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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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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for July 31

07/31/17

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for July 31

In local food news, a new Mexican restaurant, a famous Taiwanese bakery and a fish and chips joint just opened their doors. Plus, a popular Greek frozen yogurt franchise heads to town and East Sacramento eateries open up their doors for a weeklong gastronomic event. 85°C Bakery Cafe On July 14, this Taiwanese bakery-cafe chain—dubbed the “Starbucks of Taiwan”— held a grand opening in South Sacramento for its first area shop, and is already attracting hundreds of visitors each day. According to manager George Agosto, they’re coming for the globally inspired baked goods, made fresh every two hours, like a Japanese marble taro loaf and Denmark-style chocolate croissants. 85°C currently has about 30 locations throughout California, Washington and...

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Ettore’s bakery gets set to expand to Roseville

07/26/17

Ettore’s bakery gets set to expand to Roseville

More than 30 years after opening in Arden-Arcade, Ettore’s European Bakery & Cafe will expand to a second location in Roseville, set to open by early September. At 8,500 square feet, the new outpost at 390 North Sunrise Avenue, formerly the site of ASR Restaurant & Lounge, will feature light subway tiles and warm wood accents, and will be almost double the size of the flagship location. “We want to maintain the traditions and the feel of Ettore’s as it currently exists, but we want to upgrade and update it,” says the group's COO Craig Powell. “We are going for a look that is timeless, unique and upscale.” The space will also have patio seating (with live music on select evenings), as well as a banquet area that will accommodate around...

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