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September Table of Contents / Staff Box / Editor’s Note / Contributors

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CITY LIVING Life thrives in these downtown housing developments. By Tony Bizjak

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APPLE HILL HIGHLIGHTS It’s not just about the fruit. By Sena Christian

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AN URBAN WINE TOUR City tasting rooms fill your glass—and your soul. By Carrie Boyle

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Juju Kitchen & Cocktails

20 MONTHLY MEMBERSHIPS FOR WELLNESS Work with your body

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WHAT’S YOUR GAME? Sky River Casino

22 BOOKS, BONES AND TAXIDERMY

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The Altar Room

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Urban living )

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North Fork Chai

23 SUSTAINABLE SAC

85 KEEP TAHOE BLUE (AND GREEN AND GOLD)

E-bikes

Cabin reimagined

Wellness

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27 HEALING HANDS

89 VAN GOGH IN A NEW LIGHT

Sports massage, cupping and more

West Sac exhibit

Taste

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96 GOOD JUJU Small plates and cocktails

98 BEYOND THE MIMOSA J.J. Pfister

98 THREE CHEERS L’Apéro les Trois

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99 DINE Restaurant guide

Reflect 106 THINKING BIG

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Editor’s Note

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hile we were working on this issue, I spent a week in the Midwest, where I got the opportunity to visit two big cities on the Great Lakes: Chicago and Detroit. It’s always eye-opening to observe the similarities and differences between other cities and Sacramento, and with Tony Bizjak’s story about our vibrant downtown lifestyles in mind, I found myself paying even more attention than usual. We only passed through Detroit—saw the riverfront and a few downtown skyscrapers and that’s about it—but we spent a few days actually living in Chicago. We stayed at an Airbnb in the Pilsen neighborhood on the Lower West Side. It reminded us a bit of parts of midtown or downtown Sacramento. We had a bottom-floor flat in a several-story house, across the street from a Catholic grade school in the largely Latino neighborhood. A walkway to the house from our alley parking spot skirted a small patch of grass and a fire pit. Murals decorated alleyways and building exteriors throughout the area. On our last day there, a fundraiser took over the block, bringing in a stage (for live music), barbecues, tables and chairs, coolers. We could walk to the corner for huevos rancheros for breakfast, to the tortilleria down the street, to third-wave coffee, to thrift stores and bars and the Pink Line train station—which zipped us straight into downtown Chicago. There, we took an “architecture” boat tour on the Chicago River and learned about the big buildings, many of which are “luxury condos” with rooftop pools, penthouse living spaces and doormen. But it’s different from Sacramento—bigger, denser, fancier. We saw less evidence of life outdoors there, probably a reflection of the weather and lack of year-round access. After all, Chicago winters run a lot colder than Sacramento ones, and summer rains douse the streets in a way Sacramento rarely sees even in winter. “Wow—you think our roof at home would hold up to this?” I shouted one warm afternoon, watching the street fill up outside our Airbnb beneath skies that crackled and roared. We didn’t count, but I can pretty much guarantee that Chicago has fewer wine bars than Sacramento. (See Carrie Boyle’s story in this issue.) In fact, at nearly every restaurant we visited, California wines dominated the list. It seemed silly to have flown into a different time zone, then order something from Lodi. In our travels in four states—Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan—we saw a sign for one winery. I did a little digging and it seems more wineries do exist, but there’s no place quite like California. It’s nice to be home.

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CONTRIBUTORS

Carrie Boyle

Tyler Mussetter

Susan Yee

Co-founder of River City Wine Week, Carrie Boyle has spent more than 20 years in the wine industry. She has been a general manager for a national wine and spirits retailer, owned wine shops, and is a Certified Specialist of Wine. She has judged wine competitions, made wine, taught wine classes, orchestrated large wine events and traveled to wine regions around the world. For the urban wine story, she says, “I discovered the new wine bars and wineries are actively promoting in-person connections through the vehicle of wine.”

“I found it interesting to see how each subject from the story found their way to living in Sacramento,” says Tyler Mussetter, who photographed the downtown living story in this issue. “Each community was much more tight-knit than I imagined. I had a great time visually telling each individual’s story and displaying their interior style. Downtown Sacramento is lucky to have a variety of unique venues for its citizens to call home. Seeing each different living style was my favorite part of this assignment.”

“It was a pleasure exploring wine bars,” says photographer Susan Yee, who shot images for the wine story. “Seeing all the cool and creative ways people craft a space and experience was fun to capture. I also really love the natural wine movement; it’s such a fun avenue to explore, taste-wise! My personal favorite from the whole assignment was Ro Sham Beaux—the transition from day to night, and how the vibe changed from chill wine bar to happening place with music and a live DJ!”

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Spirit Wings With a series of seven small sculptures placed along a 1-mile stretch of K Street downtown, the Spirit Wings project honors Sacramento’s original wetlands and native people. The sculptures, created by local artist Garr Ugalde, show transformation from bird to human in flight. Megan Blackwell and Phil Tretheway concepted the project and, with support from the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s Metro EDGE, Downtown Sacramento Partnership and DOCO Merchants Association, unveiled it in late July. Walk the mile and see if you can spot all seven sculptures. (Hint: Start near Seventh and K.) For more information, go to spiritwings916.com. er nest k a rchmit

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Monthly Memberships f WORK WITH YOUR BODY IN ONE OF THESE LESS-CONVENTIONAL WAYS. —LUNA ANONA

FLOAT THERAPY Capitol Floats 3513 Broadway; capitolfloats.com Floating: the act of becoming a human buoy in a soundproof, pitch-black tank filled with about a foot of salt water. The water and room are about the same temperature as your skin, so after a while, you don’t sense the environment, either. For an hour, you’re on a stationary journey, free of push notifications. People who float report profound relaxation, enhanced creativity, better sleep and pain relief. Monthly pass (2 floats per month): $99

SALT THERAPY Heavenly Salt Therapy 3325 Folsom Blvd.; heavenlysalttherapy.com Perhaps the cure for feeling salty these days is to just . . . add more salt. With salt therapy, you enter a salt room, sit back in a chair and put your feet up—or not. You can also lie there and play in the salt. Regardless of your approach, the room fills with tiny salt particles, and all you have to do is breathe. Salt room enthusiasts say the practice helps them feel better, reduces stress and headaches, improves skin, increases energy and promotes better sleep.

BATHHOUSE Asha Urban Baths 2417 27th St.; ashaurbanbaths.com Slow down and relax at this co-ed bathhouse alone or with friends. (But keep your voices down and conversations peaceful: It’s a house rule.) The communal space offers a warm soak, a cold plunge for the daring, and a sauna. Unlimited monthly pass: $295

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FITNESS STUDIO her Elevated 1900 28th St.; herelevated.co As a fitness studio for women that feels less like a gym and more like a community of wellness, support and love, her Elevated makes this promise: You enter with any mood, and you always leave feeling great. The studio offers small and intimate strength and cardio classes designed for multiple levels of fitness, plus yoga on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Monthly pass: 2 classes per week $110; 3 classes per week $140

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SLOW YOGA The Summer Moon 2910 Franklin Blvd. thesummermoon.com This yoga studio’s classes reflect the time of day. Mornings are for “sun practices,” or vinyasa- and hatha-based classes that are warming, breath-centered and fluid. Evenings are for “moon practices,” or nurturing and slower classes that reflect the energies of yin, restorative and nidra. For yogis who are used to practices peppered with chatarungas and handstands, yoga nidra can be a welcome change of pace: You settle in a comfortable reclined position for a guided meditation that brings clarity and calm. Monthly unlimited pass: $111

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s for Wellness CHIROPRACTIC THERAPY The Joint Chiropractic Multiple locations thejoint.com/sacramento Chiropractors are licensed health care professionals who emphasize the body’s ability to heal itself. Using quick and gentle joint manipulations as well as sustained pressure and stretching, chiropractors can help provide relief from muscle pain, joint pain and conditions like arthritis, sciatica or scoliosis. Monthly pass (4 visits per month): $89

CLIMBING The Boulder Field 8425 Belvedere Ave. #100; theboulderfield.com Climbing is a mental and physical exercise that’s a little bit different from any other type of workout. For example, how often do you think about the muscles in your fingers and forearms? (After your first session, you will find yourself thinking about them often.) While many bouldering enthusiasts use the gym as practice for climbing real rock formations, plenty of others just enjoy the bouldering gym environment. Unlike top rope, which requires you to have a belay partner, bouldering can be done solo due to the lack of equipment. Bouldering is done only 8 to 15 feet from the ground. When you’re done, just hop off onto a thick mat.

PILATES

One month prepaid: $120; monthly recurring membership: $83/month plus $100 EFT fee

Humani Pilates 2760 21st St.; humanistudios.com Pilates is the exercise that looks like it’s done on an ancient torture table. (It’s called a reformer.) Created by Joseph Pilates, the practice is meant to restructure and re-pattern bodies prone to sitting and slouching into ones that are uniformly strong and functional. Devotees say you will experience breakthroughs and feel muscles that you never knew you had. As underdeveloped muscles become stronger, chronically overused and tense muscles that have been compensating are able to release. $299 for 4 classes per week, or up to 16 classes in 30 days

What’s Your Game? Move over, there’s a new casino in town. And this one is the closest option for gaming fiends in Sacramento. Sky River Casino, which broke ground off Highway 99 at Grant Line Road in Elk Grove in early 2021, opened its doors in mid-August. It’s 15 miles from downtown, and the first casino to open in Sacramento County. The 100,000-square-foot space doesn’t skimp when it comes to its main attraction: gambling. It has 2,000 slot machines, 80 table games and a high-limit room. It’s also an entertainment destination, and a foodie one, too: The Market at Sky River includes 12 food and beverage venues, including Aurelia Taqueria, Butchers Burger, CA99 Hot Chicken, Chickie and Tony’s pizza, Fukuro By Kru, Global Eats, Indulge, Koi Palace Express, Ocean, Roli Roti, Sky River Java and Upper Barrel wine bar. In all, there will be 17 food and beverage options.

The casino has ties to Wilton Rancheria, a federally recognized American tribe of Miwok people based in Northern California. Boyd Gaming assists in management of the property. “Our people have fought for decades to achieve self-sufficiency,” says tribal chairman Jesus Tarango. “We fought for tribal recognition, for our land and for this historic project.” Benefits to the tribe include an immediate increase in job openings. 1 Sky River Parkway, Elk Grove; skyriver.com —NORA HESTON TARTE

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Books, Bones and Taxidermy Within the cavernous black walls of The Altar Room, you’ll find a banquet of curious items: alligator feet, snake bones and goat hair in glass jars; tiny bottles of anointing oil; seashells filled with “keys of the dead.” A decorative vintage cash register exhibits an aging copy of “Witches and Their Craft,” one of many rare books sprinkled throughout the shop. Nearby stands a discarded church pulpit that store owner Shasta Smith estimates dates to 1900. “I already know that this location can be overwhelming. There’s a lot to choose from and a lot of old items in here, and so I encourage questions,” says Smith, who can be found counseling visitors in hushed tones as ethereal music hums in the background. She holds classes several times a year. In May, she taught History and Understanding of Hex & Banishing. Smith opened The Altar Room in midtown in 2016, then moved to the East Sac location in 2021. The business is a bit of a family tradition. Smith says her mother owned a similar shop in Elk Grove and later in Los Angeles. Her father used to practice taxidermy. Smith’s current space resembles her childhood home, which she says friends would liken to a museum. “I was very much brought up to respect things that were old or considered antique, or

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what someone else’s family may have used,” she says. “And nothing old was deemed as garbage.” She acquires items from a patchwork of sources: museums, estate sales, acquaintances. Animal bones and taxidermy may come from Smith’s own foraging or from specialists around the globe. A taxiderYOU’LL FIND A BANQUET OF mied crow perches by the register—Smith says she CURIOUS ITEMS: ALLIGATOR found him as roadkill. She reFEET, SNAKE BONES AND cently sold a raven sourced GOAT HAIR IN GLASS JARS; TINY BOTTLES OF ANOINTING by a woman in Iceland. “We had to wait long OIL; SEASHELLS FILLED WITH enough for her to find one “KEYS OF THE DEAD.” dead,” she says of the raven, adding, “It takes time because I’m not calling someone up and saying, ‘Hey, can you go kill this for me?’” While her offerings may seem peculiar, she says that during the pandemic she noticed people have grown more open. “People have had so much time with themselves that they’ve had time to think,” she says. What she offers at The Altar Room “is nothing new, but it’s new to them—and that’s fascinating.” 3045 65th St.; thealtarroom.com. Open Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and by appointment. —TESS TOWNSEND rya n a ngel mez a

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Two for Tea Sister-brother duo Chelsea Bruce and Joshua Hendrickson have created the perfect—not too spicy, not too sweet—cup of chai. Bruce, a culinary school graduate, had been tinkering with her family’s recipe for years while also honing her skills in pastry. The siblings took their chai concoction to the pop-up circuit to see if they had hit on a winner before making the leap and opening NORTH FORK CHAI , a small tea and coffee shop in their hometown of Newcastle. The idea to build a craft chai company came to Hendrickson as he was walking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. “I wanted to do something different and no one else was doing chai,” he says. Bruce had been thinking about the idea for more than 20 years. It made sense for the pair to stay in Newcastle, where their roots go back to the fruit rush of the 1920s and where they have inherited farmland. It’s a true family affair. Bruce, the oldest of five kids, handles the kitchen while Hendrickson, the middle child and a coffee lover, is the lead barista; two of their brothers also pitch in. They brew the chai concentrate in-house and bake all the pastries from scratch. New varieties of chai are always in the works, such as coconut chai, a golden chai made with turmeric, and seasonal flavors including pumpkin and gingerbread. The chai is distributed to small shops from Nevada to the coastline. In just a few years, North Fork Chai has become a beacon of caffeine and friendly chatter in tiny Newcastle, where loyal customers drop in for egg sandwiches, avocado toast and Bruce’s wildly popular daily scones. There’s a graband-go case with seasonal items including homemade quiche and enchiladas, a selection of spices and sauces, and locally made gifts including rustic wooden spoons hand-carved by the siblings’ mom. An easy on and off from Interstate 80, the shop is base camp for steaming cups of tea and coffee (try the pumpkin chai and make it dirty!) as you head to hiking in Auburn or longer jaunts farther up the mountain. If you can’t make it in person, order an amber jug of chai concentrate ($17) and pair it with delicious chai-spiced granola for a cozy cold-weather breakfast. 661 Newcastle Road, Newcastle; (916) 663-3675; northforkchaico.com—LISA THIBODEAU

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E-Bikes: Getting Up to Speed BY REED PARSELL

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ometimes, all it takes is a gentle nudge for people to pause what they are accustomed to doing and replace it with something more “sustainable,” i.e., something lighter on the environment. Take bicycles. Perhaps you own one, but it’s been gathering dust in your garage despite your good intentions to ride it on short outings rather than fire up your 1- or 2-ton vehicle with the roof on top and tailpipe belching greenhouse gases out the rear. Pedaling it a few blocks seems a bit inconvenient and just too much work. What if that bike did some of the work for you? Gave you a little nudge, as it were? In other words, what if that bike were manufactured with an electrified motor, or converted to have one? Bicycle stores throughout the Sacramento region sell e-bikes, and some also sell conversion kits and/or have technicians who can turn your old two- or three-wheeler (yes, “trikes” is what the adult versions are called) into an assistedpower machine. For example, The Electric Bike Shop in the Tahoe Park neighborhood (5704 Broadway) sells new e-bikes starting from about $800 and e-scooters ranging from $500 on up. continued on next page

