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Apr
23

Wordless Wednesday | Easter Turducken

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Apr
21

Review: Sac Beer & Chili Festival

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This past Saturday, I got to check out the Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival in Fremont Park. You can read more about this event on SacFoodies here.

After a whirlwind hour or two of beer and chili tasting, my favorites from the day were:

It looked like everyone was having a blast at this event on Saturday. If you missed it this year, there is always 2015!

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Apr
17

Seasons 52 Spring Menu

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I just love the transformation of spring–warm evenings, sweet scents and blooming greenery. With all these sensory pleasures, the only thing left to crave is the taste of the season. At Seasons 52, my craving was fulfilled. Known for their seasonally-inspired menu, Seasons 52 introduces colorful flavors and textures that capture the best of each period. The other night I had the pleasure of experiencing their delicious spring menu.

We uncorked the evening with a glass of French Beaujolais-type wine, crafted exclusively for Seasons 52’s menu. My friend and I enjoyed the light and refreshing flavors of this wine and appreciated how nicely it paired with each course of our meal. Seasons 52 boasts an award-winning international wine list, and this glass surely did not disappoint.

menu and wine bottle

Our first course included a crisp strawberry salad with bleu cheese and balsamic as well as the Chef’s twist on Tuna Tartare–a refreshing concoction of tuna, mango and wasabi avocado mousse drizzled with Sriracha. I’m a huge fan of raw fish, so this small bite was a tasty tease that left me eager for the next course.

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Apr
16

Wordless Wednesday: Brunch… It’s kind of my thing.

By: Tricia Juanitas

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Where:
Magpie Café
1409 R Street, Suite 102
Sacramento, CA 95811

What:
Magpie Breakfast Plate

Apr
14

Make Tax Day Tasty with Some Freebies

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I’d planned to write about one of my favorite desserts, but the fact that this particular post happens to fall on Tax Day could not go unnoticed. And what we all need more than another (albeit delicious) dessert recipe on Tax Day is something that’s both tasty and free. So, check out these free offers available in our area:

  • Arby’s is offering free snack-sized curly fries on April 15 with this coupon. This is the fourth year Arby’s has offered free fries on Tax Day.
  • And, McDonald’s is once again, according to the Hufffington Post, offering a free small coffee during breakfast hours on Tax Day.

So, go forth and don’t pay (for these items, anyway!).

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Apr
14

Beer, Chili & a Giveaway

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Need we say more? This Saturday, April 19th from 1-5pm is the Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival at Fremont Park and we have a pair of tickets to give away right here on SacFoodies!

The Sacramento Artists Council hosts the annual event which raises funds for local art and music programs for at-risk children and children of homeless families in Sacramento. The festival will include a competitive chili cook-off, beer tastings from more than 30 local and regional brewers and live music from local musicians including “The Twilight Drifters.” The event also includes a Kids Zone with crafts and face painting. Did we mention that the chili and beer tastings are unlimited?

Tickets are available for purchase online here. Now for the fun part – we have a pair of tickets to give away! To win, you must visit the SacFoodies Facebook page and comment telling us what your favorite chili ingredient is. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #SacFoodies and #SacBeerChili in your comment. We will announce a winner on Friday morning. Good luck!

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Apr
11

A Day in Old Sacramento

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Last Sunday, I was reminded of how wonderful and beautiful Old Sacramento truly is.  Although I’ve frequented Old Sac for many family dinners at Joe’s Crab Shack and lunches at Steamers Café, I had never truly explored its vibrant, bustling streets. Being fortunate enough to work within a 1-mile radius of Old Sac’s gorgeous 28 acres on the Sacramento waterfront, it’s a shame that I often take for granted the eye-opening, historic yet always-changing town only a stone’s throw away from our office. 

The sun-kissed sky and warm weather called for ice cold drinks and a patio lunch at Rio City Café. My date’s drink of choice was Stella Artois and I was thirsty for bottomless mimosas. While the calamari was delicious, our main entrées were quite spectacular. He opted for the Rio City Burger paired with rosemary fries and my choice was the Salmon BLT with a side of sweet potato fries.

