital projectors and a digital FM radio signal sent to your car stereo or portable player. For more information: westwinddi.com; (916) 363-6572 or (916) 363-0200

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ARRIVE EARLY to avoid long lines and to nab your favorite spot in the lot. While you may not need to show up two hours early, as some recommend, giving yourself a little cushion doesn’t hurt. Fridays and Saturdays are typically busiest. BRING A TRANSISTOR RADIO (AND MAYBE A PAIR OF SMALL SPEAKERS, TOO). In the old days of drive-ins, sound was piped in through a clunky speaker that hung over your car window. But things, thankfully, have changed: Modern drive-ins like West Wind transmit sound digitally through FM radio. To avoid risking running down your car battery, a transistor radio is a viable alternative. Extra batteries are a good idea, too. Sound geeks who want to kick it up a notch may want to add a pair of mini speakers. (We were glad we did.)

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BRING SWEATERS AND BLANKIES. Especially important if you’re attending a double feature. Even a warm day can turn into a really cool night. BRING SNACKS AND BEVERAGES. An ice chest is a good idea, too. Or, if you want to be a good citizen and help keep drive-ins alive, visit the snack bar. At West Wind I spotted the usual movie munchies, including candy, popcorn, Polish dogs and even cotton candy.

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CONSIDER BUG SPRAY. Gratefully, we weren’t attacked by creepy-crawlies the night we visited West Wind. But it’s a wise precaution. DON’T FORGET YOUR MASK. While not needed in the privacy of your own car, masks are required elsewhere (or at least were when we visited), including the snack bar and restrooms. CHECK FOR CHANGING RULES/REGULATIONS. If there’s anything we’ve learned in the COVID era, rules and regulations are subject to change, and fast. Keep an eye on updates by checking the West Wind website, westwinddi.com, prior to arrival.—Cathy Cassinos-Carr

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Have It Your Way Longtime Sacramento chef Adam Pechal has revived the ATOM BURGER from his now-defunct Tuli Bistro. Choice is the name of the game: You pick your patty (beef, turkey or vegan) and one of six styles, including the Gunslinger (white cheddar, crispy onions, whiskey barbecue sauce) and the Hella Happy (harvest greens, pickled peppers, veghead sauce). Available for takeout and delivery from Tiger Food Hall, 722 K St.; (916) 382-9608; tiger 700block.com/atomburger

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New Sibling The couple behind Pushkin’s adds dinner to their gluten-free lineup. BY MARYBETH BIZJAK WHEN DANNY AND OLGA TURNER opened

Pushkin’s Bakery in 2013, gluten-free products weren’t particularly easy to find outside of a handful of health food stores. Close to a decade later, it’s no longer unusual to see “GF” slapped on all manner of restaurant menus—just about every pizzeria now offers a wheatless crust, and even Chick-fil-A brags about its gluten-free offerings. But the Turners were definitely early adopters. In their 20s, they had no food experience when they opened their 29th Street gluten-free bakery with just three products: chocolate chip cookies and two kinds of cupcakes, all from recipes created by Olga because of husband Danny’s food allergies. Now they sit atop a GF empire that employs 150, with a bakerycafe in Roseville, a doughnut and ice cream shop in midtown and a sleek Capitol Avenue restaurant with an ever-present waiting list and a bustling outdoor patio. When the pandemic hit back in March, the couple had just added dinner to the restaurant’s daytime lineup of brunch and lunch dishes. For the young entrepreneurs, it was a scary time. “COVID was one of the lowest points for us,” Olga recalls. “It was hard to get out of bed. We asked ourselves, ‘Is it over? How are we going to pay our bills?’” They used the shutdown period to remodel the restaurant and add more seating, and they kept staffers on the payroll by delivering $20 pastry boxes to customers all over the region. When the shutdown was lifted in May, the restaurant, originally called Pushkin’s Kitchen, reopened with a new name, Sibling by Pushkin’s, to differentiate it from the bakeries. (Customers were constantly confusing the places on social media.) Sibling was open for only a day before the governor brought the hammer down on indoor dining. But the Turners were still able to offer outdoor dining on the spacious patio, and the city’s Farm To Fork Al Fresco program allowed them to push even more tables out onto the sidewalk and into the street. Since opening in late 2016, the restaurant has made a reputation for itself with classic brunch and lunch dishes like avocado toast, waffles and fried chicken sandwiches, all gluten free. Olga came up with the company’s

proprietary flour blend herself, a mixture of sorghum, rice and tapioca flours plus potato starch that doesn’t become coarse or gummy like other gluten-free flours. It’s allowed the Turners to attract a healthy following of mainstream customers, not just people who avoid gluten. “We’re just trying to make good food for everyone,” Danny says. Looking at the dinner menu, you’d be hard pressed to know that it, too, is completely devoid of gluten. Dishes such as steak frites, miso black cod and Dungeness crab salad are gluten free by their nature, of course. But fried calamari? Steak tartare with herbed bread? Tiramisu? Yup, all gluten free. A separate vegan menu offers SINCE OPENING IN LATE things like fried tofu 2016, THE RESTAURANT salad, miso JapaHAS MADE A REPUTATION nese eggplant and FOR ITSELF WITH eggplant lasagna CLASSIC BRUNCH with house-made AND LUNCH DISHES mozzarella. LIKE AVOCADO TOAST, Now in t heir WAFFLES AND FRIED early 30s, the TurnCHICKEN SANDWICHES. ers are probably the youngest owners of multiple restaurants in Sacramento. They credit frugal business practices for their success. Their first year in business, they put in punishing 14-hour days, seven days a week, and they didn’t hire their first employee until year 2. Other than a small bank loan, they’ve never had investors. Any money they made, they plowed back into the business. “We were eating rice and potatoes,” Olga says. Those thrifty habits are now allowing them to ride out the pandemic relatively worry free. “COVID has definitely slowed us down,” says Danny. “But at the same time, it gave us an odd sense of confidence. We didn’t let anyone go.” Now they’re in expansion mode, recently opening Babes, a vegan doughnut and dairy-free ice cream shop in a building on J Street that also houses a brand-new company commissary for prepping food. (They have another commissary in Carmichael where they mix their flour.) And they’re looking for new bakery locations, to boot. “Everything works out,” Olga says. “There’s not a lot of consumer confidence right now, but that’s fine. We’re going to make it.”

