sacramento connect » Food & Wine http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Thu, 26 May 2016 11:49:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.12 Movie Theatre Krispies Treats http://j.mp/1TLqEJJ http://j.mp/1TLqEJJ#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 10:00:20 +0000 http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=14799 Looking for a quick and easy no-bake treat the kids can make? Look no further, these Movie Theatre Krispies Treats are what you need! It’s almost summer, can you feel it? We have 2 weeks left until there’s no more homework, no more books, no more mommy’s dirty looks (when you don’t do your projects […]

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Dry Rub Ribs: #Recipe http://j.mp/2465qaV http://j.mp/2465qaV#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 11:00:28 +0000 http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/?p=9221 As summer begins Memorial Day is upon us, and we have weather that calls for a barbecue, I think of these easy dry rub ribs.  I like ribs. Who doesn’t, right?  I’m not a fan of all types of ribs, mind you, but I do love the dry rubbed variety. What I don’t like is the […]

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Dry Rub Ribs: #Recipe http://j.mp/2465qaV http://j.mp/2465qaV#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 11:00:28 +0000 http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/?p=9221 As summer begins Memorial Day is upon us, and we have weather that calls for a barbecue, I think of these easy dry rub ribs.  I like ribs. Who doesn’t, right?  I’m not a fan of all types of ribs, mind you, but I do love the dry rubbed variety. What I don’t like is the […]

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No Churn Almond Fudge Ice Cream http://j.mp/25dYZVL http://j.mp/25dYZVL#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 10:00:37 +0000 http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=14825  One of my favorite things about summer? Making my own ice cream, like this No Churn Almond Fudge Ice Cream! PIN IT NOW to save for later! So, as you know, I’m still training for my half marathon. It’s not until September, but it seems that time is moving as fast as a rocket, […]

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No Churn Almond Fudge Ice Cream http://j.mp/25dYZVL http://j.mp/25dYZVL#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 10:00:37 +0000 http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=14825 One of my favorite things about summer? Making my own ice cream, like this No Churn Almond Fudge Ice Cream! So, as you know, I’m still training for my half marathon. It’s not until September, but it seems that time is moving as fast as a rocket, and I know Labor Day will be here […]

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Clean Triple Chocolate Scones http://j.mp/25dsWoY http://j.mp/25dsWoY#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 04:37:19 +0000 http://amyshealthybaking.com/?p=18294 {continue reading}]]> http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2016/05/23/clean-triple-chocolate-scones/feed/ 0 Lemon Dill Cashews http://j.mp/25cHZzc http://j.mp/25cHZzc#comments Mon, 23 May 2016 20:35:51 +0000 http://www.guavarose.com/?p=10587 Anyone else love the flavor of dill pickle cashews? The first time I tried some I was hooked, but I could never bring myself to buy them after seeing the chemical filled ingredient list. Some brands don’t even have dill in them. Here’s my super easy version. My family loves them. You can decrease the amount of lemon juice according to your tastes–just remember that flavors intensify as the nuts dry. And psst….Father’s Day is coming up–this would make a nice little gift to give him! Lemon Dill Cashews   Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 48 hours Total time 48 hours 5 mins   Author: Guava Rose Serves: varies Ingredients 5 lbs. raw whole cashews 2-1/2 c. fresh lemon juice 3-4 T. lemon zest 2 T. sea salt ¼ c. chopped fresh dill (~one small bunch) Instructions Place cashews in a large bowl and cover with water. Soak for 4-8 hours. Drain water from cashews. Stir in lemon juice, zest, salt and dill. Cover and refrigerate overnight, allowing nuts to marinate 10-12 hours. Drain liquid off, then spread nuts in single layers onto dehydrator racks. Dry at 110-120 degrees F, stirring intermittently, for 48 hours or until nuts are […] ]]> http://www.guavarose.com/2016/05/lemon-dill-cashews/feed/ 0 Lemon Dill Cashews http://j.mp/25cHZzc http://j.mp/25cHZzc#comments Mon, 23 May 2016 20:35:51 +0000 http://www.guavarose.com/?p=10587 Anyone else love the flavor of dill pickle cashews? The first time I tried some I was hooked, but I could never bring myself to buy them after seeing the chemical filled ingredient list. Some brands don’t even have dill in them. Here’s my super easy version. My family loves them. You can decrease the amount of lemon juice according to your tastes–just remember that flavors intensify as the nuts dry. And psst….Father’s Day is coming up–this would make a nice little gift to give him! Lemon Dill Cashews   Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 48 hours Total time 48 hours 5 mins   Author: Guava Rose Serves: varies Ingredients 5 lbs. raw whole cashews 2-1/2 c. fresh lemon juice 3-4 T. lemon zest 2 T. sea salt ¼ c. chopped fresh dill (~one small bunch) Instructions Place cashews in a large bowl and cover with water. Soak for 4-8 hours. Drain water from cashews. Stir in lemon juice, zest, salt and dill. Cover and refrigerate overnight, allowing nuts to marinate 10-12 hours. Drain liquid off, then spread nuts in single layers onto dehydrator racks. Dry at 110-120 degrees F, stirring intermittently, for 48 hours or until nuts are […] ]]> http://www.guavarose.com/2016/05/lemon-dill-cashews/feed/ 0 Crazy for Basic Dessert Recipes + Amazon Giveaway http://j.mp/1TzpHD3 http://j.mp/1TzpHD3#comments Mon, 23 May 2016 10:00:27 +0000 http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=14844 Hey everyone!! Happy Monday! Today I come to you with an amazing GIVEAWAY. You can enter to WIN one of 5 copies of my new eCookbook and ONE lucky winner will receive a $50 Amazon e-gift card too! Did you see my eCookbook announcement last week? My first ebook, Crazy for Basic Dessert Recipes, is […]

