Primavera is the Spanish word for spring, making this yerba mate-infused tequila cocktail at Centro a fitting rite. Agave and orange juice round out the south-of-the-border flare, while $8 won’t break the bank. Available now.
Centro Cocina Mexicana
2730 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
Sacramento is oftentimes overlooked for its vast array of culinary and beverage options. But thanks to a recent article in Imbibe Magazine, the Capitol City is getting the attention it deserves for the bounty of craft libations available – it was named one of the top 75 destinations for cocktails among the places, people and flavors to watch in the new year.
The designation comes after the region played host to events such as Midtown Cocktail Week, which will celebrate its sixth event this year, and for the various cocktail hot spots popping up in town, such as Pour House, Hook and Ladder and Red Rabbit.
So the next time you sit down for your favorite drink, be sure to raise your glass and cheers to Sacramento!
What are some of your favorite places around town to grab a good drink?
To celebrate a 21st birthday and 30th wedding anniversary, my boyfriend’s family and I dined at Ella Dining Room & Bar. Having only been to Ella once for happy hour, I was very excited for the full Ella dining experience.
My boyfriend, Alex, and I showed up a half hour early to get a drink at the bar; I ordered the White Linen which was like drinking spring. The muddled cucumbers at the bottom of the glass added to the fresh and crisp taste. Alex ordered an old fashioned with Basil Hayden bourbon.
The rest of our party joined us shortly after and we were escorted to our table. The atmosphere was modern yet elegant, and the plates of food on the other tables made my mouth water. After some chit chat, the table ordered cocktails and our server dispelled the specials. As soon as he explained the duck plate with foie gras everyone lit up and there was no doubt in my mind that we would all order the decadent treat.
For those of you who do not know, foie gras is made of the liver of a duck or goose that has been fattened. As of July 1, 2012 it is illegal to sell in the state of California due to the way in which foie gras is processed. I will spare you the details but there is an abundance of information online if you want to know more.
The server recommended a great group appetizer for us to share before we made our final entree decisions.
Almost immediately after we ordered the flat bread our server came back with grave news: all of the foie gras was gone. He had just told our table there was an abundance of foie gras left that they needed to get rid of before the end of June, and now he was telling us it was all gone? Apparently a group of 30 people had come in shortly before us and all ordered the duck with foie gras – and poof, gone. I looked like a child who had just opened coal on Christmas.
“It’s all gone? Completely gone? Like no more, ever?” I asked.
The server told me that just because I looked so incredibly sad he would try and scrounge up just one more order. And he did just that. The chef made us a special appetizer with the LAST piece of foie gras the restaurant had. And boy was it delicious.
I had never tasted anything more appetizing and savory. It melted in my mouth like cotton candy, and then it was gone. This seemed to be a reoccurring theme of the night.
It was a good thing I had soup and a plate of duck coming my way or I probably would have gone into the kitchen to lick pots and pans clean.
The side dishes and entrées were unimaginably tasty. And the mocha crunch ice cream was the perfect way to end the evening. I nearly had to be rolled out of the restaurant, but it was well worth it, for I got the last piece of foie gras Ella Dining Room & Bar had to offer.
Ella Dining Room & Bar
1131 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Cap City Sips: Downtown Happy Hour
Say “cheers” to some very happy hours!
If you’re in the downtown Sacramento area on Wednesday evenings this summer, you’ll have your pick of more than a dozen locations to take advantage of Downtown Happy Hour, thanks to the Downtown Sacramento Partnership.
From 3-7 p.m. every Wednesday from June through August, you can enjoy $2 beers, $3 wines and $4 cocktails.
Participating locations include:
• 4th Street Grill, 400 L Street, 448.2847
• Blue Prynt, 815 11th Street, 492.2969
• Capitol Garage, 1500 K Street, 444.3633
• Dive Bar, 1016 K Street, 737.5999
• Fat City, 1001 Front Street, 446.6768
• Frank Fats, 806 L Street, 442.7092
• House Kitchen & Bar, 555 Capitol Mall, 498.9924
• Kupros Bistro, 1217 21st Street, 440.0401
• Melting Pot, 814 15th Street, 443.2347
• Michelangelo’s, 1725 I Street, 446.5012
• Monsoon’s, 1020 16th Street, 469.9999
• O’Mally’s Irish Pub, 1109 2nd Street, 492.1230
• Pizza Rock, 1020 K Street, 737.5777
• Public Market Bar at the Sheraton Grand, 1230 J Street, 447.1700
• Pyramid Alehouse, 1029 K Street, 498.9800
• River City Brewing Company, 545 Downtown Plaza Level 1, 447.2739
• River City Saloon, 916 2nd Street, 443.6852
• Ten 22, 1022 2nd Street, 441.2211
• Tequila Museo Mayahuel, 1200 K Street, 441.7200
• The Firehouse Restaurant, 1112 2nd Street, 442.4772
You can find more info here.
Which place are you most excited to check out for Downtown Happy Hour?
Looking for a fun and exciting foodie experience that goes beyond just great dining? Then take a little outing to San Francisco and check out Studio Gourmet SF. You may recall us telling you about this unique opportunity back in November, but here is another chance to participate!
Studio Gourmet SF is an exclusive and entertaining dining treat. The premise is to “watch, listen, enjoy”—making it a hands-on dining experience. The featured chef is Arnold Wong of E&O Trading Company, which has been touted as some of the city’s best Asian fare.
The event will feature a live demonstration and tasting of Chef Wong’s well-known Shitake Mushroom Dumplings. In addition, cocktails and passed hors d’ouevers will be provided by Circolo, all for just $50 a ticket (or pick up two for the discounted price of $85!). Tickets can easily be purchased online.
What makes this special event even more enjoyable? Studio Gourmet will be shooting a television pilot during the evening. So in addition to enjoying wonderful food up close and personal with one of the city’s best chefs, you might just find yourself on the TV screen!
What: Studio Gourmet SF with Arnold Wong
Where: Circolo, 500 Florida Street, San Francisco
Date: Tuesday, March 27
When: 5:30 p.m.