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Inside the
November 2012





sactown mag oct nov asian food guideThe Ultimate Guide to Asian Food
The diversity of Asian cuisine in Sacramento is staggering, but finding the best stuff can be tough and, frankly, sometimes intimidating for the uninitiated. So we fanned out far and wide, dutifully eating, drinking, slurping and shopping our way through neighborhoods across the region to bring you some of the best non-Western treats this side of the Pacific Rim. So whether you’re in the mood for baos, banchan or banh mi, get ready for some seriously good Far East eats.


sactown mag oct nov deja brewDéjà Brew
Sacramento was once the beer-making capital of the West and the largest hop-growing region in America. Here’s how a Princeton architecture major, the grandson of a U.S. Secretary of Defense, a world-renowned grocer and a man called the “Pope of Foam” created what may be Sacramento’s most authentically local beer in almost a century.



Sacramento’s grandest historic hotel has been lost for decades. But with a new owner taking over, now is the time to reclaim a key part of our civic narrative. Sometimes you need to look
backward to move forward.


sactown mag oct nov riverfront qa Riverfront Q&A
Among the ranks of weekend warriors, Lester Holt has few equals. As anchor of Friday evening’s Dateline, as well as Nightly News and the Today show on Saturdays and Sundays, the indefatigable NBC newsman proves why he’s earned the nickname “Iron Pants.” With the 2012 presidential election coming up on Nov. 6, Holt—who grew up in Rancho Cordova and attended Sacramento State—talks about covering politics, cutting his journalistic teeth as a cub reporter for KCRA and KRAK, and kicking serious butt in bubble soccer.


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He was a principal dancer for the Boston Ballet, he choreographed the first American ballet in China, and he
has performed with the legendary Rudolf Nureyev. On the verge of his 25th anniversary at the helm of the Sacramento Ballet, Ron Cunningham has his own Cinderella story to tell.


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The midtown hot spot Zocalo is exporting its high-end
Mexican menu and eclectic, artful design style into a
Roseville space where another south-of-the-border
restaurant bit the dust last year. Will the second time
be the charm? It sure looks—and tastes—like it.


sactown oct nov why not here

Why Not Here?

Hot air balloon festivals are hot. Festivals from reno to russia are drawing huge crowds every year, and for good reason. Balloons paint the sky with vibrant shapes and colors, like fireworks during daylight. But with the closest festival nearly 70 miles away, and a major metro population center here in sacramento, the sky’s the limit.