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The Rebirth of Cool

The late, great Nut Tree restaurant in Vacaville is one of the most storied restaurants in Northern California history. And, as it turns out, it was designed by a bunch of Sacramentans. Let’s bring it back.

Q&A with Sacramento Food Bank CEO Blake Young

During Covid, food insecurity has emerged as a full-blown crisis within a crisis. Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks, estimates that one in six people will face hunger as a result of the pandemic. Given that, unsurprisingly, the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services has seen the number of individuals it serves almost double since the start of the coronavirus epidemic. A year after Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency to fight the viral outbreak, we check in with  Blake Young, the nonprofit’s long time president and CEO, to learn how his organization has been navigating the challenges of Covid-19, how it’s expanding to meet a growing need, and what we can do to help (hint: it’s not by donating food).

10 Cool Winter Hikes

Most of us think of hiking as a fair-weather endeavor, but this winter, the best—and safest—cure for your pandemic-induced cabin fever might just be an unseasonable expedition into the great outdoors. Luckily, our region’s topographical riches and relatively temperate temperatures (even in the dead of January) mean there’s something for every kind of cold-season walker, whether you’re an indoorsy urbanite jonesing for a riverside stroll, a history buff in search of a summit view, or an adventurous ambler looking for a snow day. To help us answer the call of the wild, Sactown’s resident hiking expert has rounded up a dectet of soul-warming treks around town. Now’s the perfect time to walk a mile (or 2 or 10) in her shoes.

Choco Loco

“It’s like a symphony in your mouth.” That is how Ahmed Eita, head pastry chef and owner of Rick’s Dessert Diner, describes his Chocolate Indulgence Torte, which has been on the midtown dessert destination’s menu since 2005. Indeed, each bite…

Happy 101

Sacramento State’s first-ever professor of happiness unlocks the mysteries surrounding what is arguably the holy grail of human emotion. As Prof. Meliksah Demir explains, the path to joy is a winding road and the journey requires a bit of effort, but in the end, we all have the tools we need to find our happy place.

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