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Leo Hickman

Steeped in Wisdom Have a question about tea? Leo Hickman likely has the answer. The tea sommelier and owner of Classy Hippie Tea Co. is a world traveler and Air Force veteran with a boundless zeal for tea and the culture that surrounds it. How did tea first become a part of your life? Several years ago I was backpacking through Guatemala and I got sick. A lady gave me one tea bag and I was cured within 24 hours. That’s when my journey began as an herbalist, because I wanted to figure out what was in that bag. I eventually got certified as an herbalist and later was certified as a tea sommelier by the International Tea Masters Association. Why the name Classy Hippie? Class and hippie, they’re opposites—the yin and the yang, the light and the dark. To me, it’s everything that tea is. It can take you up and bring you down. It can comfort you or get you revved up. It’s the contradiction that lives within all of us.

Joanne Suavillo is no stranger to the art of making lumpia, the crispy Filipino spring rolls that are so addictive it’s impossible to eat just one. “Growing up, my parents had a catering business, and one of my first kitchen jobs was rolling the lumpia,” she recalls. “Dad was very strict that they all look the same. I would have to roll lumpia before I could go and play. Of course, I had no idea that experience was training me for today.” Suavillo is referring to The Lumpia Truck, the mobile eatery she launched in 2019 showcasing the cuisine she grew up eating around the family table. “Our food is really like home cooking. I feel like everybody should be able to enjoy it,” she says. “Whenever someone walks in the door we say in Tagalog, ‘Hey, have you eaten already?’ Food always is something “THERE’S A REASON that brings people together.” WHY WHOEVER Judging by the number of customers BRINGS LUMPIA swarming around the truck during a recent TO A PARTY IS THE lunch hour, Suavillo is succeeding on that MOST POPULAR.” front. The lumpia—tightly rolled cigars filled with veggies, pork or chicken, fried to perfection and drizzled with a sweet chili sauce—is the obvious star here. Served on their own or over a bed of fries, the slender, flavorful rolls check all the comfort-food boxes. As Suavillo puts it, “There’s a reason why whoever brings lumpia to a party is the most popular.” But don’t let the lumpia distract you from the menu’s other highlights, especially the lechon kawali—deep-fried pork belly over rice—and the adobo garlic fried rice, with tender chunks of chicken adobo made from a family recipe. While the large events that Suavillo depended on for business have largely dried up during the pandemic, she says The Lumpia Truck has earned a loyal following. “We really appreciate all the support from the community. Without them, we wouldn’t be here.”—CATHERINE WARMERDAM

How does tea differ from coffee, in your eyes? Tea was traditionally used as a medicinal plant. It has the ability to heal. We don’t use coffee as a medicine; we use it to get up and go in the morning. I think coffee plays such a big role in our economy because we are capitalistic and we’re trying to find more energy so we can make more money. People who drink tea have figured out a way to implement self-care and to slow down. Generally speaking, tea drinkers are not hustle-and-bustle type of people.

What has tea brought to your life? It’s brought me more tears and more life than I’ve ever experienced in any other career. I can travel the world with tea and it’s nonconfrontational. Love and attention is very, very easily communicated when you give a bag of tea to someone. That’s the beauty of it for me. It allows me to go in and out of cultures. It allows me to learn and be curious about other people. Most importantly, it’s not intimidating at all. There’s no ego in tea. It also allows for controversy: You can be drinking tea at opposite ends of the table and disagree and it’s OK.—Interviewed by Catherine Warmerdam Classy Hippie Tea is sold online (classyhippieteaco.com) and at Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op.

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Do you have a favorite tea you turn to again and again? Yunnan pu’er is my go-to tea. It’s a fermented tea that has probiotics. It can take you up or it can take you down. It’s like it has an intelligence. It’s known for being a tea that’s great for hangovers. It has just as much caffeine as coffee but way more balance. I love it.

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Restaurants When this issue of Sacramento Magazine went to print, restaurants were closed for indoor dining because of the pandemic, but many were offering outdoor dining and takeout. Before heading to a restaurant, call or check its website to make sure it’s open.

ARDEN ARCADE CAFE VINOTECA Located in Arden Town Center, Cafe Vinoteca serves some of the loveliest Italian-inspired cuisine in the city. 3535 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 4871331; cafevinoteca.com. L–D. Italian. $$$ FAMOUS KABOB Meat kabobs are the starring attraction here. Smokily delicious, the meats are served with fluffy basmati rice and grilled tomatoes. 1290 Fulton Ave.; (916) 483-1700; famouskabob.com. L–D. Persian. $–$$ LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY Go for the ice cream, all made on the premises and used in shakes, malts and towering sundaes. 2333 Arden Way; (916) 920-8382; leatherbys.net. L–D. Sandwiches/ice cream. $ PLAN B The menu is compact, with a handful of appetizers and several wonderful salads. Plan B’s claim to fame is its stellar mussels, offered six ways. 555 La Sierra Drive; (916) 483-3000; planbrestaurant.com. D. New American/French. $$–$$$ TEXAS WEST BAR-B-QUE This no-frills establishment serves slow wood-cooked meat in big portions. Dig into the tender Western-style pork spareribs and beef brisket or the smoky chicken. 1600 Fulton Ave.; (916) 483-7427; texaswestbbq.com. L–D. Barbecue. $–$$

AUBURN CARPE VINO The welcoming restaurant, located in a historic brick building in Old Town, is one of the region’s best-kept dining secrets. Look for specialties such as halibut with peas and turnips, chicken liver mousse, and arugula and fava bean salad with strawberries. 1568 Lincoln Way; (530) 823-0320; carpe vinoauburn.com. D. New American. $$–$$$

Rice bowl from Origami Asian Grill

KATRINA’S CAFE This Auburn institution serves some of the best breakfast fare in the region. Cheery and tiny, it’s packed on weekends, and the menu includes sturdy dishes such as chili con carne omelet and French toast topped with strawberries. 456 Grass Valley Highway; (530) 888-1166; katrinas-cafe.com. B–L. American/breakfast. $

