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11 cool summer cocktails to beat the heat

08/10/18

11 cool summer cocktails to beat the heat

We're halfway through summer, and it's still hot out there. Sure, you can run through a sprinkler or jump in a pool to cool down, but we'd rather chill with a refreshing boozy beverage in hand. From a rum cocktail topped with Dole Whip to a flight of frozen cocktails, we found 11 quaffable quenchers to help you beat the heat. Strawberry Sgroppino at Allora Is it a cocktail or drinkable dessert? You decide after you taste Allora's summery sgroppino—concocted by co-owner Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou, one of only two certified advanced sommeliers in the region. A sizable scoop of house-made strawberry sorbet is topped with Italian Prosecco, which can be poured table side upon request (depending on the season, the...

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Longtime Grange chef shares details for his new downtown restaurant

08/09/18

Longtime Grange chef shares details for his new downtown restaurant

11/15/18 UPDATE: Camden Spit & Larder, the inaugural solo venture from former Grange chef Oliver Ridgeway, will open its doors on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The downtown restaurant will serve a menu drawn from Ridgeway’s English roots and adopted home state of California, including mainstays like spit-roasted beef, pork and chicken; steak tartare with fermented horseradish, cured egg yolk, oyster aioli and Worcestershire potato chips; and local caviar with crumpets and crème fraîche. Located at 555 Capitol Mall—which also houses House Kitchen & Bar and Old Soul Co.—Camden will open for dinner service beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Starting on Monday, Dec. 3, it’ll be open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday from 11:30...

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New tea-centric cafe set to open at The Sofia

08/07/18

New tea-centric cafe set to open at The Sofia

B Street Theatre patrons, long starved of convenient pre-theater dining options at their old location, are about to get a new place to sip and sup only steps away from the theater's front door with the opening of the Chico-based Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe, which hopes to open its first Sacramento location at the Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts in September.  This 3,000-square-foot cafe is the third location for the small chain, which is owned by husband-and-wife team Shelley and Lance Blanshei.  Tea Bar's "tea-tenders" will mix, shake and pour a variety of tea-based beverages like the frosted chocolate chai latte, sparkling tangerine and ginger tea, iced green tea with pear and lemon, and...

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Taste: The region’s latest food, drink & restaurant news for Aug. 3

08/03/18

Taste: The region’s latest food, drink & restaurant news for Aug. 3

A New York City chef returns to his hometown to open a deli in the foothills, an Italian bistro will use their hand-made noodles in El Dorado Hills this fall, and the locally famous Sheepherders Inn building houses a new restaurant in Rancho Cordova. All this in this week's regional dining news, and more. Osteria Moto Bar & Caffè Having run a successful restaurant in L.A. since 2009, Stephen Sakulsky has decided to venture up north to El Dorado Hills, where he will open Osteria Moto Bar & Caffè, an Italian bistro, by mid-September in the space that formerly housed Bistro 33 in El Dorado Hills Town Center. The 5,400-square-foot space will be warm and earthy, with limestone tiles and tables, wood accents and greenery scattered...

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A gluten-free cider taphouse and eatery to open in midtown

07/30/18

A gluten-free cider taphouse and eatery to open in midtown

Sacramento may be experiencing a beer boom but another fermented beverage is about to get its moment in the spotlight when Cider House opens at the corner of 24th and K streets in midtown this fall.  The taproom-slash-eatery, which will focus on gluten-free drinks and food, will feature up to 20 rotating ciders on tap from cideries like Sacramento’s Two Rivers Cider, Nevada’s Common Cider and Oregon’s 2 Towns Ciderhouse, as well as wheat-free ales. The food menu will include non-gluten versions of paninis, vegan quinoa burgers and grilled cheeses with muenster and gruyere. “Everyone is going gluten-free, so I want to be the first cider [taphouse to do that] in Sacramento,” says proprietor Julio Peix, who also co-owns Dad’s Kitchen in...

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