For decades, California’s small farmers, fishers and purveyors of artisanal foods have had no better champion than Alice Waters, the much-honored chef, restaurateur, food activist and cookbook author who opened her legendary Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley in 1971. It’s generally agreed that she has redefined our approach to what we eat, where we source it and how we cook it. Fittingly, she is widely known as “the mother of American food.”

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Talk about your ash heap of history: A late Oroville man’s ashtray collection charts the erstwhile popularity of smoking in the U.S.
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Picture the Blue Ridge Parkway as a crooked spine running through the Appalachian Mountains. Government stewardship of public lands is splashed across the map in confusing variety – a national park at either end, national forests, historic sites, monuments and state parks along its 469 miles.
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Celebrate two varieties of salsa – the dance and the sauce – at the seventh annual Redwood City Salsa Festival on Saturday.
I recently checked in to an Econo Lodge in Aurora, Colo. I paid for a one-night stay for a Stay, Park and Fly package. All parking spots were taken, so I went in and told a hotel employee that there were no more parking spaces, and asked if I could leave my car at the curb on the side of the hotel. I was told “yes.”
Chando Madrigal showing a pot of just grilled carne asada, chorizos and vegetables in his Rio Linda backyard on Tuesday, April 24, 2013.
These days, Lisandro “Chando” Madrigal, 34, is one of the kings of the local taco game, drawing crowds to his two locations of Chando’s Tacos, going mobile with a high-end food truck and prepping to open a third location in Roseville next month. He also has a phone app for ordering that allows savvy foodies to avoid the long lines. Recently, Chando’s got some attention when it won raves in a national burrito showdown run by journalist-statistician Nate Silver on his website and blog fivethirtyeight.com.

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NEED A CHANGE OF SCENERY?

As lovely as Sacramento and environs may be, brimming with boundless leisure-time pursuits, sometimes you've just got to get away. Check out these short trips from Sacramento:

Less obvious spots worth visiting in Bay Area
Head to Tahoe for high-elevation hiking
Gold Country offers history, views, wine
North Coast: Get really mellow or adventuresome
In Marin and Sonoma, quaint towns, unique spots
Napa Valley: Wine, music, ghosts and a castle
Weird, wild, wonderful Southern California

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For decades, California’s small farmers, fishers and purveyors of artisanal foods have had no better champion than Alice Waters, the much-honored chef, restaurateur, food activist and cookbook author who opened her legendary Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley in 1971. It’s generally agreed that she has redefined our approach to what we eat, where we source it and how we cook it. Fittingly, she is widely known as “the mother of American food.”

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This restored and lively Victorian is part of today’s Sacramento Old City Association tour.

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As part of Sacramento’s Farm to Fork week, the California Auto Museum, Hops to Table magazine and Dad’s Kitchen are hosting a beer-tasting event – the Sacramento Fresh Hops Beer Fest – featuring the offerings of more than 25 breweries, many of them from the Sacramento Valley.

A visit from a dog, cat or other pet can make a bad day disappear. That’s especially true if you are a resident in a nursing home or a patient in a hospital. The experience of visiting with a therapy pet can soothe frazzled nerves, revive dormant memories and bring smiles and laughter in places where those things are often in short supply.

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The Sacramento Theatre Company and the Sacramento Public Library are teaming up for a celebration of Banned Book Week, with a Tuesday performance of scenes from the theater troupe’s upcoming presentation of “The Grapes of Wrath.”

This easy and unusual recipe comes from “Taste of Home’s 2004 Quick Cooking Annual Recipes”

DEAR CAROLYN: My husband has a sister with what seems to be a severe mood disorder. She will appear to be doing fine, then out of nowhere explode and scream at the top of her lungs at anyone. Their parents seem to brush it off, like nothing is happening, but I worry about the image this sends to my young son. It will never be appropriate for him to yell, especially at his family; why can his aunt do it?

The Stanford University Patient Education Center and Dignity Health’s 6-part workshop is designed to support caregivers of individuals suffering from any form of memory impairment. 9:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays. Pre-registration required. 9:30 a.m. Maidu Community Center and Library, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville. Free. 916-851-2793.

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