BBQ Pro cooking classes
$60; BBQ Pro in Fair Oaks; (916) 595-7444; www.bbqproonline.com
The wise amateur pitmaster is always open to picking up more skills, and David Hill is the guy to teach them. He and wife Jennifer co-own the BBQ Pro and regularly host barbecue classes (casual seminars, really) on site. We’ve attended three of them. Two-word summation: “instructive” and “filling.” Up next is pulled pork. Class is in session July 12. Register online.
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$2 for a 12-ounce can; available in local supermarkets; www.getbinged.com
Petey’s Bing four-flavor line contains 120 milligrams of caffeine, pretty mellow considering the average eight-ounce cup has between 95 and 200 milligrams. The 40-calorie drinks also include vitamin C, three B vitamins and extracts from gingsing root, acai berry, and guarana and flax seeds. The lightly carbonated drinks come in bing cherry, blackberry, raspberry, and apple-cherry juice flavors.
The burger at Pangaea Bier Cafe
$13; 2743 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 454-4942
Website The Daily Meal recently included this local two-fisted item on its “The 101 Best Burgers in America” list with this “critique”: “If you like a good beer with your mammoth (burger), Pangaea is the place for you. … (The patty) is topped with bacon, cheddar, lettuce, onions, tomato and house-made pickles and sauce. The brioche bun is perfectly domed, and crispy fries come on the side.” We concur wholeheartedly.
Open Nature ice cream
$2.99-$3.99 per pint; available at Safeway; www.safeway.com
Among the four flavors recently sampled of Open Nature ice cream – a new line from Safeway – the Salted Caramel Butter Pecan was a pure standout. The combination of slightly savory caramel ribbons, plentiful pecans and creamy ice cream was a winner. The tasting notes gave it high marks for “good texture,” “very good rich caramel,” “big crunchy pecans” and the highest praise: “I would buy that.”
Nick Sciabica & Sons jalapeño extra virgin olive oil
$9.90 for a 250-ml bottle; sunshineinabottle.com
At the California State Fair’s inaugural olive oil competition, Nick Sciabica & Sons of Modesto won best of show for its jalapeño extra virgin olive oil in the flavored oils category. Featuring a sneaky, hot taste that gets more intense as it lingers on your tongue, this oil is great for frying eggs.
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