REAL PIE COMPANY At this homey pie shop, you’ll find the pies of your dreams, made with all-butter crusts and seasonal fruit sourced from local farms. In addition to dessert pies such as jumbleberry and butterscotch banana cream, you can order savory pot pies, shepherd’s pies and dishes like mac and cheese, all available to eat in or take out. 2425 24th St.; (916) 838-4007; realpiecompany.com. L–D. American. $

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SELLAND’S MARKET-CAFE Choose from an array of appetizers and hot items along with crowd-pleasing side dishes and pizza. This high-quality takeout food can be a real lifesaver on nights when you’re too busy to cook. 915 Broadway; (916) 732-3390; sellands. com. L–D–Br. Gourmet takeout. $$

ANDY NGUYEN VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT This bastion of Buddhist-inspired vegetarian cuisine serves food that is fresh and flavorful. 2007 Broadway; (916) 736-1157; andynguyenvegetarian.com. L–D. Vegetarian/Asian. $ IRON GRILL Come here for a sizzlingly romantic dinner or a cocktail-laden business meeting. With a compact menu anchored in traditional American dishes, the restaurant encourages family-style dining. 2422 13th St.; (916) 737-5115; irongrillsacra mento.com L–D–Br. American. $$–$$$

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CARMICHAEL MARK & MONICA’S FAMILY PIZZA The pizzas here are belly filling and hearty. 4751 Manzanita Ave.; (916) 487-1010; markandmonicaspizza.com. L–D. Pizza. $$ MATTEO’S PIZZA & BISTRO The chewy-crispy pizza crust is damned good here. You also can order pasta, steak or a burger. 5132 Arden Way; (916) 779-0727; pizzamatteo.com. L–D. Pizza/American. $$

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LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY For description, see listing under “Arden Arcade.” 7910 Antelope Road; (916) 729-4021; leatherbys.net. L–D. Sandwiches/ice cream. $

ROAD TRIP BAR & GRILL This family-friendly joint serves up classic roadhouse fare, from salads and burgers to chops. 24989 State Highway 16; (530) 796-3777; roadtripbg.com. B–L–D. American. $–$$

SAM’S CLASSIC BURGERS At this drive-up burger shack, the shakes are great and the burgers wonderfully straightforward. 7442 Auburn Blvd.; (916) 7237512. L–D. Burgers. $

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BURGERS AND BREW For description, see listing under “Davis.” 1409 R St.; (916) 442-0900; burgers nbrew.com. L–D. Burgers. $ CAFE BERNARDO The menu offers straightforward fare guaranteed to please just about everyone. Breakfast includes huevos rancheros and eggs Bernardo, drizzled with housemade hollandaise sauce. Lunch and dinner feature chewy-crusted pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and substantial entrées such as panseared chicken breast with mashed potatoes. 1431 R St.; (916) 930-9191; cafebernardo.com. B–L–D. New American. $ CAFETERIA 15L Go to Cafeteria 15L for modern, approachably priced comfort food in a casual yet stylish environment. The menu emphasizes fun fare, such as mac ’n’ cheese, truffle tater tots, and fried chicken and waffle with gravy and pecan butter. 1116 15th St.; (916) 492-1960; cafeteria15l.com. L–D. Californian. $$ CAMDEN SPIT & LARDER Highly regarded chef Oliver Ridgeway opened this swank brasserie in a modern, glass-walled building near the Capitol. It appeals to lobbyists, lawyers and legislators with its ginforward cocktails (martini, anyone?) and a menu that’s an interesting mash-up of British chop-house classics, English schoolboy favorites and elevated pub fare. 555 Capitol Mall; (916) 619-8897; camden spitandlarder.com. L–D. Steakhouse. $$$–$$$$ DAWSON’S Located within the Hyatt Regency, Dawson’s has dark-paneled walls, elegant linen-draped tables and a convivial bar. It’s a great spot for a martini and a New York steak. You can’t help but enjoy the lavish attention showered on you by the blackvested, professional wait staff, and the food is undeniably sophisticated. 1209 L St.; (916) 321-3600; sacramento.hyatt.com. D. New American. $$$–$$$$

Cafe Bernardo’s salmon salad

DAVIS BURGERS AND BREW The casual, publike restaurant uses high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and serves an interesting selection of beers and ales. 1409 R St.; (916) 442-0900; burgersnbrew.com. L–D. Burgers. $ CAFE BERNARDO For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 234 D St.; (530) 750-5101; cafeber nardo.com. B–L–D. New American. $ CREPEVILLE This bustling creperie serves many variations on the crepe theme, from entrée to dessert. 330 Third St.; (530) 750-2400. B–L–D. Crepes. $ THE HOTDOGGER A well-loved Davis institution, The Hotdogger dishes up a delectable assortment of frankfurters and sausages. 129 E St.; (530) 753-6291; thehotdogger.com. L–D. Hot dogs. $ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 500 First St.; (530) 756-2111; mikunisushi.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ THE MUSTARD SEED The restaurant (a former house) is composed of three tiny rooms, plus a shaded patio out back. Dinner selections feature elegant California cuisine, and range from crab-stuffed Idaho trout to shrimp and sun-dried tomato risotto. Wines are reasonably priced and exclusively from California. 222 D St.; (530) 758-5750; mustardseedofdavis.com. L–D. New American. $$–$$$ OSTERIA FASULO This restaurant has a beautiful outdoor courtyard bordered by trellised grapevines and punctuated by leafy trees strung with tiny lights. The menu is proudly Italian, with wonderful pastas

and robust meat dishes. Try the vanilla panna cotta for dessert. 2657 Portage Bay East; (530) 758-1324; osteriafasulo.com. L–D. Italian. $$$–$$$$ PAESANOS For description, see listing under “Midtown.” 139 G St.; (530) 758-8646; paesanos.biz. L–D. Pizza/Italian. $ YAKITORI YUCHAN This busy little restaurant focuses on skewered grilled meats, seafood and vegetables. Most items are meant to be shared; bring an adventurous palate and a group of food-loving friends. 109 E St.; (530) 753-3196; yakitoriyuchan. com. D. Japanese. $–$$ ZIA’S DELICATESSEN This casual, Italian-style deli makes hot and cold sandwiches, salads and hot entrées such as lasagna, penne with creamy tomato sauce and tortellini with pesto-cream sauce. 616 Third St.; (530) 750-7870; ziasdeli.com. L. Deli. $

