Desiree Gonzalez

Desiree Gonzalez

Desiree Gonzalez is an author and a mother of two in Chico.

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    Be the Change: Allie Boyer – A Passion For Primates

    Most kids have a favorite type of animal. Some are dog people, some are cat people. Others are, well, orangutan people. By the age of 7, Chico teen Allie Boyer knew she had a passion for hairy red apes. In elementary school, Allie discovered that palm oil plantations and deforestation harmed orangutan habitats, and this spurred her passion for … [Read more...]

    Localicious: Incredibly Edible Egg Mclovins Are Something To Cluck About

    The 1980s jingle “I love eggs … from my head down to my legs …” runs through my head every time I crack one. In the past few months, I’ve also been on a mission to cut out carbs as much as possible and eat more protein. One egg alone has 6 grams of protein. Add in the cheese and meat in the Egg McLovins recipe below and your meal is filled with … [Read more...]

    Localicious: TBar Pairs Fusion Cuisine and Refreshing Drinks for Cool Results

    I was in the mood for something quick and light, so I headed over to Tea Bar and Fusion Café, aka “TBar.” It was lunchtime and the place was hopping. The outdoor patio looked full, so I hoped to find a seat inside after ordering at the counter. TBar (formerly “Teaz Me”) specializes in a variety of specialty hot and cold teas. Sounds simple, but … [Read more...]

    Keep Cool ‘til They’re Back in School

    Summer may be winding down, but there are still plenty of hot days left here in Northern California.  If your kids are anything like mine, they tend to alternate between antsy and bored right before school starts. If they’re over the newness of summer and feeling restless in the heat, here are some fun places kids and families can visit and chill … [Read more...]

    Localicious: Douglass Ranch Provides Wholesome Locally Raised Beef and Pork to the North State

    Kelly and Shannon Douglass have raised Black Angus beef cattle since before they married. They now run a cow-calf operation located in Orland, where their meat is raised and harvested locally. “This is the same high-quality beef that we feed our family, and we are pleased to provide it to your family too,” Shannon says. Douglass Ranch produces … [Read more...]

    Local Businesses Provide Fun & Unique Options for Spring and Summer Events

    Chico Bar-B-Q Chico Bar-B-Q owners Mike and Lori Lash began selling barbecues and equipment about 15 years ago, in addition to their other business, Lash’s Glass. Mike, who enjoys restoring vehicles, purchased an old fire truck and built a barbecue on the back, and later built several additional mobile barbecues. A long-time Chicoan, Mike started … [Read more...]

    Yogurt Puts “Culture” Into Kids’ Diets – Locals Share the Good, the Bad & the Creamy

    Yogurt. It’s tasty, is known to be good for you, and it’s even fun to say. With its creamy texture and versatility, it is an excellent way to improve your kids’ nutrition … as long as you know what to look for. “Not all yogurts are created equally,” says Stephanie Bird, dietetics intern at PASSAGES in Chico. “Some yogurts have live bacteria and … [Read more...]

    Crush Italian Cuisine Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley for Tuesday Night Dinners

    Occupying the top floor of the old Bank of America building on 2nd and Broadway in downtown Chico, Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge is a popular choice for special events or a romantic dinner. Inside is a chic, dimly-lit-yet-lively experience that seems more Bay Area than Chico. Crush also features an outdoor patio that is excellent for … [Read more...]

    Localicious: Spice Up Your Love Life with Flavorful Local Cuisine

    For most of the 20 years we’ve been together, hubby and I have been parents. One reason I think we’ve made it this far is that rich or poor, we’ve made it a priority to go out occasionally for dinner or drinks without the kids. I’m lucky to work a day job with a steady pool of college students available as sitters, plus the grandparents live … [Read more...]

    Localicious: Making Resolutions Realistic

    How often have you made New Year’s resolutions regarding your diet, only to forget them by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around? As busy parents, it can be difficult to make these resolutions a priority. Sometimes it helps to be specific: instead of “watch what I eat,” I resolved to track (most) meals using an online app. Cutting myself some slack … [Read more...]