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A look at the latest in local food, dining and drinking news

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

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

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Clockwise from top left: Insight Coffee opens its latest spot; House of Shah readies to bring Afghan cuisine to Woodland; Argos Caffe brews up a roasting party; lunch is served at The Press Bistro

This week, we're dishing on a new Afghan restaurant opening in Woodland and the launch of a local coffee chain's fifth outpost, in Carmichael. Plus, get your java on at a coffee-roasting party in Folsom and make a lunch date at a popular midtown bistro.

Argos Caffe

This Folsom coffeehouse, which opened last summer, is inaugurating its new in-house roaster and debuting an exclusive artisan coffee blend at a celebratory roasting party Feb. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. During the event, attendees can sip samples of Argos Oro, a medium-bodied espresso blend of three regional coffee beans from Brazil, Ethiopia, and Costa Rica with hints of citrus and cocoa. Local acoustic rock band Island of Black and White will perform, while Sutter Street Taqueria will be dishing out complimentary plates of Mexican food. Co-owner Jorge Gocobachi will demonstrate the roasting process, and Argos’ coffee bar will be open for guests to order lattes, Americanos and other beverages throughout the event. 195 Blue Ravine Rd. Folsom. 293-8256. argoscaffe.com

House of Shah

This new Afghan restaurant is slated to open along Woodland’s Main Street in March. Co-owner Selymon Shahsamand says he wants to introduce the region to the beauty of the cuisine from his homeland, like the savory Chapli Kabob—a spiced, pan-fried ground beef patty served on a bed of white basmati rice alongside a freshly chopped tomato, onion and cucumber salad tossed with lime juice and garnished with a Serrano pepper. House of Shah will also offer dishes like Afghani macaroni, a slow-cooked tomato and spiced ground beef stew layered on shell pasta and drizzled with house-made yogurt, mint and ground red pepper. The restaurant will also bake naan in a tandoori oven and create fun twists on standard fare, such as Shah fries, hand-cut and topped with garlic yogurt, green chutney, fresh jalapeños and cilantro. 538 Main St. Woodland. 530-908-6944

The inviting interior of Insight Coffee's new cafe at the Milagro Centre (Photo courtesy of Insight Coffee)

Insight Coffee

This popular local coffee chain—which opened its first shop in downtown Sacramento in 2011 and has since expanded to five outposts—launched its highly anticipated cafe at the Milagro Centre on Jan. 4, alongside existing eateries like Mesa Mercado, River City Brewing and Ghiotto Gelato. At just 470 square feet, the new location is smaller than the spaces Insight regulars might be accustomed to, but it is no less high-design and inviting, with unique elements like polished concrete floors, reclaimed wood tables, a vaulted skylight and access to Milagro's cozy outdoor fire pit with communal seating. The new Insight offers baked goods like muffins and scones made fresh every morning at its 10th Street location, along with its traditional rotation of coffee, teas and house-brewed kombucha. 6241 Fair Oaks Blvd. Carmichael. 692-0642. insightcoffee.com

The Press Bistro

Known for its friendly neighborhood vibe and inventive cuisine, this midtown restaurant is adding a lunch menu to its repertoire beginning Jan. 17. According to chef-owner David English, The Press will offer a new selection of lunchtime dishes that vary from his regular menu, as well as dishes adapted from its dinner lineup. The fried meatballs found on the restaurant’s dinner menu, for example, will be served at lunch as a meatball sandwich on a torpedo roll from The Acme Bread Company, with melty mozzarella and house-made marinara. And new lunch items include a croque madame, served on pain de mie and topped with French-imported gruyere, house-made béchamel and a fried egg. 1809 Capitol Ave. 444-2586. thepressbistro.com

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