▪ Chipotle Mexican Grill Sofritas
Price varies by preparation; Chipotle Mexican Grills; www.chipotle.com
Maybe you got hooked on sofritas during January’s free giveaway. But if you haven’t tried them yet, you should. Made with artisanal, organic tofu from Bay Area Hodo Soy Beanery, this vegan option at the popular chain is tasty, savory and with just the right kick of spice. Like most of the Chipotle menu now, it’s made from non-GMO ingredients. For sofritas, the soy is cut into slabs, fried with spices and then shredded.
▪ Old Sac Chocolate Week
Prices and times vary; Monday May 4 – May 10; oldsacramento.com
The inaugural Old Sac Chocolate Week has plenty of events to be sweet on (a chocolate trivia contest, beer and chocolate pairings, an eight-stop chocolate tour), but the event that has us tapping our feet in anticipation is May 7’s free tango demonstration and chocolate treat tasting (6 and 8:30 p.m. at Tango on the River, 128 J St.)
▪ PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter
$5.99 for 6.5 ounces; available at Raley’s and other markets; www.bellplantation.com
We admit it. We were skeptical about powered peanut butter. But with 85 percent less fat than the oil-filled kind, PB2 is a perfect protein-packed snack without much guilt – and a rich, savory flavor that makes it irresistible. Great for camping (light, no mess). Just mix with water for the desired thickness.
▪ Jittery John’s Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
$18 for a two-pack of 16-ounce bottles; available online at jitteryjohns.com
This Oakland-based brewer is gaining a cult following for its bottled coffee concentrates, meant to be mixed with milk and poured on ice. Using the cold brew method of seeping the beans in non-heated water for at least 12 hours, the results are surprisingly smooth, yet strong enough to provide the caffeine-induced jitters of its name – with just a touch of chicory for a New Orleans flavor.
▪ The Farmer’s Wife Lavender Lemonade Simple Syrup
$9.99 for 8.5 ounce bottle; available at Taylor’s and other markets; www.thefarmerswifecompany.com
Whether you pour it over ice cream or mix it with vodka, this thick syrup has a sweet, sophisticated summertime taste, with its heady scent of lavender followed by a mellow citrus finish.
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