SacFoodies

Jul
02

No plans for the Fourth of July? Here are a few ideas!

By: Peter Bittner

Here at SacFoodies, we’re as excited as anyone to begin the holiday weekend. Before it’s upon us, take a look at the exciting events coming up! So many to choose from…

City and County of Sacramento Independence Day Celebration

  • July 4 at 5 p.m., Cal Expo, Sacramento
  • Free admission, $10 parking, $10 reserved seats for best viewing
  • Biggest fireworks show in the area, activities at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand
  • More info at calexpo.com.

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[Courtesy of SacTown Mag]

 Rancho Cordova Fourth of July Celebration

  • July 3 from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.; July 4 from noon – 11 p.m., Hagan Park, Rancho Cordova
  • $2 admission, $10 parking
  • July 3: Carnival, concert, BMX show, and a fireworks mini-show .
  • July 4: 5k race, live music, Kids Zone! activities, and fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
  • More info at ranchocordovajuly4th.com.

Fourth on the Field

  • July 4 from 6 p.m. -10 p.m., Raley Field, West Sacramento
  • $15.85 general admission, $9.95 children under 12
  • Raley Field will be lined with food trucks, interactive games, kids area, live music and inflatables.
  • More info at raleyfield.com.

55th Annual Folsom Pro Rodeo

  • Began July 1 and runs through July 4 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Historic Folsom & the Dan Russell Arena
  • $19.50 adults, $15 children under 10 and seniors over 62
  • Rodeo fun includes mutton busting, roping events, riding events, motocross acts, rodeo queen and horse drill team performances, live music and delicious food. Fireworks every night at 9:30 p.m.
  • More info at folsomrodeo.com.

Red, White & Brews

  • July 3, 6 p.m., Old Sacramento, various locations with different closing times
  • Select $3 American beer at participating bars
  • River Cats post-game fireworks over Raley Field and the Sacramento River
  • More info, including a list of participating bars, at oldsacramento.com.

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[Courtesy of oldsacramento.com]

Regardless of how you celebrate, please enjoy your holiday responsibly. Let us know your favorite part of the long weekend!

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Jun
23

Yeti Restaurant: Nepali and Indian; Well Worth the Drive—and the Bike Ride!

By Peter Bittner

Sometimes we SacFoodies explore outside Sacramento’s city limits. It’s not that there’s any scarcity of diverse food options here, but there’s always something exciting about seeing what other cities have to offer. On a recent trip to Davis, I spent a long, hot day biking on the cozy college town’s lovely path. At the end of it, tired and hungry, I visited a local gem: The Yeti Restaurant. There are few outdoor patios better in Davis, and not many establishments offering both authentic Nepali and Indian cuisine!
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Indoors, the décor and music invite visitors into a Himalayan-inspired atmosphere with comfortable seating, warm lighting, and excellent service! The menu is varied and customers can hardly go wrong. Fan favorites include the Tikka Masala, the lamb or veggie Momos (traditional dumplings), and the many types of curries—just make sure to specify the level of spice you prefer! After the heat of the evening, I really enjoyed my Thai beer, Singha, commonly offered in Northern India and assorted Meat Plate Appetizer.

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Yeti Meat Plate Appetizer

Hope you are inspired to diverge from your normal culinary routine! I’m certainly glad I wandered into The Yeti Restaurant. Timely and accessible service staff, regular specials, and humanitarian efforts like donating all the tips to relief efforts the week of the April 2015 Nepal earthquake, make this one of my favorite places in Davis.

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Jun
01

Meet Sacramento’s “Reverse Food Truck,” Gathering Healthy Food Donations to Combat Hunger

By Peter Bittner

Most food trucks serve mouth-watering tacos, burgers, or other delicious fare to customers. One local non-profit is turning that concept on its head. The Reverse Food Truck (Link to website: http://sacrft.com/), run by Sacramento locals Richard and Zoey Goore, collects donations of fresh produce, healthy non-perishable items, and monetary support to aid local food banks, schools, and other organizations. Aiming to help alleviate hunger and malnutrition in the Sacramento region and educate the public about food insecurity, particularly among children, the Reverse Food Truck (link to Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SacRFT)Reverse Food Truck

Currently the Reverse Food Truck collaborates with the Sacramento Hunger Coalition, the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, and the Jewish Federation of the West, among others. Hunger, especially in children, has long been a concern of the couple; children living in poverty are more likely to suffer from chronic illnesses like diabetes, more likely to need to be hospitalized for their illnesses, and less likely to finish high school. In Sacramento County, 1 in 5 people live in poverty and 1 in 4 people living in poverty are children.

