sacramento connect » Food & Wine sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:04:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Craft beer expert speaks at Jernigan’s on May 16 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:43:06 +0000 0 Throwback Thursday: Tuna Cutlets aka Tuna Cakes Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 0 “The Cool Girls: Portraits of remarkable women”: Roseanne Burke art exhibit at Szabo tasting room on April 26-May 31 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:23:59 +0000 0 New Menu from CPK Focuses on Seasonal, Local Flavors Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:14:05 +0000 California Pizza Kitchen is in our studios whipping up items from their new menu

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Instant Reaction: Wrap N’ Roll Sushi Burrito Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 0 Grass Valley Downtown Executive Director, Julia Jordan, named Vice- President of the California Main Street Alliance Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:49:24 +0000 0 Wordless Wednesday | Easter Turducken Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:07:22 +0000 0 ‘Indulgences’ live up to name Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:45:52 +0000 0 Vendange Carmel Inn & Suites: An Original Wine-Themed Hotel Experience Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:18:53 +0000 ]]> 0 Nana Recipe Wednesday–Oat Bran Banana Muffins Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:00:21 +0000 0 California Mille race to pass through Sierra foothills, Tahoe on April 27-May 4 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:36:58 +0000 0 Lime Curd Pie Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:00:21 +0000 Lime Curd Pie

I can eat lemon and lime curd from the jar with a spoon, but I usually try to avoid it because it just seems…wrong. This pie makes it okay to eat straight curd, because it has a crust. Lime lovers, rejoice. The Lime Curd Pie is here. This pie has solved so many problems for […]

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Skinny Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Oatmeal Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:56:27 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 Petra Greek Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:01:00 +0000 0 Dining News: Squeeze Inn West Sac Closes Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:06:44 +0000 0 Two Ironman events on September 21 in Lake Tahoe Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:13:09 +0000 0 Burma Superstar Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:46:00 +0000 0 Marvelous Muscats: Two Locally Crafted Treats Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:17:00 +0000 0 The Eatery Still Delights Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 0 Check It Out: KP International Market Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 0 Blue Bottle Coffee meets Clover Farms in a New Orleans-style drink Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:41:52 +0000
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Lake Tahoe named one of America’s most scenic waterside drives Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:00:51 +0000 0 Cooking with The Green Boheme Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:57:39 +0000 Bethany samples the different drinks from The Green Boheme this morning on FOX40 News.

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Financial issues close The Eatery in West Sacramento Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:42:56 +0000
The Eatery’s Facebook page announces the West Sacramento restaurant’s closure.

Former Eatery co-owner Monda Korich help prep her restaurant’s entry at the annual Burger Battle at Raley Field.
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Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley features an all Riverdog Farm menu Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:12:04 +0000 0 Eastern Sierra campgrounds opening, thanks to mild weather Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:42:07 +0000 0 A zillion blossoms Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:55:00 +0000 0 The Best Double Lemon Bars Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:02:11 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Earth Day 2014: Green Cities Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:47:49 +0000 0 Olive Oil and Ricotta Pound Cake Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:00:33 +0000 I recently spent a glorious 10 days in Italy. It was truly life changing. Relaxing. Rejuvenating. Inspiring. I went to Rome for 5 days with my best friend and then went on to Perugia to meet with my Mastermind group. It was the perfect mix of work and play. I was ready to come home and see my [...]

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Almond Sweet Rolls Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:00:12 +0000 Almond Sweet Rolls

I love almond. Almond croissants, almond scones, almond frosting, almond extract. I can never get enough. These Almond Sweet Rolls take my addiction to a new level. There like eating an almond croissant…in sweet roll dough! We live almost exactly 2 hours from my parents and we drive down often to visit. Exactly halfway into […]

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Review: Sac Beer & Chili Festival Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:52:56 +0000 0 Truckee Wine Walk & Shop is set for October 4 to benefit Tahoe Food Hub Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:45:56 +0000 0 Momofuku’s Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cornflake Crunch Cookies Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:28:00 +0000 0 Vet Chefs Food Service; Veterans’ Food Truck Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:10:46 +0000 Eric Rucker whipping up the Staff Sgt. Tanner Breakfast Scramble and finding out how you can help 3 Sacramento military veterans launch a food truck.

