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Jul
30

Where’s the Best Cheesecake in Sacramento?

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Today is National Cheesecake Day! We’re all in for celebrating, but where is the best place to indulge in Sacramento?

We know The Cheesecake Factory tops the favorite list for many. (Plus, they’re offering any slice of cheesecake for half price today.)  We’re also hearing good things about their newest flavor – Salted Caramel Cheesecake – which made its debut on July 29th.

Rick’s Dessert Diner offers a multitude of cheesecake options – from Amaretto Cheesecake to Chocolate Kahlua.

Ettore’s European Bakery has a White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake that is finished with silky white mousse and fresh raspberries.

Or, if you’re in for just a bit of cheesecake indulgence, Gunther’s Ice Cream offers a fan-favorite Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream.  We say, scoop it up!

Where’s your favorite place for cheesecake in the Sacramento area? 

The Cheesecake Factory’s new Salted Caramel Cheesecake.

The Cheesecake Factory’s new Salted Caramel Cheesecake.

 

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Jul
29

Café Plan B

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Café Plan B, a French restaurant in midtown which opened in 2014, had caught my eye many times and recently I had just the right occasion to check it out. A colleague and I decided to venture out of the office for a rare midtown lunch outing and we were not disappointed.

Right off the bat we loved the open-air feeling of the restaurant – an ideal mix of indoor/outdoor, even on a warm day. We decided to start our meal with an order of the Prawn Stix, pancetta-wrapped prawns which arrived on skewers with a spicy aioli on top. The dish was a perfect start to the meal and definitely had us excited for the next course.

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Next we moved on to our entrees and of course we had to go with a couple of more traditional French dishes. The Croque Madame was so beautiful when it arrived that we almost didn’t want to cut into it. Stacked with ham and Gruyére, covered with a traditional béchamel and topped with a sunny side up egg, the sandwich was more than enough to split, especially when paired with…

The Mussels Mariniére, prepared in a traditional French style with garlic, white wine and parsley and served with grilled bread for dipping and a side of French fries (of course). We enjoyed the fresh mussels, flavorful broth and soaking up the broth with the grilled bread (my favorite part!).

If you’re looking for a French fix in midtown that is casual and won’t break the bank, we suggest you give Café Plan B a try!

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Café Plan B
1226 20th St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 447-3300

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Jul
24

Cheers! It’s National Tequila Day

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Today might arguably be one of the best days of the year. Why, you might ask? Well, it’s National Tequila Day, of course! And this year, we should all celebrate because it’s also on a FRIDAY!! On top of that, it’s summer and here in Sacramento our farmers’ markets and local shops are bursting with the most amazing fresh fruits and veggies to play with in tequila concoctions. This trifecta makes for the ultimate tequila celebration, no excuses. 

When thinking about the perfect way to celebrate National Tequila Day, Friday and summer all wrapped into one, it got my head spinning. I love to mix up a good cocktail (see two previous cocktail-filled posts of mine here and here). And specifically with tequila, I frequently make my own at-home infusions (more on that in a future post). However, for National Tequila Day this year I wanted to shake it up a bit (see what I did there?) from my usual fruit and herb-infused margaritas and make something a bit different.

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I’m all about tomatoes in the summertime and here in Sac, we get the best of them. They don’t call it Sacratomato for nothing! I know what you’re thinking, “what do tomatoes have anything to do with tequila?” You just wait…

A fresh tomato-mint margarita. I was inspired by this recipe from The Chic Site, with a few little tweaks of my own.

The result is a super refreshing, lightly sweet and yes, tomatoey drink that will leave you wanting another (and another, and another). And, you know what? It’s Friday and National Tequila Day so you have my permission to have an extra one… or two.

Fresh Tomato-Mint Margarita

Adapted from The Chic Site

Ingredients

6 grape tomatoes (yellow, green, orange, red or a combination)

4 large or 6 small fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish

Juice from 1/2 a lime, freshly squeezed

Juice from 1 lemon, freshly squeezed

2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon simple syrup

2 ounces blanco tequila

1/4-1/2 club soda or sparkling water, to taste

 

Directions

In a cocktail shaker, muddle together the tomatoes, mint leaves, lime and lemon juices.

