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A 10-memories salute to chef Julia Child

Aug 21, 2014
A 10-memories salute to chef Julia Child

Given that chef Julia Child was born in an August (1912) and passed away in an August (2004), it seems fitting that August should be the unofficial Julia Child Month.


Julia Child was a subject of the PBS series “American Masters” in 2004.

Red ginseng-based ‘vitality drink’ is a tasty alternative to ‘energy drinks’

Aug 21, 2014
Red ginseng-based ‘vitality drink’ is a tasty alternative to ‘energy drinks’

For millennia, ginseng has been used as an herbal “remedy” believed to rejuvenate the body and mind, alleviate fatigue and stimulate cognition.


Root 9 “vitality drink” contains red ginseng from South Korea.

Add Rudy’s Hideaway to the lobster-roll list

Aug 21, 2014
Add Rudy’s Hideaway to the lobster-roll list

Are you looking for a lobster roll, the New England specialty of Maine lobster heaped on a bun? Aren’t we all?


Rudy’s Hideaway restaurant has a roaming food truck, the Cruzin’ Crustacean, whose menu includes a New England-style lobster roll.

Dominick’s pizzeria to raise funds for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Aug 19, 2014
Dominick’s pizzeria to raise funds for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Husband and wife Dominick and Raquel Bellizzi came to town from New Jersey nearly 10 years ago, bringing their delicatessen and pizza-making expertise with them. Since then, their four-star trattoria and two delis have been reviewed in my column, “Counter Culture,” which appears in the Friday Ticket section.


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Midtown Cocktail Week is one glass act after another

Aug 19, 2014

In the spirit of spontaneity, we cruised the menu of events for Midtown Cocktail Week, which kicks off today and wraps up Sunday, keeping an eye on those pop-ups. Try this sampling, both shaken and stirred.

51st annual Greek Food Festival will load the tables

Aug 14, 2014
51st annual Greek Food Festival will load the tables

It wouldn't be the Labor Day weekend without the annual Greek Festival (the 51st), and it wouldn’t be the festival without the food. The dishes are handmade from scratch by volunteers who are experienced home cooks and members of the sponsoring Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation.


The dessert baklava...

Grab a bite and a beer at the Polish Festival

Aug 14, 2014
Grab a bite and a beer at the Polish Festival

Get a big helping of Polish food and culture at the 25th annual Polish Festival, a celebration from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 6 on the grounds of the Polish American Club, 327 Main St., Roseville (916-781-8035, www.polish-club.org). Members of the Lowi...

Organic, low-cal Veri sodas get a taste test

Aug 14, 2014
Organic, low-cal Veri sodas get a taste test

Most sodas are notoriously full of processed sugar and artificial ingredients. Their contents lists can resemble the handbook that comes with a chemistry set.


Veri sodas are organic, low-cal (60) and flavored with natural ingredients — but how do they taste?

Fish tacos with trimmings is a lunchtime go-to

Aug 7, 2014
Fish tacos with trimmings is a lunchtime go-to

We happened to be cruising around the Fountains shopping center in Roseville the other day when lunchtime hunger struck. Fish tacos at Zocalo Mexican restaurant in Roseville

Chando’s burrito comes close in national contest

Aug 7, 2014
Chando’s burrito comes close in national contest

Statistician-journalist Nate Silver and his colleagues are having some fun at their “polling aggregation” webite and blog, www.fivethirtyeight.com, where Silver is editor-in-chief.


Chando’s Tacos along Arden Way has a steady lunch crowd.

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