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R Street favorite Magpie Cafe relocates in July


R Street favorite Magpie Cafe relocates in July

After five years, Magpie Cafe will bid farewell to the R Street corridor this Sunday, June 28, and will reopen at its eagerly anticipated new location in downtown’s 16 Powerhouse building (near 16th and P streets) on Monday, July 5. Its current space will continue to operate under a new label, Nido by Magpie.  “It’s a pretty big risk to pull up our stakes and walk away from [the R Street block],” says Ed Roehr, who owns Magpie with his wife Janel Inouye. “Magpie had a pretty good thing going on R Street. We are going to forgo that and see if we can do it better.” Helping the team do just that will be a new kitchen custom-built for a restaurant (comprising equipment like a fryer, a salamander and a flat-top grill) and a full bar. Roehr says...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for June 24


Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for June 24

Sacramento's dining world is abuzz with openings, like a new ice cream sandwich parlor at Arden Fair mall and a new coffee bar in East Sacramento, and updates, like a celebrated chef joining the Fat's restaurant group and an expansion of a popular Rocklin eatery. Bombolone Cafe This new ice cream sandwich parlor is aiming for a July 1 opening at Arden Fair mall. Located on the first floor near the southwest entrance next to Starbucks and Jamba Juice, the desserterie will offer ice cream-filled donuts, ice cream sandwich cookies and other desserts like bread pudding. Bombolone Cafe, which is owned by Paramjit Singh and Aman Ullah (the latter of whom also owns Curry Corner, an Indian-Pakistani restaurant in Natomas), will allow guests to build their own confectionary...

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Prominent Bay Area restaurateur to open new local craft cocktail bar this summer

Who says you can’t go home again? Land Park-raised Bay Area restaurateur Tom Schnetz is returning to his hometown to open a craft cocktail bar called The Cinders in North Highlands with his childhood best friend, real estate executive Jess Tochterman. “Tom’s places in Oakland are ground zero for the craft cocktail movement,” Tochterman, senior VP of Intero Sacramento, says about his business partner, who has made a name for himself with his art deco craft cocktail hot spots Flora and Fauna across the street from Oakland’s Fox Theater. (Schnetz also owns neighboring restaurant Xolo, Telegraph Avenue’s hip Mexican eatery Dona Tomas, and the bustling Berkeley taqueria Tacubaya.) The Cinders will be using that expertise in its cocktail menu, and...

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Five festive farm events to attend this summer and fall


Five festive farm events to attend this summer and fall

From a harvest festival where kids can play farmer to a gourmet dinner under the stars prepared by top local chefs, here are six reasons to visit our region’s bountiful farms this season. Dinner on the Farm June 27 & Sept. 20 These memorable evenings at the Center for Land-Based Learning in Winters feature wine and beer from breweries like Ruhstaller or Sierra Nevada and a chef-prepared multicourse dinner. Neighboring Putah Creek Cafe is leading the Sept. 20 dinner, while Michael Tuohy, executive chef of the new Golden 1 Center, is leading the June 27 dinner, along with world-renowned charcuterer François Vecchio. Chef Tuohy plans to prepare dishes like an assorted lettuce salad with tomatoes, beets, and walnuts from Winters-based Sierra Orchards, and a Berkshire...

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10 delicious ways to roll with it on International Sushi Day


10 delicious ways to roll with it on International Sushi Day

As International Sushi Day rolls around on Thursday, June 18, we’ve packed together 10 of the region’s most popular rolls—from a fiery seafood sensation to a sweet roll made with Rice Krispies Treats—for you to sink your teeth (and chopsticks) into. Akebono If South Land Park is your home base, you might be familiar with the Ichiro roll from this local sushi hot spot. The popular customer favorite is stuffed with delicate pieces of seared tuna (torched briefly on an open flame) and creamy slices of fresh avocado. The roll is then topped with raw salmon (which arrives fresh to the restaurant daily), bits of green onion and a combination of the restaurant’s special sauces, including Sriracha and a house-made spicy mayonnaise. $9.50. 4960 Freeport Blvd....

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