Mar
07

Skool on K

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If you love fish and you love Japanese food, make your way to Skool on K. The restaurant opened in February and is situated on K Street across the street from The Golden Bear. The space is bright and modern and there is even a small courtyard in front of the restaurant for sidewalk dining.

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We began our dinner with Grapefruit 75 cocktails, a mix of shochu, (a Japanese liquor), fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and sparkling Rosé.  We enjoyed the cocktails alongside the creamy and salty sea urchin and uni flan appetizer, served in a small mason jar with accompanying crostini.

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Next, we shared a raw fish sampler plate which featured a cured trout paired with refreshing wedges of tangerine, radish and frisée, creating a stark contrast to the amberjack crudo paired with eggplant, mushroom and daikon. Also included on the sampler was a salmon tartare with miso ginger mustard and topped with a quail egg, which was my favorite part of the sampler plate. Intended to be wrapped up in nori, I might have actually preferred it with some light crostini. We also shared the squid ink spaghettina entrée, which was highly recommended by the staff. Featuring Monterey squid and shrimp with garlic and tomato in a red curry/ lemongrass dashi broth, this was the best dish of the evening.

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Lastly, we were treated to two desserts: a matcha white chocolate cake in a jar and a Meyer lemon buttermilk panna cotta, the perfect way to wrap up our meal. Thank you to the team at Skool on K for inviting the SacFoodies in!

Skool on K
2319 K Street
Sacramento, CA
916-737-5767

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Feb
29

10 Things You Don’t Know About …

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photo 1Jenna Buhagiar

1.) I’m currently eating for two. My husband and I are expecting our second child (it’s a boy!) in April, 2016. Our almost-two-year-old daughter is still deciding what she thinks about that.

2.) I’m a state-wide California girl. I was born in San Diego, began elementary school in Boulder Creek (a small town in the Santa Cruz Mountains) and grew up just outside of Sacramento in Rocklin.

3.) I have Aggie Pride and a fondness for Davis. I didn’t travel far from home for college, getting a degree in Communication from the University of California, Davis, and I love to visit my former stomping grounds. In fact, some of my favorite restaurants are in Davis – check out my post on C.R.E.A.M. (a must try for any ice cream and cookie lover!).

4.) Fried Chicken. Enough said? My friends know that I will order any form of fried chicken almost every time I see it on a menu. Fried chicken and waffles, fried chicken sandwich, fried chicken fingers … get in my belly.

5.) I’m a cat lady. But if you follow me on Instagram, you already knew that. My two cats – Blue and Neela – were my first babies.

6.) I love to cook (and I love to eat). My dad is an amazing cook and definitely passed on his love of cooking (and eating) to me. Growing up, my dad always cooked from scratch and I seriously didn’t know that baked goods could be made out of a box until I was in high school.

7.) I have a love/hate relationship with eggs. I love eggs in things – quiche, frittata, baked goods, fried rice, egg salad, you name it. But I just can’t get myself to join the “egg on top” bandwagon. I’m not a fan of a runny, scrambled or fried egg. And please don’t ever try to make me eat an omelet.

8.) Reppin’ for West Sac. Sometimes it feels like I rarely leave my West Sac bubble, but with our own Nugget Market and Target, why would I need to leave? Our budding craft brewery scene isn’t helping, either.

9.) Wine and beer are my friends. I always feel at home in a great winery or brewery. A daunting wine or beer list at a restaurant doesn’t scare me. Bring it on! I love to experiment and am always enjoying old favorites and trying new things (although not for the past nine months, but I’ll be back at it again soon!).

10.) When all else fails, make pizza. So simple, but sometimes the best meals start with fresh pizza dough. It’s my favorite blank-slate for home cooking.

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Feb
25

Sacramento Beer Week: Track 7 Beer Pairing Dinner at Grange

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Grange Track 7 SquareThe SacFoodies are paying close attention to all things Sacramento Beer Week and will be sharing news here on the blog about the events that catch our eye.

