Sacramento Archive

  • LET’S TALK SUSHI / 4,000 restaurants, so little time

    LET’S TALK SUSHI / 4,000 restaurants, so little time

    By Larry Levine – Ask someone in California to recommend a sushi restaurant and the reaction is likely to be akin to asking for a barbecue recommendation in Texas. Virtually everyone has a favorite. For some people it’s serial favorites. I remember a time many years ago, when a friend recommended that I try a […]

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  • WHERE TO EAT IN L.A. / what our readers have to say

    WHERE TO EAT IN L.A. / what our readers have to say

    By Larry Levine – Ask 10 people in to name their favorite restaurant for a celebration dinner and you’ll get at least 20 recommendations. Big city or small town, west coast, east coast or in the middle, people everywhere will be passionate about the places they like to eat. Tell someone where you get your […]

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  • A 50-YEAR LOVE AFFAIR WITH SACRAMENTO / it’s the restaurants and so much more

    A 50-YEAR LOVE AFFAIR WITH SACRAMENTO / it’s the restaurants and so much more

    By Larry Levine – An electric ballet of lightning bolts leaped across the Northern California sky as I motored north through Stockton on Highway 99. The heat of an August afternoon had given way to a warm evening before I put the top down on my 1964 Pontiac Lemans and left L.A. bound for Sacramento […]

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  • THE TWO-PART SECRET TO A GOOD STEAK / on the grill, in the broiler, or at a steakhouse

    THE TWO-PART SECRET TO A GOOD STEAK / on the grill, in the broiler, or at a steakhouse

    By Larry Levine – There’s a secret to a good steak: 1) Buy a great piece of meat, and 2) don’t mess it up. Number 1 isn’t difficult – expensive, but not difficult. It starts with “know your butcher and don’t be afraid to ask for advice.” And make sure the meat is USDA prime, […]

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  • SIDE-BY-SIDE THEY DISTINGUISH THE SACRAMENTO DINING SCENE / Farm-to-table and barbecue

    SIDE-BY-SIDE THEY DISTINGUISH THE SACRAMENTO DINING SCENE / Farm-to-table and barbecue

    By Larry Sheingold – Sacramento is justifiably proud of its blossoming farm to fork movement. Farmers’ markets are thriving, even in the winter, and more and more local chefs are celebrating their use of locally grown produce. Mother, a vegetarian restaurant featuring local produce, has just opened downtown to excellent reviews. Last year’s festival showcasing […]

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  • 15 TOP PICKS BY READERS IN 2012

    15 TOP PICKS BY READERS IN 2012

    By Larry Levine – Can you name 132 countries? I can’t. I tried it recently and topped out somewhere in the mid-80s. The venture was precipitated by information that came to me by way of Google Analytics: The online food magazine you currently are reading has been read in 132 countries and on every continent. […]

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  • A TACO TRIBUTE / at Chando’s the good old days are now

    A TACO TRIBUTE / at Chando’s the good old days are now

    By Larry Sheingold – You don’t know how good you have it – a phrase customarily reserved for the walking-to-school-in-the-snow saga. Or for grumbling about the primitive old days of one coffee flavor, three channels and no ringtone options. You know. Those dark ages before we figured out how to repurpose, speak volumes, reach whole […]

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  • MEMORY LANE / where old favorite restaurants go to retire

    MEMORY LANE / where old favorite restaurants go to retire

    By Larry Levine – Jonathan Gold’s excellent ode to Campanile in the L.A. Times food pages (Saturday, September 29, 2012) was enough to launch a trip down memory lane. Gold’s piece is warm, touching and human. Campanile, which will close later this year, clearly played an important role in his personal and his professional life […]

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  • A VEGAN IN A WORLD OF OMNIVORES

    A VEGAN IN A WORLD OF OMNIVORES

    By Pam Giarrizzo – Eating in restaurants used to be so much simpler. Back in the day, I’d look at the menu and try to decide between the rib-eye steak and the grilled pork chop, between the linguine with prawns and the lasagna with Italian sausage. But about nine and a half years ago, I […]

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  • MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THESE / 12 memorable meals from the year gone by

    MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THESE / 12 memorable meals from the year gone by

    By Larry Levine – “You’re lucky, eating so many great meals in great restaurants.” I hear statements like that frequently from people who assume I created a restaurant web site (atLarrys.com) and this online food magazine as an excuse to eat great meals in great restaurants. They have it backwards; the great meals in great […]

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