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Crazy for Basic Dessert Recipes + Amazon Giveaway http://j.mp/1TzpHD3 http://j.mp/1TzpHD3#comments Mon, 23 May 2016 10:00:27 +0000 http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=14844 Hey everyone!! Happy Monday! Today I come to you with an amazing GIVEAWAY. You can enter to WIN one of 5 copies of my new eCookbook and ONE lucky winner will receive a $50 Amazon e-gift card too! Did you see my eCookbook announcement last week? My first ebook, Crazy for Basic Dessert Recipes, is […]

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Plates Midtown http://j.mp/1Tzc6LV http://j.mp/1Tzc6LV#comments Mon, 23 May 2016 07:02:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=0d16e6ba7fc5383f79b0487eaa03a8d3 Saint John's Program for Real Change, trains formerly homeless mothers to enter the service and culinary industries.


For my first lunch at Plates Midtown, I ordered the Chickpea Sandwich, without the mayo. It was a tasty sourdough panini with garbanzo beans, tarragon, roasted beets, apple, radish sprouts, and black olive tapenade, served with a side salad. An observation: even though it's called a chickpea sandwich, the main ingredient and dominant flavor was roasted beets. Still good, though.




I went back for lunch later in the week and ordered the River City Fruit Salad, without the goat cheese. This lovely, refreshing salad consisted of Romaine lettuce, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, walnuts, and sunflower seeds, topped with a balsamic reduction. I ate every bite!




Other salads on the menu that look like they would be vegan without the cheese are Johnny's Greek Salad and the Tower Bridge Spinach Salad.


Plates Midtown is located at 1725 L Street, and their phone number is 916-426-3884. Their website address is http://plates2go.org/, and their Faceebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/platesmidtown/. The restaurant is open for lunch only Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.]]>
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Tiramisu Cookie Cups http://j.mp/25fXFVD http://j.mp/25fXFVD#comments Sun, 22 May 2016 10:00:06 +0000 http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=14813 I think I have an obsession with Tiramisu; I can’t stop making it! This time I married it with cookies it’s my favorite version yet: Tiramisu Cookie Cups! Whelp, it’s that time of year again: TV dead time. All the shows are over. Every night Mel and I scroll through our non-existent DVR list and wonder […]

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Tiramisu Cookie Cups http://j.mp/25fXFVD http://j.mp/25fXFVD#comments Sun, 22 May 2016 10:00:06 +0000 http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=14813 I think I have an obsession with Tiramisu; I can’t stop making it! This time I married it with cookies it’s my favorite version yet: Tiramisu Cookie Cups! PIN IT NOW to save for later! Whelp, it’s that time of year again: TV dead time. All the shows are over. Every night Mel and I scroll […]

