SacFoodies

Jul
21

Traditional fast food, sort of

By: Matthew Mora

Being a vegan, it’s sometimes difficult going out of town and finding a restaurant that has options that fit my diet. Luckily there are places popping up all over that are committed to this alternative way of eating. If you’re near Rohnert Park on the way to the beach and looking for something to eat, go check out Amy’s Drive ThruIMG_0239 copy

Everything at Amy’s is vegetarian or vegan, organic and non-gmo. These qualities are hard to find at most restaurants, especially fast-food, which might give someone piece of mind before gorging. The menu consists of all the things you’ll find at fast-food cafes, such as burgers, fries, and milk shakes. Don’t let the label of vegetarian or vegan force you to abandon the adventure, because everything holds weight with most hamburger joints. Flavor and texture aren’t thrown to the side for something that might seem too healthy to be considered fast-food. Amy’s Drive Thru is yummy, some-what healthy goodness that might change your mind about a veggie burger.

Amy’s Drive Thru
58 Golf Course Drive West
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

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Jul
19

Food Delivery Apps Bring Sac’s Best Food Right to Your Door

By: Harrison Reilly

Technology has changed the way we go about our daily lives, making simple tasks as easy as pressing a button. One of those tasks is ordering food. Tech startups have made it easier than ever to get fresh and prepared food delivered straight to your door through apps, websites and around the clock employees. Here are a few of the food delivery options you can use right here in Sacramento:

Postmates

The first food delivery app to launch in Sacramento, Postmates delivers food from many of the most popular places in Sacramento, usually in under an hour. The app will deliver food from chains such as Chipotle or Panda Express or local restaurants like Petra or The Coconut On T. Similar to Uber and Lyft, users can rate and tip their “Postmate” after receiving their order. Getting lunch at work or a late night snack has never been easier.

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Caviar

An alternative to Postmates is Caviar. Caviar prides itself on delivering food from local restaurants, offering only what they consider the best restaurants, saying on their App Store page “we have standard pizza and noodle fare, but it’s the best pizza and noodles around.”

With more exotic options to choose from, Caviar is a great way to explore the diverse food selections in Sacramento. It’s not just for meals either, on Caviar you can order cookies from Goodie Tuchews or salami and cheese from Block Butcher Bar. For the Sacramento food lover, this app does wonders.

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Amazon Prime Now

For those of you who don’t like grocery shopping, Amazon Prime Now is a dream come true. Available to Amazon Prime members, Amazon Prime Now offers select cities one-hour deliveries for $7.99 and two-hour deliveries for free. Now you can have produce, dairy and snacks delivered straight to your door in the time it takes to watch four episodes of The Office. But Prime Now delivers more than just food; you can also order electronics, toys and household items. Amazon continues to change how we shop for everyday things.

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Beers In Sacramento

While not a delivery service, Beers In Sacramento is a useful app for the craft beer lovers in the city. The app provides a convenient pocket guide for the breweries and bars in the greater Sacramento area. It includes a map of breweries, an updating list of beer events, a tip calculator and offers special deals such as credit for Lyft.

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With companies constantly innovating, it will be interesting to see what food apps will be developed even a year from now. For now though, there is plenty to choose from for the Sacramento foodie. So tonight, sit back, relax and let the best of Sacramento’s dining scene be delivered right to your door!

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Jul
18

Love Beer? Love Yoga?

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If you love beer and yoga, then you need to know about The Beer Yogis. Coming up on July 21st, experienced yoga teachers with a passion for good craft beer will lead a class at Yolo Brewing Company, a SacFoodies favorite.

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Courtesy of Jamie Lefkowitz

Marrying two passions, beer and yoga, The Beer Yogis have embarked on a nationwide, one-month summer tour promoting the benefits of yoga inside some of the country’s major craft breweries. The summer tour spans almost two dozen locations across the country, including breweries in the instructors’ hometowns of Cleveland and Salem, Oregon.

For more information on The Beer Yogis Summer Road Trip, including a full schedule of tour dates and locations, visit www.TheBeerYogis.com. And if you head to Yolo Brewing, be sure to try the Orange Blossom Blonde – if you ask us, it’s what summer beer is allll about.