“Sacramento is an amazing city, with so many community leaders and residents dedicated to making it a better place for all who live here. We are confident that this community will step up and help us put hunger in the rearview,” the Goores affirm in their pamphlets.

You can help make a difference by keeping an eye out for the Reverse Food Truck at farmers’ markets, food truck festivals, and other events in the Greater Sacramento Region, and, of course, donating fresh kale or your favorite veggies to help those in need!

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May
29

We’re Screaming for Open Nature Super Premium Ice Cream

By Jake Ferguson, Kim Bedwell and Amanda Frew

With temperatures warming up, and the official start of summer just around the corner, aren’t we all screaming for ice cream? With a variety of flavors and novelties, the beauty of ice cream is that there is a sweet option for everyone. Whether it’s a treat for the kids, an offering for guests at your backyard BBQ or a gourmet dessert concoction for a special meal, the possibilities with ice cream are endless.

Safeway’s Open Nature brand (client) just launched their brand new, super-premium ice cream line and we had to share our favorite flavors AND a spectacular recipe which includes peanut butter and bacon (yes, you read that correctly).

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(Photo courtesy of Liza Gershman Photography)

Made from natural ingredients and nothing artificial, the full line features 23 flavors spanning super- premium ice cream, gelato, sorbet, Greek frozen yogurt and gelato bars. While it’s hard to pick favorites, here are a few of our must-buy recommendations:

 (Jake): During a recent event held at the Safeway Culinary Kitchens in Pleasanton, we got the opportunity to try the delicious new offerings from Open Nature. My favorite was the Coconut Gelato. Deliciously creamy, full of tropical flavor and the perfect amount of shaved coconut flakes made this a real standout. Drizzle with some melted chocolate and sprinkle some sliced almonds and this is a sweet treat not to be missed!

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May
28

Patio Dining Series: Lucca

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Our next installment in the SacFoodies patio dining series takes us to one of my local favorites, Lucca.

I have visited Lucca for both quick weekday lunches and longer, celebratory dinners and I have to say that the patio is perfect for either. There is just something about their lush, Mediterranean-inspired garden feel that makes you want to kick back and stay awhile.

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Photo courtesy of PerfectWeddingGuide.com

Besides the ambiance, Lucca boasts comprehensive lunch, dinner, and happy hour menus. I highly recommend the Patchwork Salad, pictured below. They also have delicious drink and dessert options for those just looking for a small treat.  Lucca also offers banquet sized dining options and private rooms for special occasions.

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Lucca Restaurant & Bar
1615 J Street
Sacramento CA 95814
(916) 669-5300

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May
21

Farmhaus Fresh in Granite Bay

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Set back along the busy thoroughfare that is Folsom-Auburn Road is Farmhaus, a gem of a restaurant with a delicious menu, farm-to-fork appeal, a nice wine list and a relaxing patio. You might just miss it if you aren’t looking carefully. I should know, since I’ve passed it a number of times thinking, That looks interesting. So glad I finally had a chance to drop by.

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Along with a couple of friends, we enjoyed several small plates, salads, bottles of wine and dessert. Under a gentle May sun, on their spacious patio, we savored the steak and potato small plate special, sizzling prawns, goat cheese crostini, a few of their salads, and their delicious crème brulee. Everything was fresh and flavorful, cooked to perfection, and served with care.

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My one regret? They were out of the Smoked Pastrami Fries. Guess that means I’ll be heading back soon. Happy hour, anyone? 

Farmhaus
8230 Folsom-Auburn Road
Granite Bay, CA 95746
916.772.3276
Reservations suggested

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May
19

We’ve waited for it for long enough… patio dining season is finally upon us!

