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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 - 12:00 am

Sacramento Vegan probes

the ethics of Sacramento restaurants

Lucca Restaurant & Bar offers a wonderful vegan menu, but the restaurant's owners also own the ranch where they get their beef. Does owning a ranch make Lucca less worthy to serve vegan customers than other restaurants that offer beef on their menus?

Everyone needs to draw their own ethical line, of course. ... From my perspective, making more vegan options available in non-vegan restaurants can only be a good thing, regardless of the motives of the restaurant in offering them or the personal philosophy of the chef preparing them.

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Cowtown Eats gets an early peek of Mother

I attended a preview for Mother, the much buzzed about vegetarian restaurant at 1023 K St., after work on Tuesday, and simply put, it was amazing. Tuesday evening was the first night they had cooked in the kitchen at the restaurant, but you wouldn't know it by the samples they were giving out. I had the opportunity to try three things – the popovers, a curried carrot soup with salsa verde and popcorn shoots, and the chicken fried mushroom po boys.

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A Girl and Her Fork visits Takara Sake Museum

We learned about the meticulous process of milling and polishing of high-quality rice, washing and soaking the rice, the steaming, the planting of the Koji spores and the mixing of the mash. After the mash, the sake is exposed to yeast, pressed, filtered, settled, pasteurized and then aged. Whew! Lots of steps and each step is done with precision and care.

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