Interviews

New Japanese restaurant Aji Dori opens on R Street

06/13/19

New Japanese restaurant Aji Dori opens on R Street

Aji Dori, a new Japanese restaurant on R Street, will host its grand opening on Saturday, June 15, following a brief soft-launch phase.  This is take two for the team behind Takata-Ya, a fast-casual Japanese-Hawaiian spot that occupied the same spot, which also formerly housed Italian restaurant Amaro. Joining the ownership group is Russell Okubo, who previously served as executive chef of the Fat Family Restaurant Group before earning a reputation for elevating traditional Asian cuisine at his El Dorado Hills-based eatery Aji Japanese Bistro. The chef aims to bring a scaled-down, informal version of his suburban hot spot to downtown, focusing on an extensive lineup of Asian street food ("aji" translates to “taste” and "dori"...

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Elaine Welteroth

06/11/19

Elaine Welteroth

  YYour memoir comes out June 11. What was the inspiration behind the book’s title, More Than Enough? The inspiration for the title came when I was reflecting on this stat that I came across, that an American girl’s confidence peaks at age 9. It just made me wonder why that is, and I reflected on my own journey and how similar it is to so many other young women’s. You’re born into this world with this limitlessness. Anything is possible. But as years go by, the world chips away at that—it labels you and puts you in boxes: You’re not pretty enough. You’re not smart enough. You’re not successful enough. Not skinny enough. Not old enough. The list goes on and on. We create this culture where women are telling themselves that...

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The Fall & Rise of Hobo Johnson

06/07/19

The Fall & Rise of Hobo Johnson

OOne year and one month since Frank Lopes Jr.—better known by his stage name, Hobo Johnson—uploaded his “Peach Scone” video to YouTube in response to an open call from NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, the local poet-rapper is sitting on a large, well-worn couch amid the under-decorated ground floor of his apartment-cum-recording studio in downtown Sacramento at 10th and T streets, just a block from Old Ironsides, where he regularly performs. On this cool day in early April, wearing an oversize red hoodie emblazoned with the word “Portugal”—a call-out to a facet of his ethnic heritage—and sporting the black wisp of mustache that contributes to his man-child presence in so many Hobo Johnson videos, the musician finds himself smack...

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Shake Shack to open its first Sacramento location

06/07/19

Shake Shack to open its first Sacramento location

Sacramentans will soon be able to weigh in on the great “In-N-Out vs. Shake Shack” debate, when Shake Shack launches its first River City location at midtown’s Ice Blocks later this year or in early 2020. The wildly popular burger chain will inhabit a 3,645-square-foot, ground-floor space inside the complex's Ice Shed building at 17th and R (directly across the street from Beast & Bounty), which will include a large outdoor patio. It is expected to be the group's fourth Northern California location, following Palo Alto in December, Larkspur in Marin County in March, and San Francisco, whose new outpost is under construction in the Cow Hollow neighborhood. While chains have not typically fared well in downtown and midtown, Ice Blocks...

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Celebrate National Doughnut Day at these 8 sweet spots

06/06/19

Celebrate National Doughnut Day at these 8 sweet spots

From midtown's Milk Money to Folsom's BJ Cinnamon, which Yelp calls the best bakery in the country, here are eight sweet spots to hit up on Friday's National Doughnut Day (and beyond).  BAD Bakers         View this post on Instagram                   Tomorrow’s National Donut Day!!!!!!! 🍩😋 *** *** *** Make BAD BAKERS your holiday celebration stop! Slide thru with donut attire and receive a free donut with purchase. If you’re rocking the BAD gear receive a free Mini BAD Bundle with purchase (1 Donut & 5 piece of Spanish Rolls). ** ** Check out our New ALL BAD donut! Best of all donut worlds, flaky,...

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