sacramento connect » Food & Wine sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:02:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Key Lime Cheesecake Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:00:11 +0000 Did you know that June 30th is National Cheesecake Day? *Best Day Ever* Thanks to PHILADELPHIA, I’m starting the celebration early with my new favorite: Key Lime Cheesecake. Creamy, sweet, and just a little bit tart, this cheesecake is the perfect way to celebrate the best day of the year! Reasons why I love cheesecake: […]

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Dining News: Which Sacramento Chef Set to Become a Food Network/ABC Star? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:10:20 +0000 ]]> 0 BBQ, Alabama-style Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:12:59 +0000 Paul Robins samples Moe’s Original BBQ in Tahoe City. Chef Eric Pilcher whips up some Jambalaya for the FOX40 morning crew to sample.

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Magpie Café Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:55:04 +0000 0 Guerneville : Boon Eat +Drink Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:12:00 +0000 16248 Main Street,Guerneville, CA95446. (707) 869-0780

During my recent work trip, many of the locals were kind enough to offer restaurant recommendations. One place I kept hearing about repeatedly was Boon Eat + Drink. It was pricier than what my work per diem allowed but one of my coworkers and I decided to go check it out anyway. Yes, I know...I have champagne taste on a beer budget. ☺

We found this Guerneville hotspot easily enough. It was located in a small row of eateries on Main Street, just a couple doors down from an interesting looking cabaret/wine bar. It was quite small and bistroesque in nature. The whole restaurant consisted of about 10 tables (mostly deuces) along with two tables squeezed outside. We lucked out that there was a 2-top open when we arrived and the hostess was able to seat us immediately. Inside, there wasn't a lot of room to move about and it was a bit loud, but they make the chaos work somehow. I have to say, I loved the whimsical dog-catching-a-Frisbee wallpaper that decorated one wall. So cute! (I wanted to take a photo of it for you but the lighting was pretty dim in the restaurant. Sorry!)

Boon's menu was brief (a smattering of salads, small plates, and entrées) but ranged from dishes like grass-fed burgers with crispy truffle fries (and homemade ketchup and aioli), a decadent sounding mac-and-cheese, to a sublime-sounding polenta lasagna with mixed seasonal veggies and a spicy marinara. My coworker went with the mac and cheese with wild mushrooms topped with truffled bread crumbs; which she said was sinfully rich and oh so creamy. I opted to start with the grilled calamari salad with arugula, citrus segments, shaved fennel, castelvetrano olives and a lemon vinaigrette. The helping of squid was generous and the salad was delicious. The orange segments in my calamari salad really brightened the dish and it was nice to see calamari prepared in such a simple manner. The flavor and texture of the squid was able to shine through (I'm so over deep fried batter smothering my calamari). For my entrée, I went with the seared halibut with grape salsa over spicy black lentils and greens. The fish was cooked perfectly. The lentils, on the other hand, could have been cooked just a tad longer; nevertheless, the spicy kick of the lentils contrasted perfectly with the sweetness of the grapes - and I ate all of them.

Table service at Boon could be summed as mediocre. Our waiter was zooming around in high gear but it would have been nice had he checked back on us after we got our food to make sure everything was going smoothly. We had to flag him down whenever we needed something and it was a bit like trying to lasso Speedy Gonzalez.

Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Boon Eat+Drink to friends if they're in the area. I love that they use seasonal produce to enhance their dishes. Everything I tasted during my visit was seasoned well and alive with flavor. (Don't worry about the calories, you can hike them off the next day at nearby Armstrong Redwoods State Preserve.) Next time, I'd love to take the time to sample some of the Russian River wines and beers on their list. My only recommendation to Boon Eat + Drink would be to invest in some air conditioning. Gah! It was incredibly warm inside the restaurant even with the doors open. I could see sweat glistening on surrounding patrons foreheads as well. No bueno.]]> 0
Plum Mascarpone Tart Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:00:42 +0000 0 Kitchen Aid Mixer Giveaway! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:00:51 +0000 You know you need a Kitchen Aid Mixer. Already have one? That’s okay. You know you need 2! So why not come enter to WIN one?? It’s no secret that I love my Kitchen Aid. In fact, I love it so much that I have two of them. And they both get used almost daily! […]

