Smash Burger in Folsom

The NorCal Burger with fries Last year a Northern California burger joint opened in Folsom on E. Bidwell Blvd.  Smash Burger was highly anticipated as a restaurant that makes burgers really well and has some unique combinations of ingredients.  I was also told they also have very good shakes made with Dryer’s ice cream. I…

Urban Dog & Sausage

Urban Dog & Sausage Located at 424 E. Bidwell in Folsom, this restaurant specializes in hot dogs, sausages, burgers and beef. Urban Dog & Sausage has got a festive industrial meets neighborhood ambiance with plenty of tables and a very friendly staff. You select your dog off the chalk board, place your order at the…

Cooking with Spices

Spices for taste Spices are what make our food preparations better tasting – the mixtures and results are the science of culinary art. There are so many flavors, hot, sweet, salty and more. The mixtures and concoctions of spice blends are endless. Wikipedia has a great description of spices: A spice is a dried seed, fruit,root,  bark, leaf, or vegetative substance used…

How much protein do you really need?

By Sarah B. Weir and Lori Bongiorno Posted Mon Aug 8, 2011 2:04pm PDT Guess how much protein is in a juicy, 8-ounce cheeseburger washed down with a milkshake? This single meal contains two to three times as much as most people need per day. It’s no great surprise that Americans chow down on a lot…

Chicago Italian Beef and Dogs

Chicago Food Extravaganza! Last year, my family and I flew to Chicago for our son’s graduation from Navy boot camp. It was a very nice ceremony and he got some time off so we headed into Chicago to check it out. There were a lot of great sites to see and we got my Uncle…

Best Burgers in the U.S.

According to Fine & Wine magazine these are the best burger places in the USA.  I am not at all surprised to see the first place on the list…. California’s own In-N-Out! Congrats! The burger, America’s quintessential comfort food, can now be enjoyed in an impossibly endless number of ways. There are round-the-clock burgers at…

Purple Place Burger

The Purple Place Went to the Purple Place last week to try their burger that has won a few “best of” contests. I’d been here years ago, but since then its changed ownership and the entire place upgraded. There’s a really nice menu now that consists not only of bar food basics such as hot…

Filleting Salmon

While at Costco yesterday we were looking to buy some salmon.  They have farm fillets, wild fillets and to our surprise they had whole salmon for $4.99 a pound.  We decided to get the whole salmon and I would fillet it myself. This is about the biggest fish I’ve purchased and I figured I would…

Food as Art – Photography

I like to take random photos of food that looks good, I like the vibrant colors, the appeal factor, etc. Sometimes food just makes for a very good photography subject,  just as I wrote about in yesterday’s article – food is art. This section of the blog titled “Food Photography” is where I’ll be posting photos…

The Art of Culinary Presentation – Food as Art

The Art of Culinary Presentation – Food as Art Over the years food presentation at restaurants has become a form of art that just keeps getting better and better as new chef’s emerge on the scene with their creativity.  No longer are the protein, and sides just thrown on a plate to be eaten, now…

Breakfast in Old Town Folsom

Sutter Street Grill Review The other morning the misses and I woke up to a very nice sunrise and good weather and so we decided to hop on the Harley and go get some breakfast on Sutter Street in old town Folsom. We went to an old favorite of ours – The Sutter Street Grill…

Manderes Re-Visited

Manderes Re-visited Manderes has relocated! New Address is 1004 E. Bidwell (near Bidwell Street Bistro, Target Center) One of my favorite beer joints / restaurants in Folsom is a small (now larger) pub and grill at 1004 E. Bidwell, Suite 600 called Manderes. They have a motto that says “No Crap on Tap” and they…