WRITTEN BY NATASHA BOURLIN

7 tips for turning an urban area into a garden oasis.

Spring has sprung, and you’re itching to get your green thumb into some dirt, but perhaps your spatial situation isn’t conducive to your gardening goals.

Fear not: If you have a wall or eave, or just a minimal amount of space, outdoors or in, you too can plant things this spring. Small spaces actually can be great for growing a multitude of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and even fruits, as they’re generally easy to maintain. Imagine getting all of your weeding and watering done simply by standing and spinning in a slow circle.

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Read more: Grow Big Flavors in Small Spaces

WRITTEN BY STEPH RODRIGUEZ

Sacramento’s Mediterranean climate makes for such a long growing season when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables sewn throughout the region. For Daylin Wade, a farmer and herbalist with Riverhill Farm in Nevada City, working the soil and watching plants grow is the heart of her life’s work, and she happily shares her wealth of knowledge during the various classes she teaches on gardening and medicinal herbs at Soil Born Farms in Rancho Cordova.

“I enjoy being outdoors and being able to grow food that is of high quality, and just seeing the whole process through from planting a seed to harvesting the vegetable and eating it,” Wade says.

Read more: How to plant an edible garden at home

WRITTEN BY JORDAN VENEMA

Photos by Jana Hendler Photography

When it comes to breakfast, there is next to nothing in this world that will distract me from my syrup-drenched pancakes … but then, I’ve never before been to a drag show over brunch.

On Sun., March 4, Sacramento’s Grand Ballroom will transform into the Glam Ballroom for the LGBT Community Center’s 6th annual Mama’s Makin’ Bacon, which goes to show some people really know how to raise money for a good cause.

“We’ve got Sacramento’s premier drag performers,” says Patrick Harbison, board member of the LGBT Community Center and the event’s emcee.

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The 2017 Mama’s Makin’ Bacon Drag Brunch. From left, Glenda Corcoran, George Raya, Ted Lindstrom, Carlos Marquez, Alison Hastings, Mae Moua, Tre Borden, Brett Anderson, Johnathan Cameron, Paul Domemoore Crouch, Natalie Fujikawa, David Heitstuman and Patrick Harbison at the Grand Ballroom

Read more: The Mama’s Makin’ Bacon Drag Brunch is back!

Our favorite time of year in Amador Wine Country.

WRITTEN BY JACK GORMAN

Photos courtesy of Amador Vintners Association

Winter provides a bit of a lull for those of us in the wine industry. Vines fall into a dormant state, conserving energy and resources for the long winter days. Cellar workers quietly monitor the precious nectar of the gods they put into barrels after last year’s harvest. The air is still and quiet, and many winemakers and grape growers, like their vines, use the time to recharge in preparation for the upcoming growing season.

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Amador County grapevines taking a winter break

 

Read more: A look Behind the Cellar Door

Throw your diets out the window – at least through Jan. 21 – because Dine Downtown is back!

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Sacramento’s favorite culinary celebration returns for its 13th year with more than 30 of Downtown and Midtown’s top restaurants offering special 3-course menus for just $35.

Read more: Dine Downtown Restaurant Week is Back!

Written by Steph Rodriguez

Cozy up with a hot toddy

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Karina Martinez’ original, award-winning recipe, the Mad King Charles, served to judges at the 2012 Hot Toddy Competition at Golden Bear where she took No. 1. Photo courtesy of Karina Martinez

A seasonal adult beverage that warms the bones and comforts the soul is the classic hot toddy. Designed to take away the aches of the cold season, this traditional beverage dates as far back as the 17th century when liquor, water, herbs, and spices were combined and served hot.

 

Read more: ’Tis the Season for Imbibing

Written by Naomi Jimison
Photos courtesy of Dry Diggings Distillery

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Dry Diggings is an El Dorado Hills-based distillery that digs deep into California history for Gold Rush twists on traditional spirits like whiskey, vodka, gin, brandy, and bourbon. Travel back in time to the mother lode-inspired tasting room with wood-paneled walls from the 1860s, a four-by-five-foot photo of Placerville’s Main Street in 1866, a street-scene room leading to the saloon-styled bar, and the Victorian-parloresque area filled with bottled spirits all made with locally sourced ingredients.

 

Read more: Go Back to the Gold Rush at Dry Diggings Distillery

How do you get inspired? Do you spend time with family, friends, and like-minded people? Do you head out into nature, finding inspiration in the beauty that surrounds us? Do you educate yourself — learn something new to keep your mind fresh and active?

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Read more: Rejuvenate Your Mind and Body at Granlibakken’s Wellness Weekend 2017

WRITTEN BY STEPH RODRIGUEZ 

A Mexican-born holiday that’s rooted in tradition, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a two-day celebration that takes place on November 1 and 2 during which family members honor and remember the lives of loved ones who’ve passed.

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Read more: Sacramento Celebrates Dia de Los Muertos

WRITTEN BY BRANDON DARNELL
PHOTOS BY OCTAVIO VALENCIA

This year marks the fifth annual Farm-to-Fork Celebration in Sacramento, and it’s on track to be the best one yet.

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Read more: Get a Taste of Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Bounty

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