DIXON CATTLEMENS This classic Western steakhouse serves up big slabs of prime rib, porterhouse, T-bone and cowboy steaks, plus all the trimmings: shrimp cocktail and loaded potato skins. 250 Dorset Court; (707) 678-5518; cattlemens.com. D. Steakhouse. $$$

DOWNTOWN BRASSERIE CAPITALE This beautifully designed restaurant is based on a traditional French brasserie. The menu hits the high points of the brasserie canon, everything from onion soup to steak frites. 1201 K St.; (916) 329-8033; brasseriecapitale.com. L–D. French. $$–$$$

DE VERE’S IRISH PUB Don’t head to de Vere’s if you’re seeking a quiet evening—the raucous, high-energy pub is noisy and packed with revelers. The wood bar (imported from Ireland) is enormous, and the food is high-quality pub fare. 1521 L St.; (916) 231-9947. deverespub.com. L–D. Irish pub. $$ FOX & GOOSE PUBLIC HOUSE This tavern plates up some of the best breakfasts in town, along with pub staples like beer-battered fish and chips, a Cornish pasty or Welsh rarebit. 1001 R St.; (916) 443-8825; foxandgoose.com. B–L–D. English pub. $ FRANK FAT’S Downtown Sacramento’s oldest restaurant, Fat’s is a favorite of the Capitol crowd. The restaurant is well known for its steaks—especially Frank’s Style New York Steak—and its brandy-fried chicken. This is Chinese cuisine at its most sophisticated. 806 L St.; (916) 442-7092; fatsrestaurants.com. L–D. Chinese. $$$ GRANGE RESTAURANT & BAR Located in The Citizen Hotel, Grange proves that a hotel restaurant doesn’t have to be pedestrian. The menu changes frequently and spotlights some of the area’s best producers. At dinner, the ambience in the stunning dining room is seductive and low-lit. 926 J St.; (916) 492-4450; grangerestaurantandbar.com. B–L–Br. Californian/American. $$$$ KODAIKO RAMEN & BAR Partly owned by Kru’s Billy Ngo, this below-ground ramen shop takes the Japanese noodle soup to a whole new level. Ingredients are organic, and almost everything is made in-house. For a fun experience, sit at the six-person ramen counter and chat with the chefs. 718 K St.; (916) 426-8863; kodaikoramen.com. L–D–Br. Japanese/ ramen. $$–$$$ MAGPIE CAFE This restaurant has a casual, unassuming vibe, and its hallmark is clean, simple fare that SACMAG.COM October 2020

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Restaurants tastes like the best version of itself. 1601 16th St.; (916) 452-7594; magpiecafe.com. B–L–D. Californian. $$ MAS TACO BAR Tasty little tacos are the headliners at this casual eatery. They come with all sorts of delicious fillings: braised short rib, Korean fried chicken, banh mi shrimp and, for veg heads, roasted cauliflower and butternut squash. 1800 15th St.; mastaco bar.com. L–D–Br. Mexican. $$ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR This hip sushi bar serves its sushi with a side of sass. There are three sushi bars and a dense menu of appetizers, rice bowls, bento boxes and sushi rolls. 1530 J St.; (916) 447-2112; mikunisushi.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ TIGER This casual, late-night hangout serves casual salads, sandwiches, burgers and bowls, along with a nice selection of craft cocktails. 722 K St.; (916) 3829610; tiger700block.com. L–D–Br. $$ URBAN ROOTS BREWING & SMOKEHOUSE At this casual brewery, a massive smoker turns out succulent meats—brisket, ribs, turkey and sausage—in the tradition of the great barbecue houses of Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee. Sides include collard greens, mac and cheese, yams and poblano cheese grits. 1322 V St.; (916) 706-3741; urbanrootsbrewing. com. L–D. Barbecue. $$

EAST SACRAMENTO CANON With chef Brad Cecchi at the helm, this chic restaurant offers an ambitious menu of globally inspired sharable plates. Much of the menu is vegetarian, vegan or gluten free, but you can also order from a small selection of hearty meat, poultry and fish dishes. 1719 34th St.; (916) 469-2433; canoneast sac.com. Global/New American. D–Br. $$$–$$$$ CELESTIN’S Gumbo is the signature dish at this charming, minuscule restaurant specializing in Creole and Cajun cuisine. It comes in six varieties, including chicken, vegetarian and seafood. But the pièce de resistance is the namesake Celestin’s gumbo, chock-full of chicken, sea scallops, wild shrimp, rock cod and sausage. 3610 McKinley Blvd.; (916) 2584060; celestinsgumbo.com. L–D. Cajun/Creole. $$ CLUBHOUSE 56 The food, is classic sports-bar fare: burgers, sandwiches and apps such as tacos and jalapeño poppers. The place is dark, casual and convivial, Sacramento’s very own Cheers. 734 56th St.; (916) 454-5656; ch56sports.com. Br–L–D. Sports bar. $$ JUNO’S KITCHEN AND DELICATESSEN This tiny eatery serves some of the best sandwiches in town. Owner Mark Helms also offers an intriguing selection of salads and “pan” dishes such as shrimp mac ’n’ cheese. But you can’t go wrong with the smoked trout sandwich or the grilled chicken sandwich. Though there’s only a handful of tables, takeout is a tasty option. 3675 J St.; (916) 456-4522; junoskitchen.com. L. Bistro. $ KRU Kru turns out exciting Japanese fare, and there’s a craft cocktail bar, outdoor patios and an omakase bar. 3135 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 551-1559; krurestau rant.com. L–D. Japanese. $$$–$$$$

