Mar
19

Mother, Sacramento

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If you live in Sacramento and hearing “Mother” does not immediately make you think “Sacramento’s most buzzed about new restaurant” then I may have to politely ask if you’ve been living under a rock. The new restaurant venture from Chef Michael Thiemann who was previously with Ella Dining Room has already received rave reviews from just about every local media outlet since opening its doors in January. And, what many are surprised to learn about this new Sacramento gem is that the restaurant is completely vegetarian.

The SacFoodies quickly got wind about Mother and who had or had not tried Mother yet has now been a hallway topic of conversation around the office for weeks. I may not have won the award for being the first to try Mother, but it looks like I win for being the first to blog about the new restaurant.

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I visited on a Saturday evening around 9pm with three dining companions. We knew we would be in for a wait as the restaurant does not take reservations, but snagged a table after about 30 minutes. Although we were tempted to order the “Chef’s Special” which is 10 surprise dishes, we weren’t quite that daring and elected to share a few appetizers and order our own entrées.
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Mar
17

A Traditional St. Patrick’s Day Spread

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Looking for a last minute recipe to get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit? Try this easy recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage from Nugget Markets. You don’t even need the luck of the Irish to make this meal, just a little time, a crock pot and an ice cold beer to pair it with. Cheers to St. Patrick’s Day!

Ingredients
Corned beef brisket
2 tablespoons of Hot Chinese Mustard
6 red potatoes, quartered
3 carrots, peeled and cut in half
1 yellow onion, quartered
2 parsnips, peeled and cut into four pieces
½ head of cabbage, large dice Corned Beef and Cabbage

Photo and recipe credit Nugget Markets

Directions
Place brisket in a large crockpot and cover by about two inches with cold water. Bring just to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3 hours. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. After the 3 hours, remove the brisket and slather on the mustard. Place in the oven to form a crust. This will take 30 to 45 minutes. While the brisket is browning cook the potatoes, carrots and onions in the poaching liquid. Start checking the vegetables after about 20 minutes. When the potatoes are almost cooked, drop in the parsnips and cabbage. Cook until just tender, about 8 to 10 minutes more. Separate from the sauce and set aside. When the brisket is finished allow it to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Carve and serve with the vegetables and the strained poaching liquid on the side. Enjoy!

Mar
14

Third Annual Sacramento Food & Film Festival

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Though Sacramento Beer Week has come to a close, have no fear foodies, we’ve got you covered. The 3rd Annual Sacramento Food & Film Festival kicks off next Thursday and it’s sure to be a perfect blend of authentic Sacramento flavors and food-themed documentaries that will leave you a more fulfilled foodie. All proceeds of this ten-day festival will benefit the California Food Literacy Center, a local nonprofit here in Sacramento, working to provide low-income children with food education for a more sustainable future.


Here’s the food and film lineup running from Thursday, March 20 through Sunday, March 30 :

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Mar
05

FREE BREAKFAST AND COFFEE FRIDAY AT MAYAHUEL

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Weekday breakfasts may be one of my most favorite things. Saturdays and Sundays pack them in and you always face an impending wait. But on a weekday, when I should be at work and there are less people dining out, it seems as if going out to breakfast is more of a treat.

Now what’s a bigger treat than a free breakfast … and on a weekday no less? Well that’s what is happening this Friday, March 7 in Downtown Sacramento. Mayahuel on K Street is introducing its new breakfast menu by giving away free breakfast tacos and burritos as well as cups of delicious Pacha Coffee. Here’s the skinny:

Mayahuel — Free Breakfast Tacos and Burritos and Pacha Coffee

Friday, March 7
7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
1200 K Street, Sacramento
(916) 441-7200

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Mar
03

Easy, Healthy Dinner

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Looking for something delicious, healthy AND easy to prepare? Try these chicken kabobs, courtesy of Delicious Pairings catering. Simply marinate chunks of chicken breast and veggies (bell pepper, onion and zucchini) for an hour in a mixture of olive oil, mustard, lemon juice, honey, garlic, black pepper and season salt. Then, slide the chicken and veggies onto skewers and barbeque them. Enjoy!