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Jul
08

Coconut’s Fish Café: A Taste of Maui in Midtown

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Here at SacFoodies, one of our main goals is to keep you in the know about the latest and greatest things happening in the Sacramento food scene, and today I’m here to dish on Midtown’s newest restaurant, Coconut’s Fish Café.

Some of you Maui lovers may be thinking “Coconut’s Fish Café? That sounds familiar.” Yep, you’re right! Coconut’s was founded on the beautiful island of Maui by Sacramento native Mike Phillips, who wanted to bring an affordable, fresh option to the island. It has been his dream to open a Sacramento location, and now that dream is a delicious reality (much to our benefit).

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Coconut Shrimp

Upon my recent visit to Coconut’s, I was greeted with the Aloha spirit and a cold and refreshing Ace Pineapple Cider (highly recommended). They also have a nice selection of Hawaiian brews on tap, perfect for a warm summer evening.

The menu is plentiful without being overwhelming, and is brimming with island favorites like their famous fish tacos (voted a “perfect taco” by Zagat), fresh salads, mahi mahi and ono dishes, and of course, Hawaiian poke.

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Coconut’s Famous Fish Taco

I sampled many dishes on the menu, and I can honestly say that I’d recommend all of them. The coconut shrimp was super crispy and served with an addictive Thai pineapple chili sauce, and it’s no surprise that the fish tacos are award-winning! (Pro-tip: two diners can easily share the fish tacos, as they’re huge. They even come on two plates!)

Coconut’s cuts all their fish in house daily, and also makes all their own sauces, dressings and marinades from scratch each day. They pride themselves in super fresh and high-quality food at an affordable price. I personally think it fills a hole in our Sacramento dining scene and I strongly recommend you go soon to try it out for yourself.

Mahalo!

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Mahi Mahi and Ono Fish and Chips

Coconut’s Fish Cafe

1420 16th St.

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: 916-440-0449

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Jun
24

Farm to Office! This week’s farmers’ market finds

By Brittany Gillmor and Sara Ortega

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This week’s Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market finds come ultra-fresh and delicious, courtesy of Bare Juices.

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Brittany: I opted for the Green Supreme, a blend of kale, cucumber, celery, apple, parsley, lemon and ginger. After a few days of airport and stadium fare, this juice was exactly what the bod needed!

Sara: My sweet tooth couldn’t resist the Strawberry Lemonade! It was such a refreshing treat, packed with strawberry, orange, lemon and apple.

As you’re trying to keep cool this summer, search for local juices like those from Bare Juices and you won’t regret it.

Cheers!

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May
20

SactoMoFo 9 Food Truck Festival is Tomorrow!

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headerOne of my first memories of moving to Sacramento two years ago was attending a food truck festival under a bridge—also known as SactoMoFo 7, under Highway 80 at 6th street. It was an awesome day of nonstop music, beer and eats. And for your entertainment, below is proof of my hipster Instagram attempt from that day.

instagram Since then, the SactoMoFo team has announced the annual free festival’s expansion to Discovery Park and partnership with Raley’s and Sacramento County in 2016 to accommodate its increase in popularity. Last year’s festival attracted 18,000 attendees!

SactoMoFo 9 will take place from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, May 21st. The festival will feature over 40 of Northern California’s most notable food trucks. I was excited to see one of my Bay Area favorites on the list again, Curry Up Now, who offer insanely delicious “Sexy Fries,” which are sweet potato fries topped with cheese and your favorite type of masala.

The festival will also feature local craft beer ‘islands’ benefiting Front Street Animal Shelter, an expansive vending bazaar, a Thunder Valley Main Stage featuring continuous live entertainment from local performance groups, the Hot 103.5 and 101.9 The Wolf VIP lounge, an interactive Kids Zone facilitated by Sol Collective and more.

For more information about SactoMoFo 9, visit http://www.sactomofo.com/sactomofo9/.

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May
19

Farm to Office: May 19th

By Brandon Smith

Today’s finds feature a Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market classic and delicious in-season berries.

“Spicy Gyro” from Gyro 2 Go:

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Photo courtesy of Kim Bedwell

 Fresh, local blackberries:

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Photo courtesy of Brandon Smith

The Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market takes place every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., May through September.

Check back next Thursday for more of our favorite “Farm to Office” finds.

