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On the Rocks

I was tagging along with my husband on a bourbon-shopping expedition to Good Bottle last weekend when I spied something interesting for sale: artisanal ice cubes. Not ice cube trays, mind you, but actual cubes...
igloo at the sawyer

Dining Outside Just Got Easier at The Sawyer

The Sawyer Hotel has come up with a unique way to serve diners outdoors during the pandemic: igloos. Earlier this month, the hotel established a pop-up restaurant on the second-floor deck, called Revival on the Terrace. There, diners...
fried chicken

Learn to Fry Chicken From the Expert

South restaurant owner N’Gina Guyton will spill the secrets (some of them, anyway) to making her famous fried chicken in a Zoom cooking class next month.Guyton is teaming up with Mackenzie Cecchi of Casino Mine Ranch winery for the class, called “In...
Bloomwagen Flower Truck

A Flower Pop-Up for Valentine’s Day

If you haven’t already ordered flowers for Valentine’s Day, it’s too late now, buster: Most florists have already closed their books. You could always swing by Safeway on Sunday morning for a prefab bouquet, but you’re not going to win any brownie points that...
Fizz Champagne and Bubbles Bar

Bubbles for Valentine’s Day

Nothing says romance like champagne and caviar. In honor of Valentine’s Day, Fizz Champagne & Bubbles Bar in Downtown Commons is offering a package that includes a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Rose and 30 grams of caviar for...
chocolate fish coffee

Strong Coffee

Compared to restaurants, coffee shops appear to be weathering the pandemic pretty well. “We feel so lucky compared to our restaurant friends,” says Edie Baker, who owns Sacramento’s Chocolate Fish Coffee with her husband,...
propane heater

Staying Warm While Eating Outdoors

One of my favorite pandemic purchases is the outdoor propane heater my husband and I bought last autumn in anticipation of a long winter unable to entertain friends and family inside the house. We paid $159 for a 48,000 BTU Hampton Bay stainless steel patio...
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Takeout for Valentine’s Day

It’s February, which means it’s time to start planning for Valentine’s Day. Thanks to the pandemic, many local restaurants are offering romantic meals for takeout. Consider Camden Spit & Larder’s Valentine’s Day dinner for...

Home Cookin’ – Parsi Lamb

RAVIN PATEL comes from a family that simply loves lamb. For tenderness, he prefers to braise lamb rather than roast it. “I apply the flavors we love but cook it the way I would...
beef wellington

Beef Wellington Without the Rage

If you’ve ever watched “Hell’s Kitchen” on Fox or “The F Word” on Netflix, you know that British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is very . . . particular, shall we say, about beef Wellington. On those...