May
19

We’ve waited for it for long enough… patio dining season is finally upon us!

By Peter Bittner

It’s that time of year! The weather is getting warmer and many restaurants are beginning to re-open their outdoor seating areas. What better way to take your culinary experience to the next level than a beautiful outdoor ambience? Here at Sac Foodies, it’s patio dining week! We’ve assembled a few of our favorite Sacramento-area restaurants for outdoor eating and will be featuring them in a series of posts this week. Today’s featured patio places:

Ten22 in Old Sac is a casual yet upscale locale, perfect for a date-night rendezvous or family gathering! With free live music every Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and “Weekend Wednesdays” featuring bands AND an affordable appetizer menu, what’s not to love?

Patio Dining - 10-22

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Mulvaney’s Building and Loan located in Midtown is a true delight and a summer must for those seeking an idyllic outdoor dining experience. The garden patio seats 40 and features beautiful flora, fire pits, and nighttime lighting. Our tip, try the rib eye; it’s worth the premium price.

Mulvaney's B & L

Photo courtesy of Americacuisine.com

Selland’s Market Café in East Sacramento is a very popular place for lunch and offers an enticing, varied menu at very reasonable prices. One reason many customers come back? The patio seating!

sellands

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Have any favorites worth sharing? Feel free to post them on our Facebook page here!

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May
17

If Life Were a Bowl of Cherries…

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You’d want to make cherry cobbler, right? Well, you’re in luck. In honor of cherry season and National Cherry Cobbler Day (I did not make that up), we’re serving up this delicious taste of (almost) summer. Enjoy!

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Gluten-Free Grilled Summer Fruit Cobbler

Ingredients

1 cup, plus 1 tablespoon Silvana’s Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
¼ cup, plus 2 tablespoons sugar, plus more for sprinkling
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup dairy-free milk, at room temperature
¼ cup vegetable oil or unsalted butter, melted
1½ pounds nectarines or peaches (3 to 4), sliced

1 cup mixed berries or pitted cherries
Vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional)

Directions

Preheat a grill to 375 º or medium-high. Grease a medium cast-iron skillet. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup flour, ¼ cup sugar and the baking powder. Mix in the milk and oil until just combined. In another medium bowl, toss together the nectarines, berries, remaining 1 tablespoon flour and 2 tablespoons sugar.

Spoon the fruit into the prepared skillet and dollop the dough over the fruit in 8 spoonfuls; sprinkle with sugar. Cover with foil and grill until the juices are bubbling, about 25 minutes. Remove the foil; let bake until golden, about 15 minutes more. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Note: I used all cherries in my cobbler, not mixed fruit, which amounted to 5 cups of pitted cherries.

Recipe courtesy of Silvana’s Kitchen

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May
15

Fryday Spotlight: Pronto’s Thai Chili Fries

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Fryday Spotlight

From Polenta Fries and Gilroy Garlic Fries to Thai Chili Fries and Buffalo Fries, Pronto can make it extremely hard to choose how you want to enjoy your “Fryday.” This week, I opted for their Thai Chili Fries, boasting sweet chili sauce, buttermilk ranch, green onions, jalapenos and cilantro. All I can say is YUM! Fellow SacFoodie Kim is also a fan!

Where did your Fryday take you?

Pronto
1501 16th Street (Corner of 16th & O)
Sacramento, CA 95814

 

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May
08

Mother’s Day Dining

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There is so much to love about Mother’s Day: we celebrate the women that raised us, we get together with family, and we brunch!

Mother's Day Dining

Okay, maybe not all of us brunch, but hopefully we all get to share a meal with the ones we love whether that means slaving over homemade hollandaise or picking the perfect place to make reservations.

Still looking for the right way to rendezvous? Have no fear! The SacFoodies are here with our recommendations for Brunch, Lunch, Dunch (??) and everything in between.

Option 1: Avoid the mess in the kitchen and go out on the town! These eateries are known for their fantastic brunch menus:

The Porch (we previously reviewed their brunch here)
The Purple Place
Rio City Café
Fox & Goose
Café Bernardo
Orphan

Option 2: Staying in? Surprise Mom with one of these delightful homemade dishes!

