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Sacramento baker releases new cookbook

09/20/19

Sacramento baker releases new cookbook

He's long been known to local chefs for having the best buns in a burger-crazy town, but now home cooks can get their hands on Gregory Berger's simple yet stunningly creative recipes. The Sacramento baker, whose breads have taken home the gold at the California State Fair, has just released his debut cookbook, Buns and Burgers: Handcrafted Burgers from Top to Bottom. The guide, which came out on Sept. 15, features recipes for a whopping 32 different burger buns, ranging from the classic caraway seed to the inventive blue cheese poppy seed. Each set of instructions is paired with a different burger recipe. For example, the jewel-toned red beet bun is matched up with an “Aussie Burger” with fresh beets, pineapple rings and fried egg,...

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The underground Honey & the Trapcat to open in Old Sacramento

08/22/19

The underground Honey & the Trapcat to open in Old Sacramento

Honey & the Trapcat, a new dual-concept restaurant and bar, is slated to open at the end of September in a 6,000-square-foot, basement-level spot in the Old Sacramento Waterfront that formerly housed German beer hall Knobs and Knockers. "We're just trying to brighten up the space a little bit, but still keep that underground feel to it,” says owner Brian Matthews, who also serves as the beverage director at Solomon’s Delicatessen, Tiger and Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar. The establishment will take on a two-in-one approach that includes a country kitchen with a seasonally changing menu and a bar that serves that menu, but also serves casual fair-style fare like turkey legs and corn dogs. With a warm, painted brick interior that opens onto an...

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New details on downtown’s planned mini-golf pub with an upscale speakeasy

08/15/19

New details on downtown’s planned mini-golf pub with an upscale speakeasy

Update: Flatstick Pub and Trophy Club will open at DoCo on Sunday, Oct. 20. The nine-hole, indoor miniature golf course will feature River City-centric elements like a replica of the Tower Bridge and a series of holes that spell out "S-A-C," as well as golf-themed decor, including a portrait of Arnold Palmer made of over 30,000 golf tees by artist Blake Byers (with two more planned, of Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player) and a series of Pop Art murals matched with themed puns from Sacramento artist Maren Conrad (for example, one piece depicting Sir Mix-a-Lot reads, "I like big putts and I cannot lie"). New sneak-peek photos are at  the bottom of this post. Hours of operation will be Sun.-Thurs. 12 a.m.-12 a.m., and Fri.-Sat. 12 a.m.-2 a.m....

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Craving of the Week: Identity Coffees' Caramel Mocha Frostee

08/08/19

Craving of the Week: Identity Coffees' Caramel Mocha Frostee

Whether you want to cool down after a summer bike ride or just want a sweet pick-me-up, the caramel mocha frostee from Identity Coffees may be your new go-to grown-up treat. (It's certainly ours.) The icy concoction was rolled out at the roaster's West Sacramento outpost, Westside Cafe, earlier this summer, but is now also available at its flagship midtown location near 28th and O streets.  As with any blended coffee drink, your first question will be, "Where to start?" You can push your straw down to the bottom, where caramel and house-made chocolate syrup pool, a rich blend that balances out the raw sweetness of the scratch-made simple syrup. Or you can take it from the top and begin your java adventure with the house whipped cream drizzled...

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A new Neapolitan pizzeria set to open its doors downtown

08/02/19

A new Neapolitan pizzeria set to open its doors downtown

A new Neapolitan pizzeria, Midici, is set for a soft opening on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The restaurant, part of an L.A.-based chain, is the latest in a string of new food options on the revitalized 700 Block of K Street near the Golden 1 Center. The pizza spot was preceded by the recent opening of Solomon's Delicatessen next door, and will soon be followed by KoJa Kitchen, ramen bar Kodaiko (from chef Billy Ngo of Kru) and ice creamery Devil May Care.  “My wife-to-be, she’s actually from Sacramento, and she really turned us on to the city,” says Cheng Wang, a New York native who moved here in 2014 and owns the restaurant with his brother Danny. While the two were co-owners of a New York City boba tea...

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