A healthier truck stop

Illustration by Mark Stivers

Not just granola: Saba Rahimian’s Granola Girl food truck is finally ready for business. The former yoga teacher started her Granola Girl brand in February 2014, at first selling superfood-charged granola online. Then, last fall, she planned to unveil a food truck selling a mix of granola bowls, juice and hot food—with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options—but got bogged down in mechanical and permit-related delays. Until now.

The truck will debut at the Midtown Farmers Market on Saturday, May 30. The menu has evolved with fewer granolas and more lunch options, for example. Think a raw milkshake loaded with almond milk, cashews, pumpkin seeds, flax, dates and spices; french toast with fried eggs, strawberry-mustard compote and chives; or chili- and beer-marinated mushroom and cauliflower tacos. Yes, still lots of vegan and gluten-free meals available.

Though this is Rahimian’s first venture into the culinary biz, food has always been a focus.

“I’m Iranian-American and I grew up in a family and household where food was just a huge part of life,” she told SN&R last year. “As I grew older, I wanted certain goals for my own body and fitness level, and I started seeing family members get diabetes and have high cholesterol.”

Hence, Sacramento’s first health-focused food truck.

Preserving Preservation: Last week, someone or some people broke into Preservation & Co. Now the local purveyor of award-winning bloody mary mixes and zingy pickles has to deal with a loss of more than $8,000 in stolen goods and property damage. Owner Jason Poole is asking for folks to vote for Preservation & Co. to win a Whole Foods Small Producer Grant. (You can vote here: http://woobox.com/gorvs9.)

“I was hoping that it would help us to get a new labeler, and increase production, now I am just hoping to get back on my feet,” Poole wrote in a Facebook post.

A fundraising campaign has also been created at www.gofundme.com/v2pp4f7.

New critic: Carla Meyer has replaced Blair Anthony Robertson as the Sacramento Bee’s restaurant critic. Meyer was the Bee’s film critic for years—also dabbling in music coverage—but with the Bee’s staffing shuffles, her new beat makes total sense. According to the Bee’s Chris Macias, Meyer has restaurant experience in both the front and back of the house—and growing up in Kern County, she was a farm-to-fork kid.