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Designs Within Reach 2019

04/29/19

Designs Within Reach 2019

It's official: Sactown is now a boomtown. Over the next few years, new structures totaling well over a million square feet will rise in the central city. Here's a sneak peek at five potentially transformative projects that will help shape Sacramento for generations to come.

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Taste: Milka Coffee Roasters now serving sparkling espresso in a restored downtown Victorian & more dining news for April 26

04/26/19

Taste: Milka Coffee Roasters now serving sparkling espresso in a restored downtown Victorian & more dining news for April 26

Milka Coffee Roasters, located downtown inside a two-story house that dates back to 1861, hosted its grand opening earlier this month on April 13. Owners Samir Benouar and Bree Uston, an interior designer, worked together to renovate the classic building (the couple currently lives on the second floor), accenting the space’s historic Victorian Italianate features—think ceiling-high bay windows and a grand archway—with modern touches, and tearing out old drywall to expose the building’s original brick façade, adding deep green tile columns along the coffee bar and replacing the old carpet with oak wood flooring. Named after Benouar​'s great-grandmother Milka (whose photo adorns an inside wall), the shop serves up the standard third-wave...

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Empress Tavern launches a "Top Gun"-inspired cocktail menu

04/23/19

Empress Tavern launches a "Top Gun"-inspired cocktail menu

Do you feel the need, the need for speed? Put on your Ray-Bans and check out a screening of Top Gun at the Crest Theatre this Saturday, April 27. And head downstairs to Empress Tavern, which is debuting its new lineup of cocktails inspired by the 1986 Tom Cruise blockbuster that same day. The seven themed cocktails—which will stay on the menu for about two months—include the “Mach 2 with Your Hair on Fire,” a smoky margarita-style drink with blanco tequila, mescal, spiced agave, mango, lime and tamarind, which harkens to a remark Charlie (played by Kelly McGillis) says to Maverick. It features a paper airplane clipped to the glass that’s made of yellow curry-infused flash paper and is set aflame when served, producing a spicy aroma. There's also...

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Tours of Beauty

04/22/19

Tours of Beauty

#page-body a { color: #3399ff!important; } California State Capitol If Sacramento has one defining structure, this is it. And on this hour-long guided tour that runs every day, you’ll get an in-depth look below the dome. Among the highlights: the ornate Assembly and Senate chambers, whose walls, carpets and gilded ceilings were modeled after the historic color schemes of the British Parliament. You’ll stroll through the governors’ portrait gallery, which includes the avant-garde 1984 likeness of Gov. Jerry Brown, and hear about the architectural details that were painstakingly restored when the Capitol underwent a massive renovation from 1975 to 1982, including an intricate 600,000-piece Italian mosaic floor depicting golden poppies, the...

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Craving of the Week: The Cabin's Gimmie S'more

04/19/19

Craving of the Week: The Cabin's Gimmie S'more

Camping season might still be a few weeks away, but The Cabin, which opened in midtown in February, is filling in the gap with a cocktail that could double as a fireside dessert. The Gimmie S’more is made with whipped vanilla vodka, crème de cacao and cream, but its garnishes are what make this libation “pure nostalgia in a glass,” according to bar manager Tajz Wells. The martini glass’ rim is dressed with graham cracker bits and Hershey’s chocolate syrup oozing down the side (reminiscent of melty chocolate dripping down your fingers). Then topping it all off is a full-size marshmallow set ablaze by a torch-wielding bartender. (Pro tip: Be quick about grabbing the perfect Instagrammable shot—once the confection is alight, you only have...

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