Nov
05

Sushi Burrito King

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Ever since I have developed a love for sushi, I have noticed that you can never get enough of it. In other words, it doesn’t fill you up. Granted, I’m a full-grown American man who does realize that being full after every meal isn’t always good. But, every time I venture out for sushi, it just kind of leaves you hanging. That’s why there seems to be a frozen yogurt shop somewhere close by sushi restaurants, because they know you’re still going to be hungry after chowing down on three sushi rolls.
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Nov
03

A Taste of Spain

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There are some things that have the power to take you back to a time and place, where memories collide in a rush of images – and you get to experience a moment all over again. Sometimes, it’s a song, the words of which bring a smile, a laugh, or tears. Sometimes, it’s a de ja vu moment, jarring and powerful. For many, myself included, it’s the smell of something simmering on the stove, of scents so strong they transport you.

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Oct
29

Goose Island Migration Week

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Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Co. is ending its Migration Week in sunny Sacramento County! Migration Week is a 32-city tour that began in Miami in March and has finally made its way west for the winter. It includes a series of tap takeovers, brewer meet-and-greets and beer education events that are open to the public. Tonight is the second-to-last event, followed by the grand finale on Friday.
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Oct
28

Motown’s Mercury Burger Bar

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One of the best parts of being a foodie is that everywhere I travel becomes a fun new hunting ground for my next great meal and, in turn, my next great blog post! So, last weekend in Detroit I did what any hungry traveler would do, and relied on the locals to point me in the right dinner-time direction. My uncle suggested we try Mercury Burger Bar, and I could not be happier that we did.

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Mercury is located in the historic/hipster neighborhood of Corktown in Detroit and includes an eclectic patio filled with metal work, fire pits and a garden. As enjoyable as the ambiance was though, the menu was not to be upstaged.

Featuring a generous list of local craft brews and a creative collection of burger options, I finally decided on the Motor City Ghettoblaster English Ale to appropriately accompany “The Local” Burger. There’s something about pulled pork on a burger that just feels so right, and this time was no different. My sister tried “The Juicy” and assured me the cheddar-stuffed patty on this cheeseburger was just as magical as it sounds, further solidifying my belief that there is no such thing as too much cheese. And yes – the ketchup smiley face did make it taste even better. 

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Oct
21

Rubio’s New Sustainable Shrimp Tacos

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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.

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Oct
17

Rediscover Roxy Restaurant and Bar

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:

Drinks

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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.

Bites

Zucchini Chips 

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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

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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.

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Oct
16

New Roma Bakery

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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.

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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
916-443-2346

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Oct
13

West Sac Veggie Trike

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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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Oct
10

It’s Not a Beerfest…It’s Sactoberfest!

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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.

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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!IMG_2359

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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!”

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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.

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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.

To purchase tickets visit www.Sactoberfest.com or find them on Facebook.

951 Riverfront Street at The Barn in West Sacramento

Hours:
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.

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Oct
07

Granny de Vere’s Irish Shepherd’s Pie

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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.

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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.

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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
(916) 231-9947

 

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