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Cheesy Sausage Scones Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:30:35 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 Our region’s “Beer Barons” show local craft beer boom Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:47:50 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Our region’s “Beer Barons” show craft brew boom Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:41:53 +0000 0 Lotus Thai Cuisine Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:02:00 +0000 0 Dining News: Federalist Public House Opening Delayed Until Mid-August Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:15:00 +0000 ]]> 0 Ficklin Vineyards 10 year Tawny Port: #Wine Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:00:57 +0000 When the day has been long and hectic, with many challenges and interruptions, I’ll grab a cordial of Port wine such as this Ficklin Vineyards 10 Year Tawny Port. When the weather is nice, I’ll sit on my patio and slowly sip this delight and just let the rest of the day melt [...]

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Coconut Sugar Cookie Bars Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:00:11 +0000 I’m craaaaaazy for coconut. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. I’m also a sugar cookie addict that hates scooping or rolling out cookies. My solution? Sugar Cookie Bars…with coconut! Make that TRIPLE the coconut: coconut oil, coconut extract, and shredded coconut! {Say that three times fast…} Oh my gosh, writer’s block just sucks. And you know […]

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Pear Harvesting is Almost Over…Already Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:11:00 +0000 0 Russian River Trip : Cafe Aquatica Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:23:00 +0000

My cottage had a separate living room as well as a kitchenette with a microwave and a fridge. Nothing fancy but cute nonetheless. The bathroom did have this additional, weird red overhead light though. When turned on, it gave the bathroom this weird opium den feel and made me want to belt out the Police's "Roxanne." (Later, I found out this was a heat light.)

The second day of our trip, my coworkers and I met up with the superintendent for Mendocino-Russian River State Parks District at Café Aquatica for an early morning meeting. Café Aquatica is located in the small, picturesque town of Jenner and looks like a charming beach shack set along the side of the road.

The coffee shop itself is quite tiny, but there's ample seating outside and with a spectacular view like this who wouldn't want to sit outside?

The two gals working the shop the day we visited were sweet as pie. When one of my coworkers panicked because they only took cash, they graciously told her that she could pay them back next time she was in the area. (Don't worry, she got covered.) Café Aquatica's coffee, I have to say, is just as good as their view. They get their beans from a small fair-trade farm in Nicaragua and micro roast them on site. There was none of that burnt or acidy taste that a lot of places seem to have. Each cup is done as a pour over, made to order. They also offer a mouthwatering menu of fresh soups, salads, sandwiches and baked treats. Try one of their breakfast sandwiches! (My coworker said it was delicious. Her poached eggs with lox on toasted, homemade focaccia looked amazing and I instantly regretted not ordering one to go.) Also, according to the barista, they only use certified organic and non-GMO products- so that's a big plus. ☺

If you're in the area and aren't in a rush, I highly recommend stopping by Café Aquatica for a cuppa joe. Take it out onto the raised deck, plop yourself into an Adirondack chair and grab a moment of peace and tranquility before starting your day. It's such a great place to collect your thoughts, inhale some crisp, coastal air and refuel your soul.

(PS dog lovers- Fido is welcome here, so bring him to enjoy the view as well.)

