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Is takeout safe? A UC Davis virologist shares how to stay healthy and support local restaurants

03/26/20

Is takeout safe? A UC Davis virologist shares how to stay healthy and support local restaurants

As we all adjust to life at home during the coronavirus pandemic, one of the most frequent questions that many of us are likely asking ourselves and each other is: "Is it safe?" Is it safe to go outside? Is it safe to touch our mail? Is it safe for our dogs to run around in dog parks? And the issue of food safety is one of the most common concerns these days. But we also want to support our local restaurants and maintain some semblance of normalcy, like indulging in our favorite thin-crust pizza or sushi roll. When Gov. Gavin Newsom asked restaurants and bars to shutter operations on March 16 as part of a larger attempt to slow the spread of the virus, many local eateries pivoted to takeout and delivery in an effort to survive.  Now that...

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A popular Shanghai-style cafe in Elk Grove is bringing its cult dumplings to midtown

03/09/20

A popular Shanghai-style cafe in Elk Grove is bringing its cult dumplings to midtown

For Sacramento devotees of Elk Grove’s Journey to the Dumpling, your trek is about to get a bit shorter. The Shanghai-style dumpling cafe is set to open a second location in midtown at the end of 2020. Known for its signature soup-filled xiao long bao (XLB, for those in the know), the Chinese eatery will open on the ground floor of The Press building, a new mixed-use apartment complex that will span an entire city block at 21st and Q streets. With a 3,636-square-foot footprint, the restaurant’s second location is a thousand-square-foot size upgrade from its original spot in a suburban Target complex. But for married owners Yvonne Nguyen and Chris Tan, who searched for a location for over a year and a half before locking in their new lease, this is more than just a size...

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6 out-of-the-box ways to get your Krispies and Crunch Berries fix on National Cereal Day

03/06/20

6 out-of-the-box ways to get your Krispies and Crunch Berries fix on National Cereal Day

Wolfing down bowls of Froot Loops, Honey Nut Cheerios or Lucky Charms while watching Saturday morning cartoons may just be a happy childhood memory, but National Cereal Day on March 7 gives us good reason to relive those bygone days. We found six local spots taking sugary breakfast cereal beyond the bowl—from fried chicken coated in Frosted Flakes to a Lucky Charms cheesecake, these Trixed-out treats should bring out the kid in all of us. Baker's Donuts Fruity Pebbles and Cap’n Crunch Berries encrust doughnuts coated with sticky Oreo mint-, vanilla-, Thai tea- and ube-flavored glazes at Baker’s Donuts in South Sacramento, creating a veritable feast for the eyes—pebble-covered and pillowy, one of the house-made orbs even graced Sactown’s...

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Fried chicken shop opens virtual restaurant in Sacramento

02/20/20

Fried chicken shop opens virtual restaurant in Sacramento

If you’re looking for Plucked Chicken & Beer on a map of Sacramento, you won’t find it. That’s because it doesn’t exist, at least physically. Its six versions of fried chicken sandwiches, two types of loaded fries, and unique take on nachos are only available through DoorDash around these parts. In official restaurant parlance, it's known as a “ghost kitchen.” Nimble and cost-efficient, ghost kitchens operate without any physical footprint, offering fare exclusively through mobile food delivery apps, “changing the very essence of what it means to operate a restaurant,” according to The New York Times. While Plucked runs two brick-and-mortar businesses in San Ramon and Pleasanton (and is expected to open a third outpost...

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A popular Woodland coffee shop to open a cozy, contemporary second location in Sacramento

02/14/20

A popular Woodland coffee shop to open a cozy, contemporary second location in Sacramento

Espresso enthusiasts looking for a good buzz will find it at a new downtown coffee spot, the second outpost of Woodland-based Morgan’s Mill, which is expected to open at the end of February on K Street. Just like at the flagship cafe, java drinks—including a three-minute pour over and nitro cold brew—at the new Sacramento location will use beans sourced from Roseville-based Entimos Coffee Roasters. The tea selection is no slouch either, featuring artisanal blends like spicy masala chai, grassy matcha and rose petal-flecked Portland Breakfast from PDX-based Steven Smith Teamaker. Scones and muffins from Estelle Bakery & Pâtisserie will satisfy crumby cravings, but if you're in the mood for a full breakfast (whether in the morning, afternoon or...

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