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Feb
28

Explore Bay Area Culinary Treasures with an Edible Excursions Food Tour

By: Amanda Frew

Are you looking for a fun and delicious weekend adventure? Look no further than Edible Excursions, an award-winning Bay Area culinary tour company.

Edible Excursions offers foodies intimate insider tours of some of the Bay Area’s most delicious neighborhoods throughout San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. The tours are led by chefs, food writers and epicureans with deep culinary knowledge and strong ties to the local culinary community.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of embarking on a private tour of Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood. I had no prior experience dining in Oakland, so I was looking forward to this adventure. Little did I know that Uptown holds so many gems!

On our three-hour tour, we visited an artisan sandwich shop, dined on spicy-sweet bacon popcorn, enjoyed Spanish-style small plates, indulged in heavenly grilled cheese and even tasted a flight of wine from a local winery! At each stop we had the opportunity to meet and talk to the restaurant owner or chef, and on our walks in between, our tour guide Sarah taught us about the history of Uptown while pointing out architectural details and landmarks. This tour left me with a new respect for Oakland, with a list of wonderful restaurants I’ll definitely be returning to and of course, with a very full and happy belly!

Check out Edible Excursions for a food adventure you won’t forget!

 

Feb
25

Kick-Off Sacramento Beer Week with the Sacramento Brewers Showcase

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Sacramento Beer Week kicks off with a bang this Thursday, as 27 local breweries come together for a fun filled, beer-focused evening at the Sacramento Brewers Showcase , taking place at the California Auto Museum.

The breweries in attendance will be offering samples of their local brews and there will also be a special competition for the People’s Choice Award for a Pale Ale brewed specifically for the event.

Admission includes unlimited beer tasting, a tasting glass souvenir, music and food available for sampling and purchase. Plus, over 150 cars will be on display. Breweries participating include: Black Dragon Brewery, Two Rivers Cider Company, Bike Dog Brewing Company, Track 7 Brewing Company, Roseville Brewing Company and Ruhstaller.

Click here to purchase tickets.

The annual Sacramento Beer Week will run through Sunday, March 9. As the week unfolds, several area restaurants and venues will feature a robust selection of specialty menus, beer pairings, beer tastings and more. For a full event calendar, click here.

When:
February 27, 2014, 6-9 p.m. (VIP access starts at 5 p.m.)

Where:
California Auto Museum
2200 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95818 

Tickets:
General Admission: $40
VIP Access: $50
Designated Drivers: $10
Purchase tickets here

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Feb
19

Wordless Wednesday: The Sandwich Spot

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I am a sucker for a great sandwich and The Sandwich Spot (locations in Midtown and Land Park) does not disappoint.

Pictured here from the Midtown location (menus vary by location!):

  • #8 The Hot One: marinated chicken, pepper jack cheese, spicy bomb sauce
  • #16 Governor: hot turkey, cream cheese, avocado, bomb sauce
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Feb
11

2014 Valentine’s Day in Sacramento

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When you’re lucky enough to have Valentine’s Day fall on a Friday, the options are endless where romantic dining is concerned.  

Should you stay in and set the mood in the comfort of your own home? Do you go grand and reserve a table at the hottest restaurant in town? What about the single ladies and gents – should you defy cupid and indulge in solo pursuits on the most romantic day of the year?

Can’t decide? Not to worry, the Sac Foodies are here to help.  We’ve created a list of must-dos for love-struck couples, happy homebodies and single ladies and lads to help everyone’s V-Day sizzle all night long.

Valentine’s Prix Fixe Offerings in Sacramento (Make reservations on Open Table or by contacting each restaurant quickly before it’s too late)

  • The Melting Pot – $75 per person offers five-courses of mouthwatering fondue dishes with a variety of dessert and entrée options. There’s also a Lover’s Lane package for $125 per person, which offers four courses, sparkling wine and an embossed photo frame. See the full menu here.