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The 916 One of the top bicycle models, the Pegasus Premio E8 Diamond, has Financial factors also put e-bikes in a favorable light, even despite an electrified range of about 80 miles (human pedal power is always what might seem as a jolting purchase price. They don’t have a an option) and speeds along up to 20 miles per hour. It’s yours for motor vehicle’s insurance, registration and maintenance costs. $3,599, plus taxes. And as the website Green America explains in a recent post, “just fueling a round-trip commute to a job five miles That price tag might knock some people off the saddle, but consider the benefits of using an elecaway every weekday for a year can cost $300 or “Just fueling tric bicycle instead of a standard automobile. more just for fuel, not including parking fees The website Conserve Energy Future lists any additional fuel used for after-work a round-trip commute to and errands and weekend driving.” “13 Awesome Environmental Benefits of Last year, the California Bicycle CoalRiding an Electric Bike,” including: a job five miles away every ition (aka CalBike) pointed out that weekday for a year can cost • E-bikes that are charged from solar e-bikes “are 10 to 30 times more efficient or otherwise green-generated power than electric cars at fighting climate $300 or more just for fuel, run on zero emissions. change,” they emit “40 to 140 times fewer not including parking fees • Their batteries tend to be long-lasting pounds of greenhouse gases than a and recyclable. 30-mile-per-gallon gas car, assuming it and any additional fuel used is charged with California’s electric • They’re substantially lighter than cars, and thereby much gentler on roads—not for after-work errands and energy mix,” and “are incredibly costto mention less noisy. effective. Most bikes cost less than a penny weekend driving.” per mile to charge.” • They are versatile in where they can be used, including on some small paths and as a Whether you feel safe riding a bike on today’s way to bypass traffic jams. busy streets, with its large vehicles and too-often• Unlike cars, e-bikes provide at least the option of distracted drivers (i.e., they’re texting!), is another story exercise and the guarantee of outdoor air. for a different column.

Change The Way You Bay Set yourself up for a spectacular Northern California experience, all from your home base in Tiburon by the Bay. From here, enjoy the scenic beauty of Tiburon by the Bay and all of Marin County, the urban landscape of San Francisco, and even California’s premiere wine country. Whether you’re staying at The Lodge at Tiburon or Waters Edge Hotel, you’re positioned to get out on foot or on bike to explore Tiburon by the Bay. There is nothing like the unspoiled beauty of Marin County. Hike through a redwood forest, dip your toes in the Pacific, explore quirky towns and soak up the singular Northern California vibe. Depending on your schedule, you can take a Golden Gate Ferry or a Tideline Ferry home to Tiburon by the Bay. In either case, the journey home is a wow part of the trip. The City lights behind you, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge lit up on either side of you, and Tiburon by the Bay in the distance. There’s nothing like it! Learn more at destinationtiburon.org

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Tiffany Bedolla, CMT, founder and owner of Safe Space Bodywork

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hat do floating hands that guide energy through the body, the satisfying crack of a chiropractic adjustment, suction cups that reportedly draw metabolic waste to the surface, and the right amount of pressure in the right spot for the right amount of time all have in common? They may be able to reduce your pain and give you your life back. While falling under the scope of alternative medicine, these techniques are hardly secret or fringe: Nontraditional bodywork practices have been helping people with chronic and acute pain, sleep, mood, stress, anxiety and trauma for hundreds of years. Now, more than 30 percent of Americans seek out modern applications of ancient remedies every year. Perhaps the key to a better night’s sleep, straighter posture or a pain-free tennis swing is just a touch away. Here are a few options in the city. l CHIROPRACTIC AND SPORTS MASSAGE

Active Bodywork Midtown: 2131 Capitol Ave., Suite 204 Arden Arcade: 2041 Hallmark Drive, Suite 2 activebodywork.com

For those seeking: Pain relief, injury prevention, improved muscle function, improved blood flow and heightened threshold for muscle fatigue. How it works: Chiropractors use handson manipulations to joints, enabling the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. Sports massage is a preventive therapy that addresses muscle symmetry, tone and balance as well as range of motion. When soft tissue is manipulated to reduce pain and tension, muscle condition and range of motion are improved. What to expect in a session: After evaluating your pain level or decreased range of motion, the practitioner will work on you—and then you’ll immediately retest for improvement. What’s different about it: Measurable results can be observed after a session. During your evaluation, if the massage therapist determines that significant results won’t be quickly obtainable, they can refer you across the hallway to the chiropractor. If your problem can be fixed without surgery or medication, it will be.

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Bodywork knows a little something about how to prevent and treat sports injuries. Fortunately, former athletes, weekend warriors and those of us still in the “couch” phase of couch-to-5K can take advantage of their offerings—the clinic is for everyone, not just professional athletes. Todd Neider, CMT, owner/founder of Active Bodywork, was in a bad head-on collision as a teenager and tried every method and specialist to feel better, but the only thing that helped was the kind of massage that he offers today. A current triathlete, 100-mile bike racer and half-marathon runner, Neider attributes the longevity of his love for active recreation to massage therapy. “With most massages, you just lay there, but life happens with movement in three dimensions—so we move your body while we work on you to get to the fibers from every angle,” he says. While chiropractic care is already classified as alternative medicine, in-house chiropractor Scott Saberniak, DC, CFSC, is a bit of an alternative chiropractor himself: He still does adjustments, but he considers himself more of a movement rehab specialist. The ideal client for Saberniak is someone who has been in repetitive pain and maybe tried other treatments or even chiropractors, but still hasn’t found relief. “In one session, you can definitely make some kind of improvement,” says Neider.

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Sacramento Reiki Center 2528 I St. sacramentoreikicenter.com

For those seeking: Healing support with anxiety, depression, chronic illness, stress overload or grief. How it works: Trauma, emotional pain and physical injury can create blocked or stagnant energy in the body, which can cause illness. Also referred to as hands-on healing or palm healing, this Japanese energy healing technique uses gentle hand movements to move energy through the body and guide patients to heal themselves using deep awareness, compassion and love. The practitioner harnesses universal life force, or “qi,” to rebalance the spirit, body and mind of the recipient. What to expect in a session: Prior to the session, you’ll have an intake conversation to explore what you’re seeking support with and what outcomes you’re looking for. When you arrive at the center, you’ll lie down on your back, fully clothed, with just one job: to relax. Using their hands, the practitioner rebalances the areas of the body where there are stuck emotions, imbalances and blockages, and may also provide a guided meditation specifically tailored to your needs. What’s different about it: “Reiki is different from other bodywork modalities

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ove says that she didn’t choose Reiki—it chose her. After her mother passed away, she was given a Reiki session that provided her with guidance and soothing for the deep pain and confusion she was experiencing. A few months later, while getting certified as a yoga teacher in India, Love was invited to participate in a Reiki training and attunement. When she returned home, she opened Sacramento Reiki Center. The center specializes in helping people who suffer from anxiety, depression, chronic illness, stress and grief. For people who seek support with their physical health, Reiki can help them discover what emotional imbalance or trauma led to the manifestation of a chronic illness, Love says. And for those seeking support with mental health, Reiki can provide “total healing from all past traumas,” Love says, as well as the ability to achieve peace on your own. “We aim to heal the root cause of the disease, which will inhibit the further development of the illness and, in some cases, reverse it in its tracks,” Love says. Curious but skeptical? Sacramento Reiki Center offers a complimentary call with a practitioner to discuss where you are, where you want to be and how Reiki can support your journey. During the call, you and the practitioner explore if you would like to continue working together. l MEDICAL/NEUROMUSCULAR

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“I’M TRYING TO HEAL GENERATIONS OF TRAUMA,” SAYS RICO GORDON, CERTIFIED NEUROMUSCUL AR MASSAGE THERAPIST. “HOPEFULLY I’M MAKING AN IMPACT.”

What to expect in a session: There’s no need to get undressed! You aren’t there to be pampered in the traditional sense—you’re there to feel better. Before you do, though, you might feel a little more pain (but it’s worth it). “Bodywork can be uncomfortable or painful for people at times, but [it’s necessary] to make changes and fix things,” explains Rico Gordon, certified neuromuscular massage therapist and founder of Oak Park Massage Clinic. “The reason things are uncomfortable or painful is because those areas have been ignored for too long.” Instead of lotions and oils, think posture evaluation, muscle testing and a movement exam. After this, Gordon determines if the problem can be fixed on his table, or if you might need a doctor, X-ray or MRI. What’s different about it: “It’s not a typical massage experience,” Gordon says. Rather than a neck massage if you’re feeling pain, Gordon gets to the root of the issue by channeling focus and intent to the body part causing problems. “I hear from my patients that I have the ability to really access and affect their muscle knots, tissue and trigger points that other massage therapists can’t.”

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here doesn’t always have to be a big life event like an accident to cause distress: We unknowingly hurt our bodies in little ways every day, and eventually it catches up with us. “The last few years, many of us have been thrust into work environments that aren’t work environments—they’re our homes,” Gordon says. With people sitting in chairs or at desks, often not ergonomically optimized, for longer than we are used to, he has noticed an uptick of people experiencing pain or dysfunction in the body. Gordon is passionate about making wellness accessible and affordable. “Everyone should have access to this type of healing,” he says. Offering internships for students at massage schools and sliding-

scale payments, Gordon says, “I want to bring healing to my community in a real way. When you look at people of color, we are subjected to less access to resources and we don’t always have health insurance, but [people of color] are the largest groups suffering from mental illness and substance abuse.” If you’re in pain and unable to obtain a pain medication prescription, he explains, you might turn to liquor or other drugs. “I’m trying to heal generations of trauma. Hopefully I’m making an impact.” l CUPPING

Safe Space Bodywork 717 K St., Suite 510 safespacebodywork.com

For those seeking: Pain relief from previous accidents, trauma or conditions like TMJ, and help for swelling and allergies. How it works: Cups are applied to the skin and create suction, increasing blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. The new blood circulation can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair, and may assist in the formation of new connective tissues and new blood vessels in that tissue. A traditional Chinese medicine practice that also dates back to ancient Egyptian and Middle Eastern cultures, the suction is thought to help facilitate flow of “qi,” or life force, in the body. What to expect in a session: The first thing everyone wants to know is if it hurts. “It shouldn’t be painful,” says Tiffany Bedolla, CMT, owner/founder of Safe Space Bodywork. “On a scale of 1 to 10, we stay around a 5 or a 6. You should be able to feel the work, but it shouldn’t be uncomfortable.” Sessions usually last an hour but can be extended to two hours. The cups stay on one spot for 5 to 10 minutes before the practitioner glides them across the body to perform lymphatic drainage. What’s different about it: Cupping differs from other bodywork because, instead of acupressure (where pressure is

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because we treat the root of all illness: emotional imbalance and trauma,” says Selysa Love, Reiki master teacher and owner/founder of Sacramento Reiki Center. “Massage is for the muscles. Chiropractors are for the skeleton. Reiki is for the soul.”

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edolla was born in Chicago but grew up in Mexico City, where she was raised on homeopathic, natural remedies. Though Bedolla ended up working in hospitals as an adult, she felt pulled to the holistic world and left her job at a physical therapy clinic to open her practice. She offers several cupping options: glass cups heated by fire (the hotter the flame gets, the more suction the cup produces to help relax muscle tissue); plastic cups with manual pumps (described as “needleless acupuncture,” the cups have magnetic tips inside that are thought to aid with the flow of energy within the body); and orthopedic cups made of medical-grade silicone (they can be placed diCUPPING DIFFERS FROM rectly over bone OTHER BODY WORK and glided around BECAUSE, INSTEAD OF the body, plus ACUPRESSURE (WHERE small amounts of PRESSURE IS APPLIED TO THE BODY), CUPPING air can be released if they are too DOES THE OPPOSITE. tight). Bedolla also offers facial cupping, where the cups are much smaller and create much less pressure. “Cups used on the face create enough suction where you lift some of the fluid stuck around the face, especially with allergies, and release the muscles that get tight around the jaw. But these cups don’t leave any marks,” she says. Speaking of marks: “People think they’re bruises, but they’re metabolic waste,” Bedolla says. “The more metabolic waste you have in your muscle fibers, the more the cups lift up to the surface and the darker the marks are.” Regular cupping, she says, leads to less metabolic waste in the body and lighter marks over time. “After all of the metabolic waste comes to the surface, your lymphatic system is on high alert, like, ‘What’s going on?’ A lymphatic massage gets everything moving again,” she says. Bedolla offers this method of bodywork because she feels it’s the best way to help people raise their quality of life. “Quality of life is the number one thing,” she says. “If you don’t have it, you can’t do anything.” While alternative treatments in conjunction with traditional medicine may be helpful, always consult your primary care provider before beginning alternative care.

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CITY LIVING LIFE IN DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO IS—SURPRISE!—VIBRANT AND THRIVING.

BY TONY BIZJAK PHOTOS BY TYLER MUSSETTER The rooftop deck at The Frederic

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A BIG REGION WHERE SUBURBAN LIVING IS THE NORM, IT TAKES AN ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT TO CHOOSE DOWNTOWN AS HOME. LATELY, SACRAMENTO IS SEEING THAT SPIRIT IN LARGE DOSES. Call it the Big Bang Theory of housing. After a half-century-plus of steady outward growth, the central city is asserting a gravitational pull of its own. Sacramento’s core is now one of the region’s fastest-growing housing areas. “It took decades to get that ball rolling,” says architect and builder Ron Vrilakas. “My sense is the urban center has turned a corner.” What’s the attraction? Builders, planners and residents say more people are looking for self-contained lifestyles in lively, walkable neighborhoods. Developer Julie Young calls it a turn to holistic living.

And there is simply more and varied housing available. Some of it, like the high-rise condominiums overlooking Golden 1 Center, is urban and dense. Other residential areas have a quieter suburban feel. Then there are the ambitious live-work-play hubs, such as the bustling Ice Blocks or the West Sacramento riverfront. That said, the central city as a residential locus is not yet fully mature. There is a paucity of condominiums and not enough housing for minimum-wage workers. Several eventual downtowndefining areas, such as the railyards, are still early in their development. COVID and homelessness also create uncertainty about downtown’s future. So where does downtown living stand today? And where is it headed? We visit six emblematic new housing areas and talk with some of the adventurous spirits who live there. SACMAG.COM September 2022

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ICE BLOCKS Heart of the Big Bang

The Ice Blocks urban-lifestyle village perches on three conjoining blocks at 17th and R streets. Safeway is a block away. So is light rail. The state Capitol is 12 minutes on foot.

salons, a craft brewery, a speakeasy and a Philz coffee. See’s Candies just showed up. Anthropologie is on the way. So is Salt & Straw ice cream.

