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New Brunch Boys food truck puts weekend tradition on wheels

01/30/15

New Brunch Boys food truck puts weekend tradition on wheels

Starting this week, a new food truck is bringing a unique specialty to the roads around Sacramento: Brunch.  The Brunch Boys truck arrived in town on Jan. 30, debuting a healthy, fresh—and mobile—approach to the area’s brunch culture. The truck was co-founded by chef Charlie Cardona and his business partner Kevin Hardekopf, who set out to share their mutual passion for food on the road. “There are still many people who equate food from a truck with junk food, and that's all they want,” Cardona says. “But the perception is changing, and we are aiming to provide restaurant-quality [brunch].” Dish options range from the chunky carrot soup (a medley of corn, carrots, Italian salami, kale and crème fraîche), to the...

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SusieCakes launches week of treats at new Sacramento location

01/23/15

SusieCakes launches week of treats at new Sacramento location

SusieCakes, the celebrated bakery that originated as a local sweet spot in Los Angeles, will arrive this weekend in Sacramento with a brand-new shop at the Pavilions Shopping Center. A week of treats and specials will commence Saturday with a grand opening party from 1 to 4 p.m. featuring free desserts, face painting, a balloon artist, kids coloring contest, DJ, a raffle to win free cake for a year, and an Instagram booth for selfies and other souvenir photos. The celebration continues through the end of the month with a Cupcake Happy Hour on Monday, Jan. 26 (featuring buy-one-get-one-free deals on cupcakes) between 4:00-6:00 p.m., followed by After-School Snack Day on Jan. 28 (offering free mini-cupcakes for kids 10 and under, with purchase) and culminating in Celebrate Your...

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Urban farming, local food showcased this weekend at West Sacramento movie screening

01/23/15

Urban farming, local food showcased this weekend at West Sacramento movie screening

Food and film enthusiasts can dig into the value of urban agriculture on Jan. 25 at a screening of the documentary Growing Cities at Yolo Brewing Company in West Sacramento. From a rooftop tomato patch in Los Angeles to a radish garden in downtown Denver, the movie follows filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette as they journey between coasts exploring ways American cities can reap the benefits of urban agriculture. Hosted by the Winters-based Center for Land-Based Learning and the Sacramento Urban Agriculture Coalition, the screening showcases a movement gathering momentum around the Sacramento region—particularly in Yolo County, where, in 2014, the new West Sacramento Urban Farm transformed an old gas station site into an acre-wide vegetable garden serving...

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10 sweet spots to celebrate National Pie Day

01/22/15

10 sweet spots to celebrate National Pie Day

Every day is technically a great day for pie, but only Jan. 23 makes the cut as National Pie Day. If you're hungry for a sweet slice, a hand-size treat or a whole delicious treat right out of the oven, these 10 classic pie practitioners around the region will deliver the goods. Freeport Bakery Almost two decades ago, Freeport Bakery’s chef-owner Walter Goetzler was faced with a surplus of super sweet peaches in his kitchen. With dark, more intensely flavored olallieberries also in season, he saw a match made in pie heaven. His peach olallieberry pie, which combines these complementary fruits and a dash of cinnamon with a traditional piecrust and crumble topping, has since become a staple at the Land Park establishment. And it’s now available year-round...

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10 fiery ways to enjoy International Hot and Spicy Food Day in Sacramento

01/15/15

10 fiery ways to enjoy International Hot and Spicy Food Day in Sacramento

In honor of International Hot and Spicy Food Day this Friday, Jan. 16, it’s time to crank up the heat with some fiery and spicy dishes around Sacramento that will curb the winter blues. Ranging from sinus-clearing to delicately sweetened and spiced, here are 10 great dishes, delicacies and treats for those heat seekers looking to add a little extra kick to their day. Broderick Roadhouse This West Sacramento institution’s banh mi fries are the perfect fusion of American comfort food and light, tangy and spicy Vietnamese flavors. Made with house-pickled vegetables, slow-pulled pork, scratch-made citrus caramel sauce, and jalapeño slices atop Broderick’s twice-fried french fries, the incendiary treat provides an even bigger...

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