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Dining News: Malt & Mash Coming to 7th & K


Malt & Mash, by prolific Sacramento nightclub owner Bob Johnson, is coming to 715 K Street, according to a sign posted outside their door.

715 K Street most recently housed Plaza Cafe Hookah Lounge which appears to have closed several months ago.

According to their liquor license, Malt & Mash is owned by Matchbox K LLC, which the Secretary of State's records lead to a Bob Simpson of Rocklin, CA.

Simpson, per a 2003 Sac Biz Journal article, has owned Sacramento nightclubs Aqua, 815 L, Sidelines and Tropicana. He is also a partner in Vanguard at 14th & L, Social Nightclub at 10th & K, Republic and Pour House.

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Drunken fruit: Sangria, Karma Brew - Now that it's summer, how nice it is to know that this sort of drink is exactly what you can find at Karma Brew, with its sangria on display in a clear pitcher, moscato steeping in whatever fresh fruit is on hand. Anthony Siino in Sac News & Review.

Jersey Mike's sandwich chain prepares to open in Arden area - A New Jersey-based sandwich company is moving forward with its plan to expand in the Sacramento region. Jersey Mike's has two new local franchisees and expects to open an Arden-area restaurant in September, company spokeswoman Kyle Potvin confirmed in an email. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

The Doughs and Donuts of National Donut Day - While any day is a good day to treat yo’self to some donuts – especially on a Friday – if you eat them on National Donut Day, it feels downright patriotic, so we’ve rounded up our favorite local donut shops with you in mind. Grab one for yourself, snag a baker’s dozen for the office, or procure a little now-and-later situation with Saturday-morning coffee in mind. You could even visit all four spots on our Scout Route for a real hole-in-one. Featuring Marie's Donuts, Sweet Dozen, Baker's Donuts and Puskin's Bakery. Michelle Labi-Klonecke on City Scout Sac.

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Dining News: Sac News & Review Calls Out Sac Biz Journal (Updated)


It's not often you see one local writer do a full frontal attack on another - especially when the topic is something as inconsequential (in the big picture) as food.

But Sac News & Review's Calendar Editor Jonathan Mendick described a recent Sac Biz Journal article as "stupid." From his story:

Before you go do something stupid like call brick toast “a thing” or “honey toast”—as did a recent Sacramento Business Journal article—first know this: It's actually a Taiwanese dish known as nai su tu si, which means “milk crispy toast” in Mandarin, and describes a thick piece of white toast slathered in buttermilk.

Read the entire article in Sac News & Review.

Mendick is referring to a Sept. 4 article by Sonya Sorich in the Sac Biz Journal, headlined "Never heard of honey toast? It's a thing, and you can try it in Sacramento"

Some people call it the "big mama." Order honey toast at Snowbee Tea Station and you'll get a big cube of toasted bread topped with ice cream and other extras such as almonds and macarons. Just when you think you've reached carbohydrate overload, you might find the smaller cubes of toast inside "big mama."

You panic, but realize there's no turning back. Especially since many varieties of honey toast aren't exactly cheap. "Macaron Madness," for example, costs $13.99.

Read the entire article in Sac Biz Journal.

So which local writer is right? I have no independent knowledge to judge, but I know that Mendick's written about his half Chinese heritage and his trips to Asia. That doesn't necessarily mean he's right here though.

Have an opinion on who is correct in this culinary spat? Leave it in the comments below.

* Photo via Snowbee's Facebook Page.

** Update: Mendick leaves a response in the comments below.

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Good Karma! – A Review of Karma Brew Sacramento - On a recent sunny Sunday Funday, my roomie and I were trying to find a place to drown our sorrows after a last minute Team USA loss in the World Cup and we stumbled on the loveliest of new downtown spots, Karma Brew, which opened early this year.  A fabulous find on 16th and P Streets, we popped into Karma Brew for a quick drink, but started chatting up a handsome gentlemen enjoying a pint (my roomie is a clutch wingman, but that’s for another post), invited some friends to join us, made friends with Karma’s charming owner, Anthony, and ended up hanging at this fun little joint for hours.  Boy did we score.  I can’t recommend this place enough after many, many subsequent visits. Chelsea Irvine on Girls on the Grid.

Rose Garden Chinese Restaurant: A veggie delight - While Rose Garden isn’t starting any new trends, it makes the most of old favorites with great ingredients. It seems to have quite a loyal following, too, as the staff greeted many diners like old friends and asked after their families. Delicious food and friendly service obviously serve them well. Ann Martin Rolke in Sac News & Review.

A meh sandwich to go, please - Totally unmeh, however, are the sandwiches at Pushkin’s Bakery (1820 29th Street). The gluten-and dairy-free joint began offering four vegan sandwiches in June for six bucks each (and house-made potato chips this month). If you show any hesitation in ordering, though, don't be surprised if the friendly employee behind the counter looks you dead in the eye and makes the decision for you: Spicy Adult Grilled Cheese. Shoka in Sac News & Review.

Omaha-based coffee company wants to add more Sacramento region stores - Scooter's Coffee is planning a Sacramento-area expansion that could result in up to 50 new locations in the next seven years. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Now Open - Karma Brew


Karma Brew, which replaced Mochii at 16th & P, quietly opened about two weeks ago.

For now, its open daily at 3 p.m., and closing at 10 p.m. on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and 12:30 a.m. the rest of the week.

For now, they feature a short menu, with 5 appetizers, 4 sandwich/salad entrees and two desserts.


Karma Brew also features an abbreviated wine list featuring two whites, three reds and one champagne selection. All are affordably priced between 7 and 10 per glass.


I paid a short visit for a beer & hummus during happy hour and really liked the vibe. A handful of people - restaurant industry vets, owner Anthony Sadeghi informed me - enjoyed the patio at about 6:30 p.m. It was like discovering a secret fun place before everybody else got in on it. I intend to return for another visit once they're out of their soft opening phase.

Sadeghi says that he's still waiting for a couple things before opening for lunch - such as his point of sale terminal, which he hopes to get sometime this week.


If you're looking for a new and unique spot, give them a try.

Karma Brew is located at `530 16th St., and can be found online at http://www.karmabrews.com/.

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