If you know me, you know I love shrimp. Grilled, pan fried, deep fried, coconut battered – you name it, I love it. So it should come as no surprise that when the SacFoodies were offered the chance to try Rubio’s new sustainable shrimp offerings, I jumped on the opportunity.
By Amanda Frew, Tricia Juanitas and Jake Ferguson
A Sacramento staple for more than eight years, Roxy Restaurant and Bar is known for its tasty food, stylish décor and popular weekend brunch. However, with the help of Roxy’s new manager (and award-winning mixologist) Chris Rosas, it’s time to add robust happy hour to the list. We were thrilled when Chris personally invited us to try out the new menu that they offer daily from 3-6pm, with an extended offering on Mondays from 3-close (9pm).
Roxy’s happy hour offerings have something for everyone, including small bites, craft cocktails, and dessert. Below is a sampling of the deliciousness that we enjoyed:
Roxy’s happy hour offers a variety of craft cocktails, many of which are seasonal, at $2 off the regular price. Of the drinks we sampled, the two standouts were the Harvest Margarita and the Apple Cider Sangria. The Harvest Margarita features a cinnamon sugar rim, tequila, fresh lime, fresh orange juice, and pumpkin spice. The Apple Cider Sangria is made with crisp white wine and features seasonal fruit such as apples and cranberries. Both were the perfect collision of the fall season and an adult beverage. Don’t miss out on these limited-time offerings.
Amanda: Roxy’s zucchini chips are simply irresistible. Light, crunchy and melt-in-your mouth, these are downright delicious. Not only are they great on their own, they are the perfect accompaniment to any of Roxy’s craft cocktails, wines or beers on tap. The happy hour portion is large enough to share, but trust me, you won’t want to.
Braised Beef and Goat Cheese Stuffed Pepper
Jake: Stuffed peppers are never my first choice, however, I was pleasanty surprised when one of my fellow SacFoodies selected it from the menu. This little number was my standout of all the items we tried, as it was flavorful with just the right amount of spice.
Donut lovers take note—New Roma Bakery is still a must-stop shop for real brick-oven fresh baked donuts and other baked goods. I recently moved to midtown and was pleased to find that this long-time Sacramento classic is just around the corner from my apartment. I’ll be honest, at first I was thrilled and then grew very concerned—there’s no way my waistline will survive this.
During my first trip, I chose a classic chocolate donut with slivered almonds on top—a combination I couldn’t resist. Now, I’ve had my share of donuts from various spots in Sacramento, and up until now, I thought I’d tried the best of the best. What makes New Roma’s version so different for me is the homemade quality that you just can’t imitate. I immediately noticed how dense and rich the donut bread was, whereas other donuts I’ve had are much more porous and the bread is almost airy. After my first bite, I knew this donut was something above the rest. Having first opened its doors in 1934, it’s clear New Roma Bakery is doing something right!
1800 E Street
Sacramento, California 95811
As a working mom with three little kids, it’s often difficult for me to get to the farmer’s market. I always have good intentions, but sometimes life gets in the way. That’s why the West Sac Veggie Trike is the best thing to happen to West Sacramento foodies since the Nugget opened. Now, I just have to simply walk outside (shoes optional) and have my pick of some of the best produce in the area.
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The Sacfoodies team was recently invited to get a sneak peek at the festivities planned for the 2nd Annual Sactoberfest 2014! After recovering from food and beer-induced comas, we all agreed that this year’s event is definitely going to be an authentic and traditional experience. With beer maids, classic German eats, plus an extensive selection of over 15 Oktoberfest and local premium beers, Sactoberfest 2014 is an event not to be missed.
Photo Credit: Stephanie Rudy
Brace yourself for a 3-day celebration (last year was a 1-day festival) that tastefully brings the original German Oktoberfest to Sacramento’s Bridge District. Even if you’re not a beer drinker, the delicious Munich-inspired bites are worth going for. We were lucky enough to sample fresh Jägerschnitzel, Rustic Cabbage Rolls, Beer Braised Thürsinger, Braised Beef Rouladen and Dark Chocolate Rum Balls—all of which will be available at the festival!
