Snøfrisk Cream Cheese
$4.99 for a 4.4-ounce container; Raley’s; www.norseland.com
A mix of 80 percent goat’s milk and 20 percent cow’s cream gives this Norwegian cream cheese a tart taste and smooth texture. With more tang than a traditional spreadable cheese, it’s perfect for a bagel, or whip it and use it as a dip.
Common Cider Co. Hibiscus Saison Hard Apple Cider
$10.99 for four 12-ounce cans; Taylor’s; www.commoncider.com
This soft-flavored pink brew from Auburn-based Common Cider won a gold medal at the 2015 New York International Beer competition, and it’s easy to taste why: Crisp (thanks to Apple Hill fruits), refreshing and with the exotic hint of its red-flower ingredient, it’s a cool summer slow-me-down.
$500 (for early registration before Aug. 31); UC Davis Honey Center; honey.ucdavis.edu/mead
Catch the buzz about mead at a new course devoted to this ancient brew. Registration is now available for the “Beginner’s Introduction to Mead Making,” to be held Nov. 13-14 at the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, UC Davis. Mead, a honey-based fermented alcoholic beverage, traces its roots back more than 8,000 years and is in the midst of a resurgence.
Flour Craft Bakery gluten-free granola
$9 for a 12-ounce bag; flourcraftbakery.com
Flour Craft Bakery is in San Anselmo in Marin County. Along with breads, pastries and cakes, it makes small batches of delicious maple pecan as well as cranberry almond granola. Rolled oats and pecans join sunflower, pumpkin and flax seeds, all of it lightly sweetened with maple syrup and finished with unsweetened coconut and sea salt. You can order online, or pick up a bag at Whole Foods Market for $10.
$4.50; The Wienery (715 56th St., Sacramento); 916-455-0497, www.thewienerysacramento.com.
Pop by East Sacramento landmark The Wienery for a delectable Summer Dog. The old-fashioned, filler-free steamed dog is covered with fresh tomato, hot (by request) mustard and spicy house-made cucumber relish, which has more of a bark than a bite. Pairs nicely with a frozen mug of root beer.
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