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Der Biergarten is being constructed in Sacramento’s midtown from industrial shipping containers.

Most-popular food stories of the week

Published: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 - 2:50 pm

In case you missed any of these, here’s a rundown of the most-read food stories from The Sacramento Bee this week:

•  Shipping-container design too raw for midtown Sacramento:

“There will be no oom-pah-pah heralding the opening of Der Biergarten at 24th and K streets, planned for early January. You’ll merely hear beer steins clinking and drinkers conversing, followed by the sound of customers dispersing to an early curfew.”

•  A tour of Sacramento’s vibrant tamale scene:

“As beloved as the classic pork tamale wrapped in a corn husk may be, Sacramento is home to many different tamale styles. So, let’s put on a scarf, rev up the car and take a drive to some tamale hot spots around town.”

• Bake perfect sugar cookies every time:

“Sugar cookies are a holiday mainstay, but how do you bake perfect treats every time? With Christmas only a week away, there’s no time for mistakes — or burnt cookies.”

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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(916) 321-1253
Twitter: @chris_macias

Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

Read his Counter Culture reviews here
(916) 321-1128
Twitter: @apierleonisacbe

Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

Read his restaurant reviews here
(916) 321-1099
Twitter: @Blarob

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