Also, if you attended Sactoberfest 2013, you might notice 11 more beers available—there were only six in 2013. For the first time, over 100 beer maids will serve beer to the crowds. Some of the local beers include Bike Dog Brewing, Yolo Brewing, Jack Rabbit Brewing Company and Sudwerk. Gluten free beer and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Can you say, “Prost!”
As if you didn’t have enough to look forward to at this year’s festival, the entertainment stage will be filled with activities including stein holding—which the Sacfoodies team feels they have mastered—beer pong, wurst tossing, corn hole and live music. Believe it or not, the Chico Bavarian Band playing at Sactoberfest played at the opening day of Oktoberfest in Munich! It doesn’t get much more authentic than that.
Single-day tickets range from $25-$85 including general admission, premium and VIP tickets and multi-day tickets range from $45-$165. Designated driver and 13y+ tickets range from $15-$45.Children under 12 are free.
951 Riverfront Street at The Barn in West Sacramento
Friday, October 10
3 p.m. -10 p.m.
Saturday, October 11
1 p.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday October 12
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
In the heart of downtown Sacramento, there stands a small slice of Ireland called de Vere’s Irish Pub. Inside you’ll find a wealth of whiskeys, an abundance of beer and of course, the fine whiffs of Irish cuisine, all intermingled with the laughs and groans of regulars gazing up towards whatever sports game is on TV.
I made my acquaintance with de Vere’s several weeks ago when I became a stand-in for a trivia team member who couldn’t make it every week. Every Monday, de Vere’s has trivia tournaments that are actually very humbling. I definitely should have paid more attention in geography, and that’s saying it lightly.
But at any rate, my shortage of knowledge is usually filled with a surplus of delicious Irish food, which most likely has some sort of potato in it. One dish on their menu takes the cake though, or pie rather. Granny’s Shepherd’s Pie is filled with ground beef, fresh vegetables, rich gravy and is topped with a swirled crust of golden mashed potatoes. But that’s not all! For a nominal fee you can even top it off with a fried egg, which I highly recommend by the way. They sell it in a large or smaller dish, whichever your stomach can handle.
If pie’s not your dish, their menu is great; anything from bangers and mash to beer cheese nachos. I think all your Irish food cravings will be satisfied, even if you didn’t know you had them! Or if you just need to get your drink on, Ireland-style, de Vere’s is the place to go. Just don’t forget to say “Sláinte” (pronounced SLAN-chuh) as you do so. It’s the Irish saying for “good health.” It’s kind of ironic that “good health” would be your drinking toast, but then again, who wouldn’t need good health after a night of drinking? Am I right?
de Vere’s Irish Pub
1521 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
I have never been too much of a snacker, but this small side always turns me into a crazed grazer. There is just something about this crunchy combo that has me hooked. To make matters worse (but also better), this dip has a healthy lentil base, so I never feel guilty eating a whole salad bowl of the stuff…and I often do!
By Samantha Fugate
With the World Series around the corner, this is the time of year for baseball fans! Get in the spirit of your favorite team with this baseball-inspired cake.
Here are a few tips:
1. Use food as decoration – the baseball stitching is done with fresh- cut strawberries, small thin slices work best
2. Always use a crumb coat – for smoother frosting, start with a crumb coat layer of frosting and then refrigerate for an hour
3. Not all frosting tips are alike – in this case, a flat, multi-opening frosting tip works best for that fresh-cut grassy look
I’m pretty sure there is no better flavor combination than the majestic trio of garlic, basil and tomato. Now I’ve never self-identified as an Italian-loving foodie, but when you fill the kitchen with the potent scent of garlic, freshly chopped basil, and oh-so-juicy home-grown tomatoes I’ll be the first say, “DELIZIOSO!”
So, you better believe that, when making homemade pizza last week, I couldn’t resist piling on this tasty trifecta of ingredients…plus some fresh mozzarella and artichoke hearts for good measure. What resulted was the above masterpiece of flavor, each steamy mouthful packed with basil-tomato-garlicky goodness. Oh, and playing classy Italian music in the background definitely completed the experience!
This weekend, Sacramento will welcome the TBD Fest to town! Formerly known as Launch Festival, the three day event will feature art, design, music and farm-to-fork cuisine. While the festival boasts an awesome musical lineup this year (Blondie, Moby, and Justice, to name a few), we have to admit it’s the local food flavor that we are most excited about.