First up? Coming up on Thursday, March 3rd, Grange Restaurant & Bar at The Citizen Hotel is hosting a beer-pairing dinner with Track 7 Brewing Co. Executive Chef Oliver Ridgeway will prepare a four-course-tasting menu with pairings by brew master Ryan Graham of Track 7.

Sounds as delicious to you as it did to us? Call 916-492-4450 to reserve your seat now. The cost for this food and beer experience is $65 per person. Space is limited, so don’t wait!

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Feb
19

SacFoodies Weekend Picks

1.15_WeekendPicks-01What’s Brewin’ Sacramento Concert Benefit

Beer, coffee and live music? Sounds like our kind of charity event! Head to Pachamama tonight for the What’s Brewin’ Sacramento Concert benefiting Concerts 4 Charity and Pachamama Coffee Cooperative farmers. Local bands White Elephant and The Golden Cadillacs will be playing and food/drinks will be available for purchase from Ruhstaller Beer, Pachamama and the Cali Love Food Truck. The event (open to those 21 and over) kicks off at 6:30pm.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here, or at the door.

Pachamama
919 20th Street
Sacramento

Beer and Ballet from the Sacramento Ballet

If you love beer and ballet, then you cannot miss the Sacramento Ballet’s new performance series held at Sacramento City College Art Court Theatre. Where else can you enjoy the artistry of the Sacramento Ballet while enjoying the delicious brews of Ruhstaller Beer. Tonight’s performance is sold out, but we hear there are still tickets for Saturday night’s show at 7 p.m. and Sunday’s matinee at 1 p.m. for $35 each.

For tickets, please visit the Sacramento Ballet website for more information.

Art Court Theatre – Sacramento City College
3835 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento

Preparing Your Spring Garden Workshop

As spring approaches, it’s time to start thinking about planting your edible garden and who better than our friends at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op to help get you started. This Saturday, Chanowk Yisrael from Yisrael Farmily Urban Farm will teach you how to plan your garden space and prepare, plant, and care for an abundant, thriving spring garden. They will cover soil preparation, starting seeds, crop selection and more. This class is perfect for new gardeners or for gardeners who are new to the Sacramento growing region. Cost is $25 per person, $20 for Co-op owners. Tickets available on the Co-op website.

Saturday, February 20
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
1900 Alhambra Blvd.
Sacramento

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Feb
12

Where to get Something Sweet for your Sweetie in Sacramento

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PicMonkey CollageWhat’s the most fab day of Feb? Valentine’s Day, of course! It’s a double holiday for me because my adorable daughter turns 7 on the 14th. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect sweet to celebrate my little sweetie and here’s what I’ve learned by making a few phone calls and scouring the Internet (FYI, not all Valentine’s Day menus are posted online so be sure to check out Facebook or Instagram for some mouth-watering photos):

Andy’s Candy Apothecary
1012 9th St.
MON-SAT: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
SUN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When the SacFoodies made a stop at Andy’s in December during our holiday outing, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Hands down the best caramel ever!!!! I spoke to Andy himself this week and he says the store pretty much looks like a Valentine’s Day shrine. From traditional conversation hearts and heart-shaped boxes to sour or sweet gummies to foil-wrapped chocolates, there is a candy for every taste bud. Andy says to come early because they often sell out!

Ettore’s
2376 Fair Oaks Blvd.
MON-THURS: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
FRI-SAT: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
SUN: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Boxes of 4 or 6 chocolate-dipped strawberries are available and adorably packaged as well as Valentine’s Day-themed cookies (sugar sprinkle, tuxedo and conversation heart butter cookies!), cake pops, petit fours and individual Chocolate Cherry Cake Cups, a rich truffle sponge cake cup with chocolate and cherry mousse. For the record, the Princess Torte is one of my favorite cakes ever and would be a perfect Valentine’s Day treat (order the pink) but, lucky for us, it’s available year-round.

Freeport Bakery
2966 Freeport Blvd.
MON-FRI: 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
SAT: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
SUN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

No surprise here, Freeport has a lot to offer with a Valentine’s Day theme. Strawberry Heart Tart (made with fresh strawberries), Two of Hearts (think strawberry mousse filling and chocolate ganache poured on top), Jewel Box (like you see during the holidays), Valentine’s Day Log (also like you see during the holidays) are all available, plus an assortment of cookies, cupcakes and more. If you know Freeport, you know there’s no shortage of amazing sweets!