PROFILE: This vibrant village is unique in the region and is arguably the heart of the downtown-housing “Big Bang” movement. Its 140 apartments—with another 70 yet to come—overlook streets packed with restaurants, chic stores, offices, gyms, hair

PRICE: Listed rents in early July ranged from $1,700 a month for a 432-foot studio to $2,600 for a 2-bedroom, 2-bath unit. STYLISH: The redevelopment site, former home of Crystal Ice, mixes new and old.

Beast + Bounty restaurant is in the shell of a former hardware store. “That’s the sweet spot of design,” says developer Michael Heller. “Old has the character. You can’t recreate soul in a new building.”

LIVE, WORK, PLAY: “We have made a very determined effort to choreograph everything that a fun and vibrant neighborhood would want,” Heller says. “Our goal was not to repeat existing concepts in the

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market but to add new fresh concepts for the community to enjoy.”

HISTORY LESSON: A quarter century ago, developers wanted to build rows of office buildings on R Street. City officials said no. They held out for more human-scale development with residences. It took time, but R Street is now very much alive.

Ice Blocks resident LESLIE AMANI , owner of Elevate Coaching and Consulting, loves the neighborhood’s variety. Among her favorite things: TITLE Boxing Club, Device trivia night, Nico Wine, the Bark Park (“my dog loves it”) and music at nearby Ace of Spades.

I was looking for a location that offered walkability. I happened to stop in midtown at Ice Blocks for an acai bowl and thought, ‘This looks perfect!’ Ice Blocks has an urban vibe. I’ve met amazing neighbors. It’s a fun place to socialize. I recently hosted a happy hour on the patio. We enjoyed cocktails and chatted around the fire pit while making s’mores.

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20PQR

Where empty nesters perch on rooftops This row of three-story houses on 20th Street between P and R streets is part of a recent neighborhood transformation from industrial to residential. The Press apartments stand across the street.

PERSONALITY: This is modern vertical living. Ceilings are high. Each unit has a private deck up top and a friendly front stoop on a quiet, tree-shaded street below. You buy here if you want to live in the heart of the city, but with a relaxed

lifestyle, says Chisay Arai of Guide Real Estate. “The rooftop patios (afford) a daily vacation from the bustle.”

and urban garden. Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is a short walk, as are art galleries, cafes, restaurants and clubs.

PRICE: A 1,722-square-foot house recently came on the market at $824,900, featuring 3 bedrooms and 4 baths.

TRAINS!: 20PQR lines up next to the freight train rail line that runs through midtown. Yet all 32 units sold within months of opening five years ago, a show of how strong demand is for for-sale urban housing. Some residents say they in fact enjoy hearing the rumble of the trains.

AMENITIES: Open floor plan, chef’s kitchen, rooftop decks and two-car garage. But you might not use your cars. Safeway is a block away. So is a dog park

JUAN TORRES and GARY WALKER downsized to 20PQR from a suburbanstyle home that constantly required work. Now, their only toil is tending their veggie and herb plot in the community garden a block away.

We wanted to downsize and have a less busy life,” says Walker. “We love it. The outdoor patio, you kind of forget you’re in Sacramento.” Adds Torres: “You walk to coffee, to the grocery store. The train noise? It’s part of the beauty of urban living. In fact, it puts me to sleep.

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THE FREDERIC Pioneering on Capitol Mall

The Frederic, which opened last year, straddles two worlds. Its front door is in the working world on stately Capitol Mall at Sixth Street. But it backs onto downtown’s playground, facing the L Street VIP entrance to the Golden 1 Center arena in DOCO.

PROFILE: The eight-story, 162-apartment building, named for Capitol architect M. Frederic Butler, is modest in stature but

stylish in motif—a well-appointed project aimed in part at professionals in government or nearby law, architecture and lobbying firms. Apartments have chef’s kitchens with quartz countertops and plank flooring.

PRICE: The smallest available as of early July was a 559-square-foot studio at $2,086. The largest was a 1,116-square-foot 2-bed, 2-bath at $4,497.

WINE ON THE ROOF: There is an expansive rooftop gathering spot with outdoor movie venue, as well as a kitchen and nearby fire pits. Next to the patio is the 1848 Sky Lounge, with sliding glass doors, where residents have their own wine lockers. Downstairs, there is a bike room, mail package room with refrigerator, pet-wash station and 24-hour gym.

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HISTORY: Decades ago, Sacramento razed residences to create Capitol Mall. The area since has been a dead zone at night and on weekends. The Frederic is the first step in bringing housing back. Plans are underway for high-rise residential nearby at Third Street and Capitol Mall adjacent to Crocker Park.

TOM LOPATA , a civil engineer from Massachusetts, lives on the sixth floor of The Frederic overlooking Capitol Mall. It’s the first time he’s lived in a downtown.

I hear music and see people on Capitol Mall and I have to go down. There was a vegan festival and the food was really good. There was the Pride event. I went to the concerts. A few weeks ago, it was the World's Strongest Man competition, come to find out. I had no idea. A guy was deadlifting a Jeep Grand Cherokee. It was cool.

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WEST SACRAMENTO Finally, waterfront living Perhaps the grandest urban renewal in the region is happening on a mile-wide swath of former industrial land on the Sacramento riverfront in West Sacramento.

PROFILE: Two distinct neighborhoods have formed. South of Tower Bridge is The Bridge District, anchored by a San Francisco-style enclave of glassy townhomes and by Drake’s: The Barn, a sprawling outdoor venue for food and beer. North of the bridge is the re-emergent Washington District, the city’s oldest residential area. Upcoming: condominiums

on the bluff over the river across from Old Sacramento.

PRICE: You can spend $740,000 for a sleek glass-front home overlooking the curated oval Garden Park at Park Moderns. Or you can rent a workforce-friendly $1,300 studio loft at The Kind project. MASTER PLAN: The riverfront offers urban living that is outdoorsy, even athletic. There’s a bike trail, a riverside promenade and a new pier that hosts yoga classes. The

two cities want to turn the I Street Bridge upper deck into an elevated park (after a new car bridge is built nearby). Sutter Health Park is home to the Sacramento River Cats, the San Francisco Giants Triple A baseball team.

SIGNIFICANCE: Sacramento and West Sacramento had blocked residents from living near the downtown riverfront, Sacramento with a freeway, West Sac with industry. Now, West Sac is rectifying that. Sacramento will follow suit with its upcoming railyards redevelopment.

The Kind apartments resident SANTIAGO CHAVEZ , a downtown restaurant worker living in his own apartment for the first time, has a corner loft with a view.

I love how affordable it is. It’s dope. I looked around at other prices and honestly I feel grateful and lucky. It’s close to everything. I can take a scooter to work.

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JULIE YOUNG of Urban Elements, codeveloper of The Kind apartments, is an advocate for holistic neighborhoods.

We are craving a slower, more provincial lifestyle. To work, shop and live in a neighborhood is the ideal of community health. This is how cities should work.

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ALBRIGHT VILLAGE Suburban elbow room downtown

This slice of suburbia in the city is nearing completion at 13th and U streets in Richmond Grove, an under-the-radar downtown neighborhood. Albright Village takes its name after businessman Sidney Albright, who built custom cars on this spot a century ago.

PROFILE: The project consists of 14 Spanish-style, three-story, 2,000-square-foot homes. Each has 3 or 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths and two decks. Kitchens have large islands. Garages fit two cars. The signature touch: small front yards with picket fences. PRICE: $850,000 and up.

FAMILY AFFAIR: Bay Miry and wife Katherine Bardis-Miry, part of the development team with Reynen & Bardis, are parents of a toddler. They wanted to offer spacious downtown housing for young families as well as empty nesters. Elbow room is key. “We wanted to emphasize space for folks,” Miry says. “Giving them everything they need.” NEIGHBORHOOD: Modest, historic Richmond Grove is one of the least trafficked neighborhoods on the central grid. But change is underway: Urban Roots Brewery & Smokehouse is around the corner. Bustling R Street is blocks away. And other new housing is popping up around S Street.

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IMPORTANCE: The central city lacks roomy new single-family, for-sale housing. Albright Village developers purposely are building fewer houses on the site than zoning allows. If successful, it could encourage more. POINT OF VIEW: “It takes a page from 1930s courtyard housing we saw there,” says Sacramento’s urban design manager, Bruce Monighan. “It’s a traditional-looking design with a modern take. It feels like it belongs there.”

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Home near the Capitol dome

This high-end apartment building is under construction at 11th and J streets, two blocks from the state Capitol, with an opening date of spring 2023.

PROFILE: Envoy (a reference to diplomacy at said Capitol) will be a sevenstory steel-and-glass structure with 153 higher-end apartments as well as offices, retail and entertainment below. Expect it to become a home away from home for professionals who deal with state government. PRICE: Developers are watching the market before setting prices. The building will include studios and 1- and 2-bedroom units, some with dens, from 500 to 1,050 square feet. TRANSFORMATION: This is the long-awaited catalyst project for one of downtown’s most anachronistic and unsightly blocks, J Street between 10th and 11th streets. “We’re taking one of the worst sites downtown and transforming it . . . giving it that critical mass,” says developer Riaan De Beer of Anthem Properties. URBAN VIEWS: There will be a communal amenity deck with fire pits, eating areas and some of the most architecturally rich views in the city. Residents will gaze from the rooftop or from their “Juliet porches” at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, the elegant Elks Tower and the state Capitol. LOVE FROM CANADA: Anthem Properties of Canada chose this site three years ago for its first housing foray in California, calling the capital city an under-the-radar place to live with a big upside. Anthem has since launched several other downtown housing projects and opened a local office, suggesting it hasn’t changed its original opinion about Sacramento.

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APPLE For many locals, it’s become an autumn ritual to visit the orchards, farm stands and bakeries of this Sierra foothills destination. APPLE HILL WASN’T ALWAYS THE PLACE TO GO FOR APPLE PIE.

Before this El Dorado County destination started attracting more than 1 million visitors annually for apple harvest season, pears were its main crop. “There used to be a saying that a pear eaten in America in the ’40s and ’50s came from Placer County or El Dorado County because there were thousands of acres of pears,” says Chris Delfino, president of Apple Hill Growers association and son of one of the group’s founders, Edio Delfino, the county’s agricultural commissioner for 33 years.

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But a terrible crop disease in the 1960s wiped out the pear industry. Edio and three other men encouraged farmers to plant more apple trees. Later came grapes. They formed an association, and 16 farms grew to more than 50, with the annual apple season—generally September to December—generating about $60 million in direct spending. “Every farm is different in its own right,” Delfino says. “Some are very small, but they have some cool little things, and some are enormous and they have a lot of things to offer. They’re all unique.” Here’s a look at nine Apple Hill businesses.

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It’s hard to miss High Hill Ranch. The 155-acre ranch at 2901 High Hill Road is among the largest in the area— and the most visited (as the parking lot will tell you). And for good reason. Visitors can spend a whole day on this one property, dining on apple doughnuts and caramel apples, enjoying pony rides for the kids, trout fishing in the pond and perusing the displays of more than 75 artisans selling handmade leather works, sculptures, paintings, jewelry, knitted clothes and more. High Hill’s bakery offers apple pies and other baked goods. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are also wagon hayride tours of the apple orchard and a pumpkin patch where visitors can pick their own. highhillranch.com

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For farmer Chris Delfino, there’s no greater feeling than seeing the fruits of his labor, like he experiences when visitors descend upon Delfino Farms at 3205 N. Canyon Road. Chris’s parents, Edio and Joan Delfino, purchased the 20-acre farm in 1962, planted 2,600 apple trees and in 1964 opened to visitors. In 2002, Chris returned home and spent the next two decades learning how to farm like his dad. His wife, Robyn, learned how to bake like his mom. The familyrun business now includes the fourth generation. Delfino Farms’ Edio Vineyards is open year-round for tastings of their small-batch wines. They also sell hard ciders made from apples and blackberries grown at the farm. Joan’s Apple Bakery opens during harvest season; in addition to pies, they make between 200 and 300 apple fritters each weekend in October. delfinofarms.com

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Something seems to happen to customers at Fudge Factory Farm at 2860 High Hill Road. They rediscover the joys of childhood. “I love to see everyone turn into a child when they come into the Fudge Factory,” says owner Jean Reinders, who launched the business with her late husband, Ren, in 1985. She now runs the business with her daughter, Seana Hartsell. Fudge Factory is one of the few women-owned and run farms in Apple Hill. Friendly alpacas and other farm animals delight visitors, plus there’s house-made fudge—in about two dozen flavors—and candy apples, rocky road clusters and ice cream sundaes. Customers can also indulge in organically grown fruit, including raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, marionberries and, yes, apples. This fruit also finds its way into house-made jams, jellies, baked goods and wines. “We upgraded our playground with lots of fun things to do,” Reinders says of this season. “We have a new line of chocolates coming out this fall.” fudgefactoryfarm.com

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Kandi and Steve Tuso often took their two children to Apple Hill for family outings. Then, in 2009, they had an idea: Why not buy a farm there? “We always love to say we came up for apple doughnuts, we went home with the apple ranch,” Kandi says. They established the 20-acre Apple Ridge Farms at 1800 Larsen Drive. They have a Country Store with homemade fudge, chocolates, jams, jellies and gifts. Their barbecue house has a 500-pound smoker where they prepare their own meats and house-made chicken pot pie, and from the bakery customers can buy apple pies and other baked goods to enjoy in the grassy picnic area. There’s an apple barn, hay maze, nature trail, gemstone mining for kids, 50,000 zinnia flowers in bloom in September and a pumpkin patch. On Fridays through Sundays, about 40 artisans sell handmade soaps, jewelry, paintings, pottery and other items. “What we get from a lot of our customers, they call it the Disneyland of Apple Hill,” Kandi says. appleridgefarms.com

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Parents exhausted from a full day of exploring Apple Hill are in luck when they arrive at Grandpa’s Cellar at 2360 Cable Road. They’ve got coffee flights of all sorts of flavors, says Jericho Kelsey, co-owner with his wife, Becka. “This is our third season of owning Grandpa’s Cellar, and Becka wanted to put our stamp on Grandpa’s Cellar,” Jericho says. “So she went up to the bakery and made 20 different coffee flavors in a matter of two months.” Grandpa’s Cellar started in the 1970s as a roadside stand and expanded a few years later to include a bakery and gift shop. They sell a variety of fresh baked and frozen pies along with jams and jellies. They also offer gluten-free baked treats, including mini pies, apple crisps and muffins to enjoy while surrounded by 100-year-old apple trees. grandpacellar.com

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When Tom Heflin and Christa Campbell purchased Rainbow Orchards at 2569 Larsen Drive in 1977, they got something extra special: the recipe for Rainbow’s famed hot apple cider doughnuts, a tradition since 1964. “When visitors ask for the recipe, I say they have to buy the whole farm,” Christa says. They make the doughnuts with fresh apple cider milled on-site and served hot right out of the fryer. Wine and hard cider tastings are held on weekends. “Visitors can watch the process of pressing and bottling the cider,” Christa says. A grassy picnic space accommodates customers as they dine on tri-tip barbecue, pies, cobblers, crisps and other treats. Customers can also buy apples, pears, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, nectarines, pumpkins, winter squash and ornamental corn. A play area offers a hay bale hop-a-crooked-mile activity for kids. rainboworchards.net

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Johann Smit, co-owner of Hidden Star Camino at 2740 Cable Road, says being open year-round—unlike many spots in Apple Hill—gives him more time to have conversations with customers about the craft hard ciders served at his taproom. They’ve got apple cider and blends like cherry apple, pomegranate apple, lemon apple and grape apple. “We go all the way from beer styles to wine styles to kombucha styles to mixed-drink styles—all cider-format,” says Smit, who with his life partner, Wendy Holm, bought the abandoned farm in 2019. Families are welcome, with picnic tables and benches where you can eat the lunch menu of bites. Shorty’s Doughnuts runs the bakery, selling artisan doughnuts, pastries and pies. For apple season, about a dozen craft vendors will be on-site. A children’s area is “designed for kids to be untethered” and consists of play structures using natural or repurposed wood and other local materials. hiddenstarcamino.com

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Like so many of Apple Hill’s farms, Harris Family Farm at 2640 Blair Road started with dreams of a better life. That’s what led brothers John and James Blair to travel to California in 1857. Their brother, Matthew, arrived soon after and homesteaded 160 acres. The land remains in the family today, with sisters Jane and Pam Harris in charge. Their pie shop sells pies, doughnuts, turnovers, jams and lunch food. Visitors can also buy apples, pumpkins, pickles, cider and fresh eggs. The location stays open through Christmas, giving customers a chance to cut a tree or buy a freshly made wreath. They offer jam classes, high tea events, a nature trail, rock painting and gem mining for kids. The farm also accommodates campers on its large forested acreage. harrisfamilyfarm.com SACMAG.COM September 2022

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NOT LONG AGO, wine bars and urban wineries were a bit of a rarity in Sacramento, even though the capital city is surrounded by hundreds of wineries. Over the past few years, however, the tide has turned, and wine is becoming central to Sacramento’s identity. Wine bars, wineries and wine tasting rooms are popping up at an astonishing rate, led by creative, passionate entrepreneurs. As a younger group of wine drinkers explores and experiments, they are choosing wines that are not only delicious but have interesting stories or styles. Here’s a look at today’s burgeoning city wine scene.

