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A Week of Great Eats: Three Memorable Dining Moments

Posted on May 13

Yes, it’s true: food writers have the Best. Job. Ever.

I reveled in a number of interesting, tasty dishes last week, but three (well, four) were real standouts. The first was Kathmandu Kitchen’s fabulous lamb saagwala: moist, tender chunks of lamb enveloped in a luscious spinach sauce embellished with garlic and roasted cumin. This comforting dish satisfies on all levels, and half the fun of eating it is slathering the sauce on Kathmandu’s cushy-soft, fresh-made naan bread.

A colorful antipasto appetizer at OneSpeed was another dazzler: thinly-sliced cured meats neatly lined the plate, topped with an exciting assemblage of olives and marinated baby artichoke hearts; fresh mozzarella crostini festooned with roasted red bell peppers, and the showstopper – bright pink, sliced hard boiled eggs, whose lovely color was derived from a gentle marinade in beet juice.

Sweet treats from Roseville’s Cupcake A La Mode beautifully rounded out a week of gluttony: I wouldn’t consider myself much of a cupcake fan, but I’ll make an enthusiastic exception for owner/pastry chef Lisa Clark’s high-quality, inspired treats. My favorites were the knockout “After Dinner Mint” cupcake - chocolate cake crowned with chocolate-speckled, palate-reviving white chocolate peppermint buttercream and a chocolate peppermint cookie; and the sophisticated, irresistible “Bella Nutella,” whose chocolate cake was topped with a creamy hit of Nutella under a pouf of chocolate hazelnut buttercream, garnished with a chocolate-covered hazelnut truffle and a chocolate hazelnut cookie. Mmmmmm.


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All Youth Film and Education Day

All Youth Film and Education Day

Young filmmakers converged on Sacramento's Crest Theatre Friday, October 2 for the 19th Annual Youth Film and Education Day. The budding storytellers studied short films, learned about the future of their craft, and networked with industry professionals during the daylong celebration of visual arts.

Published: Monday, October 5, 2015