November 25, 2008

While we're still in this "getting to know you phase," thought I'd list a few of my favorites related to food and wine. Feel that La Mexicana has better pan dulce than La Esperanza, or do you like the ramen better at Akebono? Please list your own local food picks in the comments section.

So now, let's cue up John Coltrane's version of "My Favorite Things" and get this party started ...

Favorite comfort foods: Empanadas from La Esperanza Bakery; a hot bowl of ramen from Edokko II; tempura ice cream at Kamon; a piping bowl of pozole at La Placita; ground steakburger at Nationwide Freezer Meats; meatloaf sandwich at Selland's Market-Cafe; mix of cherry and Coke Slurpee from the 7-11 near my house; heavyweight roast beef sandwich with pickles from Plaza Hof Brau.

Most missed restaurants/eateries: Masque during the Angelo Auriana years; the A&W on Freeport Blvd. that burned down under some shady circumstances; the Zombie Hut; the Sam's Hof Brau on J St.; the original Suzie Burger; La Pupusas in Folsom; Shige Sushi and Kagetsu.

Favorite local restaurants (always subject to change): Hawks in Granite Bay; Kru, especially that lobster tempura; Cafe au Creme (best barbecue in Sacramento - believe it); Birerria Bugambilias (my vote for best Mexican food in Sac.); Futami Japanese Restaurant; am still loyal to Tapa the World; Ella Dining Room and Bar; Mulvaney's B&L.

Favorite food related day trips: Trekking through the orchards of Apple Hill; stopping at Davis Ranch for Sloughhouse Sweet Corn; heading to Napa (on any day but a weekend) for wine tasting and foodstuffs; gotta love a sunny day tasting in the Shenandoah Valley.

Dream wines: 1968-1970 Gemello Cabernet Sauvignon; any bottle of pre-phylloxera Bordeaux;1970-1974 Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon; way too much Burgundy. Hey, a guy can dream a little, right?

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