Last April, Thomas’ bakery introduced limited-edition offerings of maple french toast-flavored bagels and cinnamon-vanilla English muffins, which were available until earlier this month. They were especially tasty when toasted, of course, filling the kitchen with the scents of maple and vanilla.

Sure, there’s plenty of good pizza in restaurants around town, but lovers of Italian cuisine can go beyond that staple and into more interesting fare at Festa Italiana. Heap your plates with Italian sausage and meatballs, pasta, chicken Parmesan, calamari, cannoli, gelato and much more.

Laina Rose stands just over 5 feet tall and carries a 30-pound backpack. Since starting her journey April 1, she has bushwhacked, post-holed and climbed more than 1,200 miles.

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Laina Rose, a 17-year-old young woman from Redding, has hiked - alone - a good portion of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail and says she wants to complete the trek. It’s a big challenge even for people with more experience and hikers who set out with companions, let alone a person not yet in college. What do you think, is such an adventure a good idea?

Let’s raise a glass and think pink. The sweltering days of summer have arrived, but it’s the opportune time to sample rosé. While these colorful wines may have once been sniffed at by certain circles of wine snobs, rosé has enjoyed a renaissance due to their food friendliness and refreshing character, especially when sipping on a warm day.

My annual sampling of summertime reading appeared in this space June 24, with this introduction: “Summer means travel, relaxation and the companionship of a can’t-put-it-down book or two, or more likely several.” The key word here is several, as my inventory of worthwhile page-turners – both fiction and nonfiction – continues to grow. Look at this as Part 2 and counting.

What to do with all those tomatoes? Can, freeze, roast, pickle, dry – and enjoy.

Learn how to make Thai food at Food Co-op.

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Does anyone have the recipe for the reddish-brown enchilada sauce served at Theresa’s Mexican Restaurant? It was delicious. Her family-run restaurant was very popular with the media and the old Kings players. Her restaurant was first located on Northgate Boulevard in Natomas. She then moved to an old Chinese restaurant in North Sacramento on El Camino.

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The first time I tasted South African chenin blancs I was unimpressed. “A spotty lot,” my tasting notes from 1994 called them.

It was probably 15 years ago that I discovered the magic that is a nearly empty jar of jam.

Courtland’s favorite fruit takes center stage Sunday.

Upcoming fundraising events include a golf ball drop and an Aggie wine-pairing.

In terms of flavor and texture, it’s hard to beat a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, reportedly one of the nation’s most popular sandwiches. Trouble is, it’s not exactly filling.

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It was just so goofy, I had to try it.

My sister has a darling golden retriever and we share a house with a large yard. I mostly work from home, and I like to decompress by going for fast-paced walks. Sis often asks if I’ll take him along. I love the dog, but he’s a sniffer, doesn’t like a fast-paced walk, and frankly, the walk is for me, not him.

Pinot grigio, also known as pinot gris, is rare among wines in that it can draw upon the traditions and romance of two wine countries to sell itself – Italy and France.

Jason Poole received the go-ahead to open Preservation & Co.’s retail shop starting Thursday.

William T. Vollmann is most relaxed when he’s in residence at his writing studio, a former Mexican restaurant in Sacramento’s Alkali Flat neighborhood. The walls are plastered with his paintings and wood block prints, and with dramatic pictures he’s shot during decades of global research for his eclectic, multi-award-winning body of nonfiction and fiction.

Anyone who procrastinated more than a few minutes to buy tickets for the Sept. 28 gala dinner on the Tower Bridge is out of luck. All tickets for the $175-per-head dinner were gobbled up once they went on sale at 10 a.m. today.

Adam Levine, 35, said “I do” to marrying his model fiancée Behati Prinsloo, 25, in a wedding ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on July 19. It was officiated by Levine’s longtime friend Jonah Hill. E! Online has the details.

Little family-owned artisan creamery near Tomales is making a big name for itself with hand-crafted Fat Bottom Girl.

They may look like toasters on wheels, but Airstreams have a retro appeal. Now, you can stay in them without having to drive the thing.

I am writing to you for advice and help regarding a most frustrating experience with booking award travel and the resulting confusion and lack of help from United Airlines.

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