Pulled pork tacos from Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse ORIGAMI ASIAN GRILL This fast-casual eatery serves Asian-flavored rice bowls, banh mi sandwiches, salads and ramen, along with fried chicken and assorted smoked-meats. 4801 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 400-3075; origami asiangrill.com. L–D. Asian fusion. $–$$ SELLAND’S MARKET-CAFE For description, see listing under Broadway. 5340 H St.; (916) 736-3333; sellands.com. L–D–Br. Gourmet takeout. $$ STAR GINGER ASIAN GRILL AND NOODLE BAR Offering affordably priced dishes inspired by the street foods of Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore, this restaurant serves a spicy Thai chicken soup that is a delicious bargain. 3101 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 231-8888; stargingerrestaurant.com. L–D. Pan-Asian. $

EL DORADO HILLS AJI JAPANESE BISTRO This casually elegant restaurant offers an innovative menu of Japanese street food, interesting fusion entrées, traditional dishes such as teriyaki and tempura and sushi. 4361 Town Center Blvd.; (916) 941-9181; ajibistroedh.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $–$$

THE MIMOSA HOUSE This local chain offers a comprehensive lineup of breakfast fare: omelets, Benedicts, waffles, burritos and, of course, mimosas. The lunch/ dinner menu is similarly broad, with burgers, salads, sandwiches and Mexican “street food.” 5641 J St.; (916) 400-4084; mimosahouse.com. B–L–D. American. $$

EARLY TOAST MIMOSA HOUSE This local chain offers a comprehensive lineup of breakfast fare: omelets, Benedicts, waffles, burritos and, of course, mimosas. The lunch/dinner menu is similarly broad, with burgers, salads, sandwiches and Mexican “street food.”2023 Vine St., El Dorado Hills; (916) 934-0965; mimosahouse.com. B–L–D. American. $$

ONESPEED The open bistro has a tiled pizza oven that cranks out chewy, flavorful pizzas. 4818 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 706-1748; onespeedpizza.com. B–L–D. Pizza. $$

MILESTONE This unstuffy eatery serves great takes on comfort-food classics like pot roast and fried chicken. The setting is like a Napa country porch, and the service is warm and approachable. 4359 Town

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Center Blvd.; (916) 934-0790; milestonerestaurant edh.com. L–D–Br. New American. $$–$$ SELLAND’S MARKET-CAFE For description, see listing under “East Sacramento.” 4370 Town Center Blvd.; (916) 932-5025; sellands.com. L–D–Br. Gourmet takeout. $$ SIENNA RESTAURANT The menu includes a playful melange of global cuisine, including fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, stone hearth pizzas, inventive appetizers and a stacked French dip sandwich. Sunday brunch includes a made-to-order omelet bar and unlimited mimosas. 3909 Park Drive; (916) 941-9694; siennarestaurants.com. L–D–Br. Global. $$–$$$

ELK GROVE BOULEVARD BISTRO Located in a cozy 1908 bungalow, this bistro is one of the region’s best-kept dining secrets. Chef/owner Bret Bohlmann is a passionate supporter of local farmers, and his innovative food sings with freshness. 8941 Elk Grove Blvd.; (916) 685-2220; blvdbistro.com. D–Br. New American. $$–$$$ LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY For description, see listing under “Arden Arcade.” 8238 Laguna Blvd.; (916) 691-3334; leatherbys.net. L–D. Sandwiches/ice cream. $ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 8525 Bond Road; (916) 714-2112; mikunisushi.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ PAESANOS For description, see listing under “Midtown.” 8519 Bond Road; (916) 690-8646; paesanos. biz. L–D. Pizza/Italian. $

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Highway; (916) 921-2694; thevirginsturgeon.com. L–D–Br. Seafood/American. $$

GRANITE BAY HAWKS One of Placer County’s best restaurants, Hawks is known for its elegant cuisine and beautiful interior. The seasonal menu is full of delicious surprises, such as seared scallop and sea urchin. 5530 Douglas Blvd.; (916) 791-6200; hawksrestaurant.com. L–D–Br. New American/French. $$$–$$$$

GREENHAVEN/POCKET SCOTT’S SEAFOOD ON THE RIVER Located in The Westin Sacramento, Scott’s has a lovely patio and a view of the river. Breakfast dishes include crab cake Benedict, and lunch entrées range from petrale sole to a prawn Caesar salad. For dinner, splurge on a lobster tail or choose a more modestly priced grilled salmon. 4800 Riverside Blvd.; (916) 379-5959; scotts seafoodontheriver.com. B–L–D. Seafood. $$$–$$$$

LAND PARK RIVERSIDE CLUBHOUSE The restaurant features a stunning outdoor waterfall and a tri-level fireplace, and the kitchen’s focus is on solid American classics. 2633 Riverside Blvd.; (916) 448-9988; riversideclub house.com. L–D–Br. American/New American. $$ TAYLOR’S KITCHEN Step inside the cozy space and you’ll notice the focal point is an open kitchen where the chefs prepare meats and produce sold at Taylor’s Market next door. 2924 Freeport Blvd.; (916) 4435154; taylorskitchen.com. D–Br. American. $$$

Cappellini pomodoro from Paesanos THAI CHILI This plain restaurant offers an entire menu just for vegetarians, plus interesting meat and fish dishes. 8696 Elk Grove Blvd.; (916) 714-3519; thai chilielkgrove.net. L–D. Thai. $$

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MIDTOWN FAT’S ASIA BISTRO AND DIM SUM BAR This menu of this glamorous restaurant focuses on Asian cuisine, from Mongolian beef and Hong Kong chow mein to Thai chicken satay served with a fiery curry-peanut sauce. 2585 Iron Point Road; (916) 983-1133; fats asiabistro.com. L–D. Pan-Asian. $$

MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 4323 Hazel Ave.; (916) 961-2112; mikunisushi.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$

LAND OCEAN The menu hits all the steakhouse high notes: hand-cut steaks, lobster, seafood and rotisserie, entrée salads and sandwiches. 2720 E. Bidwell St.; (916) 983-7000; landoceanrestaurants.com. L–D–Br. New American/steakhouse. $$$

SUNFLOWER DRIVE IN This casual spot serves wholesome vegetarian and vegan fare. Faves include the Nutburger, the egg salad sandwich and fruit smoothies. 10344 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 967-4331; sunflowerdrivein.com. L–D. Vegetarian. $

