October 29, 2009

Chico: Upper Crust

5 North

Upper Crust  130 Main St., (530) 895-3866. B-L daily; $. Delicious sandwiches, salads, and soups are made from scratch at this friendly spot. When available, the club sandwich special made with garlicky aioli sauce and honey oat bread is a must. Plus, a case loaded with pastries, cupcakes, and sometimes even a salad plate-sized, vanilla-frosted snickerdoodle cookie--not to mention a selection of coffees--are also options. All this and attractive local art on the walls, too.

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October 24, 2009

Nevada City: Sopa Thai Cuisine

Highway 49--Gold Rush Country

Sopa Thai Cuisine  312-316 Commercial St., (530) 470-0101. L-D daily; $$. Situated within a vintage Gold Rush building with narrow iron shutters and interior natural brick walls, this restive retreat features a comfortable Thai ambiance. Seating in one dining room is at tables and wall benches softened with traditional cushions, and in another is on floor cushions with a hole under the table to dangle legs. In good weather, the back patio and deck are choice; a wood sluice gravity fountain adds soothing sounds. Cuisine is a simpler, toned-down version of Thai classics, and you can sub veggies, meat, tofu, or seafood into any dish.

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October 3, 2009

Where to go leaf peeping

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photography copyright 2009 Jared Smith