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New retro-glam lounge with political intrigue opens downtown

07/23/20

New retro-glam lounge with political intrigue opens downtown

A new downtown bar with political intrigue will soft-open tonight, foretelling a future in which Capitol denizens might make cocktail-napkin deals over a round of gin martinis.  “I wanted to create a place where you can be seen, but maybe not heard,” says owner Paula Thompson of SMIC’s Sip & Quip, which is replacing Downtown & Vine near 12th and K. “Bars are extensions of the office—people are clustered in cozy nooks having conversations that are probably important.” Per Gov. Gavin Newsom’s current order permitting only outdoor dining and takeout for restaurants and bars, those cozy nooks in the lush throwback lounge—think gold velvet captain’s chairs arranged around marble tables, neon-like rope...

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A new yacht-rock bar from the team at The Snug sets sail

07/22/20

A new yacht-rock bar from the team at The Snug sets sail

Sacramento may be landlocked, but you'll be able to escape to cooler waters at The Doobie Bar, a new contactless yacht-rock-inspired patio—did someone say boat drinks and hot dogs?—that set sail on its maiden voyage on Wednesday, July 23. Located in a once-forlorn parking lot along the R Street Corridor, this outdoor hideaway endeavers to provide physically distanced, nostalgic summer fun for you and your quarantine crew. When the bar opens at 7 p.m. you’ll find your host roosting atop a custom-made lifeguard tower, ready to direct you via megaphone to one of 11 spread-out lounge spots. Wrapped in a white picket fence, the patio will offer a mix of wooden tables and AstroTurf picnic spots outfitted with lawn chairs. Guests will simply place orders from their...

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The owners of Milestone Restaurant to open Mom & Pop Chicken Shop

07/17/20

The owners of Milestone Restaurant to open Mom & Pop Chicken Shop

The buttermilk fried chicken at El Dorado Hills’ Milestone Restaurant has been flying off the fryer since it made its debut at the comfort food eatery five years ago. In fact, its popularity has spawned a new sister spot, Mom & Pop Chicken Shop, which is set to open mid-August.  Milestone owners (and affianced couple) Nick Dedier and Alexa Hazelton are the eponymous mom and pop of this casual joint, which will also be located in El Dorado Hills’ Town Center. And like any finger-licking-good fried chicken, Mom & Pop’s version is served in a variety of ways: in three-piece boxes, sliced and chopped atop corn tortillas for antojito-style tacos, and on a brioche bun in three different sandwich variations, including The Original Blueprint, featuring a...

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Icy treats for grown-ups arrive just in time for swelter weather

07/16/20

Icy treats for grown-ups arrive just in time for swelter weather

From Rocket Pops to snow cones, there’s no shortage of cool summer sweets for kids, but what about the kids at heart? From boozy Otter Pops to latte popsicles to sangria slushies on tap, a trio of icy treats for the over-21 crowd makes sure that grown-ups don't get the short end of the fudgesicle stick. South South’s new “boozesicles,” in citrusy flavors like tequila margarita and vodka-based hibiscus lemon, ooze chill—literally—from their see-through push-up pouches. The alcoholic slush sticks nod to the Otter Pops of childhood summers past and are crafted with house-made syrups. The pops, which made their icy debut over the Fourth of July weekend, will pop up on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, and periodically...

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Get pantry cooking with local artisanal shelf stockers

07/08/20

Get pantry cooking with local artisanal shelf stockers

The last few months of quarantine cooking have proven that a well-appointed pantry leads to better meals at home. And with Sacramento County closing bars and restricting in-door dining at restaurants in light of the recent coronavirus spike, rummaging through our cupboards for ingredients to use in our home cooking and bartending remains a part of our pandemic routine. Thankfully, the Sacramento Valley offers an artisanal inventory of small-batch goods to spice up your meals and cocktails, sometimes literally. From a dry meat rub made with Chocolate Fish espresso beans, cumin, cayenne and brown sugar to pomegranate balsamic vinegar made from farm-fresh fruit, here are over a dozen specialty items to keep your pantry stocked and your dishes brimming with local...

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