Jul
19

Food Delivery Apps Bring Sac’s Best Food Right to Your Door

by Harrison Reilly

Technology has changed the way we go about our daily lives, making simple tasks as easy as pressing a button. One of those tasks is ordering food. Tech startups have made it easier than ever to get fresh and prepared food delivered straight to your door through apps, websites and around the clock employees. Here are a few of the food delivery options you can use right here in Sacramento:

Postmates

The first food delivery app to launch in Sacramento, Postmates delivers food from many of the most popular places in Sacramento, usually in under an hour. The app will deliver food from chains such as Chipotle or Panda Express or local restaurants like Petra or The Coconut On T. Similar to Uber and Lyft, users can rate and tip their “Postmate” after receiving their order. Getting lunch at work or a late night snack has never been easier.

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Caviar

An alternative to Postmates is Caviar. Caviar prides itself on delivering food from local restaurants, offering only what they consider the best restaurants, saying on their App Store page “we have standard pizza and noodle fare, but it’s the best pizza and noodles around.”

With more exotic options to choose from, Caviar is a great way to explore the diverse food selections in Sacramento. It’s not just for meals either, on Caviar you can order cookies from Goodie Tuchews or salami and cheese from Block Butcher Bar. For the Sacramento food lover, this app does wonders.

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Amazon Prime Now

For those of you who don’t like grocery shopping, Amazon Prime Now is a dream come true. Available to Amazon Prime members, Amazon Prime Now offers select cities one-hour deliveries for $7.99 and two-hour deliveries for free. Now you can have produce, dairy and snacks delivered straight to your door in the time it takes to watch four episodes of The Office. But Prime Now delivers more than just food; you can also order electronics, toys and household items. Amazon continues to change how we shop for everyday things.

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Beers In Sacramento

While not a delivery service, Beers In Sacramento is a useful app for the craft beer lovers in the city. The app provides a convenient pocket guide for the breweries and bars in the greater Sacramento area. It includes a map of breweries, an updating list of beer events, a tip calculator and offers special deals such as credit for Lyft.

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With companies constantly innovating, it will be interesting to see what food apps will be developed even a year from now. For now though, there is plenty to choose from for the Sacramento foodie. So tonight, sit back, relax and let the best of Sacramento’s dining scene be delivered right to your door!

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Jul
18

Love Beer? Love Yoga?

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If you love beer and yoga, then you need to know about The Beer Yogis. Coming up on July 21st, experienced yoga teachers with a passion for good craft beer will lead a class at Yolo Brewing Company, a SacFoodies favorite.

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Courtesy of Jamie Lefkowitz

Marrying two passions, beer and yoga, The Beer Yogis have embarked on a nationwide, one-month summer tour promoting the benefits of yoga inside some of the country’s major craft breweries. The summer tour spans almost two dozen locations across the country, including breweries in the instructors’ hometowns of Cleveland and Salem, Oregon.

For more information on The Beer Yogis Summer Road Trip, including a full schedule of tour dates and locations, visit www.TheBeerYogis.com. And if you head to Yolo Brewing, be sure to try the Orange Blossom Blonde – if you ask us, it’s what summer beer is allll about.

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Jul
08

Coconut’s Fish Café: A Taste of Maui in Midtown

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Here at SacFoodies, one of our main goals is to keep you in the know about the latest and greatest things happening in the Sacramento food scene, and today I’m here to dish on Midtown’s newest restaurant, Coconut’s Fish Café.

Some of you Maui lovers may be thinking “Coconut’s Fish Café? That sounds familiar.” Yep, you’re right! Coconut’s was founded on the beautiful island of Maui by Sacramento native Mike Phillips, who wanted to bring an affordable, fresh option to the island. It has been his dream to open a Sacramento location, and now that dream is a delicious reality (much to our benefit).

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Coconut Shrimp

Upon my recent visit to Coconut’s, I was greeted with the Aloha spirit and a cold and refreshing Ace Pineapple Cider (highly recommended). They also have a nice selection of Hawaiian brews on tap, perfect for a warm summer evening.

The menu is plentiful without being overwhelming, and is brimming with island favorites like their famous fish tacos (voted a “perfect taco” by Zagat), fresh salads, mahi mahi and ono dishes, and of course, Hawaiian poke.

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Coconut’s Famous Fish Taco

I sampled many dishes on the menu, and I can honestly say that I’d recommend all of them. The coconut shrimp was super crispy and served with an addictive Thai pineapple chili sauce, and it’s no surprise that the fish tacos are award-winning! (Pro-tip: two diners can easily share the fish tacos, as they’re huge. They even come on two plates!)

Coconut’s cuts all their fish in house daily, and also makes all their own sauces, dressings and marinades from scratch each day. They pride themselves in super fresh and high-quality food at an affordable price. I personally think it fills a hole in our Sacramento dining scene and I strongly recommend you go soon to try it out for yourself.

Mahalo!

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Mahi Mahi and Ono Fish and Chips

Coconut’s Fish Cafe

1420 16th St.