SCOTT’S SEAFOOD GRILL & BAR This restaurant offers a solid menu of delicious seafood, from crab cakes and calamari to roasted lobster tail. 9611 Greenback Lane; (916) 989-6711; scottsseafood.net. L–D. Seafood. $$$–$$$$

FOLSOM BACCHUS HOUSE WINE BAR & BISTRO With a seasonal menu packed with innovative, globally influenced dishes, this restaurant has plenty to choose from. 1004 E. Bidwell St.; (916) 984-7500; bacchus housebistro.com. L–D–Br. New American. $$–$$$ BACK BISTRO A pocket of urban sophistication in a retail center, this place offers casual nibbles and swankier entrées. But it’s the wine program that really knocks this charming bistro out of the park. 230 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1201; (916) 986-9100; backbistro.com. D. New American/Mediterranean. $$–$$$ CHICAGO FIRE Here, you get to choose between thincrust, deep-dish and stuffed pizzas, all with oodles of melted cheese. 310 Palladio Parkway; (916) 9840140; chicagofire.com. L –D. Pizza. $

THAI PARADISE Standouts on the extensive menu include spring rolls, tom kha koong (coconut milk soup with prawns), green curry, spicy scallops and pad thai. 2770 E. Bidwell St.; (916) 984-8988; thai paradisefolsom.com. L–D. Thai. $$

GARDEN HIGHWAY CRAWDADS ON THE RIVER The Cajun-inspired menu includes fish tacos and several fun entrées at this riverfront restaurant. Boats pull up to the restaurant’s deck, where you can sip a cocktail, and roll-up doors blur the line between indoors and out. 1375 Garden Highway; (916) 929-2268; saccrawdads. com. L–D–Br. Cajun/American. $$ THE VIRGIN STURGEON This quirky floating restaurant, best known for its seafood, is the quintessential Sacramento River dining experience. 1577 Garden

AÏOLI BODEGA ESPAÑOLA Aïoli features lusty Spanish cuisine and has an intimate patio. The main focus of the menu is tapas, and the selection is broad. 1800 L St.; (916) 447-9440; aiolibodega.com. L–D. Spanish/tapas. $$ BEAST + BOUNTY The heart of this chic restaurant is its open hearth, where meats and vegetables are roasted over a wood fire. The meaty rib-eye, served over potatoes roasted in the meat’s fat, is meant to be shared. So is the pizza, thin, flat and seductively charred. 1701 R St.; (916) 244-4016; eatbeastand bounty.com. L–D–Br. American. $$$ BRODERICK MIDTOWN This midtown outpost of West Sac’s divey Broderick Roadhouse serves the same fare, but in slightly nicer digs. The menu is dominated by burgers. Wings, fries and beer round out the bro-friendly menu. 1820 L St.; (916) 469-9720; broderickroadhouse.com. L–D–Br. Burgers. $$ CHICAGO FIRE For description, see listing under “Folsom.” 2416 J St.; (916) 443-0440; chicagofire. com. L–D. Pizza. $ ERNESTO’S MEXICAN FOOD This midtown favorite offers robust Mexican fare in an exuberantly cheerful environment. 1901 16th St.; (916) 441-5850; ernes tosmexicanfood.com. L–D. Mexican. $ HAWKS PUBLIC HOUSE At this sophisticated gastropub, the menu includes beautifully executed dishes like country pâté and baked rigatoni. The pastas are made in-house, and even the burger is top-notch. 1525 Alhambra Blvd.; (916) 588-4440; hawkspublichouse.com. L–D–Br. Mediterranean gastropub. $$$ HOOK & LADDER MANUFACTURING COMPANY Located in a Quonset hut, this restaurant is both hip SACMAG.COM October 2020

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Restaurants and cozy. Despite the barlike ambience, Hook & Ladder is serious about food. All the pastas and desserts are made in-house. 1630 S St.; (916) 442-4885; hook andladder916.com. L–D–Br. Californian. $$ KUPROS This fun gastropub is housed in a beautifully renovated 1910 Craftsman building. Head upstairs for a seat at the outdoor balcony, where you can tuck into fare such as steak frites or pot roast. 1217 21st St.; (916) 440-0401; kuproscrafthouse.com. L–D–Br. New American/gastropub. $$ LOWBRAU BIERHALLE This chic yet casual watering hole serves house-made sausages, duck fat fries and stand-out beers. 1050 20th St.; (916) 706-2636; low brausacramento.com. L–D–Br. Beer hall. $ LUCCA RESTAURANT AND BAR The popular restaurant serves an eclectic, Mediterranean-inspired menu. The food is flavorful and prettily presented. Start with a plate of the fabulous zucchini chips, which are hot, salty and addictive. 1615 J. St.; (916) 669-5300; luccarestaurant.com. L–D. Mediterranean. $$ MIDTOWN SUSHI This intimate restaurant has the feel of a convivial dinner party. On the menu: traditional sushi rolls, nigiri and house specialties such as seafood nachos. 2801 P St.; (916) 451-4700; mid townsushi.net. L–D. Sushi. $$ MULVANEY’S BUILDING & LOAN This topflight restaurant exudes the generous affability of its owner, chef Patrick Mulvaney. The menu changes frequently and is focused on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. The lush patio is a popular spot in warm months. 1215 19th St.; (916) 441-6022; mulvaneysbl. com. L–D. Californian. $$$ PAESANOS Paesanos is a festive spot to settle in for a casual meal of pizza, pasta or salads with friends or family. The fried ravioli and sangria have devoted fans. 1806 Capitol Ave.; (916) 447-8646; paesanos. biz. L–D. Pizza/Italian. $ PARAGARY’S This legendary restaurant focuses on elegant, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. 1401 28th St.; (916) 457-5737; paragarys.com. L–D–Br. New American/Californian. $$–$$$ THE RIND At this cheese-centric bar, you can savor cheese in a number of ways. The menu includes variations on macaroni and cheese, cheese boards and grilled cheese sandwiches. 1801 L St.; (916) 4417463; therindsacramento.com. L–D. American. $$ SAIGON ALLEY KITCHEN + BAR This hip restaurant and bar serves modern versions of Vietnamese street food, such as a “Pho-rench” dip (a French dip with pho flavors) and a “banh mi” burger (a burger with pickled daikon and carrot on a baguette). A big draw is the happy hour, featuring snacks like banh mi taco, fish sauce chicken wings and taro fries. 1801 L St.; (916) 758-6934; saigonalley.com. L–D. Vietnamese. $$ SQUEEZE INN This fast-food place regularly tops polls for the best burger in town. 1630 K St.; (916) 4922499; squeezeburger.com. L–D. Burgers. $ THE WATERBOY This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant produces perhaps the finest cooking in the region. You can’t go wrong if you order one of the lovely salads, followed by the gnocchi, ravioli or a simple piece of fish, finished with butter and fresh herbs. You’ll also find French classics such as veal sweetbreads and pomme frites. 2000 Capitol Ave.; (916) 498-9891; waterboyrestaurant.com. L–D. Mediterranean. $$$$ ZELDA’S ORIGINAL GOURMET PIZZA It’s all about the food: old-school, Chicago-style deep-dish pizza

