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Liquidology and Vibe Health Bar join forces to open new shops throughout the region

12/02/16

Liquidology and Vibe Health Bar join forces to open new shops throughout the region

Sacramentans will soon have tasty new ways to eat their vegetables (and fruit), with Oak Park’s Vibe Health Bar and East Sacramento’s Liquidology rebranding and joining forces to launch health cafes throughout the region. Brandon Brodzky, who owns Vibe Health Bar with UFC fighter Urijah Faber, has partnered with local developer John Saca and Liquidology owners Jules Braun and Jeff Greco to create a new company that plans to open five new locations of Vibe Health Bar in and around Sacramento within the next couple years. While the specific sites have not been determined yet, Brodzky says they’ll begin rolling out the new spots steadily and that the first could open as soon as early 2017. Meanwhile, the existing Vibe and Liquidology shops will provide a...

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Grange Restaurant & Bar reopens with fresh new design details and updated menus

11/30/16

Grange Restaurant & Bar reopens with fresh new design details and updated menus

As downtown Sacramento’s landscape changes, its restaurants are also evolving. On the ground floor of the Citizen Hotel, Grange Restaurant & Bar—which opened in 2009 and has since become a local favorite for farm-to-fork fare and craft cocktails—closed its doors for full renovations on Nov. 14, and will relaunch Dec. 1 with a revitalized dining room, expanded bar and lounge area, additional second-level dining, and a new semiprivate chef’s table space. Executive chef Oliver Ridgeway says that in keeping with his restaurant's HGTV-like transformation, he has also revamped the lunch and dinner menus, and expanded the bar menu and beer selection. New offerings include a pumpkin shrub toddy with fall spices and whipped cream, and bites like fried cheese...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Nov. 16

11/16/16

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Nov. 16

Heads up, foodies: We've got the scoop on two new food trucks hitting the streets of Sacramento, along with a midtown Mediterranean restaurant's revamp and a new brewery opening near Cal Expo. Plus, a new meal delivery service has relaunched with offerings from almost 50 local restaurants. Dig in! FoodJets The locally based food delivery company FoodJets re-launched Nov. 1 after stopping deliveries in June following a five-month initial run. According to FoodJets owner Darren McAdams, the company—which previously boasted 10-minute deliveries of eight select pre-made items at peak dining hours—is now offering curbside deliveries in less than 30 minutes throughout the day, and features menu items from nearly 50 area restaurants including Cilantro’s, The...

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10 great restaurants to go to for a Thanksgiving feast worth celebrating

11/11/16

10 great restaurants to go to for a Thanksgiving feast worth celebrating

If you want to eat, drink and be really merry this Thanksgiving, just throw in the dish towel and make a reservation. Here are 10 great restaurants around the region where you and your loved ones can gather for a holiday feast with all of the trimmings. Chops With a plentiful wine list and private, banquet-style seating, Thanksgiving cheer will abound at this Sacramento steakhouse. Order starters like oysters on the half shell or baked mac-and-cheese from the regular dinner menu, then continue onward to your Thanksgiving feast of hand-carved roasted turkey breast served with sausage and herb stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes and fresh green beans. For dessert, there are slices of pumpkin pie topped with cinnamon whipped cream. $32-$40 per entrée. 1117 11th St; 447-8900....

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A new dumpling house wows with bao

11/10/16

A new dumpling house wows with bao

Go rolling in the dough at Journey to the Dumpling, which opened Oct. 17 in Elk Grove, and has already become a new favorite among local foodies and chefs like Billy Ngo of Kru. Yvonne Nguyen, who owns the restaurant with her boyfriend Chris Tan and head chef Justin Yang, says she and Tan specifically wanted to open a xiao long bao restaurant in their hometown of Elk Grove simply because of the lack of good bao in the Sacramento area. “There are a couple [places] that serve it, but I’ve noticed that some places serve frozen ones, and other places just don’t get the right consistency,” she says. The dumpling house specializes in xiao long bao, a Chinese soup dumpling filled with a pork-and-chicken-based broth that can be ordered steamed or pan-fried....

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