Brooke Preston was eating a lot of protein. While training for a figure competition, the athlete found herself consuming upwards of three pounds of buffalo meat per day. Then she started to develop thyroid problems, and took a step back to evaluate her situation?and more specifically, her diet. She discovered the healing power of raw foods and a plant-based diet, and she soon recovered from her thyroid imbalance. Food had changed her life.
Ms. Preston has been a chef now for more than 20 years, and she's still as health-conscious as ever. The Green Boheme brings some of her most creative flavors to the public at large, with a focus on food that is organic, vegan, raw, gluten-free, and soy-free. The business dons many hats, such as a cafe serving the likes of vegan "meatloaf" and pizza and a cooking school that teaches visitors how to create nutrient-rich meals.
Watch this video to learn more about Chef Preston's food philosophy.
Every October, the quiet vegetables fields at Bastiao Farms come alive with the laughter and shrieks of the annual Halloween festival. On one side of the grounds, a motor-powered train makes its way through the haunted corn maze, a massive, growing labyrinth supplemented by three additional corn and hay-bale mazes plus a Halloween-themed pumpkin patch. In other areas of the grounds, children and adults alike can navigate historically engaging sights that include a one-room schoolhouse and a scaled-down Wild West town featuring wooden saloons, storefronts, inns, and a covered wagon that secretly dreams of becoming a hardtop.
Press your nose against the glass and try not to leave tongue prints as you browse gourmet chocolate creations ($20 per lb.) in all shapes, sizes, and combinations. Turtles hosts hunks of homemade fudgical bliss ($12 per lb.) that could please any pleasant sweet tooth or dark-side devourer, along with a wide selection of retro sweets and sugar-free candy ($22 per lb.). Load up on treats and dumptruck them onto an iceberg of Dreyer’s ice cream ($2.50 and up) titanic enough to sink any ocean liner.
It's not hard to find an owner of Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op?odds are you can just walk in and point a finger. More than 12,000 people hold shares at the community-owned store, which has been open since 1973. The co-op's owners are unified by an interest in the central goals and standards: choosing local and natural foods high in quality, with a focus on seasonal and organic products.
To that end, the team at Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op works with more than 100 local farmers, growers, and food producers, and the fruits of these partnerships line the aisles. Depending on the season, the produce section might house might house potatoes from Full Belly Farm or kale from Terra Firma Farm in Winters, while other departments stock cage-free poultry, bulk grains, and craft beers.
Win her over on your next dinner date — Italian Importing Co. is an ideal date spot for those who heart Italian cuisine.
Put the diet on pause when you visit Italian Importing Co. — there are no low-fat menu items.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and Italian Importing Co. has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Italian Importing Co.'s outdoor patio seating.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Italian Importing Co. can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Italian Importing Co.'s moderately priced fare.
At Sizzling Wok, chefs wield fiery-hot woks chock-full of stir-fry dishes from a menu of Chinese specialties such as peking pork, chow mein, and kung pao chicken. Combination plates grant the power of choice to hunger-havers, helping them pack plates with their choice of two stir-fry entrees, chow mein, fried rice, and a crispy fried drumstick ($7.99). Sizzling Wok's cooks learn to juggle up to two quarts of tender chicken breasts, aromatic spices, and crisp vegetables, which they toss into piping-hot woks for dishes such as the peanut- and jalapeño-laced kung pao chicken ($5.99/pt.). Pan-fried pot stickers burst with a filling of tasty meat and vegetables ($3.99 for six) and, when paired with fried tempura shrimp ($4.99 for six), demolish international side-dish-specific cravings.