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The Firehouse Courtyard Welcomes Spring Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:41:00 +0000

Last Friday was a beautiful spring day and perfect for this year's grand opening of The Firehouse's courtyard patio. I must disclose that I was invited to sample the new spring menu. Therefore, this is not a review piece, as my meal was comped.

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The Firehouse has been a Sacramento fixture since 1960. Over the years it has always been one of the best fine dining experiences in town. It has kept that classy, elegant touch of fine linens, top notch service, and beautiful decor within a piece of architectural history. Many an engagement, anniversary, business or political deal has been celebrated here. Yet with the ups and downs of the economy and its own fluctuations in quality over the years, it has survived and remained a local favorite. 

Speaking of its own quality fluctuations, my Firehouse review on this site is from 2008 and it was not a good review.  That was obviously a low point. But as I said, every restaurant has cycles, especially over decades and with ever changing chefs and menus.  

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I've eaten at  The Firehouse several times over the decades, but as much as I can recall, it's always been at the upstairs dining room. During this visit I entered upstairs and took the stairs down to the patio and downstairs dining room. I realized there's so much more to The Firehouse just by being in a different part of it. Every section is lovely, yet different.

I was greeted by Maro Ortiz, the General Manager and & Sommelier. I had met him a few months ago at Ella during happy hour.  I also had a chance to talk to the Executive Chef, Deneb Williams. Williams describes his menu as eclectic, with many "global flavors" paired with French techniques. 

I was seated at a table in the center of a full courtyard. Apparently many had gotten the word that the courtyard was now open for lunch and to celebrate this first day, the restaurant had gotten some musicians to play. Mario says that the musicians are an occasional treat, such as for brunches or holidays. 

For my lunch I chose the Chevre & Asparagus Soup, Chimichurri Sea Scallops, and then asked for an assortment of desserts for my sweet tooth. 

Atique Ramen, an Assistant Manager with a mixology background, presented me with a lovely citrus based mocktail since I don't drink. 

Here is the salmon special with an olive tapenade and roasted Brussels sprouts. 

My Chimichurri Sea Scallops were served with a smoked paprika fondue, red pepper chutney, and a quinoa-lentil-spring veggie ragout.

Tropical Paradise Gâteau -kiwi, prickly pear, guava sorbet, coconut cake, rum sabayon, tropical coulis

Strawberry Cheesecake -fromage blanc, anise graham, poppy seed cake, 
strawberry-tarragon compote

PB&C - peanut butter and dark chocolate marjolaine, malted milk froth, blackberry pâte fruit.

Now I have to say, by the way, that I'm not a peanut butter fan, but this last dessert was definitely great and a must-get for any PB fan. They definitely have a talented pastry chef.

I look forward to going back soon because I just have to have the Grand Marnier souffle for dessert!

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Salted Butterscotch Brownies Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:00:03 +0000 Salted Butterscotch Brownies {bloglovin giveaway}

Salted caramel is so last year. Salted Butterscotch is the new salted caramel. And it’s so much better. Especially when you pair it with a rich, fudgy, super chocolatey brownie. If you gave up chocolate for lent, you need to make these NOW. Oh my goodness I cannot believe these brownies. To. DIE FOR. Last week […]

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Vegan Options at SactoMoFo 7 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:02:00 +0000 SactoMoFo 7. Personally, I can't wait! I love having the opportunity to check out the vegan options offered at many of these food trucks. This year's lineup even includes an all-vegan food truck from the Bay Area, Hella Vegan Eats. I think there will be so many exciting vegan options at this year's festival that I'm planning to bring some empty containers with me so I can take food home with me.

I contacted the food truck operators participating in SactoMoFo 7 to find out if they were planning to offer any vegan menu items. Here's what I found out.

Dusty Buns: Ask for the Vegan Joe, which consists of seasonal roasted vegetables on a fresh toasted bun with almond vegan pesto. The Bistro Fries are also vegan, but you may want to ask for the vegan pesto as a dipping sauce, since the one that normally comes with the fries contains honey.

