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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for June 7

06/07/18

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for June 7

In today's dining news from around the region, a new bakery in Carmichael focuses on Armenian dishes; Esquire Grill is set to host a summer barbecue series on its patio; and beef and beer enthusiasts have a new haven in Urban Roots Brewing and Smokehouse. Plus, a recently launched desserterie offers sweet Swedish pastries, while Bacon & Butter gets ready to open a second location in East Sacramento. CREAM Zayn Silmi, founder of the blog “The People of Sacramento,” opened a new outpost of the popular ice cream franchise CREAM—which stands for Cookies Rule Everything Around Me—in the Howe ’Bout Arden plaza in April. At CREAM, patrons can customize their ice cream sandwiches by choosing a base—brownie, croissant...

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A sushi eatery with Hawaiian flair to take over the former Amaro location

06/06/18

A sushi eatery with Hawaiian flair to take over the former Amaro location

Say aloha to the newest kid on the R Street block. Daniel Takata and his wife Jennifer Joo, who own the midtown location of the Japanese chain I Love Teriyaki, are set to open a casual sushi-teriyaki eatery with Hawaiian influences in the space that formerly housed Amaro Bistro & Bar, which closed in January. While the menu at the new Takata-Ya will be similar to the lineup at the duo's other establishment—entrées will include stir-fried noodle dishes, chicken teriyaki and sushi rolls—Takata, who was raised in Hawaii, plans to introduce an isle-style weekend breakfast at the forthcoming restaurant featuring items like loco moco (a hamburger patty served over rice and topped with gravy and a fried egg), and other rice and egg dishes with Spam or...

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Sacramento Donut Festival to sweeten the capital city for a second year

06/05/18

Sacramento Donut Festival to sweeten the capital city for a second year

Get ready for a big sugar rush as the second annual Sacramento Donut Festival hits the sweet spot at the California Automobile Museum on Sept. 9, with over a dozen local doughnut shops and bakeries showcasing their creative takes on the fried dessert. For its inaugural outing in 2017—which sold out months in advance—the festival welcomed over 700 doughnut nuts and served up almost 14,000 fried orbs from places like Sacramento’s Milk Money and Sweet Dozen, and Placerville’s Totem Coffee Co. “The doughnut community here is really big, and I just wanted to do something positive for it," says event founder Dave Shults During the festival, attendees will get to sample a variety of the titular treats like the Cap’n Crunch cereal-topped...

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Hoppy Brewing Company to open two new locations

05/15/18

Hoppy Brewing Company to open two new locations

UPDATE: Hoppy's Railyard Kitchen & Hopgarden will soft-open on Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. in Old Sacramento. During this initial stage—when the restaurant and taproom will be open for dinner on Wednesdays from 5-9 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays from 5-10 p.m, and Sundays from 5-9 p.m. (the restaurant will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays)—Hoppy's Railyard will offer select menu items, including house-made fries, avocado deviled eggs with fried shallots and Hungarian smoked paprika, and fried chicken wings, which can be ordered tossed in a sauces like hot Buffalo or Caribbean jerk (vegetarians can order a cauliflower version). The bar, featuring 24 taps, is fully stocked with signature Hoppy brews like the Hoppy Face amber ale and Total Eclipse black ale, as...

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Eat and shop your way through these 10 great farmers’ markets around the region

05/02/18

Eat and shop your way through these 10 great farmers’ markets around the region

Spring has sprung, and farmers' markets are back in a big way. Here are 10 of our favorites to eat, drink and shop your way through right here in America's Farm-to-Fork Capital. Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market Smack-dab between the State Capitol and the Tower Bridge, this Capitol Mall farmers’ market gets lively during Thursday lunch hours as hungry downtowners line up in front of food trucks like Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen, Cecil’s Taste and Azteca Street Tacos for the ultimate midday recharge. At 11:45 a.m., join the crowd for the weekly 1-mile walk through Downtown Commons or get your dinner shopping done by picking up some pesticide-free tomatoes from Oroville-based Scott Lawrence Farms or baby eggplants...

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