Streets of London Pub harks back to traditional London pubs with ice-cold pints and ample coverage of rugby and soccer. On the menu of hearty English fare, fries in the witness-protection program call themselves "chips" and lay low under toppings such as gravy, cheese and beans, or cheese and bacon, or pair up with fish in a platter of classic fish 'n' chips. The bangers-and-mash meal allows thick, juicy sausages to snuggle up on a hill of mashed potatoes. Along with food, the pub dishes out events; diners can throw back Guinnesses during weekly pub quizzes, compete for everlasting fame during monthly bingo tournaments, or stop in for Pint Night to enjoy pints on the outdoor patio.
The family-owned-and-operated Carol's Restaurant serves up delectable homemade comfort food in a comfy atmosphere for families. Creative twists adorn the classic diner dishes that populate the eatery's breakfast and lunch menu. Patiently lumbering at the stoop of digestive domiciles is an order of biscuits and gravy ($5.75, $3.50 half order), a savory, tangy Southern delight scientifically engineered to soak up last night's revelry or beer moat binge. Diversify your stomach portfolio with cosmopolitan egg scramblers such as the kielbasa-kicked Polish ($7.95) or the ground-beef-infused San Francisco Joe ($7.95). Each savory burger, including the bleu cheese ($8.25) or the avocado-wielding Cali Burger ($8.95), arrives fortified with your choice of sidekick such as fries, potato salad, macaroni salad, or teriyaki Dan Quayle.
Squeeze Inn's heaping, cheesy burgers have earned praise on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives and in numerous papers over the years. Cooks pile a third of a pound of cheese onto every burger—adding as much cheese as there is meat—and serve it steaming off the griddle. The menu teems with other hearty entrees, including rib-eye steak sandwiches, quarter-pound hot dogs, and toasted grilled-cheese sandwiches. Though its name comes from the fact that no more than 12 people could sit in its original building, the Squeeze Inn's location in West Sacramento boasts an expansive dining room with enough space to accommodate throngs of diners and the small ponies they rode to the restaurant on.
The bride stood under the photographer’s lights, resplendent in her wedding gown, as her family looked on from a distance. As she and her photographer, M. Chen, prepared for the shoot, she was handed a package—a prewedding gift from her soon-to-be husband. When she lifted the lid, she immediately burst into tears. Inside laid a photo of a great dane puppy—the dog she’d always wanted, which her husband planned to give her on their wedding day. As she ran to hug her mother, Mr. Chen ran after, shooting image after image, capturing the exact moment she fell into her mother’s arms. These quick reflexes have been honed through his nearly 30 years as a sports photographer and professional fly swatter, and he draws on photojournalistic techniques to compose a traditional portrait or snap once-in-a-lifetime, candid moments.
Regardless of specific approaches, he consistently draws from the landscape style of Ansel Adams and the dramatic lighting techniques of Monte Zucker. His work as a photojournalist and private portrait photographer has earned him more than 300 publications in the glossy pages of New York Daily News, Popular Photography, ESPN Magazine, and Professional Photographers of America magazine. When not snapping on-location engagement shoots, family portraits, or boudoir sessions, he passes on his technique through traveling photography seminars, hands-on workshops, and by gently tapping the heads of his students. Though formerly designed only for professional-level photographers, these classes instill confidence and camera basics in beginners. As he frequently finds new class examples and takes feedback from his students, Mr. Chen frequently fine-tunes the curriculum after each seminar.
Rivers Edge Cafe aims to put a spin on the traditional, Americana-steeped diner by creating a casual neighborhood eatery that serves slightly more imaginative versions of otherwise familiar comfort foods. Tempting diners with the opportunity to enjoy three meals a day, the chefs begin each morning by cooking a number of breakfast staples. Buttermilk pancakes and country fried steak are classics, but they also cook omelets using three farm-fresh eggs and everything from artichoke hearts and kalamata olives to smoked salmon and capers. They even update the traditional side of hash browns by creating a version stuffed with bacon, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. As the sun begins to set, the cafe serves its selection of hearty, home-style dinner entrees, including housemade meatloaf flavored with garlic, onions, and green bell peppers, and penne pasta tossed with crisp vegetables, shrimp, and a balsamic glaze.
Much like its menu, Rivers Edge Cafe's dining room exudes a decidedly casual vibe that is more reminiscent of a bistro than a diner. Gleaming wooden tables and low-backed booths fill the dark floors, which still manage to catch the light streaming through the walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. Tulip-shaped pendant lamps hang above a few of the tables, but, as night falls, the ceiling fans' lights help keep the space illuminated as they lazily spin above patrons' heads and keep guests cool as they sip on one of the available craft beers or wines imported from the future.