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A sneak peek at Shangri-la, the retro Palm Springs resort-inspired restaurant

06/04/19

A sneak peek at Shangri-la, the retro Palm Springs resort-inspired restaurant

UPDATE: Shangri-la, the new Palm Springs resort-inspired bistro in Fair Oaks will soft-open Tuesday, June 18, for dinner. Hours of operation wlll be Tuesday through Sunday from 5:30-9 p.m., with the bar staying open until 10 p.m. (The restaurant will be closed Mondays.) Owner Sommer Peterson aims to add happy hour and brunch over the coming weeks, and hopes to host a grand opening in mid-July. Reservations are available through yelp.com. ********** A Fair Oaks native is devising an oasis of creative shared plates, craft cocktails and bocce ball in the Sacramento suburb with the new restaurant Shangri-la, which is set to open later this month. Sommer Peterson, who grew up in Fair Oaks, moved to San Francisco after high school, but over 20 years later, she felt the call of a...

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Craving of the Week: Dutchman’s Stroopwafels

05/31/19

Craving of the Week: Dutchman’s Stroopwafels

We don't waffle when it comes to waffles. To us, they're the quintessential breakfast comfort food. But lately, we've also been savoring them for dessert, thanks to a crave-worthy cookie version by Dutchman’s Stroopwafels. Made from two thin layers of waffles glued together by caramel syrup that oozes out with each bite, the stroopwafel—which translates, appropriately, to "syrup waffle"—is decadent and cinnamony (think crispy snickerdoodle). We recommend getting multiples of the regular, which is palm-sized and served in a checkerboard wax paper triangle for easy on-the-go snacking. (If you don't care as much about portability, you can get a giant size of the cookie, which is about the size of a face.) Husband-and-wife team Johan and...

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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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