Croissant French Toast
Brown Sugar Berry Crumble Muffins
Puff Pastry Breakfast Egg Tarts
Huevos Rancheros
Foolproof Eggs Benedict

 

 

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May
07

Downtown Farmers’ Market Is Back!

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As we’ve mentioned many a time, SacFoodies love farmers’ markets. So naturally, we were all thrilled that today marked the official start to the Downtown Farmers’ Market summer season. Every Thursday from 10am-2pm, the market sets up shop along Capitol Mall, and challenges all of us to make the hardest decision of the day: where to eat.

This week’s big winner? Brick oven pizzas from The Pizza Company!

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May
06

Wordless Wednesday: House Kitchen & Bar

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Wordless Wednesday: Santa Fe Chicken Salad from House.

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House Kitchen & Bar
555 Capitol Mall, Suite 155
Sacramento, CA 95814

 

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Apr
27

A SacFoodies Guide to Seattle

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Sip and nibble your way through Seattle with our guide to the city’s best. You may have to roll yourself back to your hotel room at the end of the day, but trust us, it’s worth it.

First things first, head to Pike Place Market. Jump for joy when you finally see that big ‘ol beauty in the distance. Foodie fun is at your fingertips, after all! pike place market jump

Take awe in all of the fresh produce, seafood and flowers the market has to offer and never turn down a free sample.pike place market produce

Head outside to check out more artisan offerings and pick up some gifts (for yourself, of course), like Sweet Caroline’s Jams in Raspberry Black Pepper Chardonnay.sweet carolines jams

By this time, the smell of Piroshky Piroshky Bakery will be all up in your nose and you’ll beg your significant other to wait in a fifteen minute line with you for a taste of buttery goodness. The Smoked Salmon Pate is out of this world!piroshky piroshky salmon pate

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Apr
21

Earth Day Eats

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In honor of Earth Day, here are a few of the SacFoodies’ favorite earth-friendly eats:

Megan Foster: When it comes to beef, grass fed is all I eat. My favorite brand is SunFed Beef (particularly because my fiancé raises the cattle!). I like that SunFed beef is grass fed, locally raised on California ranches and sustainable. I feel good knowing that the animals are born and raised in wide open spaces, handled with care and consume only the wild grasses nature intended them to forage on. It’s available locally, too!

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Maria Kniestedt: I love supporting certified farmers’ markets. My favorite is the one on Sutter Street in Historic Folsom. Not only do I get fresh local produce, I love seeing what’s in season and getting to know the people who produce the food I feed my family. It’s one of the ways we can support and preserve California’s family farms.Farmers Market

When we posed the question to friends and family, no one was shy about sharing their favorite ways to support eco-friendly food. Here were a few more suggestions:

  • Farm Fresh to You offers home and office delivery of organic produce in various sizes for surprisingly affordable prices.
  • Many grocery stores offer sustainable products, such as Wild Planet’s Wild Albacore Tuna.Tuna

Tell us, how do you support Earth Day, every day?

 

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Apr
14

Top 5 Healthy Packaged Foods for Work

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I’m all for eating whole, just plucked from the ground foods, but realistically, sometimes you have to rely on your packaged friends. When it comes to fueling the workday grind, it’s best to come prepared with a nutritious emergency stock. Maybe you didn’t have time to make it to the grocery store or farmer’s market this week, or maybe you simply left your lunch in the home fridge (been there, done that…too many times).

Thankfully, there are plenty of packaged foods that pack flavor, nutrients and all-around good vibes. Here are my top 5 workday staples!

#1: FAGE Total 0% (6 oz.)

Photo courtesy of Fage

Ingredients: Grade A pasteurized skimmed milk, live active yogurt cultures (L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, L. Casei).