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Sunday Spotlight http://j.mp/25fXdH0 http://j.mp/25fXdH0#comments Sun, 22 May 2016 05:21:19 +0000 http://amyshealthybaking.com/?p=18280 {continue reading}]]> http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2016/05/21/sunday-spotlight-2/feed/ 0 SactoMoFo 9 Food Truck Festival is Tomorrow! http://j.mp/1XFMiRk http://j.mp/1XFMiRk#comments Fri, 20 May 2016 19:43:25 +0000 http://sacfoodies.com/?p=18944 http://sacfoodies.com/2016/05/sactomofo-9-food-truck-festival-is-tomorrow/feed/ 0 SactoMoFo 9 Food Truck Festival is Tomorrow! http://j.mp/1XFMiRk http://j.mp/1XFMiRk#comments Fri, 20 May 2016 19:43:25 +0000 http://sacfoodies.com/?p=18944 http://sacfoodies.com/2016/05/sactomofo-9-food-truck-festival-is-tomorrow/feed/ 0 Chick Pea Stew with Moroccan Spices http://j.mp/1XFMlN0 http://j.mp/1XFMlN0#comments Fri, 20 May 2016 16:56:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=73348ef8a3aa708937eb1f667aafe3d6 http://www.stealthcooking.com/feeds/7002058760192032338/comments/default 0 Farm to Office: May 19th http://j.mp/1TioP8H http://j.mp/1TioP8H#comments Fri, 20 May 2016 00:02:21 +0000 http://sacfoodies.com/?p=18938 http://sacfoodies.com/2016/05/farm-to-office-may-19th/feed/ 0 Farm to Office: May 19th http://j.mp/1TioP8H http://j.mp/1TioP8H#comments Fri, 20 May 2016 00:02:21 +0000 http://sacfoodies.com/?p=18938 http://sacfoodies.com/2016/05/farm-to-office-may-19th/feed/ 0 Farm to Office: May 19th http://j.mp/1TioP8H http://j.mp/1TioP8H#comments Fri, 20 May 2016 00:02:21 +0000 http://sacfoodies.com/?p=18938 http://sacfoodies.com/2016/05/farm-to-office-may-19th/feed/ 0 Do It for Dad http://j.mp/25cmL7S http://j.mp/25cmL7S#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 16:27:16 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=525c6ec2691a8ea7c8eccc65a9fb7f56 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2016/05/19/do-it-for-dad-3/feed/ 0 Do It for Dad http://j.mp/25cmL7S http://j.mp/25cmL7S#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 16:27:16 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=525c6ec2691a8ea7c8eccc65a9fb7f56 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2016/05/19/do-it-for-dad-4/feed/ 0 Bogle Winery Cabernet Sauvignon: #Wine http://j.mp/1qwr1w4 http://j.mp/1qwr1w4#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 11:00:13 +0000 http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/?p=19667 http://findingourwaynow.com/2016/05/bogle-winery-cabernet-sauvignon-2010.html/feed 0 Bogle Winery Cabernet Sauvignon: #Wine http://j.mp/1qwr1w4 http://j.mp/1qwr1w4#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 11:00:13 +0000 http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/?p=19667 http://findingourwaynow.com/2016/05/bogle-winery-cabernet-sauvignon-2010.html/feed 0 Dark Chocolate Drizzled Grilled Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread http://j.mp/1Ts3Sq4 http://j.mp/1Ts3Sq4#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 04:43:29 +0000 http://amyshealthybaking.com/?p=18206 {continue reading}]]> http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2016/05/18/dark-chocolate-drizzled-grilled-chocolate-chip-zucchini-bread/feed/ 0 Dark Chocolate Drizzled Grilled Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread http://j.mp/1Ts3Sq4 http://j.mp/1Ts3Sq4#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 04:43:29 +0000 http://amyshealthybaking.com/?p=18206 {continue reading}]]> http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2016/05/18/dark-chocolate-drizzled-grilled-chocolate-chip-zucchini-bread/feed/ 0 CHEERS! To a Fun Day Out http://j.mp/25bF8dc http://j.mp/25bF8dc#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 01:19:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=3cf20ae6bce390b18f8726dffe524cc6 http://ruby-rubymusings.blogspot.com/feeds/25307737321195652/comments/default 0 CHEERS! To a Fun Day Out http://j.mp/25bF8dc http://j.mp/25bF8dc#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 01:19:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=3cf20ae6bce390b18f8726dffe524cc6 http://ruby-rubymusings.blogspot.com/feeds/25307737321195652/comments/default 0 CHEERS! To a Fun Day Out http://j.mp/25bF8dc http://j.mp/25bF8dc#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 01:19:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=3cf20ae6bce390b18f8726dffe524cc6 http://ruby-rubymusings.blogspot.com/feeds/25307737321195652/comments/default 0 CHEERS! To a Fun Day Out http://j.mp/25bF8dc http://j.mp/25bF8dc#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 01:19:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=3cf20ae6bce390b18f8726dffe524cc6 http://ruby-rubymusings.blogspot.com/feeds/25307737321195652/comments/default 0 Mini review: Binchoyaki Izakaya http://j.mp/1TxQM9G http://j.mp/1TxQM9G#comments Wed, 18 May 2016 21:49:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=8d2688035136988a2322678378dfaee6 mushroom, potato, pork skewersWhile I am sad that beloved Doughbot Donuts is no more, I can't be more thrilled with a quality restaurant that took it's place. What's more, it came highly recommended by Bill Ngo, chef extraordinaire ofKru. He was impressed just from the soft opening and we all know that places should (theoretically) get better as they iron out the kinks. Best of all,Binchoyakiis in my neighborhood, just a couple blocks away.