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: 916-440-0449

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Jun
24

Farm to Office! This week’s farmers’ market finds

by Brittany Gillmor and Sara Ortega

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This week’s Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market finds come ultra-fresh and delicious, courtesy of Bare Juices.

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Brittany: I opted for the Green Supreme, a blend of kale, cucumber, celery, apple, parsley, lemon and ginger. After a few days of airport and stadium fare, this juice was exactly what the bod needed!

Sara: My sweet tooth couldn’t resist the Strawberry Lemonade! It was such a refreshing treat, packed with strawberry, orange, lemon and apple.

As you’re trying to keep cool this summer, search for local juices like those from Bare Juices and you won’t regret it.

Cheers!

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May
20

SactoMoFo 9 Food Truck Festival is Tomorrow!

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headerOne of my first memories of moving to Sacramento two years ago was attending a food truck festival under a bridge—also known as SactoMoFo 7, under Highway 80 at 6th street. It was an awesome day of nonstop music, beer and eats. And for your entertainment, below is proof of my hipster Instagram attempt from that day.

instagram Since then, the SactoMoFo team has announced the annual free festival’s expansion to Discovery Park and partnership with Raley’s and Sacramento County in 2016 to accommodate its increase in popularity. Last year’s festival attracted 18,000 attendees!

SactoMoFo 9 will take place from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, May 21st. The festival will feature over 40 of Northern California’s most notable food trucks. I was excited to see one of my Bay Area favorites on the list again, Curry Up Now, who offer insanely delicious “Sexy Fries,” which are sweet potato fries topped with cheese and your favorite type of masala.

The festival will also feature local craft beer ‘islands’ benefiting Front Street Animal Shelter, an expansive vending bazaar, a Thunder Valley Main Stage featuring continuous live entertainment from local performance groups, the Hot 103.5 and 101.9 The Wolf VIP lounge, an interactive Kids Zone facilitated by Sol Collective and more.

For more information about SactoMoFo 9, visit http://www.sactomofo.com/sactomofo9/.

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May
19

Farm to Office: May 19th

by Brandon Smith

Today’s finds feature a Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market classic and delicious in-season berries.

“Spicy Gyro” from Gyro 2 Go:

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Photo courtesy of Kim Bedwell

 Fresh, local blackberries:

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Photo courtesy of Brandon Smith

The Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market takes place every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., May through September.

Check back next Thursday for more of our favorite “Farm to Office” finds.

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May
12

SacFoodies Weekend Picks

by Brandon Smith

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Concerts in the Park

Downtown Sacramento’s Concerts in the Park series is back at it Friday, May 12th from 5 – 9 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Park. Every Friday between May 6 and July 29th (except July 1st), 6,000 fans gather in the heart of the city to see a variety of local and nationally touring artists. This week’s concert will feature sounds and good vibes from DJ Eddie Z, Andrew Castro, They Went Ghost, The Element Brass Band and The New Kingston.

After the concert, be sure to keep your wristband on and head to one of the official CIP after party locations for specials and discounts. View the full list of official after party locations here. For more info on upcoming concerts, visit the CIP website.

Cesar Chavez Park
910 I Street
Sacramento, CA

National Beer Mile

Four beers. One mile. One awesome after-party! Need we say more?

The National Beer Mile tour rolls into Sacramento on Saturday, May 14th at Raley Field! This fun run is perfect for runners, social drinkers, fitness enthusiasts, and those who just want to get out and have a great time.  Drink a beer, run/walk/jog/dance/skip (whatever you want) your way a quarter-mile down the course, repeat three more times, then party at the open beer bar! This is a 21+ event so be sure to bring those IDs.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 on the day of the race. VIP and special group rates are also available. For more info, visit the National Beer Mile: Sacramento website .

Raley Field
400 Ballpark Dr.
West Sacramento, CA

Wine and Brew at the Zoo 

The SacFoodies recently gave away two tickets to Wine & Brew at the Zoo and if you weren’t our lucky winner, you can still experience everything the Sacramento Zoo’s annual event has to offer.  This exclusive after-hours event will feature 28 local wineries and breweries, live music, a silent auction and food from some of the best local food trucks. Best of all, guests will get to enjoy the spread while taking in the luscious green landscape and checking out exotic zoo animals. Proceeds and 10 percent of food sales will benefit animal care and the general maintenance of the zoo.

To purchase tickets, visit www.saczoo.org/wineandbrew, or call 916-808-5888

Sacramento Zoo
3930 W Land Park Dr.
Sacramento, CA

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May
05

Farm to Office: May 5th

by Brandon Smith

It’s officially that time of year! The Downtown Farmers’ Market season is upon us. Thursday, May 5th kicked off the Capitol Mall farmers’ market and we were not going to let the dark skies and 40 percent chance of precipitation keep us from the food.

Here’s a look at what the SacFoodies opted for on our first day back at the market:

Four varieties of wood-fired pizza from The Pizza Company.

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Photo courtesy of Brandon Smith

 

“Spicy Chicken over Rice” from Gyro 2 Go.

Kris Chicken and Rice

Photo courtesy of Kris Caputo

The Capitol Mall farmers’ market takes place every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., May through September.

