Archive for September, 2011:

Sep
29

Community Cafe, Sonoma

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Last time I visited Sonoma, we ventured outside of our usual Sunday brunch territory on the historic Sonoma Plaza and tried a new restaurant just a short distance down the road, Community Cafe. All I can say is the jaunt off the plaza was worth it! I tried the Grilled Cheese Breakfast Sandwich which was […]

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Sep
26

The Melt, San Francisco

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When I first heard that celebrity chef Michael Mina and Flip camera (RIP) founder Jonathan Kaplan were collaborating on a grilled cheese eatery concept bound for San Francisco, I could barely contain my excitement. If you know me, you know that cheese is – without competition – the way to my heart. Meld my love […]

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Sep
19

Parada 22, San Francisco

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The thing about Puerto Rican food is that it’s just really, really good. It’s the kind of delicious that you feel guilty eating, even when it’s still relatively healthy. I recently had the pleasure of attending a Foodspotting + Scoutmob “eat-up” at Parada 22 in San Francisco, which just so happens to be a personal […]

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Sep
16

17th Annual California Brewers Festival

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Believe it or not, summer is quickly coming to an end, and that means one thing – it’s time to soak up as much of the beautiful Sacramento sunshine as you can while it’s still here! If you’re looking for ways to get out of the house this weekend, head on over to the 17th […]

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Sep
14

Shredded Italian Pot Roast

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I was 46 before I owned a Crock-Pot, but when I bought it, I bought it with great purpose. Last Christmas I was home visiting family in Kansas City, Missouri, when talk turned to food — as it always does. Somehow my parents and I began talking about “Italian Shredded Beef” and before much time […]

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Sep
12

Pirate Stew

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Ahoy matey!  As the weather turns colder, I am a huge fan of “set it and forget it” slow cooker recipes.  They warm the heart, soul and wallet!  This recipe is a family favorite and very convenient with minimal prep time.  Plus, who can resist the name “Pirate Stew”?  Shiver me timbers.    Pirate Stew (recipe […]

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Sep
09

The Kitchen Restaurant, Sacramento

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We’ve all had bad restaurant experiences where you’re either ignored by your server or the food doesn’t quite live up to your expectations. I don’t see this ever being the case when it comes to The Kitchen, the self-proclaimed “anti-restaurant.” Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, The Kitchen (owned by Randall Selland of Ella Dining […]

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Sep
08

Back Wine Bar, Folsom

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Fellow SacFoodie Shelly and I found yet another gem of a wine bar – this time in Folsom, where we enjoyed wine, port, appetizers and dessert on a beautiful summer evening. Definitely pencil in the Back Wine Bar on your “to do” list, where you can choose from more than thirty wines, many from small […]

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Sep
05

Ricotta Gnocchi in Boston’s North End

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There is nothing I love more than traditional Italian fare. No matter where I am, an authentic Italian meal can instantly transport me to my cousin Louise’s dinner table in New York, where my big Italian family often gathers around an exhaustive feast for no particular occasion other than for the sheer pleasure of eating […]

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Sep
02

Galleto Ristorante, Modesto

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By Jenna Buhagiar, Vanessa Smith and Shelly Kessen As with many business professionals, lunch meetings are a usual occurrence for us around here, whether we are in Sacramento or on the road. While our business takes us everywhere from San Diego to Atlanta and even Miami, we often find ourselves traveling down 99 to our […]

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