Not every meal has to be gourmet and expensive. But that doesn't mean every meal shouldn't be scrumptious even if you don't want to spend top dollar. Sac Mag has collected 50 items that won't break the bank, but will satisfy your taste buds. Here are some of my the tastiest of the 20 they've put on line thus far:
Giant Bavarian Pretzel from Firestone Public House ($8) - Warm, doughy and served on a freestanding hook with mustard sauce and pimento cheese spread.
Bulgogi Nachos from Tako Korean BBQ ($7) - Tortilla chips layered with bulgogi (marinated steak), sprinkled with Korean slaw and topped with cheddar cheese: Korean-Mexican fusion at its finest
Read the entire list in Sac Mag.
Photo via Firestone Public House's Facebook Page.
Chef Adam Pechal survives comfort food challenge on ABC's 'The Taste' - In the end, Pechal didn't land among the top performers, but didn't face the chopping block either. Landing somewhere in the middle was good enough to move on. What viewers didn't know is Pechal faced a mishap while cooking the fried chicken. "It was pretty nerve racking," said Pechal in a phone call this morning. "I loaded my chicken in the fryer and the oil came dangerously close to boiling over. I didn't want to be the first one to light my station on fire. It got down to the wire on that one." Still, fried chicken remains one of Pechal's fortes. He's known to include a "bucket of fried chicken" at his Tuli Bistro, and used a bright vinaigrette styled slaw on "The Taste" to add some acidity to the dish. Look for Pechal's recipe to be posted soon on the web site for "The Taste." Note: the recipe for Pechal's seared scallops, which first scored him a spot on "The Taste," can be found here. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.
Vanilla Bean Bistro sold to chef, Gonul Blum focuses on Trio - When Gonul Blum opened her second restaurant months ago, it slowly but surely underscored one basic reality: she couldn't be two places at once. Blum recently sold Vanilla Bean Bistro to her longtime chef so she could focus on Trio, her new restaurant downtown. Vanilla Bean will become a Turkish bistro, Blum said, owned by Murat Vozkurt, who cooked for her for six years. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.