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Feb
12

Where to get Something Sweet for your Sweetie in Sacramento

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PicMonkey CollageWhat’s the most fab day of Feb? Valentine’s Day, of course! It’s a double holiday for me because my adorable daughter turns 7 on the 14th. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect sweet to celebrate my little sweetie and here’s what I’ve learned by making a few phone calls and scouring the Internet (FYI, not all Valentine’s Day menus are posted online so be sure to check out Facebook or Instagram for some mouth-watering photos):

Andy’s Candy Apothecary
1012 9th St.
MON-SAT: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
SUN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When the SacFoodies made a stop at Andy’s in December during our holiday outing, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Hands down the best caramel ever!!!! I spoke to Andy himself this week and he says the store pretty much looks like a Valentine’s Day shrine. From traditional conversation hearts and heart-shaped boxes to sour or sweet gummies to foil-wrapped chocolates, there is a candy for every taste bud. Andy says to come early because they often sell out!

Ettore’s
2376 Fair Oaks Blvd.
MON-THURS: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
FRI-SAT: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
SUN: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Boxes of 4 or 6 chocolate-dipped strawberries are available and adorably packaged as well as Valentine’s Day-themed cookies (sugar sprinkle, tuxedo and conversation heart butter cookies!), cake pops, petit fours and individual Chocolate Cherry Cake Cups, a rich truffle sponge cake cup with chocolate and cherry mousse. For the record, the Princess Torte is one of my favorite cakes ever and would be a perfect Valentine’s Day treat (order the pink) but, lucky for us, it’s available year-round.

Freeport Bakery
2966 Freeport Blvd.
MON-FRI: 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
SAT: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
SUN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

No surprise here, Freeport has a lot to offer with a Valentine’s Day theme. Strawberry Heart Tart (made with fresh strawberries), Two of Hearts (think strawberry mousse filling and chocolate ganache poured on top), Jewel Box (like you see during the holidays), Valentine’s Day Log (also like you see during the holidays) are all available, plus an assortment of cookies, cupcakes and more. If you know Freeport, you know there’s no shortage of amazing sweets!

Ginger Elizabeth
1801 L Street, Suite 60
TUES-THURS: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
FRI-SAT: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
SUN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
MON: Closed

If it were my Valentine birthday, I’d be asking for the Chocolate Heart Box, which is filled with ten chocolate caramel hearts (have you figured out yet I have a thing for caramel?!). Also available is the Valentine’s Entremet, a Dark rum custard soaked banana cake with banana pudding and 64% Dominican Republic bittersweet chocolate mousse. Holy, wow! Adorable heart-shaped chocolates and milk chocolate discs sprinkled with Vahlrona cocoa nibs, sour cherries and candied rose petals also fill Ginger’s darling shop on L Street.

And don’t dismiss your local grocery store for great Valentine’s Day treats. Stores like Safeway, Nugget, Trader Joe’s and Raley’s all have a delicious display of sweets.

Happy heart day to all! I hope it’s the sweetest ever!!

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Feb
10

Sweets for the Sweet

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“Love means never having to say, ‘Sorry, there’s wheat flour in that.’”

Ah, this fabulous and inspirational gluten-free dessert lineup had me at the first line. And then I took a look at the photos and recipes.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies

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Peanut butter cookies: beardandbonnet.com

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Salted Butterscotch Filling

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Butterscotch filling cookies: eatthelove.com

Flourless Chocolate Mousse Cake

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Chocolate cake: virtuallyhomemade.com

Valentine Sugar Cookie Bites

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Sugar cookies: glutenfreecanteen.com

Be still, my heart. Whether you have a gluten intolerance or allergy, or you’re just trying to clean up your eating, these 33 decadent dessert recipes from BuzzFeed will have your Valentine feelin’ the love.

Tell us what you’re making your Valentine this year.

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Feb
09

Fab Feb: Blueberry Oatmeal Mini Muffins

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As part of our effort to make the entire month of February as fabulous as possible, I wanted to share an incredibly fast, easy and surprisingly healthy recipe for some fabulous Blueberry Oatmeal Mini Muffins. (Let’s see how many times I can say “fabulous” in this post!)

I adapted these absolutely delicious mini muffins from this fabulous recipe for Blueberry Muffins from The Lean Green Bean to make them bite-sized and even more guilt-free. They also make a fabulous toddler snack or breakfast addition.

I’ve found these mini muffins to be at their most fabulous when served warm, so enjoy fresh out of the oven or warm in the microwave for about 10 seconds before digging in. Might be worth keeping a few dozen on-hand, they go fast!

Hope you find them as fabulous as I do.