The Melting Pot
814 15th St., Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-2347

  • Cafeteria 15L – $80 per couple includes a champagne toast, an appetizer, an entrée and dessert options for two. Dinner is served from 5 – 11 p.m. See the full menu here.

Cafeteria 15L
1116 15th St., Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 492-1960

  • Ella Dining Room and Bar – An Ella Valentine’s meal is an exquisite four-course adventure paired with one bottle of champagne per couple. The cost is $125 per person and the full menu can be found here.

Ella Dining Room and Bar
1131 K St., Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-3772

Creative Ideas for Homebodies (This is what I’ll be doing)

  • Netflix subscribers rejoice! Season 2 of the award-winning ‘House of Cards’ premieres on Feb. 14. So tune in, cozy up, and kick off the night with a bottle of red and a home-cooked meal, made with love. Check out these appetizing delights on CookingLight.com for 20 delicious (and healthy!) romantic recipes to set the mood.
  • Not in the cooking mood? Here are local hot-spots offering takeout for two.
      • P.F. Chang’s Nothing says takeout, like Chinese takeout! Here’s the full P.F. Chang’s menu to choose from. Call-in your order ahead of time to ensure it arrives quickly.
      • Buca di Beppo – Known for their family-style Italian cuisine, Buca di Beppo offers heart-warming, tummy-filling meals to satisfy both you and your love. The best part? They deliver! Check out the full menu here.
      • Looking for more delivery options? Look no further than Eat24.com to find any fine dining cuisine in your area that delivers straight to your front door.
  • And if you really want to impress that special someone – try this amazingly simple, mood-setting treat guaranteed to wow: chocolate-covered strawberries. Believe it or not, I make these for friends and family at least twice a month because it’s that easy. As in, two-ingredients-one-microwave-and-15-minutes-easy. Here’s my go-to recipe on FoodNetwork.com that never fails.

All the single ladies… Now put your hands up!

  • If you’re not marching to the beat of Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies’ song, then you’re truly missing out. Let your hair down and have more fun on Valentine’s Night, because you CAN! Consider indulging in these activities with a group of your closest pals.
      • Harlow’s Restaurant – All-girl rock band, the Rainbow Girls will be performing at Harlow’s on Feb. 14, so turn Valentine’s Day into Ladies Night and enjoy good tunes, cold drinks and great company at Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub.
      • Fox & GooseEnjoy good folk music from Sea Legs and Davis folk rock group, Red Union Blue at local hot-spot Fox & Goose. Event starts at 9p.m. and tickets are $5.
      • Shady Lady – Take yourself back to the Roaring Twenties when jazz and blues were all the rage. This Friday at 9 p.m., Shady Lady will bring original blues orchestra and jazz from Sacramento-based musician, Harley White Jr.
  • Are you a single homebody? Then I suggest turning Valentine’s Night into a fun friends or family affair. Include a group of friends, your devoted pet, or perhaps your kids or parents and throw in some ice cream, pizza, beer, wine, or all of the above, and pop in your favorite movie for a full family date night!

Tell us, what are your plans for the big day?

 

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Feb
05

26th Annual Winter Wine & Food Fest

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Looking for some good food, and a good cause? We’ve found an event that delivers both – the 26th Annual Winter Wine & Food Fest. All proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada, granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions in an effort to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Last year’s event raised $400,000 in one night, funding 80 children’s wishes. Each wish is a life-affirming testament to hope, inspiration and resilience, impacting the wish of a child, their family, and many times an entire community.

This premier food and wine event will feature more than 120 premium wineries and breweries, including the renowned Wente, Frank Family, Borjon Winery, Boeger Winery, and Renwood. You can also enjoy tasty bites from exclusive restaurants such as Paul Martin Bistro, Ambrosia, Frank Fats, Il Fornio, and Matteo’s.
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