Good Eats : Sac Chef Challenge

This past Saturday, Rob’s Mom was lovely enough to buy us tickets to the Sacramento Chef Challenge event, benefitting InAlliance. It was an amazing event with a ton of food, a chef cook-off, cupcake bake-off and wine/beer tastings. At the door we were given a bag of goodies, including a wine glass and a wristband allowing us 5 beer/wine tastings. Needless to say, my wristband was well used!

It was my first time attending an event like this and it definitely won’t be my last! So many yummy things were had and my favorites were Shock Top raspberry wheat beer, It’s a Grind black tea sweetened with peach, the Dynamite salmon roll from Pyramid Alehouse, the strawberry shortcake cupcake from Vanilla Bean and the Lucero lemon olive oil.

Ladies, if you don’t find yourself enjoying beer you have to try Shock Top raspberry wheat beer. It’s delicious! Definitely a summer win.

The best part of the event is that the proceeds went to InAlliance, a nonprofit that supports people with developmental disabilities. Never has giving back felt so good :). Thanks Delia for the tickets and InAlliance for a wonderful fundraiser!

Have you ever been to an event like this? Do you like doing different summer weekend festivals?

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Have a great Tuesday loves!


When life gives you…sushi

Due to further examination, I’ve decided to do away with Mentionable Mondays. I want to shy away from being overly gimmicky and posting things just because I have to. So, adios Mentionable Mondays, it was fun while it lasted one whole entry.

Umami Burger

In LA during spring break 2 years ago, we ate at the most amazing burger joint called Umami Burger. We heard a rumor that an Umami Burger opened in San Francisco and after a google search confirmed an address, Rob and I were off to SF for date night on Friday.

When we spotted the building with Umami splayed out front and spent 20 minutes driving up and down the same 5 blocks within range of the restaurant, I wasn’t sure if this adventure was made to be. As we finally strolled up to the resturant, Rob jokingly mentioned it would be funny if the restaurant ended up being Umami Thai food instead of our beloved Burger spot. With one peek at the menu, that joke became a reality when Umami’s menu was made up of Japanese cuisine and not angus beef.


As my stomach mourned the unbelievable mistake we had made, I wondered if a guilt-provoking sad dinner at McDonalds would dull the sadness in my heart. But Rob suggested we go to dinner there anyways. It ended up being a great restaurant, a “trendy” dim-lit place to go for plentiful drinks with friends and a gourmet sushi menu. The rolls had exotic ingredients like goat cheese, wasabi aioli, mango and Rob’s fav pico de gallo. We ended up ordering 3 sushi rolls, 2 drinks and a trio of kobe beef sliders. It was the first time I had ever seen Rob’s face light up after a sushi roll, which unto itself  made my heart sing. I don’t even want to imagine how high our bill was (Rob insisted we celebrate our hard earned money with a few expensive date nights) but I’m happy to say the cuisine at Umami in SF did not disappoint.

Just a mere 2 hours before we were paying the bill, we were mourning a wasted trip to SF and at the end of the night, we were rejoicing our blessed mistake. I guess when life gives you lemons, you eat gourmet sushi?

P.S. There is no Umami Burger in Northern California. We will most definitely be having it when we venture down south in August. 🙂

EDIT June 2012: There is now an Umami Burger in San Francisco! Literally down the street from Umami Sushi… No joke!