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Fizz Champagne & Bubbles Bar VIBE: Casual but chic tasting salon

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If champagne were a person, it might just take on the form of Raymond James Irwin. He is the ebullient, energetic “chief champagne officer” at Fizz, Sacramento’s only lounge dedicated specifically to sparkling wine. Since Fizz’s opening in DOCO in 2018, Irwin has been singularly focused on bringing bubbles from around the globe to the Sacramento masses, making the beverage an everyday go-to, rather than a drink reserved only for special occasions. The concept has been so successful that Fizz plans to open a second location in Walnut Creek later this year. While you’ll find some familiar favorites on the wine list, many of the selections are fizzy creations from unknown producers or underrepresented regions of the world. The menu allows you to travel to new places, such as Slovenia or South Africa, by way of a glass of bubbles. Fizz’s staffers are passionate, wellinformed and more than willing to make suggestions and guide you through your sparkling adventure, no matter your budget or taste. While sipping, you can enjoy sparklingwine-friendly bites that are thoughtfully curated and prepared, from the rustic (white bean crostini topped with fried sage) to the upscale (oysters on the half shell, caviar service). Fizz has a wine club and offers events such as themed tastings, champagne dinners and organized trips to sparkling-wine regions. 615 David J. Stern Walk; (916) 573-3909; fizzinsac.com; IG @fizzinsac

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Bailarín Cellars VIBE: Traditional tasting room that pays homage to Sacramento’s history

Perhaps friends are visiting from out of town, and you want to treat them (or yourself) to a wine-country outing, but you don’t want to drive two hours to get there. You might consider Bailarín Cellars, located in The Hardin on K Street in downtown Sacramento, situated along a strip of bustling restaurants and bars including Kodaiko Ramen & Bar, Ruhstaller and Tiger. The name Bailarín is Spanish for dancer and, says executive director Chris Ryan, “is meant to represent people who love what they do,” including the farmers who grow the fruit from which Bailarín Cellars’ wines are made. Winemaker Will Weese oversees production of the wines, which include Russian River chardonnay and pinot noir, Alexander Valley cabernet sauvignon and more. You can order from a small food menu that features truffle popcorn, lavosh flatbreads, and cheese and charcuterie boards. The tasting room also doubles as an espresso bar that serves locally roasted Insight Coffee drinks. 720 K St.; (916) 754-2937; bailarincellars.com/tastingroom; IG @bailarincellars

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Lucid Winery VIBE: Winery meets microbrewery

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While wine is the focus at Lucid Winery, the atmosphere is more like that of a brew pub, a place where you can play cornhole or beat on a drum while sipping your wine. Kevin Luther started making wine under the Lucid label in 2017, and he originally planned to open a tasting room in March 2020. However, the onset of the pandemic delayed that plan, and Luther was forced to pivot hard. Lucid morphed from a traditional winery to a virtual one, and was wildly successful doing so. Much of the wine was sold through sampler sets shipped across the country for both corporate and private customers. Earlier this year, Lucid opened a brand-new tasting room and event space on Sacramento’s R Street. At 5,000 square feet, the space is cavernous, but the welcom-

ing staff and décor bring a sense of coziness and comfort. On display is a variety of plants, eye-catching local art and lots of books, and there’s lots of room to wander and play. The feeling of community is strong, and the winery donates to charity for each bottle sold. Lucid’s core offerings are organic, vegan and naturally made wines served via tap. That said, the menu includes more than just traditional wine. Luther calls himself a mad scientist, and you can enter his laboratory and taste his experiments, which include “brewvins” (wine/beer hybrids) and herbed piquettes. For nonimbibers, several creative mocktails are available. You can purchase prepackaged snacks or order food from surrounding local eateries. 1015 R St.; (916) 384-0076; lucid winery.com; IG @lucidwinery

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Nico Wine VIBE: Willy Wonka’s wine cafe

A visit to Nico Wine might make you feel like Willy Wonka just took over your local hangout. With colorful wine labels lining the walls and a breezy patio, it feels cheery and whimsical— more like a candy or soda shop than a traditional wine bar. Nico, which occupies a compact space in the popular Ice Blocks complex in midtown Sacramento, features wines that are thoughtfully and responsibly made. Create your own adventure and take a taste trip as you sample wines from underrepresented regions, like the Canary Islands, or wines made from grape varieties you won’t find on grocery shelves, like Mission and Cortese. Says proprietor Nicholas “Nico” Corich: “Basically, I care about the winemakers and what they want to produce. If they love their farms, they’ll take care of the wine . . . I want to have a conversation about the winemaker’s journey: what risks have they taken, what have they learned since the last vintage, what are they excited to grow and experiment with.” Nico Wine is big on education and engagement. Events are offered frequently, and guests are invited to come drink wine with winery owners and winemakers, learn their story, appreciate their artistry and create connections. Nico offers wines by the half glass (starting at $6), full glass (starting at $10) and bottle, as well as flights for those who want to experiment or experience variety. Prepackaged snacks are available for purchase. Among the options: artisan cheeses, madeleine cookies and bonbons. 1710 R St.; (916) 400-9925; nicowine.co; IG @nico_ wine_sac

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This midtown spot is tiny but cozy, with plenty of hipster vibes to go around.

Ro Sham Beaux

VIBE: Fun, chill speakeasy that doesn’t take itself too seriously

Practice your strategy for a game of rockpaper-scissors and bust out your best thumb-wrestling gear for a trip to Ro Sham Beaux, a creatively conceived wine bar from Irish Hospitality Group, owners of The Snug and The Butterscotch Den. This midtown spot is tiny but cozy, with plenty of hipster vibes to go around. You can enjoy an eclectic selection of natural wines, by the glass or bottle, that are environmentally friendly and responsibly farmed. Many of the wines featured reflect lower levels of alcohol and sulfites. The wine list is reasonably priced and user-friendly, with abbreviated but descriptive tasting notes for each wine. But if you’re feeling stuck, the staff is always happy to make suggestions and guide you through the choices. The food menu is concise but offers plenty of satisfying and full-f lavor options like brie grilled cheese on sourdough. For a small, simple nosh, you can purchase tinned fish or a pack of chips. Artisan sodas, beer, craft cocktails and nonalcoholic highballs are also available. 2413 J St.; (916) 365-1216; roshambeauxbar.com; IG @roshambeauxbar

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Good News Wine VIBE: Wholesome neighborhood diner

Walking into midtown’s Good News Wine feels, well, good. It’s a spot where you can meet friends or take a date. Bright and welcoming, the décor is reminiscent of a diner from another era. It feels both retro and modern, and you’ll find it easy to settle in and get comfy at one of the counter seats or booths. The wines at Good News are chosen based on several criteria. Says owner Bennett Cross: “We require that the wines that go on the menu be very delicious, be made from grapes that were farmed organically or biodynamically, fermented with native yeast without anything added in the cellar except for a smidge of sulfur from time to time.” You can order by the half glass, full glass or bottle. The wine list is eclectic but thoughtful, and it’s been designed to be user friendly for any level of wine enthusiast. From a quick survey of the list, you can glean the type, origin, composition and alcohol level of each offering. Additionally, a concise three-

word description is provided for each wine. Quarticello’s Le Boccette (a sparkler) gets the words “pear— brioche creamy,” for instance. Good News also serves up sherry, vermouth, beer, ciders and nonalcoholic beverages. The food menu offers an array of simple but tasty options: bread and butter, olives, cheese and meat boards, toasties (toasted sandwiches) and seasonal salads. If you want to bring home a bottle of wine and some noshes, shop the Good News pantry (where you’ll find pastas, beans, tinned seafood and crackers) or the refrigerated section (for cheeses and charcuterie). Good News regularly hosts DJ nights, dinner and brunch pop-ups and producer tastings. The big event for fall will be Good News’ one-year anniversary in September, with a week of events. Check social media for details. 1050 20th St.; (916) 400-0533; good newswine.com; IG @goodnewswine

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The Pip Wine Bar & Shop VIBE: Comfortable and casual

that aren’t available at the big stores or the grocery stores.” You can taste any wine on the menu before committing to a glass. Says Grabish: “We don’t want guests to order a glass of wine and then not be happy with it. Life’s too short.” The Pip offers events that allow people to incorporate wine into their lives in fun and sometimes unexpected ways. Grabish partnered with The Good Scoop (a Dixon ice cream shop) and Skinner Vineyards of Fair Play to come up with wine-infused ice cream flavors. The Pip also hosts themed events and “Pip Trips,” like its Rosé All Day party at Cache Creek Casino, where pink-wine enthusiasts quaffed Lorenza 2021 Rosé by the pool on a summer day. 116 N First St., Dixon; (707) 693-3069; thepip winebar.com; IG @thepipwinebar

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Judging by what you can see from Interstate 80, you might assume that Dixon is nothing more than a pit stop for gas or fast food on your way to somewhere else. You would be wrong. Take exit 66A onto CA-113 South, drive about 2 miles and you’ll find yourself in a quaint business district populated by antiques shops, salons, restaurants and an unexpectedly hip little wine bar with an impressively diverse selection of wines from around the world. Amy Grabish founded The Pip Wine Bar & Shop just before the pandemic shutdown and managed to sustain her business with unique wines and a firm commitment to developing community and customer relationships. “I love that we’re both a wine bar and a retail shop,” she says. “We strive to represent small wineries

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Franquette VIBE: Modern sidewalk cafe/wine bar

Located in West Sac’s hip Bridge District, Franquette is a French-inspired gathering spot from the team behind Canon, the Michelin-recognized restaurant in East Sac. At Franquette, like at many of the wine bars that have opened in the last few years in Sacramento, the focus is on lesser-known producers and regions whose wines are reasonably priced, terroir driven and made with a light hand. Franquette offers French wines that are bright and balanced, making them agreeable partners to a wide range of foods. Settle in with just about any glass of wine on the list—its brightness and acidity will make your mouth water. It’s time to order food. You can go simple and order a French cheese, such as a luscious Brillat-Savarin served with baguette and wildflower honey. Or you can indulge with a heartier dish such as duck confit or potatoes au raclette. The food is delicious and noticeably understated, and the wine is integral to the enjoyment of the food. Franquette does everything right and nothing to excess. 965 Bridge St., West Sacramento; hellofranquette. com; IG @franq.uette

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Acheson Wine Company

VIBE: Carefree gathering spot for wine and dog lovers

Acheson makes wine accessible and fun and doesn’t stand on pretense.

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Lemon-yellow walls greet you as you enter the tiny tasting room that is Acheson Wine Company in midtown. On one wall, you’ll see posters of murals and artwork that can be found in neighborhoods around the capital city. On the opposite wall, you’ll see a chalkboard listing the available wines, many of which are sourced from Lodi vineyards. What you won’t see are cases upon cases of wine stacked anywhere, because you have walked into a “winery on tap.” The Acheson label started in 2015 as a traditional wine project but morphed into something less conventional by the time the tasting room opened in 2019. Founders Brian Scott (sommelier) and Steve Burch (winemaker) knew that glass wine bottles were heavy to transport and rarely recycled, contributing to the issues of global warming and ever-filling landfills. As a solution, they send wine lovers home with refillable 1-liter wine bottles (with flip tops instead of corks) and encourage them to reuse and refill those bottles with Acheson wines that are stored and poured from kegs. Acheson makes wine accessible and fun and doesn’t stand on pretense. (Watch the videos on Acheson’s website and you’ll agree.) It offers free delivery within 3 miles of the tasting room. 1629 19th St.; (916) 329-8928; achesonwinecompany.com; IG @achesonwinecompany

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Revolution Winery + Kitchen VIBE: Family-run restaurant and winery

Joe and Gina Genshlea started Revolution Winery in 2007 with the idea of bringing wine back to the city as it had been in pre-Prohibition times. Since then, the operation has expanded, and now Revolution serves not only as a full-production urban winery, but also as a tasting room and restaurant. “We believe that good wine tells a story,” says Revolution’s winemaker, Colleen Clothier. “Our wine celebrates the diversity of our farms, community and city.” The grapes are harvested from local vineyards within a 60-mile radius of the midtown winery. Revolution specializes in low-intervention wines that embody a sense of place. Revolution’s restaurant offers a menu of seasonal and locally sourced foods, with a wide variety of plant-based and gluten-free options. The vegan charcuterie board features house-made vegan burrata, smoked carrot lox and crostini, and there’s a vegan chocolate mousse for dessert. 2831 S St.; (916) 444-7711; rev.wine; IG @revolutionwines

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BOUTIQUE WINERY Please check website for wine tasting dates and events. 4150 Ridge Drive Loomis, CA 916.652.9250 HTOWine.com

TASTING: Thurs: 4pm-7pm Fri: 4pm-8pm; Sat: 12pm-8pm Sun: 12pm-3pm 8629 Auburn Folsom Rd Granite Bay, CA 916.784.9463 mountsaintjosephwines.com

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TASTING: Thurs-Sun: 12-5pm 4390 Gold Trail Way Loomis, CA 916.652.6015 secretravine.com

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TUSCAN-STYLE BISTRO, WINE TASTING, SPECIAL EVENTS Sun-Wed: 11am-5pm Thurs-Sat: 11am-8pm Full menu 5 days a week 4200 Wise Rd Lincoln CA 916.543.0323 WiseVillaWinery.com

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HILLENBRAND FARMHAUS BREWERY BREWERY, TAP ROOM & FOOD Thurs: 5pm-9pm Fri-Sat: 12pm–9pm Sun: 11am-7pm 5100 Virginiatown Rd Newcastle, CA info@hillenbrandbrewery.com hillenbrandbrewery.com

FARM STANDS URBAN DREAMER FARM & VINEYARD FARM STAND: Sat: 9am-1pm Check for additional hours on the website during summer and Mandarin season 10370 Mount Vernon Rd., Auburn, CA Urbandreamerfarm.org 530.308.3665

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Hillenbrand Farmhaus Brewery Premium Newcastle Venue Enjoy the stunning Hillenbrand Farmhouse Brewery in Newcastle where you’ll be welcomed to 13 acres of hops and fruit, premium small batch craft beer and farmhaus-to-fork delectables. Imported German malted barley along with homegrown hops combine to create one-of-a-kind flavors. The gorgeous grounds make for the perfect venue for getaways, weddings, corporate events, private parties, fundraisers and more. Dine-in or take out delicious food and beer. 5100 Virginiatown Rd., Newcastle, CA 95658 www.hillenbrandbrewery.com

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The perfect venue for your next wine trip

Come enjoy our premiere wineries with your friends and family. Originally built in 1934 as an operating beet sugar refinery, the historic Old Sugar Mill now hosts 14 wineries offering varietals from all over Northern California. We are only 15 minutes from downtown, located in the beautiful river community of Clarksburg, California, on the delta. Old Sugar Mill is open for indoor and outdoor wine tasting. Let us host your wedding, anniversary party or corporate event.

