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Meet Winston, Camden Spit & Larder's scooter-riding, martini-wielding boar mascot

12/06/18

Meet Winston, Camden Spit & Larder's scooter-riding, martini-wielding boar mascot

Other pigs may not fly, but this one sure looks like he can. Camden Spit & Larder, the new restaurant from chef Oliver Ridgeway, officially kicks off its happy hour today at 4 p.m. with the debut of Winston, an anthropomorphic boar on display in one of the eatery's windows facing Capitol Mall. As a nod to Ridgeway’s British heritage, the restaurant’s new unofficial mascot is named after Winston Churchill, and dressed in the style of U.K. fashion designers like Ben Sherman and Paul Smith (Winston sports a three-piece pinstripe suit, brown wing tips, Union Jack socks and leather motorcycle gloves). The boar-ishly handsome pig rides a houndstooth scooter, seemingly flying by on his way to the Capitol—tongue out, martini in hand. “This is kind of...

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A new traveling Yuletide cocktail bar with a tiki twist pops up in Sacramento

11/19/18

A new traveling Yuletide cocktail bar with a tiki twist pops up in Sacramento

’Tis the season for piña coladas and paper umbrellas—at least it will be when Sippin’ Santa, a new touring holiday-themed tiki bar, takes over midtown’s Jungle Bird this winter. Miracle—the annual holiday pop-up bar hosted by dozens of venues around the world—is introducing Sippin’ Santa this year, a similar concept that focuses specifically on tiki drinks. The Jungle Bird was selected to be one of the 12 inaugural Sippin’ Santa locations in the country, and Sacramento is the only West Coast stop on the national tour. “When they asked us to join, I was overwhelmed,” says Jungle Bird co-owner Tyler Williams, who adds that he’s “a huge Christmas fan.” After receiving the invitation,...

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Solomon's Delicatessen to host bagel pop-ups downtown

11/14/18

Solomon's Delicatessen to host bagel pop-ups downtown

No bagels, no life—that’s the motto of Solomon’s Delicatessen, the Jewish deli aiming to open its downtown storefront by late January. And if you want a sneak taste of the shop’s life-giving orbs (and haven't yet crossed the causeway to Solomon’s Davis spot, which opened in May), you’ll be able to sink your teeth into one next Friday, Nov. 23, when the deli will host a pop-up event under the psychedelic mural at its soon-to-open 8th and K location. Solomon’s head chef, Aimal Formoli, will be on-site serving up three types of bagels: plain, salted and everything (which features a panoply of sesame seeds, onion, poppy seeds, salt and garlic). You can get your carb of choice with schmear (choose from plain, dill pickle or green...

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Taste: Chilangolandia brings Mexican street food to Carmichael, and other dining news for Nov. 13

11/12/18

Taste: Chilangolandia brings Mexican street food to Carmichael, and other dining news for Nov. 13

In an effort to bring a bit of his home country to the Sacramento region, restaurateur and Mexico native Ernesto Delgado has opened a tequila museum, a hip downtown Mexi-Cali taqueria and a Carmichael restaurant with a menu developed by a Mexican grandmother. With his latest venture, Chilangolandia, which opened in Carmichael's Milagro Centre at the end of September, Delgado offers up Mexican street food reminiscent of the type that comes from vendors on the calles of Mexico City.  “In California, we are very familiar with tacos and burritos, but not with street foods like huaraches and pambazos," says Delgado. "But if you go to Mexico City, that’s what every stand has.” Named after the slang...

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The Bank food hall sets opening date

11/06/18

The Bank food hall sets opening date

It's almost time for a trip to The Bank, the much-anticipated downtown food hall that is slated to open in the 106-year-old D.O. Mills Building on Nov. 28. Inside the historic structure at 7th and J streets, which features architectural details like gilded ceilings, patrons with wide-ranging palates will be able to grab bao burgers and lobster rolls from Station 8, fried chicken from Mama Kim Eats, lattes from Chocolate Fish, Swedish pastries from Boy's Bakery, Bloody Marys from Preservation Market & Kitchen, and scoops of ice cream from Gunther's or Conscious Creamery, as well as eats and drinks from more than a dozen other purveyors. The Bank will also include four event spaces, two of which will be in the basement's Beer Vault, where hop...

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