Hella Vegan Eats: According to the SactoMoFo 7 Healthy Choices page, this completely vegan food truck will be offering Southern Fried "Chicken" Sandwich, "Chicken" & Waffles, and Smoked Tempeh Salad.

The Chairman: The Chairman's vegan bun is not advertised but is always available on their food truck. It consists of their regular steamed bun with house-pickled carrots, cucumbers and daikon radish, along with bok choy and house-made tofu sauce.

Addy's Paella: There will be one or two pans of vegan paella with fresh vegetables, depending on demand.

Annie's Sno Biz: According to the operator, the shave ice, syrups, and slushies contain no animal products or ingredients. However, the optional cream topping, which is offered at an additional charge, is made with dry milk.

Ciao Chow: The operator told the organizers of SactoMoFo 7 that their Ciao Chow mein and their rice noodle salad are both vegan. Also, they can make their plum sauce and ginger-braised tofu vegan upon request by omitting the ciaochow sauce.

Costa's Kettle Corn: The original kettle corn is vegan, but beyond that, you'll have to ask. They have several different flavors that are made by adding a powdered flavor mix to the kettle corn, and the ones I inquired about contained powdered milk and/or whey. The ingredients in the original kettle corn are simply corn, corn oil, salt, and sugar. They'll also be serving fresh-squeezed lemonade.

Dave Pops: Dave will be selling both LukePops (all vegan) and DavePops. The only flavor of DavePops that is not vegan is the Vanilla Chocolate Toffee Chip.

Fuzion Eatz: The falafel wrap, grilled eggplant wrap, and Vadovan (a wrap made with zucchini, bell peppers, and onions grilled with a French India spice blend) are all vegan or can easily be made vegan by leaving out the feta cheese and the sauce that includes dairy products. Be sure to let them know you're vegan so they can make the appropriate changes to whatever you order. The naan used for the wraps is vegan. These fillings can be served over basmati rice or Romaine lettuce, rather than being served in a wrap. Fuzion Eatz also has a hummus dip that is served with naan.

Gameday Grill: Garlic grilled asparagus and Puerto Rican Style Rice and Beans will be available for vegans.

Green Papaya: According to SactoMoFo 7's Healthy Choices page, Green Papaya's Thai style papaya salad is vegan.

Gyro King: The falafel is vegan.

Happy Cow: Strawberry and mango smoothies made with 100% fruit puree and a little added sugar will be available.

Papa Dale's: A vegan asparagus and mushroom risotto will be available.

Rich's Ice Cream: There will be a vegan sorbet, either lemon or strawberry.

Slightly Skewed: The operator said that while they normally offer several vegan options, the menu for this event had to be narrowed, so their only vegan option will be the blistered shishito peppers.

Smoothie Patrol: The vegan smoothies offered by Smoothie Patrol are the Razzle Dazzle (raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, and orange), Mango Madness (mango, pineapple, peach, and orange), Peach Lizard (strawberry and peach), and Tropical Lemonade (strawberry, pineapple, and lemonade).

Swabbie's: According to SactoMoFo 7's Healthy Choices page, Swabbie's plans to offer Boca Burger tacos.

Curry Up Now: I tried to contact Curry Up Now by email, Facebook, and Twitter, but I didn't receive a response from them. I'm including them on this list, however, because it appears from their website that they offer a special vegan menu.

Otherwise, if a food truck is participating but is not on this list, it means they either don't have anything vegan, or they didn't respond to my request for information about their menu. Even without them, vegans will have plenty of choices at this year's festival.

SactoMoFo 7 will take place on Saturday, April 26th, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. under the freeway at Sixth and W. Admission to the event is free, but parking is $5.00 unless you bring a canned good to donate to the Sacramento Food Bank. Valet bicycle parking will be provided free of charge by Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates.]]> 0
Dining News: What Darrell Corti Thinks is Wrong With Italian Food in America Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:02:36 +0000 0 Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Frappuccino Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:58:55 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0