Ginger Elizabeth
1801 L Street, Suite 60
TUES-THURS: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
FRI-SAT: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
SUN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
MON: Closed

If it were my Valentine birthday, I’d be asking for the Chocolate Heart Box, which is filled with ten chocolate caramel hearts (have you figured out yet I have a thing for caramel?!). Also available is the Valentine’s Entremet, a Dark rum custard soaked banana cake with banana pudding and 64% Dominican Republic bittersweet chocolate mousse. Holy, wow! Adorable heart-shaped chocolates and milk chocolate discs sprinkled with Vahlrona cocoa nibs, sour cherries and candied rose petals also fill Ginger’s darling shop on L Street.

And don’t dismiss your local grocery store for great Valentine’s Day treats. Stores like Safeway, Nugget, Trader Joe’s and Raley’s all have a delicious display of sweets.

Happy heart day to all! I hope it’s the sweetest ever!!

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Feb
10

Sweets for the Sweet

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“Love means never having to say, ‘Sorry, there’s wheat flour in that.’”

Ah, this fabulous and inspirational gluten-free dessert lineup had me at the first line. And then I took a look at the photos and recipes.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies

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Peanut butter cookies: beardandbonnet.com

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Salted Butterscotch Filling

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Butterscotch filling cookies: eatthelove.com

Flourless Chocolate Mousse Cake

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Chocolate cake: virtuallyhomemade.com

Valentine Sugar Cookie Bites

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Sugar cookies: glutenfreecanteen.com

Be still, my heart. Whether you have a gluten intolerance or allergy, or you’re just trying to clean up your eating, these 33 decadent dessert recipes from BuzzFeed will have your Valentine feelin’ the love.

Tell us what you’re making your Valentine this year.

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Feb
09

Fab Feb: Blueberry Oatmeal Mini Muffins

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As part of our effort to make the entire month of February as fabulous as possible, I wanted to share an incredibly fast, easy and surprisingly healthy recipe for some fabulous Blueberry Oatmeal Mini Muffins. (Let’s see how many times I can say “fabulous” in this post!)

I adapted these absolutely delicious mini muffins from this fabulous recipe for Blueberry Muffins from The Lean Green Bean to make them bite-sized and even more guilt-free. They also make a fabulous toddler snack or breakfast addition.

I’ve found these mini muffins to be at their most fabulous when served warm, so enjoy fresh out of the oven or warm in the microwave for about 10 seconds before digging in. Might be worth keeping a few dozen on-hand, they go fast!

Hope you find them as fabulous as I do.

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Blueberry Oatmeal Mini Muffins

Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 egg
2/3 cup plain yogurt (I used plain nonfat Greek yogurt)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup to 1/3 cup sugar (depending on your preference or how sweet your blueberries are)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup fresh blueberries

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, stir melted butter with egg, yogurt and vanilla until well combined. Add flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon and stir until just combined (don’t over mix). Gently mix in berries. Scoop muffin batter into two greased or lined mini muffin tins. When filling the tins to the top you should get about 15 mini muffins. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Feb
04

SacFoodies Weekend Picks

SacFoodies_Weekend_PicksIt’s Crab Feed Season

If you’re thinking, “hmm, I really want to go to a Crab Feed,” then February is a great month for you. With Crab Feed season upon us, and here’s a link to many happening in the Sacramento region this weekend. Definitely purchase your tickets ahead of time as these events are sure to sell out!  If you can’t swing it this weekend, don’t fret.  Crab feeds will still be abundant all through February.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5
Junior League of Sacramento, California Automobile Museum
Friends of Fulton-El Camino Parks and Rec District, Conzelmann Center
Placer County Association of Realtors, PCAR Conference Center

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6
Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association, Sierra 2 Center
Boy Scouts Troop 1, California Automobile Museum

Vegan Super Bowl Party

While many party goers will indulge in wings, hot dogs, chili and burgers this Sunday, that’s not necessarily the only game in town. For those looking for an alternative to the carnivorous Super Bowl party fare, then head over to El Papagayo in Carmichael this Sunday for their 4th Annual Vegan Super Bowl Party. They will have an all-u-can-eat vegan buffet priced at $20 per person. They encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance here.

