Eats

Farmers Markets Open Inspiration

Wednesday Market at Cesar Chavez Park I don’t especially like rural or country areas. I like the vibrancy, diversity and speed of the city. However, my Sacramentans, there is one place that the two converge in delight of one another; a place where the best aspects of country and city…

O’ Father, Let’s Eat Now

Dad’s Kitchen 2983 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento It was a picturesque summer evening. The sun had just gone down and a mild breeze moved about the quaint patio in the rear of Dad’s Kitchen. At the 8 o’clock hour, the 10 black tables that angled along large gray tiles were filled…

Fine Filling Food

Magpie Caterers Market & Cafe 1409 R Street, suite 102, Sacramento If you could take words meaning “unexpected,” “in a good way” and “fulfilled” and put them into one word, that is exactly how I would describe my luncheon experience at Magpie Caterers Market & Café. Strolling up to the…

Fro-Go to the Top

The economy has taken a swan-style jump off the high dive platform. The descent has been gloriously terrible; many businesses have closed up shop for good, and good folks have been laid off. Though any plummet from the high dive can be disastrous, the trick is to make sure you…

Complex & Artisanal Eats

Michelangelo’s 1725 I Street, Sacramento Often, I mention the excitement, importance and necessity of the “culinary adventure.” This is when food lovers, foodies, venture to the edge of comfort to try something new at the risk of a terrible tasting outcome for the sake of discovering a sweet, juicy, raspberry-red…

Dessert a  Deux

Imagine intertwining prongs of sleek, cool metal meeting in the middle of desire and decadence. Cutting the tension and fluff of frills and frosting with the blunt edges of reality, striking a hopeful counterbalance of possibility and reality. Sharing dessert with someone can subconsciously be this intense and stimulating. It’s…

La Vie Boheme

La Trattoria Bohemia 3649 J Street | Sacramento, CA I don’t know about all of you fun, food-curious fanatics out there, but my interest in the food inside any restaurant is dependent upon its outside appearance. On many a brisk walk to enjoy a cider at the Bon Lair, my…

2008 Year in Review

It’s so good to be here with you. Really, the pleasure is all mine. It’s hard to believe it’s been more than six months but not quite a year that I have been writing to you about local restaurants. I’m sure if you’ve followed throughout you could get a good…

Flavors of the Caribbean

It was Friday night. I didn’t want Mexican; I eat that way too much. Sushi sounded good but I wasn’t in the mood. Chinese, I love it but not for a date. American (whatever that might be) and Italian, I could do that at home. And Mediterranean…not for a nice…

Marika for Paprika: Cafe Marika

Cafe Marika 2011 J Street | Sacramento, California Every culture’s cuisine has its signature ingredient. For the Italians, it’s garlic. The French put burre (butter) on almost everything. Mexican food just wouldn’t be authentic without chilies. Would a good Thai meal be the same without coconut milk? For Hungarian food,…