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Belledor Vineyards Amador’s Newest Winery! Belledor Vineyards is a new familyowned winery nestled in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in Amador and from the moment you enter the gates, you will be delighted by the beautiful natural setting. Come experience our award-winning wines as you sip in our modern-meets-rustic tasting room overlooking our picturesque lake. We look forward to hosting you at Belledor! belledor.com.

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Belledor Vineyards • Amador’s Newest Winery Belledor, or Beautiful Amador, is a family-owned vineyard located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of California. We specialize in single varietal wines and offer unique blends.. Grab your friends, bring a picnic and enjoy all that Belledor has to offer!

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Weibel Family Winery The Perfect Wine for Every Recipe Weibel sparkling and varietals can be a fun addition to a variety of seasonal dishes and desserts. Owner and President, Fred Weibel, and his wife, Ida, share their favorite recipes and pairings using Weibel Wines each month. Visit our website www.Weibel.com or our Facebook page for both recipes and pairings. Our wines are available on our website or at our tasting room in downtown Lodi. 1 Winemaster Way, Suite D, Lodi, CA 95240 www.weibel.com

Mount Saint Joseph Wines seeks to provide unique, extraordinary wines reminiscent of the legendary wines of Tuscany. Our customers appreciate our wines as the finest in the Sierra Foothills In the spirit of St. Joseph Marello we will always seek to do the ordinary in an extraordinary way. For Private Parties and Events: 916-784-9463 or info@mountsaintjosephwines.com Thursday 4 - 7, Friday 4- 8, Saturday noon - 8, Sunday noon - 3 8629 Auburn Folsom Rd, Granite Bay

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Experience the Taste of the Capay Valley SAVOR OUR EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OILS, ESTATE WINES, HONEY AND MORE AT OUR TWO TASTING ROOMS. OPEN WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY, 11:00AM - 5:OOPM SÉKA HILLS OLIVE MILL AND TASTING ROOM 19326 COUNTY ROAD 78 | BROOKS, CA 95606

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Miraflores Winery— El Dorado County’s Premier Winery Miraflores invites you to participate in the highly anticipated Food & Wine PAIRINGS Lunches and Brunch & Bubbles events this September! For nearly a decade, Miraflores has hosted an array of accomplished chefs to prepare four-course menus, exquisitely paired with Miraflores wine chosen by their on-site Sommelier. Enjoy the afternoon divulging in exquisite food while you overlook the Miraflores estate vineyards and sip award-winning wine. The events go through the end of September, and you don’t want to miss out! Call (530) 647-8505 to make your reservation for a truly unforgettable experience.

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Mettler Family Vineyards From the tip of your glass to a stroll along the vineyard, Mettler is your perfect companion for an enchantedevening in Lodi’s famous Appellation. Enjoy everythingthis premiere destination holds for your next event. Fromdelicious varietals to seven magnificently sculpted acres,the tasting room and wedding venue is the highlight formany brides as the starting point to a happily ever after! 7889 E Harney Ln, Lodi, CA 95240 (209) 369-3045 www.mettlerwine.com

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At Miraflores Winery, our passion is to craft balanced new world wines, and indulge the senses with gracious and welcoming surroundings.

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WINE TASTING, LIVE MUSIC, AND MORE! just 20 minutes from midtown

10686 W Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95757 www.McConnellEstates.com

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McConnell Estates Winery Elegant Wine Experiences McConnell Estates Winery welcomes all to enjoy an elegant wine experience in the comfort of our historic 1850 homestead tasting room. Visit us on a weekend for Estate Tastings and tours, live music and concerts, and special events. Located just 20 minutes from Midtown, McConnell Estates Winery’s owners, the Wackman family, have farmed the land north of the Cosumnes River for five generations. Stop By for Wine Tasting! Tasting Room Hours Thursday–Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm Extended Summer Hours: May-Sept. Friday 5:00pm-9:00pm

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Coastal influence gliding through the Berryessa Gap

Berryessa Gap Vineyards, Making History in Yolo County Berryessa Gap Vineyards is located in Winters, California, Yolo County. Its vineyards lie on the east slope and beneath a break in California’s coastal range, known to locals as the Berryessa Gap. Through the characteristics of Berryessa Gap’s Coble Ranch vineyard, which has similar terroir to the hotter and dryer climate of the Mediterranean, the winery produces highly acclaimed red and white wines such as Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, Barbera, Malbec, Albariño, and Sauvignon Blanc. Its Highway 128 Collection includes a North Coast Brut Rosé, a Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, a Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and Blanc de Blanc. www.berryessagap.com

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Urban Dreamer Farmstand “Cooking is how I love people,” says Adrienne Evatt owner and head dreamer/chef at the oh-so-quaint Urban Dreamer Farmstand in Auburn. Come visit this charming homespun hotspot for fresh baked goods, delicious dinners, produce and eggs right from the farm. You’ll find delicious cupcakes, breads, muffins, scones, pies, quiche, enchiladas, chicken pot pie, jams, jellies, vinegars and more. And the keto and gluten-free offerings are to die for! The farmstand operates all year with special seasonal hours to pick up your your holiday pies and assorted holiday favorites! Mandarins anyone? 10370 Mount Vernon Rd. Auburn. Open Saturday, 9-1 Check seasonal hours & order Holiday pies now at urbandreamerfarm.org

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Rodney Strong Nestled in the heart of Sonoma County, Rodney Strong Vineyards has been producing award-winning and nationally recognized wine since 1959. We share a commitment to sustainability, quality, community, and experiences. Our team is dedicated to finding ways to making your time here memorable. We make it our mission to provide unforgettable events, personable customer service and a welcoming space for you and your guests. Rodney Strong proudly boasts one of the largest Concert Greens in the area, which has hosted performers such as Alanis Morrisette, The Beach Boys, Jay Leno, and many more. This year The Winery is bringing back the 30th Summer Concert Series featuring three nights of music, food trucks and Rodney Strong Wine Estate wines. The lineup includes Tower of Power on July 9th, Colbie Caillat on August 27th, and Blues Traveler on September 10th.

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Enhance your wine tasting experience. Visit Secret Ravine Vineyard & Winery in Loomis, located just minutes off I-80 in South Placer County.

Séka Hills In our native Patwin language, ‘Séka’ means ‘blue,’ and in selecting Séka Hills as the name for our line of premium tribal products, we honor the blue hills that overlook our homeland in Northern California’s Capay Valley. For thousands of years, our ancestors lived in the oak forests, rolling hills and grasslands of the Capay Valley, tending the natural resources, following traditional wisdom and creating eternal bonds with the land. We are proud to share the bounty of the Capay Valley through our estate grown varietal wines, premium olive oil and organic produce. 19326 County Road 78, Brooks, CA 95606 (530) 796-2810 • www.sekahills.com

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Tasting room garden is open Friday thru Sunday from Noon to 5 PM. Reservations are recommended. See our website for more information.

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“Best of Sac—Voted Best Local Winery” Great Bear Vineyards in Davis The family-run vineyard and winery located in Davis grows their grapes sustainably and in harmony with nature. Tended by hand, the premium grapes are crafted into delicious wines. Specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon, Great Bear Vineyards also has a wide selection of award-winning wines – sparkling, whites, rosés and reds. Come along for a wine tasting, bring your own picnic and linger awhile in this little slice of heaven - the vineyard hosts a variety of wildlife as well as olive trees, fruit trees and a field of lavender. In addition to being voted “Best Local Winery” by Sacramento Magazine readers in 2020/21 and 2021/22, the winery has won Silver, Gold & Double Gold medals at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. greatbearvineyards.com

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Amador Vintners: Amador County Wines Located only 40 miles East of Sacramento tucked in the Sierra Foothills lies the hidden gem of Amador Wine Country. Once a bustling gold mining town this region became home to many flourishing wineries, creating California’s first wine region. As the gold ran dry at the end of the 19th century, our Zinfandel vineyards endured, paving the way for new pioneers of wine, drawn by microclimates and varying mountain, volcanic and valley soils ideal for producing superior wines. In the heart of the Sierra Foothills American Viticulture Area (AVA), vintners produce classic Zinfandels, many from ancient vines dating as far back as the 1860’s. In keeping with the pioneering spirit of the region, over the last 40 years our wine makers have led the way in Italian, Spanish and Rhone varietals thriving in the foothills, creating world-renowned Barbera, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Syrah, Viognier and Roussanne (to name a few) allowing our guests to explore many of the world’s wine varietals in one location without a passport! Today Amador County wineries produce more than 30 varietals in various styles and profiles, ensuring there is something for every palate. Visit Amador Wine Country today for a taste of world class wine, warm hospitality, and distinguished history all in a spectacular Sierra Foothill setting.! www.amadorwine.com

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Bogle Family Vineyards Elevates Delta Wine Tasting Experience The Home Ranch, where the Bogle family first planted wine grapes more than 50 years ago, is nestled in the heart of the Delta, just 20 minutes from downtown Sacramento. Soak in sprawling views of the vineyards while enjoying a guided wine tasting or picnic afternoon. The Bogle Family can’t wait to welcome you! www. boglewinery.com Wine Shop Open Daily 10am-5pm Tastings & Picnics Thur-Sun 11am-5pm Reservations Recommended

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Primary Bedroom: The green chevron wall design echoes the mountain landscape surrounding this Tahoe cabin. “Choosing a green was really hard,” admits Plumb. “I had a more muted avocado color in mind, but Lisa kept pushing for a more vibrant green. It took a lot of back and forth to get it right.” Above the bed hang paddles hand-painted by Lisa. At its foot is a bench re-covered with a Mexican blanket. The area rug, which sports an oversized plaid design, is “like a flannel pattern but not too on the nose. It’s a subtle reminder that this is a mountain home.”

Keep Tahoe Blue (and Green and Gold) Vintage textiles, playful accessories and color—lots and lots of color—add to the playful vibe at this cabin in South Lake Tahoe. geof f b a r dot SACMAG.COM September 2022

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hen Sacramento interior designer Rebecca Plumb was invited by clients Lisa and Geoff Bardot to help reimagine the vacation home they were remodeling in South Lake Tahoe (a getaway they’d dubbed Camp Golden Bear), she knew that the palette would be nothing like the drab brown-on-brown color scheme that dominates many mountain cabins. “They are both amazingly creative people who are really into color,” says Plumb, who’d already helped design a cheery studio space for this accomplished artistic couple. (She’s a graphic designer; he’s a photographer.) “I knew they wanted something that felt different; it needed to feel like them.” Inspiration came in the form of a vintage striped Pendleton blanket, which led to vivid color choices: saturated blue, green and gold tones with some red accents. The hues give off a playful vibe, reminding visitors that this is a destination where fun is the point.

Primary Bedroom (above and page 85): On the bed wall, the green chevron paneling echoes the mountain landscape surrounding this Tahoe cabin. Above the bed hang paddles hand-painted by homeowner Lisa Bardot. At its foot is a bench re-covered with a Mexican blanket. Art selected for a gallery wall evokes the home’s woodland surroundings. Secondary Bedroom (right and opposite): Designer Rebecca Plumb went with gold paint on the ceiling and across the top of the wall as a way to “add color without saturating the room, so that it’s still light and bright.” The vintage blanket and wildlife etchings above the bed are from the Sacramento Antique Faire. A pair of rackets, one of Lisa’s finds, is a nod to leisure time.

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“We knew we wanted the cabin to have a vintage camp feeling,” explains Plumb. “My job was to make it feel as elevated as possible and still feel like Tahoe. When people go to a vacation home, I think they’re looking for something aspirational. In this era of Instagram, they want a snapable moment of their vacation.” Plumb worked in close collaboration with Lisa, who helped refine the color choices and source accessories, and Geoff, who did much of the construction and “poured his whole body and soul into this place.” Together, they managed to create a joyful space that conjures up a whole new way of seeing and experiencing Tahoe.

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Primary Bathroom (right and below): Plumb, who bemoans how bathrooms are often neglected spaces in vacation homes, designed this one with luxury in mind. “This is meant to be an escape,” she says. The space is dominated by Fireclay wall tiles in a color called—what else?—Lake Tahoe. “It gives you the feeling of showering in the lake.” The pink concrete basin by Nood Co. “was our little nod to something playful and different,” explains Plumb. “It softens the other colors in the room.” The bathroom’s wood accents, a reminder of the home’s forest setting, come in the form of shellacked teak tiles from Indoteak Design.

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Van Gogh in a New Light The post-Impressionist painter’s work is the subject of a high-tech “360-degree light and sound” exhibit in West Sacramento. SACMAG.COM September 2022

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he global phenomenon of van Gogh immersive exhibits is like a fastmoving wildfire, with productions popping up everywhere from Boston to Beijing. When Sacramento joined the party this summer with the unveiling of “Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience,” some locals cheered, while others who fought Bay Area traffic to catch a similar show in San Francisco last year probably wished they’d waited. Sacramento’s foray into the IMAX-like world of immersive art signals what seems to be a new era for our region, or at least a growing trend. Already waiting in the wings behind the current exhibit, which at the time of this writing was selling tickets into December, is extravaganza number two, “Beyond Van Gogh,” produced by a different company and scheduled to open in November. Ironically, the competing exhibits are both located in West Sacramento, a veritable stone’s throw from one another.

