Author: Bryan Cole

Winter Rice Fields in Northern California

Winter Rice Fields in Northern California

California’s 550,000 acres of rice ground doubles as a winter habitat for millions of migratory birds and other wildlife. Driving around the YOLO causeway yesterday at sunset, the flooded rice fields were like art. For photographers like me, it’s an excellent time to view millions […]

Folsom’s Rainbow Bridge Celebrates 100

Folsom’s Rainbow Bridge Celebrates 100

  When I moved to the Sacramento area two years ago, one of the areas that really caught my interest was the Folsom area. It is steeped in history and the architecture of the old historic downtown is quite beautiful and always beckons me back. […]

Year Of The Pig

Year Of The Pig

Chinatown is such a remarkable and magical place for me. Growing up here in Northern California and attending University just across the bay from San Francisco _ this is where I discovered dim sum, tasted incredible birthday cakes from the best bakeries, and learned to […]

Artisan Noodle Maker in Oakland, CA

Artisan Noodle Maker in Oakland, CA

In West Oakland, Koichi Ishii does something few other chefs in the United States can. In the very early morning hours he is in a small glass enclosed room in his restaurant making soba by hand. [dropcap]The tradition of eating soba originates from the Tokugawa […]

Tower Bridge Of Sacramento

Tower Bridge Of Sacramento

As a kid growing up in the area, I remember the bridge was painted with a silver aluminum paint – but was given this new paint job in 2001. The Tower Bridge replaced the 1911 M Street Bridge in Sacramento, which was originally a “swing […]