Third Annual Sacramento Food & Film Festival


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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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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Easy, Healthy Dinner


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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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!



Kick-Off Sacramento Beer Week with the Sacramento Brewers Showcase


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.

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

California Auto Museum
2200 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95818 

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

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Wordless Wednesday: The Sandwich Spot


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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2014 Valentine’s Day in Sacramento


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 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 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 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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26th Annual Winter Wine & Food Fest


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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Gluten-free Peanut Butter Cookies


One of the things I miss most now that I’m gluten-free is all of the delicious baked goods I used to make and enjoy. Yes, I’ve experimented with gluten-free baking, with some success and some failure. Regular baking is tricky enough, but when you begin working with gluten-free alternatives to flour, a lot can go wrong.

But, I’m happy to report, a lot can go right, too. And these gluten-free peanut butter cookies are darn good. The recipe is easy to follow, and the reward is enjoying a cookie that tastes pretty close to the “real thing.”

A few tips:

  • I used natural peanut butter (which was all I had on hand) and my cookies turned out great. They were more difficult to handle as I was forming the cookie on the sheet, but they baked beautifully.
  • If you do use natural peanut butter, form a ball with the “dough” by rolling it in your hands. (I say “dough” because it’s more grainy than doughy in texture.)
  • Hold the ball between your thumb and finger to prevent it from crumbling when you crisscross the top with a fork.


  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter (not the all-natural variety)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the peanut butter and sugars on medium-high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low and beat in the eggs, baking soda, vanilla, and salt.
  3. Roll heaping tablespoonfuls of the dough into balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. With a lightly floured [gluten-free flour] fork, press the dough to a ⅜-inch thickness, making a crisscross pattern on top of each cookie.
  4. Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until the edges are set, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

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We’d love to hear about your gluten-free baking adventures!

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Salad Steals the Show with this Go-To Mix


Some of you might think of salad as far from satisfying or filling. I used to agree with you, back when “salad” just meant a handful of lettuce, drenched in dressing, alongside a large pizza you’re inhaling. Been there, done that, no regrets. But, I must say, salad – the non-wimpy, robust kind – has become a main course favorite of mine.

When it comes to the greens, my motto is “the busier the better.” Give me lots of color, lots of texture, and lots of flavor. In fact, I prefer when the amount of toppings outnumbers the lettuce. The beauty of salad is the ability to alter the flavor profile according to your topping preferences. Below is my go-to topping selection for a refreshing weeknight salad. Of course, the mix isn’t complete without a delicious dressing to tie it all together and I’m a fan of the homemade variety!


Go-To Salad Mix

1 package romaine lettuce
1/2 cup organic cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves
1/2 English cucumber, sliced
1/2 Granny Smith apple, sliced
1/4 cup fresh corn, cold
6 slices salami
2 Tbsp. goat cheese
2 Tbsp. dried cranberries
1 Tbsp. sliced almonds

Sweet and Zingy Homemade Dressing

2 Tbsp. home-harvested honey
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar


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