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El Charro burger from Broderick Midtown that routinely wins “best pizza” in local polls. 1415 21st St.; (916) 447-1400; zeldasgourmetpizza.com. L–D. Pizza/Italian. $$ ZÓCALO The sidewalk patio at this restaurant is one of the best places to while away an evening with friends over margaritas. The menu has regional Mexican specialties such as tacos de cazuela, a casserole-ish concoction of steak, chorizo and cheese served with housemade tortillas. 1801 Capitol Ave.; (916) 441-0303; zocalosacramento.com. L–D–Br. Mexican. $$

NORTH SACRAMENTO SOUTHPAW SUSHI Famed sushi chef Lou Valenti, former owner of Lou’s Sushi, opened this new operation in 2019. Here, the rolls are simpler and the fish, simply first rate. 1616 Del Paso Blvd.; (916) 550-2600; southpawsushi.com. D. Sushi. $$$

OAK PARK FIXINS SOUL KITCHEN This bustling place, partly owned by former mayor Kevin Johnson, serves up friendly Southern hospitality along with delicious Southern fare, including chicken and waffles, gumbo, fried catfish, and shrimp and grits. 3428 Third Ave.; (916); 999-7685. fixinssoulkitchen.com. B–L–D–Br. Southern. $$ LA VENADITA This inviting, casual taqueria has a concise menu that includes inventive street tacos, a brightly flavored ceviche and an enchilada with rich mole sauce. It also boasts a full bar and an enticing menu of craft cocktails. 3501 Third Ave.; (916) 4004676; lavenaditasac.com. L–D. Mexican. $$

OLD SACRAMENTO THE FIREHOUSE Located in a 1853 firehouse, it’s white tablecloth all the way, with crystal wine glasses and top-notch service. The outdoor courtyard is one of the prettiest in town, and its canopy of trees sparkles at night with tiny lights. The food is specialoccasion worthy, and the wine list represents more than 2,100 labels. 1112 Second St.; (916) 442-4772; firehouseoldsac.com. L–D. Californian/American. $$$$ PILOTHOUSE Housed in the history-steeped Delta King riverboat, this is one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. On Sundays, it puts on one of the prettiest champagne brunches around. 1000 Front St.; (916) 441-4440; deltaking.com. B–L–Br. American. $$–$$$ RIO CITY CAFE Located on the riverbank, the bustling restaurant offers stunning views of Tower Bridge. The menu changes seasonally and offers a wide selection of creative, solid dishes. 1110 Front St.; (916) 442-8226; riocitycafe.com. L–D–Br. New American. $$

ROCKLIN ANATOLIAN TABLE The menu here is lengthy, with an enticing lineup of kebabs and “oven foods” such as kusbasi pide, a Turkish dish similar to pizza. 6815 Lonetree Blvd.; (916) 772-3020; anatoliantable.com. L–D. Turkish. $–$$ RUBINO’S RISTORANTE This intimate, dimly lit restaurant serves classic Italian fare such as veal scallopine, fettuccine Alfredo and shrimp scampi. It also offers a fine selection of steaks. 5015 Pacific St.; (916) 624-3401; rubinosrestaurant.com. L–D. Italian. $$$

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curry and catfish in a clay pot. Everything tastes fresh, light and clean. 601 Munroe St.; (916) 486-4891; lemongrassrestaurant.com. L–D. Pan-Asian. $$$ PIATTI The menu includes delightful variations on Italian staples—margherita, pesto or roasted chicken pizzas; ravioli, pappardelle and fettuccine pasta dishes. 571 Pavilions Lane; (916) 649-8885; piatti. com/sacramento. L–D. Italian/American. $$ ROXY RESTAURANT AND BAR Roxy is a class act that happens to also serve chili and fried chicken. The innovative New American menu is seasonal and locally focused, with many of the ingredients sourced from area farms and ranches. 2381 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 489-2000; roxyrestaurantandbar.com. L–D–Br. American/Californian/steakhouse. $$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE For description, see listing under “Roseville.” 501 Pavilions Lane; (916) 286-2702; ruthschris.com. L (Fridays only)–D. Steakhouse. $$$$ WILDWOOD RESTAURANT & BAR This chic restaurant serves New American and global cuisine, with naan, ahi poke and rock shrimp risotto sharing the menu with an all-American burger. The spacious patio is a great place to grab a drink and listen to live music. 556 Pavilions Lane; (916) 922-2858; wildwoodpavil ions.com. L–D–Br. American/global fusion. $$$

TAHOE PARK BACON & BUTTER Lively and delightfully urban, the place is packed with fans of chef Billy Zoellin’s homey flapjacks, biscuits and other breakfasty fare. 5913 Broadway; (916) 346-4445; baconandbuttersac.com. B–L. Breakfast/American. $–$$

Oxtails and collard greens from Fixins Soul Kitchen ZEST KITCHEN Everything served at this casual cafe is vegan, and most of the dishes are gluten-free. 2620 Sunset Blvd.; (916) 824-1688; zestvegankitchen.com. L–D. Vegan/vegetarian. $