Why Vincent van Gogh, why Sacramento, why now? According to John Zaller of Exhibition Hub, the company behind the current exhibit, part of the impetus was to remedy the problem of Sacramento being treated like Cinderella, the last one to go to the ball. “The Sacramento market is, I think, underserved when it comes to these types of experiences,” says Zaller, executive producer of Exhibition Hub’s U.S. shows. “I wanted to change that, to bring something rich and vibrant and cultural here.” From a business standpoint, Zaller adds, Sac-

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Van Gogh’s huge body of work—incredibly, he produced more than 2,000 paintings, drawings and sketches before his death at age 37—embraces a “literal, pictorial style” that gives it mass appeal, says Zaller. “As you get into the work and how he created it—how he painted the swirls in the sky, or how he was trying to bring a countryside to life—the more compelling it becomes,” he says. By adding motion to van Gogh’s works through the use of high-tech wizardry, Zaller explains, viewers get a tangible sense of the artist’s technique, and even his state of mind. Described by promoters as a “360-degree light and sound spectacular,” the exhibit uses such cutting-edge technology as advanced 4K resolution projection mapping (nerd alert!), which for most of us really just means a lot of oohing and aahing. Its self-described crown jewel is the 10,000-square-foot immersive gallery where some 400 of van Gogh’s works come to life on a 35-minute loop, the giant animated images stretching across walls and dancing on the floor, one gorgeous Technicolor dream after another. Reclining chairs are placed around the room for those who want to sit back and enjoy the show. A classicalmeets-Zen score, interspersed with narration and van Gogh quotes, adds to the vibe and enhances understanding of Vincent the person. So what’s the experience like? For me, it was kind of a kaleidoscopic, Alice in Wonderland-like trip, enthralling throughout. I liked the use of multiple galleries and the mix of education and entertainment, tradition and tech-

nology. I loved that families with kids and people of all ages were there, taking it all in. The larger-than-life digital displays were dazzling, and the virtual reality feature, in which you wear a headset and float through van Gogh’s world, was simply awe-inspiring. (Don’t miss it, even though it costs an extra $5.) As a layperson (my art “education” is limited to frequent frolics through the big museums in New York, where I lived for 13 years), I suspect my reaction may be typical of the masses, which is, after all, the ITS SELF-DESCRIBED CROWN JEWEL IS THE target market for these exhibits. But how 10,000-SQUARE-FOOT does it look to members of the art world, IMMERSIVE GALLERY who are likely to be more discerning? WHERE SOME 400 OF VAN In brief, they don’t all love it. For some, GOGH’S WORKS COME TO capitalizing on a dead artist’s work for big LIFE ON A 35-MINUTE LOOP. profit—especially an artist like van Gogh, who struggled with poverty (his main benefactor was his brother Theo, to whom he famously wrote hundreds of letters)—is a bit cringe-worthy. That’s how Ianna Frisby, a local artist and adjunct professor at Sacramento City College and Sierra College, sees it. But when I invited her along for a spin through the exhibit, she also discovered some things she liked. Here are some highlights from our Q&A.

What did you think of the exhibit? What worked for you and what didn’t? I really appreciated the context that was provided at the beginning of the exhibit, so that you’re not just walking directly into the immersion room. It gave a nice overview

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of van Gogh’s life and the people around him, and it talked about his mental illness, his various series, and color chemistry—things they did not have to mention. For me, it meant that there is something for Ianna Frisby someone who is educated in art to hang onto. “WHEN WE TALK ABOUT But there were other aspects LOOKING AT A PIECE OF of the exhibit that were distractART, ESPECIALLY MODERN ing for me—things I got stuck on, ART, IT ASKS VIEWERS like the fire extinguisher on the TO BRING THEIR OWN wall of the sunflower “mirror” IMAGINATION TO IT.” room, the pyramid structure in the middle of the immersion room, and the wires on the ceiling. I wanted to get immersed in the van Gogh life and story, but I kept getting stuck in the technical details, the craft of it. I think the video itself [in the immersion room] had some clever moments, like the way the shutting of the Japanese screen doors interacted with the walls. The selfportrait segment, I think, was really the best—where you had to get up to see everything in the round. Before we went in, I was concerned about the possible flattening of van Gogh’s character and the experience turning into this thing that’s this visual delight—yet that was the best part, the visual delight. It was just hard for me to get sucked in because I notice everything and couldn’t ignore things like the ceiling wires and the pyramid.

You take issue with the capitalistic nature of immersive exhibits. As an artist, what else concerns you? When we talk about looking at a piece of art, especially modern art, it asks viewers to bring their own imagination to it. So this approach could be looked at as being kind of lazy. It’s like van Gogh coming to you, instead of you and your imagination coming to van Gogh. They’re doing it all for ya, right? You’re immersed in this bath of van Gogh. It’s a passive experience. The production is active, but we’re not. Kids who see it may think it’s better than the original [van Gogh], and that’s my concern. If van Gogh were alive today, what do you think he would say about this exhibit? Since he’d be coming out of a different time period, he can’t have any context. He can’t know about the internet; he can’t know about the commodification of images. I can also say he was interested in sharing his “VAN GOGH: THE paintings with the world. IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE” And in that way, it’s very is located at 31 15th St. in West successful. I think he Sacramento. For more informawould be amazed by tion and to purchase tickets, visit vangoghexpo.com/sacramento. that.

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You seemed to enjoy the visual reality feature and the drawing room, where visitors can do a little art of their own with a van Gogh coloring sheet or on a blank sheet of paper. I thought that was great. Because those things happen at the end, it’s almost like there’s a bell curve to the experience. You get to the coloring interactive room and you’re

able to kind of process. I also liked that they took it a step further. It could have just been coloring and be done with it, but they also offered the opportunity to put your work up [on a wall] and display it, just like van Gogh’s, so it evokes a sense of projection, which gives a feeling of validation and elevates the experience. And then the VR I thought was really cool. The people looked pretty rubbery and I’m not sure how much we needed them in there, but I still thought it was really well done. There was a moment where it looked like we were busting through a canvas.

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Art Underfoot—

Watch chalk artists transform the sidewalks of midtown’s Fremont Park into incredible, if ephemeral, works of art at Chalk It Up! Sacramento. A Labor Day Weekend tradition since 1991, the free, family-friendly art fest is a feast for all the senses, also offering artisans and makers, food and drink vendors, and a great lineup of local bands. chalkitup.org

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architecture and the city’s stately residential neighborhoods won’t want to miss Preservation Sacramento’s 46th Annual Historic Home Tour, which this year spotlights midtown’s architecturally rich Poverty Ridge historic district, once home to Joan Didion and the McClatchys. Take in docent-led tours of three residences in person and view three more online. preservation

drink naturally get the spotlight at Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Street Festival, an annual celebration of the region’s rich bounty of food, wine and craft beer. But the free fest on Capitol Mall also serves up some choice live music. On tap this year: Gregory Porter, Japanese Breakfast, Jocelyn & Chris, Carter Faith, The Last Bandoleros, Southern Avenue and The National Parks.

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S E P T. 24 Musical Comedy— Not everyone can sustain a successful decadeslong career by being weird, but five-time Grammy winner “Weird Al” Yankovic has done just that. Cherished by fans for his pop-song parodies, the “nerd rock” musician, comedian and actor is among the topselling comedy recording artists of all time. Catch his The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Ill-Advised Vanity Tour at the Mondavi. mondaviarts.org

S E PT. 30 – O CT. 2 Stimulating Flight—Look up, way

up, to see top-flight aircraft soaring across the skies at California Capital Airshow at Mather Airport. Aeronautics fans and families flock to this annual showcase of aviation excellence and military might for performances, this year, by the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth fighter and the U.S. Navy EA 18-G Growler Legacy Team, along with displays and interactive exhibits. cali forniacapitalairshow.com SACMAG.COM September 2022

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Doughbot 2.0 Sacramento’s original hipster doughnut shop is back with a new owner, a new location and a new menu of flavors that includes Blueberry Earl Grey, Chai Candied Pecan and Everything But the Bagel. (There are vegan and gluten-free options, too.) Heading up the kitchen at DOUGHBOT: Alison Clevenger, the former executive pastry chef at Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates and Selland Family Restaurants. 2030 10th St.; (916) 345-3501; doughbotsac.com debbi e cu n n i ngh a m SACMAG.COM September 2022

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Good Juju The Press Bistro’s David English is back with a new take on the restaurant experience. BY MARYBETH BIZJAK

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t was the last day of 2019, and David English had pretty much decided to walk away from the restaurant business for good. His popular midtown restaurant, The Press Bistro, had had a great run, but rising costs and understaffing had him feeling that he was working twice as hard to make less money. That New Year’s Eve, when he closed his restaurant doors for the final time, “I thought that was it for me,” he recalls. But, like Michael Corleone in “The Godfather Part III,” just when he thought he was out, they pulled him back in. After an almost three-year break, English recently opened Juju Kitchen & Cocktails in downtown Sacramento. It’s a marked departure from The Press, a sophisticated dinner house where English stalked the dining room nightly, checking in with diners to make to make sure their salmon fillet was perfectly cooked, the red wine sauce on their short rib appropriately silky. Juju is the Skipper to The Press’s Barbie, a smaller, less voluptuous, more playful version of a traditional restaurant. Consider it a sign of the times. When English closed The Press, the pandemic was still in the offing. Hitting a couple of months later, COVID -19 rocked the foundations of every restaurant in town. Without employees to pay or a lease to service, English was in fact better off than many of his compatriots. He used the pandemic lull to step back, hang out with his family and enjoy semi-retirement. Before closing The Press, English had been noodling about ways to reinvent the restaurant model in a more sustainable way. He wanted to manage fewer employees, and he didn’t want to have to be at the restaurant every waking moment to make sure everything was just so. The solution he came up with was a restaurant with a slimmed-down menu of small plates and craft cocktails, severely restricted hours of operation and a casual, drop-in vibe. There’s no host to seat you, no reservations to take, no phone to answer. “The more staff we have, the more expensive your cocktail,” English explains. (Other restaurateurs are trying out sim-

ilar formats: Billy Zoellin, for one, recently transformed his Bacon & Butter in East Sac into a happy-hour spot called The Green Room.) English modeled Juju’s menu around the tapas offerings at The Press, which had always been a hit with diners. Several are direct lifts from The Press, including the arancini, the meatballs and the patatas bravas. You can nosh on one or two small plates (priced at $7–$8), or assemble an entire meal from a menu that runs the gamut from bread (grilled pita with hummus) and vegetables (roasted mushrooms) to proteins (grilled calamari, beef barbacoa tacos) and even dessert (warm chocolate brownie with vanilla bean ice cream). “It’s BEFORE CLOSING how I like to eat,” EngTHE PRESS, DAVID lish explains. “I like to ENGLISH HAD BEEN try different things. NOODLING ABOUT You can have a lot or a WAYS TO REINVENT little. It’s a nice way THE RESTAURANT to eat.” MODEL IN A MORE English’s w ife, SUSTAINABLE WAY. Kelly, oversaw the vaguely feminine décor, with its pretty salmon-colored wallpaper and gauzy pink drapes. The restaurant sits at one of the busiest corners of Sacramento, across the street from the Capitol and close to Golden 1 Center and the new theater and convention center complex. It occupies the old restaurant space at Marriott’s downtown Residence Inn, a spot that never had much success as a restaurant. But English thinks Juju will break the curse by appealing to a wide spectrum of diners: downtown workers, Capitol folk, people looking for a quick meal before the theater, tourists, the after-theater crowd. They don’t need a Press-like experience to be satisfied, says English: “People just want to go out and socialize, be with friends.”

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Beyond the Mimosa Bloody Marys and bottomless mimosas have long been brunch staples, but one local spot offers some appealing alternatives to jazz up everyone’s favorite weekend meal. J.J. Pfister boasts a creative lineup of boozy, breakfast-friendly carafes to complement its hearty brunch dishes. Clay Adams, director of hospitality, explains that “we like our spirits to be the star in all of our cocktails,” which is why they eschew the juice-forward cocktails typically served at brunch. Here are our picks for three satisfying brunch pairings from the Rancho Cordova distillery and restaurant.—CATHERINE WARMERDAM

Georgeanne Brennan, Corinne Martinez and Nicole Salengo

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roll stacked with eggs, bacon, pepper jack, cream cheese, tomato and arugula) and Pickleback. “This is a riff on the traditional pickleback, which is a shot of Jameson and a pickle juice chaser. Ours uses rye whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, house-made pickle brine, muddled jalapeños and cucumbers and a buffalo salt rim,” says Adams. “Like a Bloody Mary, it’s savory and spicy, but here the whiskey can shine because it’s not overpowered by tomato juice.” ● Classic Breakfast (eggs,

sourdough toast, sausage or bacon and your choice of cheesy grits, fruit or potatoes) and Sacramento Coffee. “This is made with our single malt whiskey in a glass lined with our house-made bourbon caramel sauce,” says Adams. “We then add vanilla simple syrup and cold coffee and top it with bourbon whipped cream, a caramel drizzle and vanilla sea salt.” Take that, Starbucks. ● Chilaquiles (corn tortilla

chips smothered with verde sauce and topped with eggs over easy, cotija cheese, cilantro and crema) and J.J. Rita . “The only spirit we don’t make here is tequila, which we can’t because that has to be made in Mexico,” explains Adams. “So we get a similar flavor using our gin as a base and adding our Drakas, which is a honeybased spirit, and our eau de vie, which is our aged pear brandy. Those three spirits together mimic the flavor of tequila, and when we add lime juice and agave it tastes like a true margarita.” 9819 Business Park Drive; (916) 672-9662; jjpfister.com

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Three Cheers A delightful new tasting room bubbling with the conviviality of a French bistro opened recently in downtown Winters. L’Apéro les Trois, which specializes in wine-based aperitifs, is a collaboration by three of Yolo County’s most notable doyennes of food and wine: cookbook author Georgeanne Brennan, winery entrepreneur Corinne Martinez and winemaker Nicole Salengo. An aperitif, for the uninitiated, “is intended to be a beverage before a meal that opens up the palate,” explains Martinez. “But we believe it’s also about a moment in time; it’s when we pause. We’re setting aside whatever we were busy doing and we’re pausing to spend THE APERITIFS GET THEIR time with family and friends.” UNIQUE CHARACTER L’Apéro’s charming patio and lounge are ideal FROM LOCALLY GROWN for savoring such moments. In the French tradiINGREDIENTS: QUINCE, tion, pairs of street-facing bistro chairs are posiORANGE, APRICOT, tioned for taking in the town’s Main Street WALNUT, FIG AND LEMON. activity. Inside, a mural of a pastoral scene (installed for a prior tenant) “celebrates Winters and farm country and family,” says Martinez. “I knew the mural had to stay because it fit so well with the farmhouse style of the aperitifs.” A baby grand player piano in the corner strikes just the right notes for transporting you to a place far more relaxing than wherever you came from. But the winning ambience is only half the story. L’Apéro makes some terrific-tasting aperitifs, all of which get their unique character from locally grown ingredients: quince, orange, apricot, green walnut, Mission fig, Meyer lemon. Sample a flight or two with a companion to find your favorite. When you do, your waiter will prepare an additional glass for you served neat or as a spritzer. L’Apéro les Trois may be new on the scene, but in a sense its origins date back to 1970s France, where Brennan was first exposed to making and enjoying seasonal aperitifs. In the 1990s, she wrote an aperitif-themed cookbook celebrating these fortified wines and the snacks that are often enjoyed with them. The three partners seized on the resurgent popularity of aperitifs with this new venture. Brennan developed the lounge’s appetizer menu, which includes a small selection of thoughtfully conceived bar bites meant for sharing. Not to miss are the gougères, diminutive choux-based cheese puffs served warm from the oven. If Paris or Provence aren’t on your itinerary in the near future, this pleasant tasting room ought to be. 22 Main St., Winters; (530) 4021172; laperolestrois.com—CATHERINE WARMERDAM

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Dine As a reader service, Sacramento Magazine offers the following list of noteworthy restaurants in the Sacramento region. This is not intended to be a complete directory, and not all restaurants profiled appear every month. Before heading to a restaurant, call or check its website to make sure it’s open.

