Newcastle Produce: Food Lover’s Paradise

You’ve been hearing a lot from Lynn lately, happily gallivanting about Spain for a month, but you haven’t heard much from me in a while. I founded Sacatomato five years ago with Jennifer Cliff and then welcomed Lynn as a co-blogger several years later. As fellow food fanatics, we’re always excited to talk about something […]

An Oil that Deserves Olive Your Love

When my friend Laura Martin told me about a locally produced olive oil she recently tasted and wrote about, I took note.  Please welcome her as a guest author. Laurie Schuler-Flynn strongly urges that you take that precious bottle of fancy olive oil out of your cupboard and use it. Now. And you should listen […]

A Donut for the Ambivalent

Rumor on the street is donuts are back.  How unexpected stumbling upon a Times Magazine article indicating such.  And I, one who doesn’t like donuts happened to try a very worthy gluten-free donut earlier this week. I was approached by the frozen food buyer, Jose at Whole Foods Market in Sacramento.  His extended hand holding […]

Stubborn Brats Taste Good

Sacramento has some new brats, courtesy of Testa Duro Salumi. Made by chef Jason Azevedo, these sausages really stand out for their authentic flavor and texture. My husband grew up eating German bratwurst and he loved the fine texture and flavoring. Testa Duro brats are flavored with ginger and nutmeg, instead of allspice, which many […]

New Sacramento Addition: Midtown Bazaar

What: A market bazaar filled with artisan booths of art, crafts, jewelry, olives and oils, miscellaneous specialty food products, coffee, produce, live music and more.  The bazaar will grow and evolve over time adding more vendors. Currently enjoy: Wood fired pizza, vegan by “Green Boheme”, hot dogs, organic fruit pops, Italian ice, produce, bread from […]

All Wine Roads Don’t Lead to France

I met Claiborne Thompson in the early 90’s while on a wine exploration trip through the Edna Valley on the central coast of California.  Previously a tenured professor and Scandinavian Studies department chair at the University of Michigan, he and his wife and fellow professor Frederika Churchill stumbled on the winery scene in 1981, got […]

Andrae’s Bakery Celebrates Ten Years

From Thursday through Sunday, July 8th through 11th, Andrae’s Bakery in Amador City, CA will celebrate ten years.  This bakery and mini gourmet food store is a foodie haven amongst the rolling hills and vineyards of the Sierra foothills, in the heart of the gold country.  Matt, the baker, and wife Kimberly opened with bread […]

The Bicycle Bakery, a Vegan Alternative for Everyone

Gluten-free Vegan Cranberry Oatmeal Bars.  Yum.  I double-checked the ingredient list because these were almost too good of an afternoon snack to be taken seriously.  Yep, they were in fact all they said. It was a bite of the Chocolate Brownie Cake with Cacao Frosting that did me in.  I brought one home for the […]

Modern Gastronomy with Pajo Bruich

A self-taught cook, private chef and owner of Pajo’s Catering based in Lincoln, California, Pajo (pronounced pie-yo) Bruich is connected to food in a molecular way.  His repertoire includes hydrocolloids to modified food starches, and maltodextrin to liquid nitrogen.  He uses amazing quality ingredients to produce modern food with textural variations and flavor bursts that […]

Scottish Woman Meets Cheese in Barcelona

Traveling Europe in search of the best cheese for her then job, Katherine McLaughlin particularly liked Spain and it’s cheese. About ten years ago, she decided to open her own shop devoted to Spanish-only farmhouse cheeses. She stocks a number of goat, sheep and cow milk varieties, as well as local artisan olive oils, and […]

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