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Taste: Milka Coffee Roasters now serving sparkling espresso in a restored downtown Victorian & more dining news for April 26

04/26/19

Taste: Milka Coffee Roasters now serving sparkling espresso in a restored downtown Victorian & more dining news for April 26

Milka Coffee Roasters, located downtown inside a two-story house that dates back to 1861, hosted its grand opening earlier this month on April 13. Owners Samir Benouar and Bree Uston, an interior designer, worked together to renovate the classic building (the couple currently lives on the second floor), accenting the space’s historic Victorian Italianate features—think ceiling-high bay windows and a grand archway—with modern touches, and tearing out old drywall to expose the building’s original brick façade, adding deep green tile columns along the coffee bar and replacing the old carpet with oak wood flooring. Named after Benouar​'s great-grandmother Milka (whose photo adorns an inside wall), the shop serves up the standard third-wave...

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Empress Tavern launches a "Top Gun"-inspired cocktail menu

04/23/19

Empress Tavern launches a "Top Gun"-inspired cocktail menu

Do you feel the need, the need for speed? Put on your Ray-Bans and check out a screening of Top Gun at the Crest Theatre this Saturday, April 27. And head downstairs to Empress Tavern, which is debuting its new lineup of cocktails inspired by the 1986 Tom Cruise blockbuster that same day. The seven themed cocktails—which will stay on the menu for about two months—include the “Mach 2 with Your Hair on Fire,” a smoky margarita-style drink with blanco tequila, mescal, spiced agave, mango, lime and tamarind, which harkens to a remark Charlie (played by Kelly McGillis) says to Maverick. It features a paper airplane clipped to the glass that’s made of yellow curry-infused flash paper and is set aflame when served, producing a spicy aroma. There's also...

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Craving of the Week: The Cabin's Gimmie S'more

04/19/19

Craving of the Week: The Cabin's Gimmie S'more

Camping season might still be a few weeks away, but The Cabin, which opened in midtown in February, is filling in the gap with a cocktail that could double as a fireside dessert. The Gimmie S’more is made with whipped vanilla vodka, crème de cacao and cream, but its garnishes are what make this libation “pure nostalgia in a glass,” according to bar manager Tajz Wells. The martini glass’ rim is dressed with graham cracker bits and Hershey’s chocolate syrup oozing down the side (reminiscent of melty chocolate dripping down your fingers). Then topping it all off is a full-size marshmallow set ablaze by a torch-wielding bartender. (Pro tip: Be quick about grabbing the perfect Instagrammable shot—once the confection is alight, you only have...

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Into the Brew-niverse: Sacramento Beer Week returns with an outpouring of events

04/05/19

Into the Brew-niverse: Sacramento Beer Week returns with an outpouring of events

Sacramento’s beer universe is constantly expanding, and with more than 300 events lined up over 10 days for the 10th annual Sacramento Beer Week—which will take place April 26-May 5—it is on track to keep the region swimming in craft suds for the foreseeable future. Read on for this year’s highlights that include everything from beer and doughnut pairings to beer slushie releases and tap takeovers. Food and beer makers will exchange Kraft for craft on April 26 with the kickoff event, Sac Mac and Brew Review, during which 15 regional breweries, including Urban Roots, Yolo Brewing, Tilted Mash and Bike Dog, will partner with area food purveyors—like Father Paddy’s Irish Pub out of Woodland and Daddy Dave’s Street BBQ based in Elk Grove—to...

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The Sacramento Food Film Festival pairs flicks with flavors

04/04/19

The Sacramento Food Film Festival pairs flicks with flavors

Every year, fans of food and flicks—and who isn’t?—flock to the Sacramento Food Film Festival, which returns this year April 10-16 for the eighth time with a lineup of three food-focused screenings paired with themed bites, largely prepared by area chefs. “You’re not just sitting down at another auction or another chicken dinner,” says Amber Stott, founding executive director of Sacramento’s Food Literacy Center, a food education nonprofit that is both host and beneficiary of the festival. “You’re getting some of the best chefs in Sacramento that are having fun outside their restaurants and working collaboratively together.” The food flick festival will kick off April 10 with Dinner & A Movie at Lucca Restaurant...

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