Food & Drink

Consume: Our favorite food stuff this week

Open Nature super premium ice cream is now in Safeway stores.
Open Nature super premium ice cream is now in Safeway stores.


BBQ Pro cooking classes

$60; BBQ Pro in Fair Oaks; (916) 595-7444;

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.


Petey’s Bing

$2 for a 12-ounce can; available in local supermarkets;

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;

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;

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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