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The third annual Chocolate Week sweetens Old Sacramento

04/26/17

The third annual Chocolate Week sweetens Old Sacramento

Take a bite out of the sweet life as the third annual Chocolate Week rolls into Old Sacramento from May 8-14 for seven full days of chocolate tours, tastings and candy-making demonstrations throughout the historic district. This year's festival will boast some brand-new events, like a chocolate scavenger hunt on Monday, May 8, during which searchers can pick up a map at the Old Sacramento Visitors' Center to guide them through the streets and shops, stopping to solve clues that lead to a secret chocolate prize at the end. Earn more brownie points on May 9 at The Old Fashioned Candy & Confectionary’s arcade night, where retro game lovers can play complimentary rounds of Pac-Man while munching on Big Hunks, chocolate toffee and Gold Rush-themed candies....

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14 great farmers’ markets to visit throughout the Sacramento region

04/25/17

14 great farmers’ markets to visit throughout the Sacramento region

The month of May brings the promise of the region’s bountiful farmers’ market season, where you can find plenty of tasty local produce, homemade food and sometimes a bluegrass band or two. Here are 14 great markets to stop by this year. (Scroll to the bottom to see a map.) Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market Bookended by picturesque views of the State Capitol and the Tower Bridge, this downtown market takes over a block of Capitol Mall each week beginning in May. On one side of the street, you can pick up a fresh box of fruit from Lodi’s Rhythm & Blueberries or a bag of giant spaghetti squash, beets and red peppers from Davis’ Hearty Fork Farm. Across the way, you’ll find kettle corn, baked goods and lunchtime fare from local food truck vendors...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for April 19

04/19/17

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for April 19

This week's food news: a taco-centric food truck gets ready to roam, while another puts down roots in South Sacramento. Plus, a Parisian bakery from Korea is set to launch its first local outpost; a popular midtown restaurant is now serving brunch seven days a week; and global cuisine eatery has opened in Arden-Arcade. Boolu Eatery This new family-owned place opened March 21 at the former location of Samarkand Kabob in Arden-Arcade, billing itself as a “globally inspired international restaurant.” Boolu serves up a smorgasbord of menu items featuring American, African, Italian, Asian, Mexican, Jamaican, Creole, Peruvian, Turkish and Mediterranean recipes, from chorizo empanadas, spicy samosas and pork lumpia to okra soup with Nigerian-style chicken. Guests can also...

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A popular South Korean rice burger chain takes over Golden Bear's kitchen for one night

04/13/17

A popular South Korean rice burger chain takes over Golden Bear's kitchen for one night

Kimchi, bulgogi and rice, oh my! A popular South Korean burger chain is about to see if the Sacramento dining scene is ready for its authentic street fare with a pop-up kitchen takeover on April 19. BonGousse, owned by the Oh family and led by CEO Serin Oh, has over 1,000 locations in South Korea, as well as outposts in China and Thailand, selling its signature sandwiches made with rice patty buns and a variety of Korean-spiced meat-based fillings. The company is set to take over The Golden Bear’s kitchen in midtown on April 19, offering a handful of rice burger variations beginning at 9:30 p.m. that evening. The response to the pop-up could determine whether BonGousse will open a brick-and-mortar shop in Sacramento, which would be its first restaurant in the U.S. The...

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The Flamingo House bar to land in midtown this summer

04/11/17

The Flamingo House bar to land in midtown this summer

Midtowners will be tickled pink this summer with the arrival of a brand-new bar and social club, The Flamingo House. Located next to the restaurant Skool on 23rd and K streets, the bar will serve up small bites paired with creative craft cocktails inside a two-story 1910 house previously occupied by the vegan restaurant Garden to Grill, which closed in December. Before that, the space was home to the Plum Cafe & Bakery and, stretching back further, the True Love Coffeehouse. The Flamingo House is the brainchild of a trio of co-owners—Bobby Falcon, Matt Byrd and Christian Tolen—who met while working at The Park Ultra Lounge in downtown Sacramento and whose collective credits include local hotspots like Mix Downtown, Dive Bar and The Zebra Club. “We are...

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