Picture taken the day of the fire.
Cielito Lindo, which was ravaged by a fire in late April, will reopen in January 2015, reports Cathie Anderson in the Sac Bee.
Ramiro Alarcon, who owns the restaurant with his wife Claudia Alarcon, told me that he has been catering events and teaching cooking classes while waiting for contractors to complete repairs to the building he is renting at 3672 J St. in east Sacramento. Alarcon spoke to me through a translator because he said his English was not yet as good as his Spanish...
Alarcon’s restaurant was open for only seven months before the fire. The cause of the blaze is undetermined, according to the Sacramento Fire Department.
Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.
Sous-vide chicken wings are succulent at Adamo’s - Meanwhile, our favorite dish is chef Tony DiMichele’s chicken wings (he’s formerly of Grange). Forget about deep-fried, these wings are cooked “sous vide.” They’re sealed in a plastic bag with a marinade of fish sauce, garlic, cilantro stems and black pepper and simmered for three hours in a water bath with a constant “target temperature” of 167 degrees. They’re cooled, then grilled (slightly charred) to order and served with a Vietnamese-style sauce of rice vinegar, garlic, chile flakes and sugar ($6). Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.
New details on Empress Tavern, aiming for January grand opening - One of Sacramento’s most anticipated restaurants lies below the sidewalk near 10th and K streets. I’m standing in the space that’s scheduled to debut in January as Empress Tavern, the sister eatery of the much acclaimed Mother, which is positioned just upstairs from the future Empress Tavern. The menu at Empress Tavern will be the antithesis of the all-vegetarian Mother, with an emphasis on hearty, carved meats in a subterranean space. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.
The Weatherstone: More Than Just Great Coffee - Old Soul at The Weatherstone on 21st Street has long been one of my favorite hangouts. But it was only recently that I discovered that the coffee house (which serves up first-rate java) also has a terrific food menu. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.
Dining review: Tucos in Davis is bold, tasty, but not for everyone - But the food? It can be absolutely stellar. Just one dish – the near-perfect wild boar tamales with mole – was enough for us to sense that the cooking had reached a new level. This is one of the greatest revelations we’ve had in recent memory. The masa was beautifully composed, the wild boar tender and seasoned just right, all of it covered in a red-brown mole sauce that was, all at once, sweet and savory and earthy and spicy. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.
Let's eat: Three places you might want to try for lunch - Looking for somewhere different to try for lunch or dinner? Try a Viet Ha Noodles & Grill at 24th & Broadway, Palermo Ristorante Italiano of Elk Grove and Krua Thai Cuisine in Folsom. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.
A 'bigger and better' Sacramento Beer Week set to take place in February - The popular Sacramento Beer Week is brewing up a bevy of sudsy festivities for its return in February. The annual celebration, which was previously handled by its founder Dan Scott, will now be helmed by the Northern California Brewers Guild and its executive director Darrell Amerine, and take place Feb. 26 through March 8. “We want to make [beer week] events bigger and better,” says guild president Glynn Phillips, who owns midtown’s Rubicon Brewing Company, a stalwart of the local craft beer scene. “We are really looking forward to involving, not only our great [partners] in retail—the grocers and restaurants of the area—but more specifically, promoting all of the great breweries, new and old, in the Sacramento area and the beer that they make.” Stephanie Towne in Sactown Mag.
VIDEO: Breakfast Break with Dickey’s Barbecue - Eric Rucker samples the holidays meals presented by Dickeys Barbecue Pit. On FOX 40.
VIDEO: Holiday cake decoration made easy - Carol Clevenger from Freeport Bakery gives you some simple ways to dress up those holiday desserts. On KCRA.