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Dining News: Blackbird Returns?

Blackbird, the restaurant that abruptly closed on Oct. 1, is set to reopen soon, scoops the Sac Bee's Chris Macias.

Now here’s some news that caught us off guard. Blackbird Kitchen & Bar (1015 9th St., Sacramento), which abruptly closed in late September, plans to re-open soon. The principals involved are keeping the full details quiet for now, but expect updates about the reopening soon...

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

Honestly, I'm kind of torn about the news. I'm happy that restaurant staff who may still be out of work will have a way to pay the bills again, but I'm not sure I'm ready to commit to liking the restaurant again. It's kind of like a relationship. Blackbird left without saying goodbye. They're about to come back into town, but who knows for how long? Who knows if the ownership group will tire of the venture and close abruptly again?

I already got over Blackbird and was excited about what new restaurant might go there next. I'm not sure I'm ready to welcome them back...yet.

More News:

Counter Culture: Krush Burger mini meals offer big tastes - Our own mini burgers arrived and looked and tasted great. The best of the pack was Krush Burger’s signature dish, the Ninja, grilled and shredded Korean-style short rib topped with crunchy Asian slaw (fresh napa and red cabbages, shredded carrot, cilantro and jalapeño) with a side of Sriracha aioli. “Wow!” we said in unison. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

Yang's Noodles: Taiwanese steez -  I came here because Yang’s Noodles is the only place in town I know of that serves niu rou jian bing (sliced beef rolls)—a specialty of northern China—and the ones at Yang’s hit the spot. The dish is basically the Chinese version of a burrito: meat (thinly sliced beef marinated in soy sauce) plus veggies (diced green onion, cucumber and cilantro) wrapped in a large, flat and circular carbohydrate crepe (a thin Chinese pancake made out of flour, water and green onion). I also sampled the niu rou shao bing, a more sandwichlike version of the same dish, with the sliced beef and veggies placed inside a baked sesame flatbread. It doesn’t quite pack the same complicated punch of flavor. Jonathan Mendick in Sac News & Review.

Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters - Behind the Scenes - Back in 2009 I enjoyed visiting a coffee farm when I was down in Guatemala. At that time I saw the coffee berries on the bushes and through the process until they were the dried beans bagged in 100 pound bags for shipment. It's years later and now I watched as raw, green beans became roasted and ready for grinding. I was at the newer Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters location on Folsom Boulevard. Mondays and Thursdays are roasting days and with the shiny roasters in the front of the shop, it's something customers can observe while sipping on the final results. Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings.

One Block, Two Winners: The Culture & The Cured - A brand-new establishment has nailed the modern dining vibe and promises to be a fixture in this emerging East Sac culinary block. The Cultured & The Cured is a small cheese and charcuterie shop occupying a space that most recently was home to an electric bike retailer. Little did we know that this odd transportation store would one day be a hip, friendly meat and cheese shop. Greg Sabin in Inside Publications. (Second item.)

VIDEO: Rustic Grains Bakery Cafe - We're stopping by a bakery that specializes in making pastries from scratch. Melissa Cabral is at Rustic Grains Bakery Cafe, in Roseville checking out some unique flavors. On Good Day Sac.


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