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Over 70 No Bake Pies Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:00:39 +0000 Love pie but don’t want to turn on the oven? This round-up is for you! Obviously, pie is my favorite thing. Hello – I’m Crazy for Crust! I love pie all year long – including summer. But in the summer I hate using my oven. Who wants to bake when it’s a bajillion degrees and […]

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Overnight Whole Wheat Cherry Almond Rolls Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:01:36 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. “breaks bread” with Joan Baez Sat, 26 Jul 2014 06:32:05 +0000 0 figs & prosciutto Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:09:00 +0000 0 The American Cheese Society Annual Conference Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:52:16 +0000 In honor of all things cheesy, Chef Scott Ostrander of Esquire Grill whips up a Cheese-Stuffed & Fried Squash Blossom. The Esquire Grill has been selected to feature cheeses from Brazos Valley Cheese Company during the Ameican Cheese Society’s National …

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Lemonhead Lemonies Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:00:35 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Washington, DC City Guide Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:00:16 +0000 I get a lot of questions about what to do, see, and most importantly eat when visiting DC. Now that we have said goodbye after living there for two years, I feel like I can answer this with some credibility. We have done a lot in our time here, and these are some of my favorites. (I am thinking about adding [...]

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Food Foto Friday–Chocolate Doughnuts Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:00:33 +0000 0 Northstar summer wine walk on July 26 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:04:42 +0000 0 Dining News: Pizzeria Urbano to Replace Luigi’s Slice Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:59:17 +0000 0 Watermelon Lemon Fresca Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:09:00 +0000 0 Wine tasting of the week: Pink Party at Enotria Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:04:11 +0000
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Sacratomato Week Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:17:52 +0000 Paul Robins samples the tuscan tomato soup made by Chef Steve Toso of Biba in honor of Sacratomato Week.

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Feast and play at 29th annual Festa Italiana Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:05:19 +0000
One of the featured dance groups at last year’s Festa Italiana was from Naples, Italy.]]> 0
Limited-edition muffins and bagels are full of apple and cinnamon Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:34:18 +0000
Thomas’ bakery offers another limited-edition line of bagels and English muffins, this time in Apple Pie flavor.]]> 0
Homemade S’mores: #Recipe Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:00:42 +0000 It’s summertime - time for cookouts, campfires and homemade s’mores. Who doesn’t love these ooey gooey treats? So there we were with a large family gathering, a ton of food, lots of homemade marshmallows, homemade graham crackers and Ghirardelli squares of chocolate. Of course we had to have my homemade s’mores...

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Lime Curd Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:00:32 +0000 I have a slight addiction. It’s called homemade curd. Lemon curd, lime curd, whatever. I can eat it with a spoon. Instead of paying $4 a jar and breaking the bank, I decided to make my own. Now you can too! Have you ever had lemon curd? Chances are, you’ve seen it used in a plethora […]

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Dining News: Federalist Public House to Open on Aug. 1 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:19:37 +0000 0 Hawaii: Hilo farmers market Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:04:00 +0000 This morning we went to the farmers market in Hilo, the largest town on the east side of Hawaii. In 2012, Huffington Post rated it as one of the ten best farmers markets in the U.S. What was particularly interesting for us was the huge selection of tropical fruits we don’t see at home, plus many Asian vegetables I had never even laid eyes on before.


The Hilo farmers market is open every day from 7:00am to 4:00pm, with about 30 booths open. But on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the market expands dramatically to over 200 vendors, of which at least 150 are selling all manner of arts and crafts. I even saw booths for on-site massages, fortunetelling and the like.

Here are some photos I took. I would have taken more, but the market was crammed and I was juggling a bag of fruit part of the time.


Bamboo shoots for cooking. Unfortunately, the sign didn’t say which species of bamboo.

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Watermelon Gummy Bear Popsicles Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:39:42 +0000 0 Strawberry Shortcake S’mores Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:37:05 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 Pear Fair celebrates crop with fun Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:35:20 +0000
A patron sorts through a bin of pears at the annual Courtland Pear Fair in Courtland. The celebration of locally grown Bartletts and other pears will be held July 27.]]> 0
……stand up for change….voice aloud. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:59:00 +0000 0 More tips on preserving tomatoes Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:09:01 +0000 0