Pour in the simple syrup and tequila and shake with ice. Pour over ice into serving glass of choice and top with club soda or sparkling water to taste. Garnish with mint leaves, a slice of lime or lemon and a few grape tomatoes on a pick. Makes one large (approximately 8 ounce) drink or two smaller drinks. Cheers!

 

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Jul
20

Snap a Food Photo and Win Some Dough

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Calling all amateur food photographers! If you have great skills with the camera and love taking photos of freshly plated food, crops in the field, harvesting, animals, rural scenery, ranch life…basically anything California food and agriculture related, then it’s time to enter California Farm Bureau Federation’s annual photo contest!

The grand prize is $1,000 for the all-ages group, and there’s even a category called “Budding Artists” so those 13 years old and younger can get involved and get creative. So whether it’s a great photo of you and your pet hen, or a great scramble you made from her lovely eggs for breakfast, get online and submit your snapshot by September 30th to win!

Check out official rules, forms and past winners at www.cfbf.com/photocontest

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Photo by Rosemarie Barnett, courtesy of California Farm Bureau Federation

 

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Jul
15

Do the Macaroni!

By Shreya Suresh

I recently found out today is Macaroni Day. I’ve decided that henceforth, I am no longer celebrating my birthday—I need to save my energy for this instead. Since I’m new to the city, I decided to pick a random restaurant and order myself the best comfort food known to humankind: mac-n-cheese.

That’s the story of how I discovered Cafeteria 15L, a restaurant with just a touch of vintage charm. Fellow SacFoodie Liz sampled the Mac-n-cheese back in 2011 (check out the post here), and as a newbie to the Sacramento food scene, I couldn’t wait to check it out. While I loved the friendly waiters, the open space, and the big windows bringing in sunlight, my favorite part was the actual food. The mac-n-cheese was the perfect combination of creamy and crunchy, and the portion was small enough to reduce the regret of overindulging on a weekday. The meal was complete with a Pepsi.

If you pop in during the week between 4 and 7 pm, the happy hour prices will make your meal that much tastier. So why don’t you give this day the proper celebration it deserves?

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Jul
10

Get your Piña Colada On!

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What’s better than a Friday?

A Friday that falls on National Piña Colada Day, that’s what.

This refreshing tropical indulgence is one of my favorites! Every time I taste one it reminds me of sitting on a beach in the Virgin Islands, getting a tan, listening to the waves…

Ok, back to reality… If you’re in Sacramento and want to give this day the justice it deserves (without hopping on a flight), you’ll need to do one of the following:

  1. Watch this video tutorial and make a rockin’ home-made version for you and your friends tonight. Make your presentation even cooler by serving it in a pineapple cup. They’ll be impressed you took the time to lovingly carve each one.
  2. Head to midtown Zocalo and get my favorite piña colada in town.
  3. Do both 1 and 2 – I recommended in that order because who knows what your pineapple cups would look like after 2.

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Photo courtesy of cookingchanneltv.com

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Jul
08

National Chocolate with Almonds Day

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By Vanessa Sapino 

I’ve discovered a new treat: bark THINS. It was a secret obsession, until now. And, as if I needed a reason to eat the best sweet and salty combination ever, it seems like today is the perfect day to share this obsession with you all, in honor of National Chocolate with Almonds Day (who knew we had a day for that, but seems there’s a day to celebrate everything). I’ve been a bark THINS Dark Chocolate with Almonds and Sea Salt purist, until I tried the bark THINS Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut with Almonds combination this past weekend. It’s a toss-up now on which one is my favorite. Either way, you must try these. And, hint, they go great with a glass of red wine. I’ve brought them camping and they can even be added to a graham cracker and marshmallow combo, to add a new twist to an old snacking favorite, if you know what I mean. Good times and even better snacking.

Bark Thins

For a full list of products and where to buy, visit http://barkthins.com/

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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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