Articles by Steph Rodriguez

The Burger Battle winner is …

The savory aroma of grilled beef and puffs of white smoke from massive barbecue rigs took over Drake’s Barn in West Sacramento last Thursday. It…


Review: Treat yourself

For years, my father worked graveyard shifts at a shingle plant in Shafter, a small town in Kern County. He slept while my brother and…


Review: Mariachis and Micheladas

Lively violins follow along to the thumping rhythms coming from a large acoustic bass and an upbeat Spanish chorus as four men dressed in traditional,…


What’s new, cannabis?

Proposed legislation at the state Capitol and Capitol Hill could make changes, big and small, in the cannabis industry. There is a lot going on…


Brewing change

Despite persistent stereotypes, women are crafting their course in the local beer scene Dressed in maroon overalls and work boots, the head brewer of Crooked Lane…