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Vintage ice-cream ads are cool, in a nostalgic way

Jul 31, 2014
Vintage ice-cream ads are cool, in a nostalgic way

Remember Sealtest ice cream? The jingle went, “Get the best....get Sealtest!” What about Lady Borden and Meadow Gold?


One of the vintage ice-cream ads in a slideshow compiled by Reminisce magazine.

St. Francis Hotel is serving dishes from a 1910 cookbook

Jul 31, 2014
St. Francis Hotel is serving dishes from a 1910 cookbook

Few pastimes are more entertaining to chefs, home cooks and other foodies than reading vintage cookbooks, marveling at classic recipes, ingredients and techniques. Actually, we can think of one that’s better: Tasting the dishes made from those retro recipes.


The grand dame St. Francis Hotel on Union Square in San...

Get a taste of Roy’s Seasonings on Thursday

Jul 30, 2014
Get a taste of Roy’s Seasonings on Thursday

Walking by the display case full of jars and bags of Roy’s Seasonings, three words on the signage stopped us in our tracks: “Strong and bold.” Hey, no one has time to waste on wimpy seasonings when you can climb higher on the flavor ladder, right?


Get a taste of...

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.

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