Cousins Maine Lobster
$10-14 for most dishes; cousinsmainelobster.com/sacramento
There’s a new food truck in town and its menu goes like this: two types of lobster roll, lobster quesadilla, lobster taco, lobster bisque and more. The Cousins Maine Lobster truck, operated by franchise owners Paul and Vickie Sharkey, is one in a fleet of 15 that roll in 11 cities. Keep an eye on the Sharkeys’ calendar of upcoming stops at various locations. It’s set to show up at Folsom Lake Bank (2233 Douglas Blvd., Roseville) for the truck’s official opening on July 31.
Bolthouse Farms beverages
$2.80 for a 15.2-ounce container; Target, Walgreens and other stores; bolthouse.com
Bolthouse Farms has plenty of ways to help you drink your fruits and veggies. Its many juices and smoothies are sourced from produce grown in the San Joaquin Valley. We recently sampled a trio of them and liked what we tasted, especially the Stone Fruit smoothie, which mixes juices from nectarine, apricot, plum, peach, banana and vitamin C-rich acerola cherries, a.k.a. West Indian cherries. Fragrant, sweet ’n’ tart.
Pies at Machado Orchards
$16-$17 per pie (also sold by slice); 100 Apple Lane, Auburn; 530-823-1393
Just outside Auburn sits family-owned Machado Orchards, a 33-acre fruit farm founded by Azore Island immigrants Joe and Constance Machado in the 1920s. Their descendants now run the show and the place excels at making from-scratch fruit pies – peach, nectarine, blueberry, raspberry, boysenberry, marionberry and others. We recently had a slice of hot-from-the-oven peach pie (a la mode is an option). Delicious.
Tower Bridge dinner tickets
$175 per person; Sept. 27 on the Tower Bridge; farmtofork.com
The Tower Bridge dinner during Sacramento’s “Farm-to-Fork” week is one of the year’s culinary highlights and among the toughest tickets to get in town. In 2013, tickets sold out in eight hours. Last year, they went in under a minute. Tickets for this year’s event go on sale at 9 a.m. July 20 at farmtofork.com. The Sept. 27 multi-course dinner costs $175 per person; individuals are limited to buying four tickets. The dinner serves 740 people and about one-third of the tickets will be available to the general public.
Ehrmann Mixies Cherry Fizz
$1.99 for a 4.8-ounce container; Safeway; ehrmann-usa.com
Remember Pop Rocks? Now you can have something like them for breakfast. German yogurt maker Ehrmann has taken its trademark heart-shaped containers with their mix-it-yourself pockets and filled one with blue and pink “popping crystals” in cherry and strawberry flavors – a fun summer treat kids won’t be able to resist.
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