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Loyal readers of this blog know about my affinity for Red Lotus. But they're now in the past. Brandon Darnell in Sac Press has what's in store for that spot on J St.

A pair of restaurateurs are opening a restaurant and bar in the space that formerly housed Red Lotus in Midtown, which closed last month, and employees are being given a special incentive to do quality work – a share of the profits.

“It’s going to be a simple, affordable neighborhood spot where families can come for a meal, and it’s welcoming of everyone,” said co-owner Matt Nurge. “It’s going to be rustic – a little like peasant food, and a little like street food.”

While still in the early stages with a possible opening date of sometime in January, the as-yet-unnamed restaurant and bar at 2718 J St. will have its food planned by Executive Chef and co-owner John Bays.

Read the entire article in Sac Press.

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Counter Culture: Siam Patio in Fair Oaks and Folsom Thai Cuisine - Various lunch pals and I recently dropped by two relatively new Thai places that serve lunch and dinner – Siam Patio and Folsom Thai. Yes, there is a patio at Siam Patio, and behind it is an unexpected, delightfully decorated and intimate interior dining area (white linen, no less). Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

In California, Going All Out to Bid Adieu to Foie Gras - In eight months, the sale of foie gras will be banned in California. But for seven hours on Friday night, at a restaurant appropriately known as Animal, three chefs presented an eight-course meal that was nothing short of a glorification of this soon-to-be outlawed delicacy. There was smoked foie gras, roasted foie gras, steamed foie gras and liquefied foie gras, injected into agnolotti. It was served with veal tongue, yogurt, prosciutto, mustard ice cream and truffles. There was even a foie gras dessert: a brownie sundae with foie gras Chantilly. Adam Nagourney in the New York Times.


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