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Blueberry Oatmeal Mini Muffins

Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 egg
2/3 cup plain yogurt (I used plain nonfat Greek yogurt)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup to 1/3 cup sugar (depending on your preference or how sweet your blueberries are)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup fresh blueberries

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, stir melted butter with egg, yogurt and vanilla until well combined. Add flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon and stir until just combined (don’t over mix). Gently mix in berries. Scoop muffin batter into two greased or lined mini muffin tins. When filling the tins to the top you should get about 15 mini muffins. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Feb
04

SacFoodies Weekend Picks

SacFoodies_Weekend_PicksIt’s Crab Feed Season

If you’re thinking, “hmm, I really want to go to a Crab Feed,” then February is a great month for you. With Crab Feed season upon us, and here’s a link to many happening in the Sacramento region this weekend. Definitely purchase your tickets ahead of time as these events are sure to sell out!  If you can’t swing it this weekend, don’t fret.  Crab feeds will still be abundant all through February.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5
Junior League of Sacramento, California Automobile Museum
Friends of Fulton-El Camino Parks and Rec District, Conzelmann Center
Placer County Association of Realtors, PCAR Conference Center

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6
Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association, Sierra 2 Center
Boy Scouts Troop 1, California Automobile Museum

Vegan Super Bowl Party

While many party goers will indulge in wings, hot dogs, chili and burgers this Sunday, that’s not necessarily the only game in town. For those looking for an alternative to the carnivorous Super Bowl party fare, then head over to El Papagayo in Carmichael this Sunday for their 4th Annual Vegan Super Bowl Party. They will have an all-u-can-eat vegan buffet priced at $20 per person. They encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance here.

El Papagayo
5804 Marconi Ave.
Sacramento
916-487-7742
www.elpapagayo.net

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Feb
03

Get Your Juice On and Be Fabulous this February

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February has finally arrived! For me it’s doubly fabulous as it marks not only my birthday month, but also the end of dry January (a.k.a. a full month of not consuming any alcohol). With less pressure than a resolution for a full year, it really wasn’t all that bad. That said, rather than meeting for happy hour or going for a weekend beer, it forced me to find a different drink of choice.

Sacramento is blessed with an abundance of delicious fruits and veggies that lend themselves perfectly to cold pressed juice. Luckily, there’s also no shortage of neighborhood juice bars to try out. My two favorites happen to be Liquidology and Sun & Soil. Located in East Sac and Midtown, respectively, both offer tasty combinations that you’re sure to enjoy.

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At Liquidology, I recommend the Immune Scout (who couldn’t use an immunity boost this time of year?), which features basil, Meyer lemon, local wildflower honey, maple syrup, camu camu and just a bit of cayenne. Also, give the BB Superhero a try. It’s made up of blackberries, apple and pear.

At Sun and Soil, I stick to the Sweet Green which has apple, spinach, lime, ginger and cucumber. What can I say? I stick to what I like.

Where’s your favorite juice place in Sac?

Liquidology
4601 H St.
Sacramento
916-970-5102
http://liquidologybar.com/

Sun & Soil Juice Company
1912 P St.
Sacramento
916-341-0327
http://sunandsoiljuice.com/

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Jan
28

SacFoodies Weekend Picks

SacFoodies_Weekend_Picks[1]Sacramento’s Bacon Fest is officially underway, and while many events are already sold out, there are still opportunities to partake in some bacon-y shenanigans.

The Baddest Bacon Happy Hour
The Golden Bear is the place to be Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the “Baddest Bacon Happy Hour.” We’re not sure what that means, but this is coming from the folks that created the Juicy Lucy Burger, so it’s bound to be amazing.

The Golden Bear
2326 K St.
Sacramento
www.goldenbear916.com

Hook & Ladder’s Bacon Fest Brunch
Midtown favorite Hook & Ladder goes pork goodness for this very special Bacon Fest brunch!
If you love brunch as much as we do, then you will run (don’t walk!) to Hook & Ladder this Saturday for a special Bacon Fest brunch. In fact, they will open one hour early, at 9 a.m., to serve more pork goodness.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of their swoon-worthy menu items:

Pancetta & Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuit Sando with Peppered Bacon, Fried Egg & Maple Aioli
Fried Bacon & Banana French Toast with Crispy Bacon & Salted Caramel Gelato
Bacon Wrapped Chimichanga with Scrambled Eggs, Habanero Jack Cheese, Pickled Red Onion, Guacamole, Black Beans & Charred Tomato Salsa
Pork Belly Hash with Roasted Peppers, Potato, Onion, Pumpkin, Rainbow Chard, Chipotle Hollandaise & Two Poached Eggs

And don’t forget beverage like the Pepper-Bacon Bloody Mary or Maple-Bacon Fizz! Brunch is available until 2 p.m.

Hook & Ladder
1630 S St.
Sacramento
www.hookandladder916.com

Pangaea’s Fifth Annual Bacon & Beer Night
If you didn’t get your fill of bacon at brunch, (editor note: is there such thing as too much bacon??), then head over to Pangaea Bier Café on Saturday night for their bacon festivities. It does have a bit of secrecy to it, but here’s what we know: there will be beer, bacon and Bacon Suicide IPA. We’re in!