Comments: So rich, so creamy and a terrific blank canvas for a variety of toppings. Trust me, I’m not afraid of fat (see my post about Bulleproof Coffee), I’ve just really come to love the mildly tart taste of Total 0%. The 6 oz. size is perfect for controlling portions and it packs a whopping 18 grams of protein. Plus, the live active cultures make for one happy gut.

#2: KIND Healthy Grains® Maple Quinoa Clusters with Chia Seeds

KIND Healthy Grains Maple Quinoa Clusters with Chia Seeds

Photo courtesy of KIND

Ingredients: Whole grain blend (oats, brown rice, oat flour, millet, amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa), dried cane syrup, canola oil, chia seeds, maple syrup, molasses, brown rice syrup, natural flavor, sea salt, Vitamin E (to maintain freshness).

Comments: This gluten-free, non-GMO and slightly sweet concoction is a slice of crunchy heaven. It boasts five super grains that are rich in nutrients including fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. If I don’t have fresh fruit on hand, I like to top my FAGE Total 0% with 2 tablespoons of these clusters.

#3: Justin’s Maple Almond Butter

Photo courtesy of Justin’s

Ingredients: Dry roasted almonds, maple sugar, palm fruit oil (sustainably sourced), sea salt.

Comments: This stuff is seriously a-maz-ing. I like to pair a tablespoon of it with a banana or apple, but more often than not, I enjoy a spoonful solo for a mid-day energy boost. You know it’s good when the founder himself, the Justin, claims that it’s the most perfect tasting nut butter on the planet.

#4: Roasted & Salted Wonderful Pistachios

Roasted & Salted Wonderful Pistachios

Photo courtesy of Wonderful Pistachios

Ingredients: Pistachios, sea salt.

Comments: The chip-filled break room doesn’t stand a chance–when salty cravings call, I always reach for these little green beauties. We’re fortunate to have Wonderful Pistachios as a client and my office is constantly stocked with all kinds of pistachio goodies. I love that in-shell pistachios take longer to eat, which encourages me to slowww down and be more conscious of what I’ve eaten.

#5: Yogi Sweet Tangerine Positive Energy™

Photo courtesy of Yogi

Ingredients: Assam black tea, green maté tea leaf, lemongrass, green tea leaf extract, lemon myrtle, natural and organic flavors, stevia leaf, essential oils, citric acid, ashwagandha, basil leaf, shankpushpi leaf, ginseng and eleuthero root extract, eleuthero root, natural orange flavor, natural tangerine flavor, natural lotus flower flavor, organic orange peel oil.

Comments: Okay, this tea isn’t technically a “food,” but it’s most definitely one of my afternoon staples. The harmonizing and citrusy aroma helps energize and elevate my mood without fail. It also helps that each tea bag comes with a cute little inspiring message, i.e. “Be proud of who you are.” Thanks, Yogi!

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Apr
11

Game of Thrones Kickoff Recipes

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With a few Game of Thrones fans here in the SacFoodies office, we thought it would be a great idea to do a roundup of some of the coolest G.O.T. themed dishes and drinks we could find. So get ready to wow your guests at Sunday’s season premiere – these picks are sure to impress (or just totally creep people out).

GoT Cauliflower Steaks

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Courtesy of geekmom.com

A Shot of Ice and Fire

Courtesy of cookingwithgifs.com

Courtesy of cookingwithgifs.com

Skewered Honeyed Dormice

Courtesy of footlooseandfamished.com

Courtesy of footlooseandfamished.com

The White Walker

Courtesy of aheapingspoonful.com

Courtesy of aheapingspoonful.com

Khaleesi’s Dragon Nests

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Courtesy of cccakery.com

Game of Thrones Fire & Blood Ale

Courtesy of bevmo.com

Courtesy of bevmo.com

GoT Cake Pops

Courtesy of notyourmommascookie.com

Courtesy of notyourmommascookie.com

Direwolf Bread

Courtesy innatthecrossroads.com

Courtesy innatthecrossroads.com

Jamie Lannister Handcakes

Photo courtesy gameoflaughs.com

Photo courtesy gameoflaughs.com

 

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