I still have vivid memories of helping friends who experienced heartbreaking floods in our community several years ago. One especially exhausting day of trying to salvage what we could from water-soaked lives was interrupted with the precious sight of Red Cross volunteers driving through the neighborhood offering sandwiches and beverages. It was a meal I will never forget.
In this age of high-end coffee, every trip to the cafe is a theater experience. We watch the barista measure out the coffee on a digital scale and check the temperature of the water. We stare as the rivulet of steaming water is then poured from the swan-necked kettle, evenly coating the ground beans in a ritual that ends with the perfect cup of joe.
Mike Testa, CEO of Visit Sacramento, says the organization leaves the menu up to the chefs for the annual Tower Bridge Dinner, a sold-out Farm-to-Fork celebration that runs $199 per ticket. The menu was unveiled at a preview at Golden 1 Center on Monday.
Tame the heat of this pasta dish with the deep, dark fruits of a Sicilian red blend or introduce some spice of your own with a zinfandel or red Rhone blend, both from California. Heat, spice and reds don't always play nicely together, which can be a problem. With these three wines, problem solved.
There's nothing like the sight of a freshly baked batch of brownies. And not just for those of us with a sweet tooth. Most people – well, the fun ones – are brownie fans, which is why we see them everywhere, from potlucks to office parties, birthdays to school lunches. Rich to the hilt and unapologetically messy, a great brownie is savored slowly, with your eyes closed.
Facts now have alternatives. A fact that makes the solid substrate of reality feel strangely spongy. And not in that winsome, Rene Magritte way. Stare at his painting of a pipe, labeled "This Is Not a Pipe," and smirk. True that.
Getting kids to eat their veggies, making mealtime less stressful – moms have always been problem-solvers. But some turned their problems into opportunities, and I recently chatted with several such mom entrepreneurs about how they did it.