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Valentine’s dinners are filling up fast; where are you going?

Jan 30, 2013
Valentine’s dinners are filling up fast; where are you going?

I'm putting together a story on dining out for Valentine's Day. In doing so, I just found out that Biba, the great Italian restaurant on Capitol Avenue, is already fully booked for its special prix fixe dinner that night. That's good news for the res...

How to build your own Snackadium for Super Bowl Sunday

Jan 30, 2013
How to build your own Snackadium for Super Bowl Sunday

Who's counting calories? The Snackadium scores! Pillsbury's creative staff came up with this striking 7- by 10-foot centerpiece for its display at Saturday's Taste of the NFL "Party with a Purpose" in New Orleans as part of Super Bowl weekend. The c...

Sacramento chef Adam Pechal advances on ABC’s ‘The Taste’

Jan 30, 2013
Sacramento chef Adam Pechal advances on ABC’s ‘The Taste’

After two episodes and nearly three hours of prime time TV, the anticipation is over. Congrats all around to Sacramento's Adam Pechal, who not only passed the audition phase on ABC's "The Taste" on Tuesday night, but wowed the entire judging panel. T...

Napa wine country to host major music festival

Jan 29, 2013
Napa wine country to host major music festival

If you like Oakville cabernet with a side of electric guitar, here's a music festival that just might rock your world. Look for Bottle Rock Napa Valley to take over Napa wine country from May 10 - May 12, featuring 50 bands along with showing off the...

IHOP celebrates National Pancake Day with free pancakes

Jan 29, 2013
IHOP celebrates National Pancake Day with free pancakes

Here's a deal to flip over: Free pancakes! Next Tuesday, International House of Pancakes will celebrate National Pancake Day by offering a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes to all customers. The free pancakes will be available at all participat...

Amore Cafe-Bakery changes hands, but food will stay the same

Jan 29, 2013
Amore Cafe-Bakery changes hands, but food will stay the same

Nader Shirakh phoned to say he and wife Fariba have sold their Amore Cafe, Bakery and Espresso Bar in Gold River, one of our favorite go-to's. The new owners are husband-wife Abhishek and Nina Paul, who took over Jan. 21 after the Shirakhs trained ...

Bacon Fest wraps up, Magpie Cafe dominates chef contest

Jan 28, 2013
Bacon Fest wraps up, Magpie Cafe dominates chef contest

"It's going to be a two Lipitor kind of night." So said Darrell Corti, the influential gourmand and grocer, who was among the judging panel for the Bacon Fest 2 chef's competition on Sunday. A sold out crowd of 260 crammed Mulvaney's Pig on the Corn...

Ice cream inspiration for Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day

Jan 28, 2013
Ice cream inspiration for Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day

Sample ice cream in January? It's cold work, but somebody has to do it. I recently had the pleasure of helping the experts at Crystal Creamery choose new seasonal flavors for summer. With production in Modesto, the company currently has 31 flavors in...

Looking for romantic restaurants? OpenTable has 100 of ‘em

Jan 25, 2013
Looking for romantic restaurants? OpenTable has 100 of ‘em

Valentine's Day is Feb. 14, and romance is beginning to fill the air. Which segues to this: The diners have finished their meals (and held hands), the votes have been counted and the results are in. Check out OpenTable's "2013 Diners' Choice Award Wi...

Bartender, what’s this bacon doing in my beer?

Jan 24, 2013
Bartender, what’s this bacon doing in my beer?

If you've been out and about the last couple of days, you'll know that Sacramento's weeklong BaconFest is in full throttle at numerous pubs and restaurants. We dropped by Pangaea Two Brews on Franklin Boulevard last night after dinner to take part i...

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