Pangaea Bier Café
2743 Franklin
Sacramento
www.pangaeabiercafe.com

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Jan
26

Local Food News: 2.5-Acre Urban Farm Coming to Northwest Land Park School

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Final JPEGLast week, the Sacramento City Unified School District unanimously approved local nonprofit Food Literacy Center to serve as program manager of the Leataata Floyd Farms Project, a 2.5-acre urban farm on the Leataata Floyd Elementary School campus in the Northwest Land Park neighborhood of Sacramento. The landmark plan includes establishing a “Broccoli Headquarters” for Food Literacy Center, an organization dedicated to educating the youth of Sacramento on the importance of healthy cooking and eating.

The SacFoodies have had the pleasure of working on behalf of Food Literacy Center and recently had a chance to check out the open space that will house the Leataata Floyd Farms Project. As you can see from the initial rendering of the space, the foodie future is looking bright! Here’s more on the exciting news:

The new location will allow Food Literacy Center to expand upon its mission to inspire kids to eat their vegetables and improve the health of the community. For the first time ever Food Literacy Center will serve high school students in addition to elementary school students and daytime education will be added to the curriculum.

Food Literacy Center will continue to operate—and expand—its current successful programming. The approval enables Food Literacy Center to serve an additional 800 students per year in the Sacramento City Unified School District, doubling their reach from the 800 students in the eight schools they now serve to 1,600 students in 16 schools in the first year. They anticipate continued school growth year to year.

In addition to the students of the Sacramento Unified School District, the greater Sacramento community and region will also have access to the new facility and its resources through food literacy programming such as cooking classes and garden education.

The new site will include indoor teaching kitchens and a production agriculture parcel with the goal of providing food for the elementary school cafeteria. Students will receive food literacy curriculum including hands-on, inquiry-based classes that are tied to academic standards, including cooking and nutrition classes such as the chemistry of cooking, history/culture through cuisine and food science. Additionally, the students will receive garden/farm curriculum including hands-on classes to learn the parts of a plant, the science of growing food, composting and insect biology. The garden and farm will include drought-tolerant and native edible plants and will be organic.

The organization is actively seeking additional donations from the community to help pay for necessary programming and equipment. To donate, visit www.foodliteracy.org.

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Jan
15

SacFoodies Weekend Picks

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Winterfest, Beer & Wine Social

Do you love beer, wine and food? Of course you do! Then check out Winterfest at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel Grand Ballroom in Sacramento this Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Winterfest supports a great cause, the Runnin’ for Rhett Foundation.

General Admission Tickets: $45

  • 40 Breweries
  • 15 Wineries
  • 20+ Restaurants and Food Trucks
  • Unlimited tastings
  • DJ’ed music
  • Raffle (Drawing Prize tickets are $20)

 
Red Lion Woodlake Hotel
500 Leisure Lane
Sacramento
(916) 922-2020

www.sacwinterfest.org

Dine Downtown

This is the last weekend to enjoy Dine Downtown so be sure to check out one (or more!) of the 30 restaurants participating. Local chefs have created special 3-course dinner menus for $35 and a $1 of every Dine Downtown meal purchased will benefit Food Literacy Center. Dine Downtown ends this Saturday.

www.downtownsac.org/services/events/dine-downtown/

Taylor’s Market: Butchering 101

Looking to improve your knife skills? Every weekend at 10 a.m., Taylor’s Market presents Butchering 101 workshop and this Saturday’s class is all about seafood, poultry, and knife skills. Learn how to select and prepare seafood, break down a whole chicken and then wrap-up with a light lunch. Tickets are $40 per person with a nominal EventBrite service fee.

Taylor’s Market

2900 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento
(916) 443-6881

http://www.taylorsmarket.com/t/Butchering101

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Jan
13

POWERBALL

By Samantha Fugate

Tonight is the night for the biggest Powerball drawing in history. To celebrate that, we thought we could share the Foodie version of the Powerball. It may not win you $1.5 billion, but it will fill you with fiber, Omega-3s and, of course, chocolate (because when is chocolate not a good idea?)

Photo Courtesy of Pink Cookies with Sprinkles

Photo Courtesy of Pink Cookies with Sprinkles

Awhile back, I found this recipe on Pinterest and thought I would give it a go – it had peanut butter and chocolate, so I was automatically intrigued.  I like to make a batch Sunday night and have an excellent POWER snack throughout the whole week.

Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats (old fashioned, not quick)
1/2 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
1/3 cup RAW honey
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds (unsalted)
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, or, dark chocolate chunks
1–2 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Directions

Mix altogether and refrigerate 45 minutes to an hour
Roll into small balls and keep refrigerated

 

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Jan
06

Wordless Wednesday: Meet & Eat, Curtis Park

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collageThe Spicy Chicken Salad (topped with an onion ring!) and the Pork Belly Burger with Truffle Fries at the newly-opened restaurant Meet & Eat, located on Freeport Blvd. in Curtis Park.

Meet & Eat
3445 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95818

916-476-3082 

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