ROSEVILLE CATTLEMENS For description, see listing under “Dixon.” 2000 Taylor Road; (916) 782-5587; cattle mens.com. D. Steakhouse. $$$ FAT’S ASIA BISTRO AND DIM SUM BAR For description, see listing under “Folsom.” 1500 Eureka Road; (916) 787-3287; fatsasiabistro.com. L–D. Pan-Asian. $$ LA PROVENCE RESTAURANT & TERRACE This elegant French restaurant offers some of the region’s loveliest outdoor dining. The seasonal menu features items such as bouillabaisse and soupe au pistou. 110 Diamond Creek Place; (916) 789-2002; laprovencerose ville.com. L–D–Br. French. $$$–$$$$ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 1565 Eureka Road; (916) 797-2112; mikunisushi.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ PAUL MARTIN’S AMERICAN BISTRO The bustling restaurant is a local favorite. The kitchen offers a great list of small plates and robust, approachable entrées. 1455 Eureka Road; (916) 783-3600; paulmartins americangrill.com. L–D–Br. New American. $$–$$$ P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO The extensive menu offers dishes whose origins spring from many regions in China but that reflect a California sensibility. 1180 Galleria Blvd.; (916) 788-2800; pfchangs.com. L–D. Chinese. $$

WEST SACRAMENTO RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE This swanky dinner house serves some of the tastiest meat in town. Expertly cooked steaks are seared at 1,800 degrees. Don’t miss the cowboy rib-eye or the fork-tender filet mignon. 1185 Galleria Blvd.; (916) 780-6910; ruths chris.com. D. Steakhouse. $$$$

BRODERICK ROADHOUSE Burgers rule at this appealingly scruffy bar/restaurant. In addition to the juicy beef burgers, there’s also a selection of more avant-garde versions, including the duck burger. 319 Sixth St.; (916) 372-2436; broderickroadhouse.com. L–D–Br. Burgers. $

SQUEEZE INN For description, see listing under “Midtown.” 106 N. Sunrise Ave.; (916) 783-2874; squeeze burger.com. L–D. Burgers. $

DRAKE’S: THE BARN Located in a modern indooroutdoor structure along the river, Drake’s serves excellent thin-crust pizzas, along with a few salads and appetizers. You can get table service on the patio, but if you prefer something more casual, grab a lawn chair, find a spot at the sprawling outdoor taproom and order a pizza to go. It’s fun galore, with kids, dogs, fire pits and a tap trailer serving beer. 985 Riverfront St.; (510) 423-0971; drinkdrakes.com. L–D. Pizza. $$

YARD HOUSE With its lengthy menu, big flavors and loud music, there’s nothing retiring about this restaurant. There are close to 130 beers on tap. 1166 Roseville Parkway; (916) 780-9273; yardhouse.com/ CA/Roseville. L–D. American/bar food. $$ ZÓCALO For description, see listing under “Midtown.” 1182 Roseville Parkway; (916) 788-0303; zocalosac ramento.com/roseville. L–D–Br. Mexican. $$

SIERRA OAKS CAFE BERNARDO AT PAVILIONS For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 515 Pavilions Lane; (916) 922-2870; cafebernardo.com. B–L–D. New American. $ ETTORE’S This bakery is a convivial spot for a casual meal. It’s hard to take your eyes off the dessert cases long enough to choose your savory items. But you’ll soon discover the kitchen’s talent extends to the wonderful pizzas, hearty sandwiches and burgers, and fresh salads. 2376 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 482-0708; ettores.com. B–L–D. Bakery/New American. $–$$ LEMON GRASS RESTAURANT Lemon Grass serves delicious, upscale Asian fare such as salad rolls, green

LA CROSTA PIZZA BAR From the people behind The Rind in midtown Sacramento, this pizza joint serves first-rate pies baked in a wood-burning oven, along with inventive flatbread sandwiches and a small selection of Italian entrées. 330 Third St.; (916) 389-0372; lacrostapizzabar.com. L–D–Br. Pizza. $$–$$$ Subscription rates: $18 for one year, U.S. only. All out-of-state subscribers add $3 per year. Single copies: $4.95. Change of address: Please send your new address and your old address mailing label. Allow six to eight weeks’ advance notice. Send all remittances and requests to Sacramento Magazine, 5750 New King Drive, Suite 100, Troy, MI 48098. Customer service inquiries: Call (866) 660-6247. Copyright 2020 by Sacramento Media LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. Prices quoted in advertisements are subject to change without notice. Sacramento Magazine (ISSN 0747-8712) Volume 46, Number 10, October 2020. Sacramento Magazine (ISSN 0747-8712) is published monthly by Sacramento Media, LLC, 231 Lathrop Way, Suite A, Sacramento, CA 95815. Periodical postage paid at Troy, MI and additional offices. Postmaster: Send change of address to Sacramento Magazine, 5750 New King Dr., Suite 100, Troy, MI 48098 SACMAG.COM October 2020

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to the pandemic. While we await next year’s event, let’s remember our first-ever Best of Sacramento Party, which took place in 1999 at the Radisson Hotel Sacramento and benefited March of Dimes. Back then, readers inked up their ballots then mailed them, and our staff counted votes by hand. A slew of votes came in for Dave Walker and Lois Hart of KCRA 3, winning them the title of best TV news anchor team. Walker and Hart were longtime favorite television personalities in Sacramento and elsewhere, first working in Sacramento in the 1970s, marrying in 1979, then leaving for other opportunities, including anchoring CNN’s first broadcast in 1980. They co-anchored at KCRA 3 from 1990 until their retirement in 2008.—DARLENA BELUSHIN MCKAY

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Right now, your health care is everything. This has been a year of change—in how we interact with one another and how we care for ourselves and those we love. From distance learning and new working conditions to connecting with Grandma on Zoom, we know you’re handling a lot. And that’s why having a health care team you depend on means everything. At Dignity Health, we take pride in establishing long-lasting, trusted relationships with our patients. And, while we’re always focused on meeting their needs, in these unprecedented times, we’re more committed than ever. So this year during Open Enrollment, make sure you’re getting the most out of your relationship with your doctor. Choose a health plan that connects you to Dignity Health hospitals and our affiliated doctors—such as Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield and Western Health Advantage. For a complete list of insurances accepted, and our affiliated medical groups and doctors, visit DignityHealth.org/OpenEnrollment.

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