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Downtown's Solomon's Delicatessen gets a global menu makeover, but keeps its heart in the Jewish deli

06/16/20

Downtown's Solomon's Delicatessen gets a global menu makeover, but keeps its heart in the Jewish deli

On Saturday, June 20, Solomon’s Delicatessen—named after Tower Records founder Russ Solomon and located in the K Street space once occupied by the iconic company’s sixth-ever store—is celebrating its grand reopening. But take heed, fans of Jewish deli food: the hand-rolled bagels, the signature lox sandwich called The Russ, and the popular pastrami-on-rye sandwich, The Stanley, are among the few original menu items that have survived the quarantine. Welcome to Solomon’s 2.0, where the old queue-up, fast-casual concept has turned into full service on fewer tables in light of social-distancing etiquette, and where, says restaurant partner Andrea Lepore, “Jewish deli meets California soul.” Drawing upon the Golden State’s reputation as a...

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Hotly anticipated Majka Pizzeria & Bakery gets set to open in midtown

05/22/20

Hotly anticipated Majka Pizzeria & Bakery gets set to open in midtown

June 25 Update: Majka Pizzeria & Bakery will soft-open this Saturday, June 27. The 50 vegetarian pizzas a day available for purchase, are currently sold out. The restaurant will reopen Wednesday for normal hours of operation: Wednesdays through Fridays from 3-9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon-7 p.m. Preorders for window pickup will be available via Tock. Phone/text orders will be available at 916-572-9316.  1430 Q St. Follow Majka on Instagram for updates. * * * * * * Pizza. Cookies. Wine. Those three comforting comestibles will represent the entire takeout menu when the eagerly awaited Majka Pizzeria & Bakery opens its doors in late June on the ground floor of a new midtown residential complex near 15th & Q. “We’re just going to...

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A new hard seltzer line from Sudwerk Brewing Co. is a sparkling addition to summer drinking

05/19/20

A new hard seltzer line from Sudwerk Brewing Co. is a sparkling addition to summer drinking

A local craft beer company is about to break out the bubbly—bubbly water, that is.  Davis-based Sudwerk Brewing Co. will launch its new line of hard seltzers, Life Is Hard Seltzer, on Thursday, May 21. The opening lineup of black cherry and grapefruit flavors will be available from the get-go, and passionfruit will follow a week later. Sudwerk brewer Kristina Drake says that the company had been noticing a recent shift in beer trends—craft beer drinkers who may have once sought big, piney West Coast IPAs are now looking for the lighter lager styles Sudwerk is known for, as well as healthier beer alternatives, like lower-calorie seltzer (Life Is Hard has 120 calories per 16-ounce can). “Drinks that are gluten-free or have lower ABVs are fun and social, but...

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A dozen ways to satisfy your inner cookie monster on National Chocolate Chip Day

05/14/20

A dozen ways to satisfy your inner cookie monster on National Chocolate Chip Day

From celebrity baker Stella Parks’ behemoth version at New York’s Levain bakery to a Cookie Crisp cereal variation that’s blowing up the internet, the chocolate chip cookie has been modified and elevated in thousands of ways since its allegedly accidental 1930s inception (the fateful recipe is still printed on bags of Nestlé semi-sweet chips). And local bakers are no exception, taking their own creative liberties with the classic snack: From an Ice Blocks shop doling out chocolate chip cookie-cheesecake sandwiches to an Oak Park bakery making cookies with spent grains, here are 12 ways around the region to get your cookie fix on National Chocolate Chip Day.   Ginger Elizabeth The menu at this midtown...

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How does your indoor garden grow? By a window all in a row

05/13/20

How does your indoor garden grow? By a window all in a row

Green-thumbed home cooks have known about the trick for ages: Place a scallion bulb in a small cup of water, set it on a sunny window and watch the green shoots grow. This easy example of indoor gardening really began trending when New York chef David Chang posted the penny-pinching hack on Instagram in March. Since then, everyone from Chrissy Teigen to food critic Helen Rosner to members of the Sactown staff have hopped on the bandwagon. “Growing scallions is a fun, inexpensive indoor project,” says Angela Pratt, owner of The Plant Foundry in Oak Park. “It helps people understand how plants work and how they can reproduce crops on their own.” Here’s the deal: If a kitchen scrap still has its root system attached, it’s likely to grow well...

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