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Dine like a King on a budget - In this, the third monthly installment of dining bargains, I'm going to show you how to eat better than the NBA's probable rookie of the year, even if you make $3.59 mil less. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Matteo’s Pizza & Bistro: Carmichael pies - Matteo’s is molto bene. Like OneSpeed in East Sacramento, the Carmichael eatery pitches itself as primarily a pizza place. Like OneSpeed, it’s a lot more. And a primary reason is the gifted owner and chef. In Matteo’s case, that is Matt Woolston, head honcho along with his wife, Yvette, at the Supper Club on Del Paso Boulevard. Before that, Woolston had a 12-year stint as executive chef for David Berkley. Greg Lucas in the Sac News and Review.

They're Baaack! Burgers and Pizza, That Is - So when culinary historians look back on this time, they may well dub it the Burger-Pizza Era. And we’ll all look back on it fondly, no doubt. In the meantime, here’s a look at 10 of the best burgers, and an equal number of the best pizzas, to be found in the Sacramento region. Kira O-Donnell in Sac Mag.

The Dollar-Wise Gourmet: Frugal Eats for Furlough Fridays - Eating all Furlough Friday long for only $21.50. Cathy Cassinos-Carr in Sac Mag.

Ask Sac Mag: I want to become a food writer. Any advice? - According to local food blogger Hank Shaw, the best way to get started is—you guessed it—to start a blog. “It’s the easiest way, because you can generate your own clips,” says Shaw. Well, it’s certainly worked for him: Shaw’s Hunter Angler Gardener Cook (honest-food.net) was nominated for best food blog by the James Beard Foundation in 2009, and he recently signed a book deal. Q & A in Sac Mag.

Elks Building may become scenic lounge -  Momentum is building to open a new "Top of the Town" lounge on the upper two floors of downtown's historic Elks Building. Bob Shallit in the Sac Bee.

Change of pace - Goodbye, Gaylord. Hello, Bistro Michel. In March, the former Gaylord India restaurant space at 14th and O streets will become a cafe serving "California cuisine in the French style, with a little Asian flair," says Richard Macias, a partner in the new venture. Bob Shallit in the Sac Bee.

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