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. $ 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. $$ TOWER CAFE This place is a hot spot on weekend mornings. Regulars swear by the New Mexico blueberry cornmeal pancakes and the thick-cut, custardy French toast. Breakfast is all-American, but lunch and dinner have a global flavor. 1518 Broadway; (916) 441-0222; towercafe.com. B–L–D. World fusion. $$

CAPAY 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. $–$$

CITRUS HEIGHTS LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY For description, see listing under “Arden Arcade.” 7910 Antelope Road; (916) 729-4021; leatherbys.net. L–D. Sandwiches/ice cream. $ SAM’S CLASSIC BURGERS At this drive-up burger shack, the shakes are great and the burgers wonderfully straightforward. 7442 Auburn Blvd.; (916) 723-7512. L–D. Burgers. $

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ARDEN ARCADE BENNETT’S AMERICAN COOKING This neighborhood hangout has an approachable menu and a familiar ambience. The food is like homemade, only better: things like braised short rib with mashed potatoes, lasagna Bolognese and chicken enchiladas. There’s seemingly something for every taste and diet, from avocado toast, available all day long, to prime rib (weekends only). The menu features dishes that are vegetarian, heart healthy, nut-free or “gluten-free friendly.” 2232 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 515-9680; ben nettsamericancooking.com. L-D-Br. American. $$$

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DUBPLATE KITCHEN & JAMAICAN CUISINE One of the few places in Sacramento where you can get Caribbean food, this restaurant serves Jamaican specialties such as curry goat and jerk chicken. 3419 El Camino Ave.; (916) 339-6978; dubplatekitchen cuisine.com. L–D. Jamaican. $$ THE KITCHEN Part supper club, part theatrical production, part cocktail party: This is like no other restaurant in Sacramento, and it’s Michelin starred. You need to make reservations months in advance

for the multi-course dinner. The food is complex and mind-blowingly creative. 2225 Hurley Way; (916) 568-7171; thekitchenrestaurant.com. D. American. $$$$ 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. $

CURTIS PARK PANGAEA BIER CAFE While it’s known as a beer cafe and bottle shop, this casual spot also serves up tasty bar food, including a burger that has taken home top honors more than once at Sacramento Burger Battle. 2743 Franklin Blvd.; (916) 454-4942; pangaea biercafe.com. L–D. American. $$

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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; planbrestau rant.com. D. New American/French. $$–$$$

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. $

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CAFE BERNARDO For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 234 D St.; (530) 750-5101; cafeber nardo.com. B–L–D. New American. $

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

CREPEVILLE This bustling creperie serves many variations on the crepe theme, from entrée to dessert. 330 Third St.; (530) 750-2400; crepeville.com. B–L–D. Crepes. $ SACMAG.COM September 2022

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LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY Sacramento’s favorite ice cream parlour for 35+ years. Our award-winning ice cream and sauces are made fresh daily and served in generous portions. We also offer a large variety of delicious sandwiches–from our specialty crab sandwich to great burgers. Leatherby’s is the perfect old fashioned ice cream parlour for families, friends, large groups or parties. Sun–Thur: 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri–Sat: 11 a.m.–12 a.m. Sacramento | Arden Way | 916-920-8382 Citrus Heights | Antelope Road | 916-729-4021 Elk Grove | Laguna Blvd | 916-691-3334 www.leatherbys.net

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kitchen, the staff turns out innovative dishes and old favorites. The emphasis is on seasonal, local and artisanal. 1131 K St.; (916) 443-3772; elladining roomandbar.com. L–D. New American. $$$$ FRANK FAT’S Downtown Sacramento’s oldest restaurant, Fat’s is a favorite of the Capitol crowd. The restaurant is well known for its steaks and its brandy-fried chicken. This is Chinese cuisine at its most sophisticated. 806 L St.; (916) 442-7092; frankfats. com. L–D. Chinese. $$$ 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. 926 J St.; (916) 492-4450; grangerestaurantandbar. com. B–L–Br. Californian/American. $$$$ KODAIKO RAMEN & BAR Partly owned by Kru’s Billy Ngo, this ramen shop takes the Japanese noodle soup to a whole new level. Ingredients are organic, and almost everything is made in-house. For a fun experience, sit at the six-person ramen counter and chat with the chefs. 718 K St.; (916) 426-8863; kodaiko ramen.com. L–D–Br. Japanese/ramen. $$–$$$ MAGPIE CAFE This restaurant has a casual, unassuming vibe, and its hallmark is clean, simple fare that tastes like the best version of itself. 1601 16th St.; (916) 452-7594; magpiecafe.com. B–L–D. Californian. $$ 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 roasted butternut squash. 1800 15th St.; mastacobar.com. L–D–Br. Mexican. $$

Fried chicken from Ella MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 500 First St.; (530) 756-2111; mikunisushi.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ SEASONS This upscale restaurant showcases seasonal products; the menu changes every three months. Pizzas are great; so are the bountiful salads. But you’ll find the kitchen’s real talent in its creative appetizers and entrées. 102 F St.; (530) 750-1801; seasonsdavis.com. L–D. New American. $$–$$$ YAKITORI YUCHAN This busy little restaurant focuses on skewered grilled meats, seafood and vegetables. Most items are meant to be shared; bring an adventurous palate and a group of food-loving friends. 109 E St.; (530) 753-3196; yakitoriyuchan. com. D. Japanese. $–$$

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, loaded potato skins, deep-fried onions and more. 250 Dorset Court; (707) 678-5518; cattlemens. com. D. Steakhouse. $$$

DOWNTOWN BAWK! CHICKEN & BAR Along with crispy chicken coated with a red spice mix that kicks it up a notch, you can order salads, oysters on the half shell and collard greens. 1409 R St.; (916) 465-8700; bawk friedchicken.com. L–D–Br. Southern. $$ BRASSERIE DU MONDE 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; brasseriedumonde.com. L–D. French. $$–$$$ 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 pan-seared chicken breast with mashed potatoes. 1431 R St.; (916) 930-9191; cafebernardo.com. B–L–D. New American. $ 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. $$$–$$$$ ECHO & RIG Located in the lobby of The Sawyer hotel, this outpost of a Vegas steakhouse is sleek and unstuffy. Prices are considerably gentler than at most other steakhouses, but the quality of the meat is high. In addition to standard cuts like filet, NY steak and rib-eye, you’ll find butcher cuts such as hanger, bavette, skirt and tri-tip. 500 J St.; (877) 678-6255; echoandrig.com. B–L–D–Br. Steakhouse. $$$ ELLA This stunning restaurant (owned by the Selland family and designed by award-winning European architects) is an elegant oasis compared to the gritty hustle and bustle outside. From the open

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. $$ MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE From cozy, candlelit booths and stunning, glass-enclosed wine room to the crisply outfitted chefs, Morton’s oozes Special Occasion. Red meat is the star here. 621 Capitol Mall; (916) 442-5091; mortons.com/sacramento. D. Steakhouse. $$$$ NASH & PROPER The owners first rocked Sacramento’s food scene with a food truck featuring Nashville-style hot chicken sandwiches. Now, they have two brick-and-mortar locations serving their famous sandwiches, along with quarter and half birds, impressive sides and chicken and waffles (weekends only). You pick the heat level for your fowl, ranging from naked (no heat) to cluckin’ hot. 1023 K St.; (916) 426-6712; nashandproper.com. L. Fried chicken sandwiches and plates. $ THE 7TH STREET STANDARD This is an unabashedly big-city restaurant: stylish, urban, sophisticated, serious. Heading up the kitchen is Ravin Patel, a Sacramento native with an impressive fine-dining pedigree. His menu has a modern California sensibility, using fresh ingredients, classic French techniques and a healthy dash of South Indian flavors. 1122 Seventh St.; (916) 371-7100; the7thstreetstandard. com. B-L-D. Modern American. $$$ SHADY LADY SALOON The charming faux speakeasy is an excellent place to meet up with friends for a round of cocktails and a first-rate meal. Bordelloinspired wallpaper and dim lighting set an alluring stage for the robust and flavorful food. 1409 R St.; (916) 231-9121; shadyladybar.com. L–D. American/ Southern. $$ SACMAG.COM September 2022

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Dine URBAN ROOTS BREWING & SMOKEHOUSE At this 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. 1322 V St.; (916) 706-3741; urbanrootsbrewing.com. L–D. Barbecue. $$

EAST SACRAMENTO ALLORA Modern Italian fare with a heavy seafood bent is the focus at this sophisticated eatery. Tasting menus come in three, four and five courses, with caviar service and in-season truffles offered at an additional cost. The menu changes with the seasons, but you’ll always find fresh pasta and balsamicglazed polpo (octopus). The wine list is weighted with classic Italian wines and new-world expressions of Italian varieties. 5215 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 5386434; allorasacramento.com. D. Italian. $$$$ CANON With Michelin-starred chef Brad Cecchi at the helm, this chic restaurant offers a menu of globally inspired sharable plates. Much of the menu is vegetarian or gluten free, but you can also order from a small selection of hearty meat, poultry and fish dishes. 1719 34th St.; (916) 469-2433; canoneastsac. com. Global/New American. D–Br. $$$–$$$$ CELESTIN’S Gumbo is the signature dish at this charming, minuscule restaurant specializing in Creole and Cajun cuisine. It comes in six varieties, but the pièce de resistance is the namesake Celestin’s gumbo, chock-full of chicken, scallops, shrimp, rock cod and sausage. 3610 McKinley Blvd.; (916) 2584060; celestinsgumbo.com. L–D. Cajun/Creole. $$ KRU Long considered one of Sacramento’s best restaurants, chef/owner Billy Ngo produces high caliber, exciting Japanese fare. The restaurant has a craft cocktail bar, outdoor patios and an omakase bar. 3135 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 551-1559; krurestau rant.com. L-D. Japanese. $$$-$$$$ MATTONE RISTORANTE When Sacramento’s famed Biba restaurant closed its doors, a few alums struck out on their own to open this Italian eatery. It’s a worthy successor to Biba, serving freshly made pasta and classic Italian fare such as calamari fritti, veal marsala and chicken cooked under a brick. 5723 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 758-5557; mattonesac.com. L-D. Italian $$$–$$$$ THE MIMOSA HOUSE This local chain offers a comprehensive lineup of breakfast fare: omelets, Benedicts, crepes, waffles, burritos and, of course, mimosas. The rest of the menu is similarly broad, with burgers, salads, grilled sandwiches and Mexican “street food.” 5641 J St.; (916) 400-4084; mimosa house.com. B–L. American. $$ OBO’ ITALIAN TABLE & BAR This casual Italian eatery offers hot dishes and cold salads behind the glass cases, ready for the taking. But the stars of the menu are the freshly made pastas and wood-oven pizzas. There’s also a full bar serving Italian-theme craft cocktails. 3145 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 822-8720; obo italian.com. L–D. Italian. $$ ONESPEED Chef Rick Mahan, who built his stellar reputation at The Waterboy in midtown, branched out with a more casual concept at his East Sac eatery. The open bistro has a tiled pizza oven that cranks out chewy, flavorful pizzas. 4818 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 706-1748; onespeedpizza.com. B–L–D. Pizza. $$ ORIGAMI ASIAN GRILL This fast-casual eatery serves Asian-flavored rice bowls, banh mi sandwiches, salads and ramen, along with killer fried chicken and smoked-meat specials from a big smoker on the sidewalk. 4801 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 400-3075; origami asiangrill.com. L–D. Asian fusion. $–$$

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Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse’s pulled pork sandwich SELLAND’S MARKET-CAFE For description, see listing under Broadway. 5340 H St.; (916) 736-3333; sellands.com. L–D–Br. Gourmet takeout. $$

EL DORADO HILLS AJI JAPANESE BISTRO This casually elegant restaurant offers an innovative menu of Japanese street food, interesting fusion entrees, traditional dishes such as teriyaki and tempura and—yes—sushi. There’s a short, approachable wine list, sakes and a full bar serving craft cocktails. 4361 Town Center Blvd.; (916) 941-9181; aji-bistro.com. L-D. Japanese/sushi. $-$$ MILESTONE This unstuffy eatery serves great takes on comfort-food classics like pot roast and fried chicken. It’s straightforward, without pretense or gimmickry. The setting is like a Napa country porch, and the service is warm and approachable. 4359 Town Center Blvd.; (916) 934-0790; milestoneedh. com. L–D–Br. New American. $$–$$ THE MIMOSA HOUSE For description, see listing under East Sacramento, 2023 Vine St.; (916) 9340965; mimosahouse.com. B–L–D. American. $$ 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. $$ SIENNA RESTAURANT The menu includes a playful melange of global cuisine, including seafood, handcut steaks, stone hearth pizzas, inventive appetizers and a stacked French dip sandwich. Sunday brunch includes a made-to-order omelet bar and unlimited mimosas. 3909 Park Drive; (916) 941-9694; sien narestaurants.com. L–D–Br. Global. $$–$$$

STICK HOUSE ASIAN FUSION AND MONGO BAR This hot spot offers a new, tastes-fresher take on Mongolian barbecue—noodles (including zoodles and other gluten-free options) or rice or mixed greens, choice of additions ranging from veggies to crispy toppings, and sauces galore. You’ll also find Asianinspired street food such as crab wonton nachos, bao sliders and rolls. 2023 Vine St.; (916) 6739620; stickhouseedh.com. L–D. Noodles/Asian street food. $

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 winemakers, and his innovative food sings with freshness and seasonality. 8941 Elk Grove Blvd.; (916) 685-2220; blvdbistro.com. D–Br. New American. $$–$$$ JOURNEY TO THE DUMPLING This Elk Grove eatery specializes in Shanghai-style dumplings (try the soup-filled xiao long bao), along with Chinese dishes such as green onion pancakes, garlic green beans and salt-and-pepper calamari. 7419 Laguna Blvd.; (916) 509-9556; journeytothedumpling.com. L–D. Chinese. $$ LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY For description, see listing under “Arden Arcade.” 8238 Laguna Blvd.; (916) 691-3334; leatherbys.net. L–D. Sandwiches/ ice cream. $ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 8525 Bond Road; (916) 714-2112; mikunisushi.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$

