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Feast and play at 29th annual Festa Italiana

Jul 24, 2014
Feast and play at 29th annual Festa Italiana

Sure, there’s plenty of good pizza in restaurants around town, but lovers of Italian cuisine can go beyond that staple and into more interesting fare at Festa Italiana. Heap your plates with Italian sausage and meatballs, pasta, chicken Parmesan, calamari, cannoli, gelato and much more.


One of the featured dance...

Limited-edition muffins and bagels are full of apple and cinnamon

Jul 24, 2014
Limited-edition muffins and bagels are full of apple and cinnamon

Last April, Thomas’ bakery introduced limited-edition offerings of maple french toast-flavored bagels and cinnamon-vanilla English muffins, which were available until earlier this month. They were especially tasty when toasted, of course, filling the kitchen with the scents of maple and vanilla.


Thomas’ bakery offers another limited-edition line of bagels and...

Region gets a heat break and some moisture too

Jul 20, 2014
Region gets a heat break and some moisture too

Today and over the next few days, Sacramento and most of California is getting a break from the usual mid-90s highs of July, thanks to monsoonal moisture originating in the desert Southwest. From Plumas to Lake Tahoe to Yosemite, thunder, hail and...

Could these be the best burritos in the nation?

Jul 17, 2014
Could these be the best burritos in the nation?

Which Mexican restaurants serve the best burritos in the land? According to the foodies in the field who report to the editors at the Daily Meal — the website that covers all things food and drink — 35 places go beyond the so-so and into the wow!


Check out the...

Girl Scout cookies meet Nestle Crunch bar

Jul 3, 2014
Girl Scout cookies meet Nestle Crunch bar

Returning in what has become a n yummy tradition, the folks at Nestle Crunch have partnered with the Girl Scouts of America in their joint “reinvention” of the classic Girl Scout cookie (manufactured in Chicago).


Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars are sold in three flavors.

‘GQ Eats’ serves up a spread of daring recipes

Jul 3, 2014
‘GQ Eats’ serves up a spread of daring recipes

GQ magazine’s motto is, “Look sharp, live smart.”


“GQ Eats” offers recipes from the best restaurants in the United Kingdom.

Add the annual Taste of Napa to your foodie menu

Jul 3, 2014
Add the annual Taste of Napa to your foodie menu

The good times roll on with the return of the annual Napa Valley Festival del Sole, featuring more than 60 events at various venues around wine country, July 11-20. It’s described as “a celebration of the art of life,” which means that fancy foods and precious wines will meet world-class music, dance and theater.

Travel Channel names Nepenthe in Big Sur for Best Bar Food

Jul 3, 2014
Travel Channel names Nepenthe in Big Sur for Best Bar Food

The Travel Channel has long been a faithful companion, accompanying viewers around the globe and introducing them to vicarious adventures they wouldn’t ordinarily experience.


The view from the patio at Nepenthe in Big Sur is fabulous, complemented by an appetizer of goat cheese and garlic.

What’s Evan been smoking now? And do frogs have teeth?

Jun 26, 2014
What’s Evan been smoking now? And do frogs have teeth?

Sacramento chef Evan Elsberry is planning another of his popular themed dinners, this time in celebration of his daughter Stephanie’s 30th birthday. He’s calling it, “Dad, What Are You Smoking Now?” Cute, no?


Chef Evan Elsberry of Evan's Kitchen restaurant in east Sacramento.

Our tasting panel meets Moonstruck chocolates

Jun 26, 2014
Our tasting panel meets Moonstruck chocolates

Most of us would agree: There can’t be too much chocolate. We all know it’s made from cocoa beans, the dried seeds of the cacao tree, and tastes darn good. Science has determined it’s good for us, too, which means we can lose the guilt.


Our tasters gave mixed reviews...

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