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With stay-at-home becoming bake-at-home for many, Faria Bakery's "Head of Bread" offers up the lowdown on sourdough

04/17/20

With stay-at-home becoming bake-at-home for many, Faria Bakery's "Head of Bread" offers up the lowdown on sourdough

With the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and people spending almost all their time at home, many are embracing a back-to-basics lifestyle in their search for comfort during this chaotic time. Baking bread, you may have heard, is at the forefront of this quest. Over the last few weeks, social media has been deluged with examples of #quarantinebaking, including daily 140-character updates on the maturation of sourdough starter. This elemental mixture of flour and water comes alive as it’s exposed to the natural yeast in the air, developing bread dough organically, without a packet of Fleischmann’s. Some budding bakers are even hanging packets of sourdough starter in trees to share with fellow sourdough enthusiasts while maintaining physical distance. In my own...

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Take out on your own timetable with meal kits from regional restaurants

04/09/20

Take out on your own timetable with meal kits from regional restaurants

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented amounts of takeout. But the sudden shift to a time-blurring work-from-home life combined with reduced hours at many restaurants could sometimes make take-out-and-eat-later a more convenient choice for diners, especially those who want to plan ahead. “Buying food hot and eating it right away isn’t [always] an option for people whose daily routines have changed,” says Ray Ballestero, owner of midtown’s Alaro Craft Brewery. “Take-and-bake options allow us to feed them on their schedule.” From a Dungeness crab lasagna to a pork chashu ramen to a veggie casserole, here are eight great takeout kits—some which last in the fridge for a week—from eateries around the region. Just transfer the food to an...

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Is takeout safe? A UC Davis virologist shares how to stay healthy and support local restaurants

03/26/20

Is takeout safe? A UC Davis virologist shares how to stay healthy and support local restaurants

As we all adjust to life at home during the coronavirus pandemic, one of the most frequent questions that many of us are likely asking ourselves and each other is: "Is it safe?" Is it safe to go outside? Is it safe to touch our mail? Is it safe for our dogs to run around in dog parks? And the issue of food safety is one of the most common concerns these days. But we also want to support our local restaurants and maintain some semblance of normalcy, like indulging in our favorite thin-crust pizza or sushi roll. When Gov. Gavin Newsom asked restaurants and bars to shutter operations on March 16 as part of a larger attempt to slow the spread of the virus, many local eateries pivoted to takeout and delivery in an effort to survive.  Now that...

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A popular Shanghai-style cafe in Elk Grove is bringing its cult dumplings to midtown

03/09/20

A popular Shanghai-style cafe in Elk Grove is bringing its cult dumplings to midtown

For Sacramento devotees of Elk Grove’s Journey to the Dumpling, your trek is about to get a bit shorter. The Shanghai-style dumpling cafe is set to open a second location in midtown at the end of 2020. Known for its signature soup-filled xiao long bao (XLB, for those in the know), the Chinese eatery will open on the ground floor of The Press building, a new mixed-use apartment complex that will span an entire city block at 21st and Q streets. With a 3,636-square-foot footprint, the restaurant’s second location is a thousand-square-foot size upgrade from its original spot in a suburban Target complex. But for married owners Yvonne Nguyen and Chris Tan, who searched for a location for over a year and a half before locking in their new lease, this is more than just a size...

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6 out-of-the-box ways to get your Krispies and Crunch Berries fix on National Cereal Day

03/06/20

6 out-of-the-box ways to get your Krispies and Crunch Berries fix on National Cereal Day

Wolfing down bowls of Froot Loops, Honey Nut Cheerios or Lucky Charms while watching Saturday morning cartoons may just be a happy childhood memory, but National Cereal Day on March 7 gives us good reason to relive those bygone days. We found six local spots taking sugary breakfast cereal beyond the bowl—from fried chicken coated in Frosted Flakes to a Lucky Charms cheesecake, these Trixed-out treats should bring out the kid in all of us. Baker's Donuts Fruity Pebbles and Cap’n Crunch Berries encrust doughnuts coated with sticky Oreo mint-, vanilla-, Thai tea- and ube-flavored glazes at Baker’s Donuts in South Sacramento, creating a veritable feast for the eyes—pebble-covered and pillowy, one of the house-made orbs even graced Sactown’s...

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