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is warm and homey and reservations (even at lunch) are a must. 7600 Greenhaven Drive; (916) 399-9309; caciosacramento.com. L–D. Italian. $$ SCOTT’S SEAFOOD ON THE RIVER Located in The Westin Sacramento, Scott’s has a patio and a view of the river. Breakfast dishes include crab cake Benedict, and lunch entrées range from petrale sole to a prawn Caesar salad. For dinner, splurge on a lobster tail or choose a more modestly priced grilled salmon. 4800 Riverside Blvd.; (916) 379-5959; scotts seafoodontheriver.com. B–L–D. Seafood. $$$–$$$$

MIDTOWN BEAST + BOUNTY The beating 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 thin, seductively charred pizza. 1701 R St.; (916) 244-4016; eatbeastandbounty.com. L–D–Br. American. $$$ 58 DEGREES & HOLDING CO. This wine bar showcases an astonishing number of wines by the glass— all available in 3- and 6-ounce pours. There’s also an abbreviated menu of small plates designed to complement and enhance the wines. 1217 18th St.; (916) 442-5858; 58degrees.com. L–D. Wine bar. $$ HAWKS PROVISIONS & PUBLIC HOUSE This gastropub is the latest offering from the owners of Granite Bay’s upscale Hawks. The food is beautifully executed, with dishes like country pate and baked rigatoni. Pastas are made in-house, and even the Wagyu burger is top-notch: it’s served on a house-made bun with hand-cut fries. In addition to the restaurant (the “public house”), there’s a shop next door serving coffee, pastries and sandwiches (the “provisions”). 1525 Alhambra Blvd.; (916) 588-4440; hawkspublichouse. com. L-D-Br. Mediterranean gastropub. $$$

Artisanal cheese plate from 58 Degrees & Holding Co. NASH & PROPER For description, see listing under Downtown. 9080 Laguna Main St.; (916) 897-8437; nashandproper.com. L. Fried chicken sandwiches and plates. $

FOLSOM BACK BISTRO A warm pocket of coziness and urban sophistication in a retail center, this place offers an appealing menu of casual nibbles and swankier entrées. But it’s the wine program that really knocks this charming little bistro out of the park. 230 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1201; (916) 986-9100; backbis tro.com. D. New American/Mediterranean. $$–$$$ CHICAGO FIRE Choose between thin-crust, deep-dish and stuffed crust for the pizzas that fly out of the kitchen of this busy restaurant. 310 Palladio Parkway; (916) 984-0140; chicagofire.com. L –D. Pizza. $ 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. $$$

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THE MIMOSA HOUSE For description, see listing under East Sacramento, 25075 Blue Ravine Road; (916) 293-9442; mimosahouse.com. B–L. American. $$ SCOTT’S SEAFOOD ROUNDHOUSE This restaurant offers a solid menu of delicious seafood, from crab cakes and calamari to roasted lobster tail. 824 Sutter St.; (916) 989-6711; scottsseafoodroundhouse. com. L–D. Seafood. $$$–$$$$ 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 This restaurant draws crowds looking for a great place to party on the water during warm weather months. The Cajun-inspired menu includes fish tacos and several fun entrées. 1375 Garden Highway; (916) 929-2268; saccraw dads.com. L–D–Br. Cajun/American. $$ THE VIRGIN STURGEON This quirky floating restaurant is the quintessential Sacramento River dining experience. Best known for its seafood, The Virgin Sturgeon also offers weekend brunch. 1577 Garden Highway; (916) 921-2694; thevirginstur geon.com. L–D–Br. Seafood/American. $$

GRANITE BAY HAWKS One of Placer County’s best restaurants, Hawks is known for its elegant cuisine and beautiful interior. Framed photos of farmscapes remind diners of owners Molly Hawks and Michael Fagnoni’s commitment to locally sourced ingredients. 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 CACIO This tiny restaurant has high-quality Italian comfort food, with an emphasis on pasta. Service

LOCALIS This upscale restaurant is a pleasant surprise. Localis (Latin for “local”) is a dinner-only restaurant with an inventive, prix-fixe menu of ingredient-driven dishes. Chef Christopher BarnumDann works with local farms to source most of the menu within 100 miles. 2031 S St.; (916) 737-7699; localissacramento.com. D. Californian. $$$–$$$$ LOWBRAU BIERHALLE This chic yet casual watering hole serves house-made sausages, duck fat fries and stand-out beers. Long communal tables make for a convivial experience. 1050 20th St.; (916) 706-2636; lowbrausacramento.com. L–D–Br. Beer hall. $ MULVANEY’S BUILDING & LOAN Distinctive and cozy, this topflight restaurant exudes the generous affability of its owner, chef Patrick Mulvaney. It’s housed in a brick firehouse from the late 1800s, and the lush patio is a popular spot. The menu changes frequently and is focused on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. 1215 19th St.; (916) 441-6022; mulvaneysbl.com. L–D. Californian. $$$ 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 RED RABBIT KITCHEN & BAR The menu is a playful jumble of dishes, some robustly American, others with an Asian, Latin or Mediterranean influence. 2718 J St.; (916) 706-2275; theredrabbit.net. L–D–Br. New American. $$ THE RIND At this cheese-centric bar, the menu includes variations on macaroni and cheese, cheese boards and creative grilled cheese sandwiches. 1801 L St.; (916) 441-7463; therindsacramento.com. L–D. American. $$ SACMAG.COM September 2022

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Dine SQUEEZE INN This fast-food place regularly tops polls for the best burger in town. 1630 K St.; (916) 492-2499; squeezeburger.com. L–D. Burgers. $ TANK HOUSE This midtown ’cue joint offers a limited menu of ribs, brisket and sides along with a thoughtful selection of craft beers. 1925 J St.; (916) 431-7199; tankhousebbq.com. L–D. Barbecue. $ TAPA THE WORLD The dark space is packed practically every night. The best seats are along the windows that look out onto J Street—perfect for peoplewatching as you savor classic tapas along with a Spanish cava or tempranillo from the lengthy, exciting wine list. 2115 J St.; (916) 442-4353; tapathe world.com. L–D. Spanish/tapas. $$ THE WATERBOY This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant produces perhaps the finest cooking in the region. Chef/owner Rick Mahan honors local farmers with his simply prepared, high-caliber food. You can’t go wrong if you order one of the salads, followed by the gnocchi, ravioli or a simple piece of fish, finished with butter and fresh herbs. You’ll also find French classics such as veal sweetbreads and pomme frites. 2000 Capitol Ave.; (916) 4989891; waterboyrestaurant.com. L–D. Mediterranean. $$$$ ZELDA’S ORIGINAL GOURMET PIZZA Zelda’s is legendary for the greatness of its pizza and its attitude. But that’s part of Zelda’s charm, along with the dingy atmosphere. It’s all about the food: old-school, Chicago-style deep-dish pizza that routinely wins “best pizza” in local polls. 1415 21st St.; (916) 447-1400; zeldasgourmetpizza.com. L–D. Pizza/Italian. $$ ZÓCALO This Mexican restaurant is one of the best places to while away an evening with friends over margaritas During warm months, the wraparound sidewalk patio is one of the most popular spots in town. 1801 Capitol Ave.; (916) 441-0303; zocalosac ramento.com. L–D–Br. Mexican. $$

OAK PARK FIXINS SOUL KITCHEN This bustling place, partly owned by former mayor Kevin Johnson, serves up friendly hospitality along with 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 Since opening in 1960, this has been Sacramento’s go-to restaurant for romantic atmosphere and historic charm. 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 special-occasion worthy, and the wine list represents more than 2,100 labels. 1112 Second St.; (916) 442-4772; firehouseoldsac.com. L–D. Californian/American. $$$$ PILOTHOUSE Housed in the history-steeped Delta King riverboat, this is one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. On Sundays, it puts on one of the prettiest champagne brunches around. 1000 Front St.; (916) 441-4440; deltaking.com. B–L–Br. American. $$–$$$

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PLACERVILLE HEYDAY CAFE The restaurant’s lunch menu offers salads, pizzas and sandwiches. Dinner entrées range from a coffee-glazed pork chop to citrus-marinated chicken. 325 Main St.; (530) 626-9700; heyday cafe.com. L–D. New American. $$–$$$ THE INDEPENDENT RESTAURANT AND BAR The atmosphere here is lively and convivial, both indoors and on the patio. The kitchen takes traditional dishes such as Southern fried chicken and gives them a twist. 629 Main St.; (530) 344-7645; independentplacerville.com. L–D. New American. $$–$$$

RANCHO CORDOVA CATTLEMENS This classic Western steakhouse serves up big slabs of prime rib, porterhouse, T-bone and cowboy steaks, plus all the trimmings: shrimp cocktail, loaded potato skins, deep-fried onions and more. 12409 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 985-3030; cattle mens.com. D. Steakhouse. $$$ J.J. PFISTER RESTAURANT & TASTING ROOM In addition to a tasting room where you can sample locally made premium gin, vodka and rum, this family-owned distillery also operates a restaurant serving lunch and dinner. The all-day menu features salads, sandwiches and tacos, along with the whimsical “Adult Lunchable”—an assortment of cheeses, deli meats and accompaniments. Desserts get the boozy treatment: Order cheesecake topped with bourbon caramel and whipped cream, or fudge clusters made with Pfister’s Navy Strength rum. 9819 Business Park Drive; (916) 672-9662; jjpfister. com. L–D. Casual American. $$

THE MIMOSA HOUSE For description, see listing under East Sacramento, 3155 Zinfandel Drive; (916) 970-1761 and 2180 Golden Centre Lane; (916) 8224145; mimosahouse.com. B–L. American. $$

ROSEVILLE CATTLEMENS This classic Western steakhouse serves up big slabs of prime rib, porterhouse, T-bone and cowboy steaks, plus all the trimmings: shrimp cocktail, loaded potato skins, deep-fried onions and more. 2000 Taylor Road; (916) 782-5587; cattlemens. com. D. Steakhouse. $$$ CHICAGO FIRE For description, see listing under “Folsom.” 500 N. Sunrise Ave.; (916) 771-2020; chi cagofire.com. L–D. Pizza. $ FAT’S ASIA BISTRO AND DIM SUM BAR For description, see listing under “Folsom.” 1500 Eureka Road; (916) 787-3287; fatsasiabistro.com. L–D. PanAsian. $$ 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; laprovence roseville.com. L–D–Br. French. $$$–$$$$ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 1565 Eureka Road; (916) 797-2112; mikunisushi.com. L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ THE MIMOSA HOUSE For description, see listing under East Sacramento, 761 Pleasant Grove Blvd.; (916) 784-1313; mimosahouse.com. B–L. American. $$

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(916) 485-7100; zinfandelgrille.com. L–D. New American. $$$

SOUTH SACRAMENTO LALO’S RESTAURANT If you’re craving real Mexican food, come here for the carne asada tacos or the moist pork tamales. Taco flavors range from grilled pork and beef tongue to buche (fried pork stomach); traditional Mexican sandwiches also are available. 5063 24th St.; (916) 736-2389. L–D. Mexican. $

SOUTHSIDE PARK BINCHOYAKI Small plates of grilled meats, fish and vegetables are the stars at this izakaya-style restaurant. But you can also order ramen, tempura and other Japanese favorites. 2226 10th St.; (916) 4699448; binchoyaki.com. L–D. Japanese. $$–$$$

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. $–$$ MOMO’S MEAT MARKET This family-run business serves simply first-rate barbecue, smoked over wood in huge drums in the parking lot. Sides include pepper Jack mac ’n cheese, cornbread and fried cabbage. 5780 Broadway; (916) 452-0202. L–D. Barbecue. $$

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French toast from Cafe Bernardo PAUL MARTIN’S AMERICAN BISTRO The bustling, comfortable restaurant is a local favorite. The kitchen offers a great list of small plates and robust, approachable entrees. 1455 Eureka Road; (916) 783-3600; paulmartinsamericangrill.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. $$ RUEN THAI Simple and serene, Ruen Thai is a family-owned restaurant that offers a surprisingly large selection of fresh-tasting food. Start with Ruen Thai rolls, crammed with noodles, tofu and carrots and dipped in peanut sauce. The roast duck curry is fabulous. Other winners include whole deep-fried fish and shredded green papaya salad. 1470 Eureka Road; (916) 774-1499; ruenthai.net. L-D. Thai. $ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE This swanky dinner house serves some of the tastiest meat in town. Expertly cooked steaks are seared at 1,800 degrees. Don’t miss the cowboy rib-eye or the fork-tender filet mignon. 1185 Galleria Blvd.; (916) 780-6910; ruthschris.com. D. Steakhouse. $$$$ THE MIMOSA HOUSE For description, see listing under “East Sacramento.” 761 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville; (916) 784-1313; mimosahouse.com. B–L–D. American. $$

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, cooked in a wood-burning oven, hearty sandwiches and burgers, and fresh salads. 2376 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 482-0708; et tores.com. B–L–D. Bakery/New American. $–$$ LEMON GRASS RESTAURANT More than 35 years ago, owner Mai Pham introduced regional Asian cooking to a timid Sacramento marketplace. Local tastes have grown more sophisticated since then. But Lemon Grass is still serving delicious, upscale Asian fare such as salad rolls, green curry and catfish in a clay pot. Everything tastes fresh, light and clean. 601 Munroe St.; (916) 486-4891; starginger. com. L-D. Pan-Asian. $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE For description, see listing under “Roseville.” 501 Pavilions Lane; (916) 286-2702; ruthschris.com. L (Fridays only)–D. Steakhouse. $$$$ WILDWOOD RESTAURANT & BAR This chic restaurant serves New American and global cuisine, with naan, ahi poke and rock shrimp risotto sharing the menu with an all-American burger. The spacious patio is a great place to grab a drink and listen to live music. 556 Pavilions Lane; (916) 922-2858; wildwoodpavil ions.com. L–D–Br. American/global fusion. $$$ ZINFANDEL GRILLE Open for more than two decades, Zinfandel Grille is an enduring dining favorite, serving wood-fired pizzas, pasta, fish and other Mediterranean entrées. 2384 Fair Oaks Blvd.;

DRAKE’S: THE BARN Located in a stunningly modern indoor-outdoor structure along the river, Drake’s serves excellent thin-crust pizzas, along with a few salads and appetizers. You can get table service indoors or on the patio. But if you prefer something more casual, grab a folding 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. $$ FRANQUETTE This French café is an open-all-day, drop-in-for-a-glass-of-wine kind of place. You can order a freshly baked croissant or tartine at breakfast, a salad, quiche or jambon sandwich on a baguette for lunch, and something a little more filling—say, duck meatballs or a crock of boeuf bourguignon—at dinner. It’s grandma food—or, in this case, grandmère food: warm and homey. 965 Bridge St.; hellofran quette.com. B-L-D. French. $$–$$$ VIENTIANE RESTAURANT This dynamic spot offers some dishes you might not find at other Thai restaurants, such as garlic quail, deep-fried and lavished with pepper and garlic. 1001 Jefferson Blvd.; (916) 373-1556. L–D. Thai/Laotian. $ Subscription rates: $19.95 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 2022 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 48, Number 9, September 2022. Sacramento Magazine (ISSN 0747-8712) is published monthly by Sacramento Media, LLC, 1610 R St., Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95811. 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

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