El Papagayo
5804 Marconi Ave.
Sacramento
916-487-7742
www.elpapagayo.net

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Feb
03

Get Your Juice On and Be Fabulous this February

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February has finally arrived! For me it’s doubly fabulous as it marks not only my birthday month, but also the end of dry January (a.k.a. a full month of not consuming any alcohol). With less pressure than a resolution for a full year, it really wasn’t all that bad. That said, rather than meeting for happy hour or going for a weekend beer, it forced me to find a different drink of choice.

Sacramento is blessed with an abundance of delicious fruits and veggies that lend themselves perfectly to cold pressed juice. Luckily, there’s also no shortage of neighborhood juice bars to try out. My two favorites happen to be Liquidology and Sun & Soil. Located in East Sac and Midtown, respectively, both offer tasty combinations that you’re sure to enjoy.

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At Liquidology, I recommend the Immune Scout (who couldn’t use an immunity boost this time of year?), which features basil, Meyer lemon, local wildflower honey, maple syrup, camu camu and just a bit of cayenne. Also, give the BB Superhero a try. It’s made up of blackberries, apple and pear.

At Sun and Soil, I stick to the Sweet Green which has apple, spinach, lime, ginger and cucumber. What can I say? I stick to what I like.

Where’s your favorite juice place in Sac?

Liquidology
4601 H St.
Sacramento
916-970-5102
http://liquidologybar.com/

Sun & Soil Juice Company
1912 P St.
Sacramento
916-341-0327
http://sunandsoiljuice.com/

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Jan
28

SacFoodies Weekend Picks

SacFoodies_Weekend_Picks[1]Sacramento’s Bacon Fest is officially underway, and while many events are already sold out, there are still opportunities to partake in some bacon-y shenanigans.

The Baddest Bacon Happy Hour
The Golden Bear is the place to be Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the “Baddest Bacon Happy Hour.” We’re not sure what that means, but this is coming from the folks that created the Juicy Lucy Burger, so it’s bound to be amazing.

The Golden Bear
2326 K St.
Sacramento
www.goldenbear916.com

Hook & Ladder’s Bacon Fest Brunch
Midtown favorite Hook & Ladder goes pork goodness for this very special Bacon Fest brunch!
If you love brunch as much as we do, then you will run (don’t walk!) to Hook & Ladder this Saturday for a special Bacon Fest brunch. In fact, they will open one hour early, at 9 a.m., to serve more pork goodness.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of their swoon-worthy menu items:

Pancetta & Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuit Sando with Peppered Bacon, Fried Egg & Maple Aioli
Fried Bacon & Banana French Toast with Crispy Bacon & Salted Caramel Gelato
Bacon Wrapped Chimichanga with Scrambled Eggs, Habanero Jack Cheese, Pickled Red Onion, Guacamole, Black Beans & Charred Tomato Salsa
Pork Belly Hash with Roasted Peppers, Potato, Onion, Pumpkin, Rainbow Chard, Chipotle Hollandaise & Two Poached Eggs

And don’t forget beverage like the Pepper-Bacon Bloody Mary or Maple-Bacon Fizz! Brunch is available until 2 p.m.

Hook & Ladder
1630 S St.
Sacramento
www.hookandladder916.com

Pangaea’s Fifth Annual Bacon & Beer Night
If you didn’t get your fill of bacon at brunch, (editor note: is there such thing as too much bacon??), then head over to Pangaea Bier Café on Saturday night for their bacon festivities. It does have a bit of secrecy to it, but here’s what we know: there will be beer, bacon and Bacon Suicide IPA. We’re in!

Pangaea Bier Café
2743 Franklin
Sacramento
www.pangaeabiercafe.com

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