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Sacramento’s second Caffeine Crawl heats up

03/02/16

Sacramento’s second Caffeine Crawl heats up

Wake up and smell the coffee this Saturday, March 5 at Sacramento’s second Caffeine Crawl, a curated tour that guides coffee aficionados through the streets of Sacramento to sample the best brews from local coffee shops, all while deepening their knowledge of the industry. The crawl, organized by Kansas City-based beverage marketing firm The LAB, includes stops at popular roasters Chocolate Fish, Insight, Temple, Old Soul Co., Pachamama and Naked Lounge, as well as coffeehouses like The Mill, Shine Sacramento and The Trade Coffee & Coworking. Crawlers can choose to bike, walk or drive along six pre-determined routes that leave throughout the morning and afternoon. The LAB established its coffee crawls in 2012 to shed light on coffee culture in cities across the...

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New one-stop spice shop to open in downtown Sacramento

03/01/16

New one-stop spice shop to open in downtown Sacramento

With Allspicery set to open in Sacramento this spring, there will be no need to go to Scarborough Fair (or anywhere else) for parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. The shop, which is solely devoted to spices, as its name suggests, was last year's winner in Downtown Sacramento Partnership’s Calling All Dreamers contest and will inhabit a loft space at 1125 11th Street across from Capitol Park, which was previously occupied by the now-closed Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio. While owner Heather Wong has not yet set an opening date, she hopes to open her spice emporium by the end of March. Wong conceived of the idea for a one-stop spice shop when she couldn’t find certain ingredients she needed to replicate dishes she had tried on various trips to countries like Vietnam and...

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Baker's Donuts celebrates 31 years with a sweet birthday party

02/26/16

Baker's Donuts celebrates 31 years with a sweet birthday party

The family-owned South Sacramento doughnut shop Baker’s Donuts will celebrate its 31st anniversary with a doughnut blowout this Saturday, February 27. “We are expecting a huge turnout,” says Douglas Hem, whose mom Sivkun Hem and stepdad Randy Cheng own the store. “People are driving from the Bay Area and all over California.” From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Baker's—which is known for its cult social media following, boasting nearly 30,000 followers on Instagram—will sell its sweet rounds for discounted prices (60 cents-$2.50 instead of 85 cents-$3.50), and anyone wearing a Baker’s Donuts shirt (also on sale for $15 instead of the usual $20) will get a doughnut of their choice for free. One of Douglas Hem's favorites is the Reese’s...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for February 25

02/25/16

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for February 25

This week, we've got the scoop on a new brewery launching in midtown, a new shaved ice parlor opening its doors in Natomas, as well as a popular pig roast happening at the end of the month, and a recently launched vegetarian haven with a fresh, slow-food menu. Big Stump Brewing Company This new brewery is set to open in April in midtown at 17th and L streets. Owner Alex Larrabee, an attorney who moved to Sacramento from San Francisco last year, hopes to make his mark on the local brewing scene by focusing on international styles like Bavarian, Belgian and sour beers. Larrabee began a home brewer, eventually winning best in show at the 2014 California State Fair for Big Stump’s Bavarian Hefeweizen, which will be a menu mainstay along with single and double IPAs, a Russian...

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Five buzzy new coffee shops around the Sacramento region

02/23/16

Five buzzy new coffee shops around the Sacramento region

Need a little pick-me-up? Several new coffee shops are hitting the local scene, from midtown to Shingle Springs, offering everything from artisan lattes to live music. We’re spilling the beans on five new locations to get your caffeine fix. The Fig Tree Coffee, Art & Music Lounge This community-focused coffee shop, which will open in May along historic downtown Roseville’s burgeoning Vernon Street, will serve up live music, local art and Naked Coffee brews. Roseville pastor Joshua Lickter founded The Fig Tree in the hopes of establishing the coffee shop as a community gathering place. In addition to coffee, The Fig Tree will offer simple bites like bagels and pastries, perhaps eventually offering items from nearby restaurants like Monk’s...

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