Aug
18

7th Annual Midtown Cocktail Week

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It’s time to raise your glasses, Sacramento – to the 7th Annual Midtown Cocktail Week!

Starting tomorrow, Midtown Cocktail Week will offer a week-long party including main events, pop-ups and education courses throughout the area. Stop by Centro on Wednesday night for a tequila-infused snow cone; brace yourself on Thursday for an evening of Amari Cocktails and Antipasti at the Shady Lady; swing by the Citizen hotel on Friday to learn what it takes to make award-winning Bloody Mary’s with “a jar, a few ingredients and a little patience.” Whatever your cup of tea (er, glass of scotch), Midtown Cocktail Week has something for you.

For a full list of main events, pop-ups and education courses, visit http://www.midtowncocktailweek.org/.

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Cheers, foodies!

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Aug
13

Whisky Wednesday

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When the folks from Cutty Sark Whisky contacted the SacFoodies to ask if we’d like to sample their Prohibition Edition Blended Scotch Whisky, we simply could not say no. They suggested we use our sample to create a Presbyterian Cocktail which mixes Cutty Sark, ginger beer and soda water for a refreshing summery beverage – so we did just that. Sound as good as it looks? This drink is currently available at Sacramento’s popular restaurant Hook & Ladder.

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Presbyterian

Available at Hook & Ladder

Created by Chris Tucker

Ingredients:

2 oz. Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition

1 oz. Ginger Beer

1 oz. Soda water

Directions:

Shake and serve over ice. 

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Aug
11

Centro Turns Twenty

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Centro Cocina Mexicana, a Sacramento staple, turns 20 this week and the restaurant is celebrating with a week of specials. Starting today and continuing through Sunday, August 17th, Centro will feature a commemorative anniversary menu and table-side guacamole preparation.

In addition to satisfying your appetite, no birthday celebration would be complete without some special drinks. Centro will feature $6 Anniversary Infusion Margaritas and $5 Centro Margaritas—which just so happened to be the price in 1994. You can also catch former Centro bartenders who will be returning on Tuesday and Wednesday to celebrate.

Born out of the desire to bring a new kind of Mexican cuisine to Sacramento, PRG Executive Chef Kurt Spataro and partner Randy Paragary opened Centro after an extensive culinary tour of Mexico. The Midtown restaurant, located on the corner of 28th and J Street, is known for its moles made from scratch, fresh corn tortillas, festive atmosphere, and fabulous Tequila infusions.

If you’ve never had the chance to make it to Centro, or if you’re due for a visit, be sure to swing by this week and wish them a Happy Birthday!

Centro Cocina Mexicana

2730 J St.

Sacramento, CA 95816

(916) 442-2552

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Aug
06

Wordless Wednesday: Chocolate Fish Coffee

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A “Flat White” from Chocolate Fish Coffee is always a good idea.

Chocolate Fish Coffee
3rd St and Q St
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Aug
04

Making Memories in Tahoe

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My family loves Tahoe summers. You can escape the Sacramento triple-digit days and soak in the cool mountain air while dining by the lake or taking in a few holes of miniature golf. So when a very significant birthday of mine was on the horizon, I knew a long week in Tahoe was exactly where I wanted to be on my special day.

While there are many amazing restaurants in Tahoe perfect for a special occasion, I have three kids under 5, so going out for a fancy meal isn’t always an option. Thankfully my thoughtful husband took matters into his own hands, and hired a chef to cook me the ultimate birthday dinner at the house we had rented in Tahoe City. Chef Derek Hagglof of Real Tahoe Food created a custom menu that was incredible starting with nibbles on the patio with a glass of Champagne and heaping spoonfuls of Burrata atop crisp grilled bread with homemade tomato jam. Pure birthday bliss! Chef Derek even enlisted the help of my very curious 4-year-old in the preparation of my birthday cake, which warmed both my heart and my belly.

Being able to celebrate my big day with friends and family in the comfort of home (with “Toy Story” quietly playing in the background) made this a birthday I will never forget.

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 Kim’s Birthday Menu

Burrata with Grilled Sourdough, Tomato Jam, Roasted Garlic, Oven Dried Grapes, Honeycomb

Crab Fritters with Tarragon Aioli

Roasted White Corn Soup with Caramelized Shallots

Maple Pork Belly Risotto with Chive Oil

Braised Short Rib with Cauliflower Mash, Grilled Asparagus and Buttermilk Onion Rings

Molten Bittersweet Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream and Espresso Ganache

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Jul
28

Magpie Café

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Last week I visited one of my favorite restaurants in Sacramento, Magpie Café, for a quick alfresco dinner on a warm summer evening – my favorite kind of dining! My dining companions and I knew immediately that we would be ordering one of the appetizer specials: the Crispy Pork Belly with Black Mission Figs sounded to-die-for, and it was! Drizzled with a coriander infused honey and topped with pickled onions and frisee, we hit a home run with this appetizer.

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Jul
22

Chicken-Veggie-Whatever In a Dish

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This is the enthralling tale of one resourceful man overcoming his hunger by combining the contents of his refrigerator into sweet and sultry sustenance. This man is me.

Let me start off by saying that this is your typical “look-in-the-fridge-and-throw-what-you’ve-got-in-a-pot” recipe. Now, with that being said, the absolute key to doing this is to make sure you have some good stuff in your fridge. This makes it a lot easier to let your culinary creativity run unrestricted. If you’re not the creative type, feel free to check out my quirky recipe below.
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Roasted garlic olive oil
Chopped onion
Chicken (the feathered, flightless friend of foodies everywhere)
A splash of Merlot wine
Eggplant
Broccolini
Yellow Summer squash
Heirloom tomatoes (Purple Cherokee to be specific)
Salt
Pepper
Dill
Parsley flakes
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Jul
21

Togo’s Giving Away 10,000 Free Sandwiches

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Who doesn’t love free stuff? Especially free food? July 24th might seem like just another day, but think again! Togo’s Sandwiches is giving away 10,000 of its best-selling sandwich, the #24 Turkey & Avocado, this Thursday, July 24.

For over 40 years, the California-based sandwich chain has been whipping up hearty and delicious sandwiches and this giveaway will help to commemorate over 24 million #24s being sold. Here’s how you can score a free #24:

  • “Like” the Togo’s Facebook page
  • Join the email club before 1:00 pm on Tuesday, July 22
  • If selected, you’ll receive a coupon that you can redeem at any Togo’s location
  • Use the Store Locator tool to find which of the 30 Sacramento area locations is closest to you

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Jul
18

Breakfast of Champions

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I do love breakfast. I have friends who skip breakfast, some whose breakfast consists of a triple Venti nonfat latte, and others who wouldn’t mind a carton of eggs and a side of beef for breakfast.

I like to start my day with a solid meal, plus lots of hot, strong coffee. My penchant for sweets sometimes leads me down the road of French toast or pancakes – ah, I do love pancakes. But, I’ve learned that if my breakfast isn’t packed with protein, then my day just goes downhill.

So when my friend and trainer, Mindy McFall, owner of Folsom Lake Fitness, shared her recipe for protein pancakes with me, I just couldn’t keep all of this goodness to myself! If you’re a breakfast person, but you want something that stays with you and is healthy, you just may have found your new favorite breakfast.

Enjoy!
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Jul
16

A Foodie’s Perspective

By Tricia Juanitas

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With a little change in perspective, it’s easy to see that food is a world of wonder.

Inspired by: Christopher Boffoli

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