A chocolate flower hovers on a fluffy cloud of whipped cream. A crispy caramel cookie emerges like a half-moon from behind a tuft of caramel frosting. For Esther, cupcakes aren’t just dessert; they’re miniature masterpieces. Fortunately for sweet-toothed connoisseurs, the seasoned pastry chef pays due respect to what’s inside as well, using unrefined and local ingredients and baking cupcakes in small batches throughout the day. Her meticulous attention to her treats’ quality, appearance, and emotional health has earned Esther’s Cupcakes a spot on both CBS Sacramento’s and News Review’s lists of the city’s best cupcake shops.
Sushi joint Miyagi Bar and Sushi offers a wide-ranging menu of nigiri, rolls and more. Miyagi Bar and Sushi is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu. Round out your meal with a little tipple — Miyagi Bar and Sushi has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more. Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at Miyagi Bar and Sushi just as much as mom and dad. Big family? Tons of friends? Bring 'em all to Miyagi Bar and Sushi — the sushi spot has an awesome layout for large parties and groups. On warmer days, you can take advantage of Miyagi Bar and Sushi's al fresco patio seating. Friendly pooches can come on in at Miyagi Bar and Sushi, which welcomes dogs as well as their owners.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Miyagi Bar and Sushi — it's strictly casual. Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Miyagi Bar and Sushi for their catering services. For those in a rush, the sushi spot lets you take your food to go.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Miyagi Bar and Sushi's moderately priced fare. All major credit cards are accepted.
Each day at dawn, piping-hot circles made from fresh ingredients appear on the horizon, enchanting eyes and noses before popping into mouths. Unlike the sun, these rounds teem with sugar, spice, and in some cases, chocolate. Bakers craft each batch from scratch, using original recipes but not a pinch of preservatives. Their cookie roster beckons sweet teeth with everyday flavors such as M&M chocolate chip and day-of-the-week varieties such as Wednesday's almond joy and Friday's mint-chocolate fantasy fudge. Customers may also opt for custom wedding treats and personalized photo cookies, which serve as memories tastier than crepes rolled from diary pages. In addition to building cookie cakes for parties, the bakers construct cookies for celebrants to embellish with frosting.
Gatherings boasts a handpicked cornucopia of holiday décor and everyday wonderments for parties, birthdays, and unsolicited gift giving. Delicate La Lavande soaps ($4.50 each) ruthlessly compete to make hands smell like lilac, violet, coconut and pineapple, lemon verbena, or almond flower. A set of four Patience Brewster–designed flowered votive candles ($28) or Luminary’s scented soy tumbler candles ($22) brighten summer table settings and light up late-night backyard parties. Lori Mitchell's whimsical Uncle Doodle Dandy figurine ($36) does honor to the Fourth of July, Uncle's Day, and Top-hat-oween. Trumpette baby socks ($4.50/pair or $26.50/box of six pairs) mimic mary janes and high-tops in a wide spectrum of baby-accenting colors. Cake-inspired birthday crowns ($38) for kings and queens spicy up birthday festivities and grant wearers the ability to bypass primogeniture and single-handedly enact laws governing farmland usage.
The Market at Pavilions builds its lunch menu around gourmet ingredients such as smoked prosciutto, crème fraiche, and imported cheese. Smoked turkey and lappi cheese, the Lewis and Clark of the deli empire, forge a bold path through the sprouts, tomato, and Mendocino mustard of the signature Mendocino Masterpiece sandwich ($6.99). Deli masters dish out salads by the pound or pint, such as beets with pickled onions and artisanal red-wine vinegar ($8.99/lb), and accessorize meals with potato chips in eight different flavors ($1.29/small) and 11 different kinds of house-made cookies ($2.25). Lunchers can bask with a glass of Talbott chardonnay or Byron pinot noir ($8) amid the flowers and umbrellas of The Market’s sunny patio or in its glass-roofed atrium, or take their eats on the road for an elegant monster-truck-rally picnic.
At Kaveri Indian Grocery, patrons beef up their pantries and re-stock their fridges with a bounty of Indian spices, grains, and masalas sourced from all across India. Equipped with a thorough knowledge of Indian cooking, the staff gladly assists visitors in selecting ingredients or explaining the uses of particular spices, from adding zest to an entree to bartering with Spanish explorers. The shop's grocery selection includes the basest ingredients, such as flours and grains, as well as full vegetarian meals and ready-to-eat dishes.