sacramento connect » Food & Wine sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:59:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Week Three of the Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge 2016 — So Much Good Food! Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:02:00 +0000 Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge, and there are still so many menus left to try! Here are the four restaurants I visited this past week.

Monday, I had lunch with my friend Greta at Orchid Thai Restaurant & Bar. They regularly offer a wonderful variety of vegan options, but they've created two new dishes for the challenge.  I had the flavorful marinated tofu and grilled asparagus, with mushrooms, red onions, carrots, and cilantro in a soybean paste reduction sauce.  Their other Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge dish is caramelized tofu skewers.

I visited Metro Kitchen + Drinkery for lunch on Thursday and ordered from their Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge three-course, fixed-price menu.

I chose the spicy, but tasty, three bean local heirloom chili; the fabulous rainbow in the round, a salad consisting of pears, persimmons, pecans, walnuts, pomegranate seeds, pepitas, radicchio, and greens, served with a balsamic vinaigrette; and a very good pumpkin spiced apple pumpkin tart.

Friday, I stopped in for lunch at the Rind, which offered one of my very favorite items during last year's Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge, their Milano sandwich. This year's sandwich, the Impostor, is excellent as well. It's a grilled sandwich consisting of two house-made vegan cheeses -- a red bell pepper cashew cheese and a cilantro-jalape ño sunflower seed cheese -- crimini mushrooms, cucumbers, and mixed greens on sourdough. The chef is planning to offer this delicious dish next month too, so be sure to give it a try while it's available.

Finally, I had dinner Saturday night with my husband Phil at Saddle Rock Restaurant. Their three-course Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge wasn't written down -- the server just explained what was included when I ordered it. Since I can't remember everything she said, I'll just say that the pictures that follow are of a wonderful meal consisting of cauliflower chowder, acorn squash stuffed with wild rice and root vegetables, and fantastic chocolate cake.

I hope you're all enjoying the Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge as much as I am! I'm looking forward to eating my way through yet another week.

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Sunday Spotlight Sun, 23 Oct 2016 05:10:55 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 Fall cooking classes in the Sierra Foothills Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:11:52 +0000 0 FoodWineArt Insider: What’s new in our region Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:03:38 +0000 0 Local Eats: “Farm to court dining” Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:29:22 +0000 0 “A Walk Through Autumn” in the foothills and Sierra Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:10:29 +0000 0 Stewards of the Sierra: Meet the owners of Carmel Gallery and Sorensen’s Resort Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:56:40 +0000 0 BriarPatch completes construction of solar parking lot, keeps it local Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:28:13 +0000 0 Stucki Jewelers: A model for Main Street Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:14:06 +0000 0 …….Insanely fabulous Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:55:00 +0000 0 Whole Wheat Blueberry Buttermilk Banana Bread Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:10:58 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 Yolo County Wine Country: #Wine Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:00:24 +0000 I receive a nice number of invites for various events. With a busy life, I have to be selective when and where I will attend events. The invitation to participate in a tour of the Yolo County Wine Country and lunch at the well-respected Park Winters Inn was one I couldn’t pass up. The tour was a delight, […]

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Peanut Butter Pudding Cookie Monsters Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:00:26 +0000 Peanut Butter Pudding Cookie Monsters – this easy peanut butter cookie recipe has pudding mix in the dough to keep them soft. I love this easy recipe, especially with chocolate chips inside! And you can turn them into monsters for Halloween! And somehow, just like that, it’s mid-October. Halloween is just a few short weeks […]

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Grass Valley’s Flower Lady Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:29:27 +0000 0 Golden Era’s Miner’s Punch Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:43:19 +0000 0 Heading To a Conclusion ….Blogging Tour Final Days Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000 0 Healthy Slow Cooker Crustless Apple Pie à la Mode Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:40:01 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 Experience the Stunning Views of San Francisco at the Cityscape Lounge Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:34:09 +0000 ]]> 0 Valencia Orange Curd: #Recipe Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:00:56 +0000 Yum, yum, yum! I do so love this Valencia Orange Curd. It never fails. When I  am working on a recipe, I always buy way more of the main ingredient than I need. When working on my Valencia Orange Marmalade I did just that, so it was a natural thought to make a delicious Valencia Orange […]

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PERFECTLY Fudgy One Bowl Brownies Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:00:54 +0000 These are the BEST perfectly Fudgy One Bowl Brownies – an easy recipe that’s done in minutes. These brownies are SO good – you can’t stop eating them. And, minus the chocolate chips, they’re dairy free. When I started blogging I had no idea how many bloggers there were. I started 6 years ago, so […]

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Skinny Broccoli & Cheddar Turkey Quiche Tue, 18 Oct 2016 05:16:52 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 Another Great Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge Week Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:07:00 +0000 Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge is a tough job, but someone's got to do it! This past week, I checked out the fabulous vegan offerings at four more restaurants.

After my Spanish class on Monday at Casa deEspañol, I headed over to Nido at 14th and R. This is Nido's first year participating in the challenge, and they pulled out all the stops, offering dragon mushroom & heirloom bean soup, a seitan bao, and a chocolate cupcake with coconut cream whip. 

It was clear that I was going to have to try one of everything on this creative menu, so that's what I did.

Tuesday, I had lunch at VEG, upstairs from Thai Basil at 25th and J. I love the ambiance there, sitting at a sunny table overlooking J Street while soothing music plays in the background. I also really love the food!

Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables, so I was delighted to try the hearty spiced cauliflower steak, served over pearl barley. The curry fries with house-made ketchup were tasty too. My favorite part of the meal, though, was the delicious nectarine cobbler with whipped coconut cream.

Wednesday night, my husband Phil and I had dinner at Tower Bridge Bistro at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Old Sacramento. Chef Clay Purcell always offers several different options on the three-course fixed-price Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge menu, which makes deciding what to eat very difficult!

I finally chose the rich, creamy butternut squash bisque, the tasty spaghetti with cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and yellow wax beans, and the outstanding chocolate panna cotta with amarena cherries.  What a fabulous meal!

Over the weekend, Phil and I stopped in for a late lunch at Highwater on Q Street. They had a few interesting options on their Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge menu.

The street tacos, with "chicken" lettuce, avocado crema, and salsa were very good and were just the right amount of food, since I wanted to make sure to save room for the fabulous Christina's Butter Cup Sampler, which had come highly recommended!

I can't wait to see what amazing vegan creations are in store for me this coming week!

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Sweet Pumpkins for a Sweet Pumpkin Sat, 15 Oct 2016 00:06:20 +0000 0 How to Enjoy Kansas City BBQ & Beer in Sac on Saturday Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:31:31 +0000 0 Skinny Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins {Starbucks Copycat!} Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:01:31 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 Placer County Fairgrounds set to get upgrade, showcasing farm-to-fork culture Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:18:28 +0000 0 Halloween Snack Mix Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:00:18 +0000 This Halloween Snack Mix has only 3 ingredients and tastes like a candy bar! It’s my favorite snack mix for Halloween! Sometimes I miss not being a food blogger. Before I started blogging I didn’t love lemon desserts, saving me hundreds of thousands of calories each time I went to a party where lemon cake was […]

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