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Archive for February, 2012

PostHeaderIcon Bull’s Blood Making It On To Sacramento Menus!

bullsbloodmicrogreensimageMicrogreens . . . take them or leaf them!

It is only natural that California would pioneer the latest microgreen trend in the food world.  These flavorful Lilliputian members of the greens community have been appearing with increasing frequency on today’s restaurant menus.  They are appearing in upscale markets and restaurants and locally command a luxury item price of up to $3 to $5 per ounce. Many chefs in the Sacramento restaurant scene are now incorporating microgreens into a variety of dishes.  One common microgreen that is being found on local menus in California restaurants is Bulls Blood.  Read that twice when you see it on a menu and wonder to yourself;  “really?”.   Do you take it literally or have you already been exposed to one of the newest local farm trends to hit many restaurants menus?

Bulls Blood is a popular microgreen that stems from the 1840’s bulls blood beet. Bull’s blood leaves have been used in folk medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments. This Microgreen’s beet-like flavor and vivid red color enhances mixed green salads but also finding its way on top of raw meats, seafood and pork belly sandwiches!
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PostHeaderIcon Food and History Walking Tours in Sacramento

Northern California is blessed with so many great restaurants and shops, it can be confusing to know where to start.  Our tours are a great way to get acquainted with the local food scene, and a great activity for visitors, families, and co-workers alike.  We harness the power of great food to unite people, no matter their race or creed.  Spend three hours learning and tasting, and you’re sure to come away a bit more enlightened than you already were.  Book some time for you or your group and take a well-rounded sample of some delicious foods, from iconic restaurants to the hidden gems — you’ll see what the buzz is about!

Local Roots Food Tours offers three tours; each distinctly different.  City of Trees Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour and our Origins of Sacramento Food and Cultural Walking Tour based in Sacramento, and venturing north of Sacramento; Gold Discovery Walking Food Tour of Nevada City takes place in the Sierra Nevada foothills, about 1 hour north of Sacramento.  Soon to launch (April 6th, 2012)  is our newest food tour; Murphys Food & Wine Tour in quaint historic town of Murphys in Calaveras County, about 1.5 hours south of Sacramento. Each tour offers a large variety of tastings while visiting an array of specialty food shops, artisans, and neighborhood restaurants.  Enough food is served to consider it a meal.
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PostHeaderIcon Explore The He(Art) of Chocolate!

Local Roots Food Tours Takes Your Palate on a Chocolate Tour!
by Bethany Woy

Chocolate is not what it used to be to a foodie. No more Hersey’s bar or Nestle treat. Chocolate has become a science. A sought after delicacy that is becoming all the rave. Instead of wine tastings, people are now hosting chocolate tasting parties. Buckle up, hold on and be prepared to get a little drunk with cocoa euphoria!

Our 1st chocolate stop will be at a local Sacramento Chocolate Shop:

Ginger Elizabeth
1801 L Street- Suite 60, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 706-1738

Ginger Elizabeth is a well-known dessert spot here in Sacramento. However, many people do not know realize the experience and accomplishment Ginger Elizabeth herself has achieved in her short life.
Ginger has been a chocolatier and pastry chef who has been working with chocolate professionally for over 10 years. She studied pastry arts at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and graduated with honors. After graduation she began her work with world famous pastry chef En-Ming Hsu in Chicago. After moving back to California she honed her skills and began her own business and created her own retail store in Midtown Sacramento.
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PostHeaderIcon 5 New Reasons to Wine & Dine in Sacramento!

5 New Restaurants Arriving in Sacramento! by Bethany Woy
Sacramento Restaurant Tour (credit: Thinkstock)Due to the precarious economy many local restaurants here in Sacramento have been forced to close their doors. Being someone that enjoys dining out, it can be disheartening to walk around midtown and see all of the empty storefronts and abandoned spaces. This article is dedicated to the new (yay!) restaurants opening in the next year! All I know is- I cannot wait to see the creativity, passion and vision each of restaurants will have. Enjoy and Bon Appetite!

Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Company
1630 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
With the closure of Hangar 17 in March of last year, the Quonset hut located on S and 17th has been sitting empty. The once popular Bar and Grill closed suddenly after owners were unable to come up with money for unresolved tax issues. Neighbors and locals alike were saddened by the shutting of the doors and have waited patiently for any news of a new local business.
With the wild popularity of neighborhood bar Golden Bear on 23rd and K, which has flourished for over 7 years, owner Kimio Bazett has decided and announced the opening of his new venture: The Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Company. The name itself pays homage to a historic volunteer fire department in Sacramento (we love anything that connects local history and good food!)

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I read about this tour on Trip Advisor and tried it. Loved it! All of the food was excellent and listening to the chefs talk was interesting. We learned a little bit about Sacramento history as well. I would definitely recommend it.
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