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Diner in disguise: Caffé Santoro cures the coffee shop blues

“So … do you know what business we’re in?” Caffé Santoro owner Ken Santoro asks. Without hesitation, after speaking to Ken for a few minutes, I answer ,“I would have to say the customer service business, Ken.” Yes they are, indeed, very customer-centric and locally minded, and Caffé Santoro’s staff show it in a number of ways. […]

Comments Off / October 26, 2011 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

Diner in disguise: Very special sushi

Popular opinion said most sushi restaurants draw mainly under-35 scenesters but that’s really not the case anymore. It may have been true in the ’90s but enjoying sushi is really a multi-generational thing nowadays. When we enter Twins Sushi at around noon we discover that only two tables were full, aside from us. The place […]

Comments Off / April 27, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns,Cameron Park Life | Read More »

Diner in disguise: Push those chips aside


I have no self-control when it comes to eating at Mexican restaurants. I order too much, sure, but my real issue is with the complimentary chips and salsa. It’s always there, tempting me to “gorge away” while I await my order. I try to resist, I truly do, but I always fail like the true […]

Comments Off / March 29, 2011 | Posted in Business,Cameron Park Life | Read More »

Diner in disguise: You’ve got to try Bubba’s burgers


Part of the fun in doing a monthly restaurant review is the hunt. I try to focus on locally owned, “ma and pa” type establishments because, in my humble opinion, in an increasingly homogenized world communities like Cameron Park/Shingle Springs that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character help not only the local economy but […]

Comments Off / February 23, 2011 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Commentary | Read More »

Diner in disguise / “Is Kobe here today?”


“Kobe beef” refers to cuts of beef from the black Tajima-ushi breed of Wagyu cattle, raised according to strict tradition. The meat is generally considered to be a delicacy, renowned for its flavor, tenderness and fatty, well-marbled texture. The last couple of years has seen this type of beef skyrocket in popularity. The cattle are […]

Comments Off / January 26, 2011 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Commentary | Read More »

Diner in disguise: Barbecue delight


Do you ever watch those barbecue competitions on television? Those folks are serious! Beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken, pork ribs … and the sides, although perhaps not as important, are still really important. I saw an episode once where two contestants almost came to blows over their cornbread. Everyone has his or her own version […]

Comments Off / December 28, 2010 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Commentary | Read More »

Diner in disguise: The great burrito


Breakfast. Breaking one’s fast. As your momma used to say, it’s “the most important meal of the day.” Why, exactly, is it the most important meal of the day? Oh I don’t know, it probably has something to do with calories and energy or something along those lines. It’s certainly the most satisfying meal of […]

Comments Off / December 02, 2010 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Commentary | Read More »

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