After lunch, we perused the streets basking in the sunlight and window-shopped while appreciating all the arts, antiques and collectibles sold at the classic Old Sac shops. Dessert was sweet perfection as we shared a double scoop of Rocky Road and Pecan Praline atop a chocolate-covered sugar cone.

If you’re like me and often overlook the beauty of Old Sac, below are some reminders of how fortunate we really are to have a place with such a rich history, authentic Sacramento flair and never-ending fun in our own backyard. No matter if it’s your first time, next time, or you’re at Old Sac all the time – next time you visit, take a moment to appreciate the wonder of Old Sacramento.

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Tip: My date and I purposefully parked on the parking garage rooftop to revel in the scenic view of the iconic Tower Bridge and we savored every second of it.

 

 

 

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Apr
09

Wordless Wednesday: Banh Mi Pork Sliders

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Star Ginger’s Banh Mi Pork Sliders blend the intense flavors of authentic street food with fresh local seasonal produce you can’t imitate. These sliders are my new favorite and I wish I’d tried them sooner! Indulge your taste buds and order the Buddha Salad Rolls with hoisin-peanut sauce for a meal I promise you won’t forget! 

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Star Ginger

3103 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento CA 95816

916-231-8888

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Apr
04

A Day in the Life of a SacFoodie: In the Orchard Edition

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The great thing about being a SacFoodie is that often times our job takes us outside of the office and to the front lines of some pretty cool places. Whether it’s Tuscany, New York City, or traveling up and down California’s Central Valley, we’ve been fortunate enough to call some unique places our “office” for the day.

For me, one of my favorite aspects of the job has been the ability to meet and interact with industry members and multigenerational farmers who help to put some of my favorite foods (and clients) on the table for folks all around the world.

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In December, I started working on an exciting video project with California Walnuts, helping to tell the story of the California Walnut from seed to store shelves. Aside from the fact that I’ve seen walnut trees my whole life as a Northern California native, I was relatively unaware of the hard work and precise process that goes into growing walnuts. Filming has showed me the dedication and hard work that goes into producing such a commodity.

So far, I’ve been fortunate enough to capture a day of seed planting in December (on one of the coldest California mornings I’ve experienced) and just a few weeks ago I traveled to an orchard in Wheatland for a day of pruning. Not only does a day like this allow for some fresh air and getting one’s boots a little dirty, but the face-to-face interaction and conversations with the growers I’ve met along the way allows for a greater appreciation of the foods I enjoy each day!

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Apr
03

Bloody Mary Bar: A Brunch Idea that’s Sure to Please a Crowd

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Sunday mornings in Sacramento signify two things: the amazing farmers’ market on X Street and the weekly midtown pilgrimage to brunch. Many of my friends (myself included) enjoy this weekly gathering with friends to catch up on the week’s happenings, relax, and of course, enjoy a delicious Bloody Mary. Fortunately, Sacramento has some delicious Bloodies to offer. See previous SacFoodies reviews.
BMBar

I’ve become so inspired by Sacramento’s delicious Bloody Mary scene that I’ve been experimenting at home and have discovered that it’s really easy and fun to make my own concoctions. There’s something extra delicious about a beverage you’ve made for yourself, and of course, everything tastes better while wearing your pajamas at home.

Wanting to share my love of the Bloody Mary and the novelty of an at-home brunch, I recently hosted a big brunch at home for nine of my friends. I made some tasty brunch dishes, but the main star of this morning party was a custom Bloody Mary Bar!

I’ll tell you how I did it:

First, I created some custom Bloody Mary recipes and wrote them on note cards:

The Classic:
• 1 lemon wedge, squeezed
• 1 dash olive juice
• 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
• 2 dashes hot sauce
• 1 pinch garlic salt
• 1 pinch celery salt
• 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
• 2 grinds fresh ground black pepper
• 2 oz vodka
• 3 oz vegetable juice
• Garnish with: lemon slice, olive, celery, pickled green bean

The Euro:
• 1 lemon wedge, squeezed
• ½ teaspoon fresh parsley, minced
• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
• 1 pinch garlic salt
• 2 grinds fresh ground black pepper
• 2 oz vodka
• 3 oz vegetable juice
• Garnish with: lemon slice, olive, celery, cherry tomato

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