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May
12

SacFoodies Weekend Picks

By Brandon Smith

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Concerts in the Park

Downtown Sacramento’s Concerts in the Park series is back at it Friday, May 12th from 5 – 9 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Park. Every Friday between May 6 and July 29th (except July 1st), 6,000 fans gather in the heart of the city to see a variety of local and nationally touring artists. This week’s concert will feature sounds and good vibes from DJ Eddie Z, Andrew Castro, They Went Ghost, The Element Brass Band and The New Kingston.

After the concert, be sure to keep your wristband on and head to one of the official CIP after party locations for specials and discounts. View the full list of official after party locations here. For more info on upcoming concerts, visit the CIP website.

Cesar Chavez Park
910 I Street
Sacramento, CA

National Beer Mile

Four beers. One mile. One awesome after-party! Need we say more?

The National Beer Mile tour rolls into Sacramento on Saturday, May 14th at Raley Field! This fun run is perfect for runners, social drinkers, fitness enthusiasts, and those who just want to get out and have a great time.  Drink a beer, run/walk/jog/dance/skip (whatever you want) your way a quarter-mile down the course, repeat three more times, then party at the open beer bar! This is a 21+ event so be sure to bring those IDs.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 on the day of the race. VIP and special group rates are also available. For more info, visit the National Beer Mile: Sacramento website .

Raley Field
400 Ballpark Dr.
West Sacramento, CA

Wine and Brew at the Zoo 

The SacFoodies recently gave away two tickets to Wine & Brew at the Zoo and if you weren’t our lucky winner, you can still experience everything the Sacramento Zoo’s annual event has to offer.  This exclusive after-hours event will feature 28 local wineries and breweries, live music, a silent auction and food from some of the best local food trucks. Best of all, guests will get to enjoy the spread while taking in the luscious green landscape and checking out exotic zoo animals. Proceeds and 10 percent of food sales will benefit animal care and the general maintenance of the zoo.

To purchase tickets, visit www.saczoo.org/wineandbrew, or call 916-808-5888

Sacramento Zoo
3930 W Land Park Dr.
Sacramento, CA

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May
05

Farm to Office: May 5th

By Brandon Smith

It’s officially that time of year! The Downtown Farmers’ Market season is upon us. Thursday, May 5th kicked off the Capitol Mall farmers’ market and we were not going to let the dark skies and 40 percent chance of precipitation keep us from the food.

Here’s a look at what the SacFoodies opted for on our first day back at the market:

Four varieties of wood-fired pizza from The Pizza Company.

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Photo courtesy of Brandon Smith

 

“Spicy Chicken over Rice” from Gyro 2 Go.

Kris Chicken and Rice

Photo courtesy of Kris Caputo

The Capitol Mall farmers’ market takes place every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., May through September.

Check back next Thursday for more of our favorite “Farm to Office” finds.

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May
02

Wine & Brew at the Zoo – And a Ticket Giveaway!

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Photo Courtesy of the Sacramento Zoo

If the idea of an adults-only evening where you can sip a glass of wine while checking out the giraffes at the Sacramento Zoo sounds like your kind of night out, then you’re in luck! The Zoo’s annual event is back, (they took a year off in 2015), and the new-and-improved version of the event sounds like it may just be a wild success.

Formerly known as the “Kings of Feasts,” the event has now been re-branded to “Wine & Brew at the Zoo.” This year, 28 local wineries and breweries will serve samples while guests are entertained by live music, a silent auction and of course the exotic zoo animals. Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks with 10% of the sales benefiting the non-profit Sacramento Zoo.

Here are the event details:

What: Wine & Brew at the Zoo

When: Saturday, May 14th, 2016 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Sacramento Zoo, located at the corner of Land Park Drive & Sutterville Road

Tickets: Purchase tickets online at www.saczoo.org/wineandbrew, or call 916-808-5888

And, SacFoodies has your chance to win tickets! Here’s how: Comment on this blog post OR on the SacFoodies Facebook post and tell us which winery or brewery you are most excited to try at the event (check out the complete list here). We will select a random winner on Friday, May 6th. Winner will be notified via email and/or via Facebook direct message.

Good luck!

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Photo Courtesy of the Sacramento Zoo

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