Check back next Thursday for more of our favorite “Farm to Office” finds.

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May
02

Wine & Brew at the Zoo – And a Ticket Giveaway!

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Photo Courtesy of the Sacramento Zoo

If the idea of an adults-only evening where you can sip a glass of wine while checking out the giraffes at the Sacramento Zoo sounds like your kind of night out, then you’re in luck! The Zoo’s annual event is back, (they took a year off in 2015), and the new-and-improved version of the event sounds like it may just be a wild success.

Formerly known as the “Kings of Feasts,” the event has now been re-branded to “Wine & Brew at the Zoo.” This year, 28 local wineries and breweries will serve samples while guests are entertained by live music, a silent auction and of course the exotic zoo animals. Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks with 10% of the sales benefiting the non-profit Sacramento Zoo.

Here are the event details:

What: Wine & Brew at the Zoo

When: Saturday, May 14th, 2016 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Sacramento Zoo, located at the corner of Land Park Drive & Sutterville Road

Tickets: Purchase tickets online at www.saczoo.org/wineandbrew, or call 916-808-5888

And, SacFoodies has your chance to win tickets! Here’s how: Comment on this blog post OR on the SacFoodies Facebook post and tell us which winery or brewery you are most excited to try at the event (check out the complete list here). We will select a random winner on Friday, May 6th. Winner will be notified via email and/or via Facebook direct message.

Good luck!

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Photo Courtesy of the Sacramento Zoo

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Apr
21

Darjeeling Gin is putting California Distilled Spirits on the map

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When our new intern, Brandon Smith, mentioned there was a new distillery in Auburn, my ears perked up – I just moved to Auburn and, while I am well aware of the many craft breweries and tap rooms popping up, I hadn’t yet heard about California Distilled Spirits. Much to my surprise, CDS has had a ton of press in recent months, earning accolades throughout the region and beyond. So I took a little jaunt to meet Ed Arnold, owner of CDS, to check things out. Here are my notes from the visit, “distilled” into the real essence of how Darjeeling Gin is made.

Darjeeling Gin – from tank to bottle and from label machine to the shipping box – is hand-crafted by Ed, he is a one-man operation. His wife and 20-something-year-old kids are there for support and his son developed the CDS website. But, all had a good laugh over his success as it relates to the “family totem pole” when it comes to cooking, as Ed explained that he is the “consumer” of the household and at the bottom of that totem pole. But now, with classical music always playing while he works, this former HP executive, has put all his efforts into cooking, ‘er distilling, the perfect gin.

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It all starts with the kettle, a hybrid still, sitting in the back of the warehouse in an inconspicuous industrial park. This is where the magic happens. Dry botanicals go in the upper, copper part and are held there during the process. Alcohol vapor then travels up the kettle steaming the botanicals and picking up the aromatics along the way, which is how the final product takes on the flavors of nine different botanicals.

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“A lot of experimenting went into the recipe until I finally got it right,” Ed says. Hints of juniper come through – and we know from the name that the blend includes Darjeeling tea, which happens to be Ed’s favorite tea – but I couldn’t quite put my finger on any of the other “proprietary” botanicals. The goal was for the flavor to not be “so intensely floral” and he has perfected a wonderful balance of spices and citrus, with just a hint of floral, for a very smooth and flavorful finish.

Ed says his Darjeeling Gin is made for drinking neat over ice, but it’s also very versatile and, mixologist or not, you can experiment with different flavors by adding a variety of syrups or juices, such as elderberry and lavender, lemon or orange, and seltzer for a refreshing gin fizz. And, if you are a traditionalist, Gin and Tonic will never be the same (in a good way) with Darjeeling Gin.

Another key to the smooth flavor: “We have very good water in Auburn,” Ed says. “That, and I was lucky to hit upon something that people actually like.”

Scratch that, Ed, people are not only liking your gin, they are loving it, and giving it rave reviews. In fact, Ed’s Darjeeling Gin won “Best in Show” in the 2014-2015 World Beverage Competition. Yes, world renowned, but currently only available for purchase here in California and, thankfully for us, in many retail locations, bars, and restaurants around the greater Sacramento region. Click here to find out where to buy Darjeeling Gin.

“Word of mouth, press, and other reviews have really helped me spread the word,” Ed explains. “Darrell Corti of Corti Brothers was my first sale. And, I started with Save Mart here in Auburn and now it’s in every (Save Mart) store.”

Word of mouth will help Ed even further when he opens his distillery for tastings and sales on Saturdays starting this summer, thanks to new California law that now allows craft distilleries to sell on premise just as breweries and wineries do. He’ll also debut his first small-batch whiskey this summer.

In the meantime, Ed will be serving up tastings at the Taste of Excellence, benefiting the Sierra College Foundation this Saturday, April 23, at Sierra College in Rocklin. And, on June 16, he’ll be poolside at Thunder Valley Casino for the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce event Glitz Glamour Girlfriends.

Visit Darjeeling Gin’s Facebook page for more upcoming events and tasting opportunities.

Cheers!

California Distilled Spirits

Darjeeling Gin

www.californiadistilledspirits.com

Auburn, CA

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