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The Jungle Bird readies to open with tiki flair in midtown

10/12/16

The Jungle Bird readies to open with tiki flair in midtown

Update: The Jungle Bird opened on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Its hours of operation are Sun.-Thurs. 4 p.m.-midnight and Fri.-Sat. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. ******** Highly anticipated restaurant and bar The Jungle Bird will be feathering its nest in Sacramento by the end of October, bringing tiki cocktails and island-inspired fare to midtown. Owned by Tyler Williams, his wife Melissa (who also run midtown barbecue joint Tank House), and bartender Buddy Newby, The Jungle Bird will take over the spot at 2516 J Street that previously housed Kru. Pending inspections, the crew is aiming for a soft opening by Oct. 24.  Tyler Williams is keeping his lips sealed on the specifics of the restaurant's décor, but says patrons should “expect it to look completely different”...

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Five ways to sip, bike and party your way through Specialty Coffee Week

10/05/16

Five ways to sip, bike and party your way through Specialty Coffee Week

Denizens of our coffee-loving capital city will binge on all things java during Sacramento's third annual Specialty Coffee Week. From a coffee-laced cocktail competition to a caffeine-crazed soiree, here are five highlights from the celebration—now get out there and see what the buzz is all about. Coffee-Inspired Tour on Sac Brew Bike Oct. 12 This first-ever coffee-themed Sac Brew Bike tour will ride folks around Sacramento to sip coffee-infused beverages. Bless the bike with Chocolate Fish’s Cascara champagne cocktail toast, then grab an alcohol-free Chocolate Fish nitro coffee on tap at Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Company or Federalist Public House, which also offers a nitro coffee float with vanilla bean ice cream. The bike will then pull up to Nido, where...

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A new e-book highlights Sacramento's buzzy craft cocktail scene

10/03/16

A new e-book highlights Sacramento's buzzy craft cocktail scene

A new e-book by Sacramento-based food writer Garrett McCord and food photographer Callista Polhemus raises a glass to the local mixology scene. Stewards of Spirits: A Collection of Sacramento Cocktails and the People Who Make Them, which debuted in August during Sacramento Cocktail Week, features dozens of area bartenders and their creative libations, while providing tips for making drinks at home. “There’s a lot of attention on the chefs in Sacramento,” says Polhemus. “But there’s an amazing bar culture [here] as well, and we thought it would be cool to highlight that aspect of the restaurant industry.” Adds McCord, whose work has appeared in The New York Times and Gourmet, "People know a lot of their favorite chefs by name in this town....

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First Take: Bold, traditional flavors reign supreme at Carmichael's Mesa Mercado

09/28/16

First Take: Bold, traditional flavors reign supreme at Carmichael's Mesa Mercado

You know you’re in a “real” Mexican restaurant when you see chile en nogada on the menu. A roasted pasilla chile stuffed with raisin-studded ground beef picante, blanketed with walnut crema and sprinkled with bright red pomegranate seeds, it’s a visually stunning salute to the colors of the Mexican flag, as pretty as any dessert, especially the way Mesa Mercado serves it, atop a bright red pool of pomegranate sauce. This classic Mexican dish isn’t on nearly as many American menus as it should be. “That’s because it’s traditionally served at room temperature,” says owner Ernesto Delgado, and Americans, for no clear reason, seem to expect their food to be hot or cold but never in between. Delgado’s work-around is to offer it...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Sept. 21

09/21/16

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Sept. 21

In this week's helping of local food news, a popular midtown gelateria expands to East Sacramento, a health-minded food truck takes to the streets and a well-loved Davis cafe renovates. Plus, a downtown music lounge adds a patio. B-Side The music-themed lounge on 14th and S Streets, which opened in late 2015 and proudly touts itself as a local dive bar, has submitted an application to the city proposing an expansion to include a patio and a second building for residential use adjacent to the bar. The 500-square-foot patio space along S Street will serve as an outdoor area for bar-goers to mingle and drink. The 1,400-square-foot building adjacent to the patio would serve as a private apartment, with a garage on the lower level. Owner Bret Bair estimates that if the plans are...

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