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Seven Monday brunch spots open on Labor Day

08/31/17

Seven Monday brunch spots open on Labor Day

The only thing better than Sunday brunch is Monday brunch on a three-day weekend. Here are seven places serving up everything from custard French toast to watermelon margaritas this Labor Day to make your end-of-summer hurrah that much sweeter. Read on to find out what’s on the menu while you’re off the clock. Cafeteria 15L Cafeteria 15L will be serving up its nostalgic lineup of all-American fare this Labor Day, like mac and cheese, truffle tater tots, chicken-fried steak and wild berry pancakes. Standouts include the chocolate banana waffle with salted caramel sauce and maple cream, and the Mexican breakfast skillet with chicken chorizo, jalapeños and guacamole. Wash those down with a Hot Southern Mary, a Bloody Mary made with bourbon, Southern Comfort...

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New shop in Folsom will serve gelato in churro-like cones

08/29/17

New shop in Folsom will serve gelato in churro-like cones

Update: Sweet Dozen Cones will host a grand opening with giveaways on Sept. 15. The shop's regular hours are Wed.-Sun. from 12-8 p.m. Your holiday weekend just got a whole lot sweeter. A new ice cream shop called Sweet Dozen Cones will soft open in Historic Folsom on Monday, Sept. 4, whipping up soft-serve gelato in doughnut-like cones called chimney cakes, or Romanian kürtőskalács. “The inside’s like a sweet dough, soft and chewy, and the outside has this crispy, crunchy crust,” says Nuny Cabanting, who runs Sweet Dozen Cones and the North Highlands doughnut shop Sweet Dozen with her family. “We put a little butter on the outside, and then it’s rolled into cinnamon sugar. People compare it to a churro but it’s a...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Aug. 10

08/10/17

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Aug. 10

This week in dining news: a bakery with over-the-top doughnuts opens in Roseville, a bar specializing in Moscow Mules launches in West Sacramento, and a riverside restaurant swings open its doors in Courtland. Plus, Off the Grid extends its stay at the Barn, and downtown Sacramento is about to get a new retro cocktail lounge. BAD Bakers Co-owners Vincent and Katelyn Tiuseco, who opened this new one-stop baked goods shop in Roseville on Aug. 5, also run the Natomas location of their family's Filipino bakery, Starbread, known for its gooey señorita bread. At BAD Bakers (which stands for "bread and doughnuts"), the couple's specialty doughnuts and bright pink color scheme strike a notable contrast to their humble bakery beginnings. Take the Unicorn Clouds...

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Enter a drawing to score Tower Bridge Dinner tickets

08/07/17

Enter a drawing to score Tower Bridge Dinner tickets

If you’ve been curious about what it's like to dine on the Tower Bridge, here’s your chance. Visit Sacramento, who runs the annual dinner at the local landmark—which takes place this year on Sept. 24—is releasing 80 tickets to the public via a random drawing. From Monday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. to Sunday, Aug. 13, at noon, individuals can register for up to two coveted tickets to the event. The winners will be selected at random and the notified via email on Aug. 14 with a user-specific code to purchase tickets, which cost $199 each. This is the second year in a row that the organization has offered a ticket lottery for the Tower Bridge Dinner. In prior years, it released a set number of public spots online that would sell out within minutes. The gala...

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Beat the heat with Ginger Elizabeth’s Parisian macaron ice cream sandwiches

08/02/17

Beat the heat with Ginger Elizabeth’s Parisian macaron ice cream sandwiches

Aug. 2 is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, but if you’re like us—especially with the record summer heat—you don’t need a holiday to fête the sweet treat. Our favorite place to do so all season long is at midtown's Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, which whips up at least five varieties of its Parisian macaron ice cream sandwiches every day from May through October. Forget those brick-shaped freezer-burnt bars with that chocolate cookie coating that always sticks to the wrapper and your fingers. Ginger Elizabeth’s version is refined in every sense of the word, from the airy, chewy, perfectly domed macaron that breaks ever so gently with each bite to the velvety ice cream filling—with nary a trace of smudges. In fact, with their clean lines...

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