By Peter Bittner

It’s that time of year! The weather is getting warmer and many restaurants are beginning to re-open their outdoor seating areas. What better way to take your culinary experience to the next level than a beautiful outdoor ambience? Here at Sac Foodies, it’s patio dining week! We’ve assembled a few of our favorite Sacramento-area restaurants for outdoor eating and will be featuring them in a series of posts this week. Today’s featured patio places:

Ten22 in Old Sac is a casual yet upscale locale, perfect for a date-night rendezvous or family gathering! With free live music every Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and “Weekend Wednesdays” featuring bands AND an affordable appetizer menu, what’s not to love?

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Photo courtesy of ten22oldsac.com

Mulvaney’s Building and Loan located in Midtown is a true delight and a summer must for those seeking an idyllic outdoor dining experience. The garden patio seats 40 and features beautiful flora, fire pits, and nighttime lighting. Our tip, try the rib eye; it’s worth the premium price.

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Photo courtesy of Americacuisine.com

Selland’s Market Café in East Sacramento is a very popular place for lunch and offers an enticing, varied menu at very reasonable prices. One reason many customers come back? The patio seating!

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Photo courtesy of amgid.com

Have any favorites worth sharing? Feel free to post them on our Facebook page here!

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May
17

If Life Were a Bowl of Cherries…

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You’d want to make cherry cobbler, right? Well, you’re in luck. In honor of cherry season and National Cherry Cobbler Day (I did not make that up), we’re serving up this delicious taste of (almost) summer. Enjoy!

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Gluten-Free Grilled Summer Fruit Cobbler

Ingredients

1 cup, plus 1 tablespoon Silvana’s Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
¼ cup, plus 2 tablespoons sugar, plus more for sprinkling
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup dairy-free milk, at room temperature
¼ cup vegetable oil or unsalted butter, melted
1½ pounds nectarines or peaches (3 to 4), sliced

1 cup mixed berries or pitted cherries
Vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional)

Directions

Preheat a grill to 375 º or medium-high. Grease a medium cast-iron skillet. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup flour, ¼ cup sugar and the baking powder. Mix in the milk and oil until just combined. In another medium bowl, toss together the nectarines, berries, remaining 1 tablespoon flour and 2 tablespoons sugar.

Spoon the fruit into the prepared skillet and dollop the dough over the fruit in 8 spoonfuls; sprinkle with sugar. Cover with foil and grill until the juices are bubbling, about 25 minutes. Remove the foil; let bake until golden, about 15 minutes more. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Note: I used all cherries in my cobbler, not mixed fruit, which amounted to 5 cups of pitted cherries.

Recipe courtesy of Silvana’s Kitchen

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May
15

Fryday Spotlight: Pronto’s Thai Chili Fries

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Fryday Spotlight

From Polenta Fries and Gilroy Garlic Fries to Thai Chili Fries and Buffalo Fries, Pronto can make it extremely hard to choose how you want to enjoy your “Fryday.” This week, I opted for their Thai Chili Fries, boasting sweet chili sauce, buttermilk ranch, green onions, jalapenos and cilantro. All I can say is YUM! Fellow SacFoodie Kim is also a fan!

Where did your Fryday take you?

Pronto
1501 16th Street (Corner of 16th & O)
Sacramento, CA 95814

 

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May
08

Mother’s Day Dining

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There is so much to love about Mother’s Day: we celebrate the women that raised us, we get together with family, and we brunch!

Mother's Day Dining

Okay, maybe not all of us brunch, but hopefully we all get to share a meal with the ones we love whether that means slaving over homemade hollandaise or picking the perfect place to make reservations.

Still looking for the right way to rendezvous? Have no fear! The SacFoodies are here with our recommendations for Brunch, Lunch, Dunch (??) and everything in between.

Option 1: Avoid the mess in the kitchen and go out on the town! These eateries are known for their fantastic brunch menus:

The Porch (we previously reviewed their brunch here)
The Purple Place
Rio City Café
Fox & Goose
Café Bernardo
Orphan

Option 2: Staying in? Surprise Mom with one of these delightful homemade dishes!

Croissant French Toast
Brown Sugar Berry Crumble Muffins
Puff Pastry Breakfast Egg Tarts
Huevos Rancheros
Foolproof Eggs Benedict

 

 

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