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Shake Shack to open its first Sacramento location

06/07/19

Shake Shack to open its first Sacramento location

Sacramentans will soon be able to weigh in on the great “In-N-Out vs. Shake Shack” debate, when Shake Shack launches its first River City location at midtown’s Ice Blocks later this year or in early 2020. The wildly popular burger chain will inhabit a 3,645-square-foot, ground-floor space inside the complex's Ice Shed building at 17th and R (directly across the street from Beast & Bounty), which will include a large outdoor patio. It is expected to be the group's fourth Northern California location, following Palo Alto in December, Larkspur in Marin County in March, and San Francisco, whose new outpost is under construction in the Cow Hollow neighborhood. While chains have not typically fared well in downtown and midtown, Ice Blocks...

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Celebrate National Doughnut Day at these 8 sweet spots

06/06/19

Celebrate National Doughnut Day at these 8 sweet spots

From midtown's Milk Money to Folsom's BJ Cinnamon, which Yelp calls the best bakery in the country, here are eight sweet spots to hit up on Friday's National Doughnut Day (and beyond).  BAD Bakers         View this post on Instagram                   Tomorrow’s National Donut Day!!!!!!! 🍩😋 *** *** *** Make BAD BAKERS your holiday celebration stop! Slide thru with donut attire and receive a free donut with purchase. If you’re rocking the BAD gear receive a free Mini BAD Bundle with purchase (1 Donut & 5 piece of Spanish Rolls). ** ** Check out our New ALL BAD donut! Best of all donut worlds, flaky,...

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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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