Earth & Vine Provisions' signature collection yokes together a dozen of the company's best-selling gourmet jams, sauces, and condiments, which are crafted from natural ingredients with an emphasis on California-grown produce and creative flavor pairings. Autumnal treats such as mandarin-pumpkin marmalade open up new possibilities for biscuits and toast, whereas tangerine-habanero mustard gives sandwiches the courage to bite back. Pineapple-sake teriyaki marinade enhances fish, steak, chicken, or pork with a complex flavor profile, and banana-rum-pineapple jam works well as an ingredient in muffins or as means for eliciting gossip from monkeys.
Grapes hang heavy from the vines on trellises scattered across 20 acres of the rolling Lincoln Hills. The fruit, tended by Wise Villa Winery's oenophiles, yield awards, including a prestigious honor from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Owner and winemaker Dr. Grover Lee draws on viticulture training while producing single-variety and blended wines or doing the crossword in the Grapes Aficionado Quarterly. Within the winery, the tasting room fills with the sound of clinking glasses as patrons sample various award winners, such as the Pinot Noir Rose. The winery also arranges frequent events, including live music on Fridays, grape-stomping parties, and reservation-only pairing dinners at its bistro.
With dozens of locations sprinkled around the sunshine state, California Sun makes it easy for tanners to bronze without fear of sunburn. As sunless bathers daydream within two levels of Ergoline beds, melanin rises to the skin's surface at the beck and call of a high-pressure cooling system or adjustable face tanners, leaving bodies with a golden glow in just 10–12 minutes. For those who prefer the misty kiss of a sunless spray tan, formulas by VersaSpa, Mystic Tan, or Norvell grace guests with new shades that can last from four to seven days and won't leave skin looking unnaturally orange or supernaturally blue.
Slot cars had their heyday in the 1960s, when some 3,000 public tracks hosted races throughout the United States. Fast Track Hobbies keeps the tradition alive today with two signature courses and a fully stocked parts counter. Holding races every Saturday evening, the store saw the rise of local stock-car prodigy Justin Colvin, who took home two USRA championships this past year. In addition to slot cars, Fast Track offers a full range of R/C gear, Pinewood Derby kits, models, and rockets for trading baseball cards with Mars.
Yakety Yak Wireless specializes in cell phones. The shop stocks new and used models from brands such as Verizon, Samsung and Apple; the technicians inside it, meanwhile, can draw on more than two decades of combined experience to fix old phones. Their repairs address problems from cracked screens and water damage to faulty sensors and speakers that blast the chicken dance during important calls. Yakety Yak Wireless also vends accessories such as cases and earbuds.
From its first-floor roost inside the ritzy Mercedes-Benz auto dealership, Bistro 33 Rocklin pleases palates with a mouthwatering menu stocked full of savory small plates and gourmet salads buttressed by a cornucopian drink selection. Share small plates with friends, filling mouths with grilled pancetta prawns ($11.95) and white-bean-and-artichoke dip ($7.95) to fuel debates over the efficiency of 18th-century hybrid vehicles. A triumvirate of spicy buffalo chicken, toasted walnuts, and crisp romaine lettuce join forces with crumbled blue cheese to form hunger-halting Oregon blue cheese salads ($8.95–$12.95). Appease appetites with ginger-cream-drizzled pan-roasted salmon ($21.95), or Kobe-beef meatballs ($19.95) that enliven incisors with an elation they haven't felt since they were spared by the tooth fairy.