They've done a great job of remodeling the location. Not many people ever got (or needed) to go into the kitchen area or use the bathroom, but the place was pretty ramshackle. One of the (lesser) reasons Doughbot vacated. With the remodel, Binchoyaki is clean, comfortable, and has a nice bathroom!

The name of the place comes from  Bincho meaning "charcoal" and Yaki meaning "grill". Therefore, I assume they use Binchō-tan charcoal. 
The fineness and high quality of binchō-tan are attributed to steaming at high temperatures (about 1000 degrees Celsius). Although it is often thought that binchō-tan burns hot, it actually burns at a lower temperature than ordinary charcoal but for a longer period, making it preferable to a number of Japanese chefs.
Meanwhile, "izakaya" is the Japanese equivalent of a gastropub. A social eating house.

Binchoyaki serves mostly small plates a la the robatayaki (customers sitting at a counter while chefs grill) and yakitori (grilled skewers). While there is a line of counter seats so you can watch the grilling, most seats are tables. They do not do reservations or takeout. It is a small place. One Saturday I happened to go by and there was a crowd of people outside waiting for tables.


krispy rice balls

Luckily I was with two girlfriends, so we ordered quite an assortment of items. Keep in mind that these are small plates and skewers are sold individually and are short, not long.

A favorite was the krispy rice balls above,topped with spicy tuna, serrano, chive ponzu. The outer layer is indeed crispy and wonderful. The skewers are mopped with a simple soya glaze, but they did mention an alternate kind as well. 


pork belly skewer


shishito peppers

creme caramel

hibiscus sorbet

You don't really think much of dessert in Japanese restaurants, but the creme caramel was well done and I loved the hibiscus sorbet. I do not know if they buy or make it. (update: they make it themselves)

I'm glad they are in my neighborhood, just wish they did takeout as I had hoped to get some ramen last night. (update: "We wish we did take outs too! But the chef really takes pride in his food and if you take out, the quality of the food drastically drops.")





Binchoyaki Izakaya Dining
2226 10th St.
Sacramento, CA 95818




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Sweet Cream Shooters http://j.mp/27yEWmX http://j.mp/27yEWmX#comments Wed, 18 May 2016 10:00:25 +0000 http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=14769 Is it after dinner yet? Because I’m ready for dessert: a Sweet Cream Shooter! PIN IT NOW to save for later! So, you might remember that I have a slight obsession with coffee creamer. Milk in coffee is boring – I need my coffee creamer and I need it in every cup! I’ve been known […]

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