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Photos by Jeremy Sykes

 

The Walking Fed

While we hate to eat and run, we love nothing more than to eat and walk during one of the Local Roots Food Tours, launched three years ago by Auburn-based chef Lisa Armstrong. Each culinary adventure on foot (which generally lasts three hours) is part moveable feast and part guided sightseeing trip, as you and about a dozen other diners make your way through a Sacramento neighborhood—East Sacramento, midtown or downtown—visiting various landmarks like the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and the historic Old Tavern building, as well as restaurants like Mayahuel, LowBrau and Cafe Bernardo. At each eatery, a table specially reserved for the group awaits your hungry arrival, and drinks and dishes are presented with greetings from restaurant staff—whether it’s a chef explaining where she sources her ingredients or a bar manager leading a tequila tasting—making you feel like a food networked star. It’s no surprise, then, that TripAdvisor ranks Local Roots Food Tour as the No. 1 activity in Sacramento. This is one three-hour tour where you won’t mind getting stranded. 800-407-8918. local-food-tours.com

 

Frothy Glass of JoePhoto by Ryan Donahue
Imagine being served a frosty glass of reddish-brown liquid fresh from a beer keg, topped with a creamy, foamy cap. Then imagine you’re in a coffeehouse, not at a bar or brewery. What you’re envisioning is in fact the city’s only cold, nitrogen-infused coffee, which the folks at Chocolate Fish pour on tap at their East Sacramento location. Owner Andrew Baker got the idea from a pal in Austin who uses a cold-brew method for the base coffee; Baker tweaked the formula, using the Japanese style of flash brewing (the same that he uses for his iced coffee) to retain the maximum sweetness and bright fruity flavors from Chocolate Fish’s medium-roast beans. The coffee is served in-house only in a Belgian-style tulip glass that preserves the fizz, helping drinkers slow down and savor the ideal way to add a little extra jolt to their morning routine. 4749 Folsom Blvd. 451-5181. chocolatefishcoffee.com

Political WatchdogPhoto via Twitter
Whether he’s stumping for ballot initiatives, wrapping up a meeting with the Canadian foreign minister or tweeting about his “ruff” day at the press office, Sutter Brown—the Governor’s cuddly Pembroke Welsh corgi named after Sacramento’s legendary 19th-century settler John Sutter—rules the Internet with insider pictures offering glimpses into California’s halls of power. BuzzFeed even called him “a force in California politics.” All we know is that no matter what happens during the gubernatorial election in November, Sutter gets our vote for top dog. twitter.com/SutterBrown

Pint-Sized Emily PostsCourtesy of Simon & Schuster
No need to tell Isabelle Busath and Isabella Thordsen to lean in. Not yet out of middle school, the 9- and 11-year-old cousins from Citrus Heights already published their first advice book. An illustrated compilation of confident dos and don’ts like “Eat the food you get served with,” “Don’t bite the dentist,” and “Don’t color on people,” Isabelle & Isabella’s Little Book of Rules is based on guidelines that the girls scrawled in a notebook as a guide for their younger siblings—but accidentally lost at a local Walmart. Luckily, a store employee called Fox40 and the search for the book’s owners soon went viral, ultimately reuniting the girls with their notebook and leading to appearances on Good Morning America and the Today show, as well as a deal with Simon & Schuster, which published the book last October. Judging from rules No. 28 (“Be unique”) and No. 29 (“Be yourself”), it looks like these nascent self-help gurus are taking their own advice to heart.

Island Flavor
Indonesia may be the world’s fourth most populous nation, but in Sacramento, there’s only one restaurant that focuses on the Southeast Asian country’s cuisine. Luckily, Indo Cafe might be the only one we need. The cozy Old Sacramento eatery was bought last year by the husband-and-wife team of Jim and Tessa Scaief, the latter of whom hails from the island of Java and prepares all of the flavorful authentic fare, from the wildly popular nasi goreng (egg-topped stir-fried rice) to the succulent ayam goreng kuning, a turmeric- and galangal-marinated fried chicken dish served with sambal tomat, a chili-based condiment. Looking for a quick bite? A tempting display case offers traditional snacks such as the pancake-like martabak manis and fried krokets (stuffed mashed potato balls that were introduced to Indonesia during Dutch colonial rule). Bon appétit—or rather, selamat makan! 1100 Front St. 446-4008. indo-cafe.com

Day-Old Delight
At most bakeries, the day-old pastry case is a bit of an afterthought, perhaps with a crooked $1 sign affixed. But at Les Baux, leftover croissants are happily remade into croissant pudding—the East Sacramento bakery-cafe’s signature dessert. The dish reimagines a traditional bread pudding, letting flaky croissants soak up a custard of eggs, milk and vanilla before the blend is baked to a comforting warm creaminess (the secret is baking it in a bain-marie, or water bath). A handful of blueberries, blackberries and strawberries add extra flavor to each bowl, and every order is served with whipped cream and a little touch of rum sauce on top. When it comes to this baked remake, what’s old is newly delicious. 5090 Folsom Blvd. 739-1348. lesbauxbakery.com