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Edible Arrangements' fresh, artful fruit baskets and boxes combine the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy deliciousness and socially acceptable edibility of fruit. Enjoy the fruity deliciousness of en elegant box of chocolate-dipped tree candy in a plethora of varietals including strawberries, Anjou pears, apples, oranges, pineapple daisies, and bananas. All the fresh, juicy slices are hand dipped in Edible Arrangements' gourmet semisweet chocolate blend. Receiving a box of dipped fruits can turn a frown into an upright grapefruit wedge, a tear into a three-tiered citrus structure, and a friend into still just a friend, but one with a sweet, balanced diet.
Tots & Teapots celebrates early childhood style with an array of designer togs for tykes and expectant moms. A Kicky Pants peacock shirt-and-pant set ($42.99) adorably swathes toddlers, and the Biscotti I Love You dress ($64.99) allows budding fashionistas to turn the heads of playmates and parents at snack time. Moms-to-be who want to look both fashionable and fertile can garb their baby-toting bods in an Everly Grey maternity dress ($58.99). Bambinos eager to display their new attire can burble commands to be carried home on your shoulders, where all the world can see their stylishness and tremble.
The Record reviewed Big Fellows Sandwich Parlor and gave it 3.5 stars. Yelpers and five Yahoo! Travelers give the restaurant an average of 4.5 stars:
Sakura houses a cornucopia of Japanese delicacies produced both locally and across the Pacific, with friendly grocers on hand to help locate hard-to-find ingredients. Sashimi-grade fish fans across ice, ready to add semitranslucent color to a salad or to blanket rice patties before their bedtime story. Although availability and prices vary, fillets may include ruby-red tuna ($19.99/lb.), glistening salmon ($14.99/lb.), and bashful yellowtail ($24.99/lb.). Among offerings fashioned in Sacramento, fresh tofu ($2.19) joins rice flour pastries from Osaka-ya, including gummy mochi and red bean manju. From farther afield, more than 10 kinds of Pocky sticks and Botan rice candy with edible wrappers satisfy taste buds frustrated by endless passport application rejections.
Step inside Whirlows to sink teeth into Ryan's pulled-pork sandwich served on grilled wheat or ciabatta bread and stacked with hardwood-smoked pork drenched in barbecue sauce and buried underneath cheddar cheese, garlic mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, and onion ($7.45). Barbecue ribs, smoked tri tips, and oven-roasted turkey can all be partnered with palatable pairables like mac ’n’ cheese, mashed potatoes, barbecue baked beans, and coleslaw ($10.99 each). Order an entree salad topped with grilled salmon to dive forks into a sea of mixed greens, red onions, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans ($10.99). Grilled burgers fill mouths with mounds of blue cheese and bacon strips to pique your hunger tooth and activate dormant burger glands at the base of your skull so that your jaw unhinges a little ($6.95).
For four generations, the Cutter family has tilled the land and reaped the harvests of Countryside Farms. The farm opens its gates to strawberry picking in the early summer months, and to cherry picking in June. As the seasons evolve, so do the attractions. When pumpkins reach their peak of ripeness, which is right before they turn into carriages, the farm hosts fall-themed attractions including hayrides and corn mazes. In addition to growing different crops, the farm houses a variety of friendly animals—Quackers the duck, Thanksgiving the turkey, and Dewey the horse, to name a few.
Borra Vineyard's third-generation grape gurus summon succulent spheres from the California soil to ferment spirituous batches of distinctive sippables. Along with reducing the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer, drinking certain wines can enhance meals and conversation skills. Sample a featured selection of winery libations inside the cozy cropland tasting room, a rural retreat for thirsty tongues, which boasts a brick façade and shaded porch. As a memento of wine-swishing safaris, visitors take away a bottle of liquid lusciousness to practice newfound gargling techniques in home
tasting rooms. Bottled on-site at Borra's Gill Creek Ranch vineyard, the ambrosial 47.5° Syrah 2007 Limited Release teases taste buds with hints of boysenberries, plums, and molasses while providing the courage necessary to ask a stranger to dance, even in the absence of music.
The family of vintners at Sorelle Winery, established on the historic Dodge Estate, curate its original 1866 home, tend to their vineyard, and ferment a collection of choice vintages. Though in its nascence, the winery has already taken home a gold medal from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for its 2009 sangiovese. Inside, the wood-walled tasting room invites couples to sip from crimson and amber glasses, comparing flavors, aromas, and who can spit-take the farthest. Lush lawns and low trees surround the outdoor patio, which grants views of the historic Dodge House property, a land once roamed by Native Americans, Spanish conquistadors, and horses with a nose for a good sangiovese.
Italian cuisine is generally something the whole family can agree on, but the chefs at Strings Italian Cafe take things one step further, preparing authentic Italian dishes to satisfy any conceivable taste or inclination. The chicken alfredo pizza, for example, makes for a fine casual meal, while fancier plates include a plate of spaghetti topped with a tiny derby hat.
In the years following World War II, Dutch immigrant John Van Ruiten sought to fulfill his dream of owning a vineyard. With a simple handshake as his contract, he purchased the land that would help him turn that reverie into a verdant realty. More than a half-century later, the wine empire spawned by that handshake continues to sprawl as quickly as the vines of its zinfandel grapes. These grapes and more now stretch across the 800 acres that Van Ruiten Family Vineyards call home, earning the winery high accolades—including a nod in the Wall Street Journal proclaiming their 2007 old vine zinfandel among the top 12 wines in the world in 2009.
In Van Ruiten's tasting room, guests can sample the winery's signature zinfandel, chardonnay, and cabernet sauvignon–shiraz blend before retiring to shady corners of the courtyard or an outdoor patio overlooking the vineyards. Among the vines, nesting boxes house owls that—as an alternative to pesticides—hunt down rodents and use their bright eyes to scare away enterprising grape thieves.
Two sisters opened Vita Dolce in 2009, wanting to share the sentiment that “life is sweet” with the community they were born and raised in. To that end, they now bake 11 varietals of cookies daily, scoop Mitchell’s ice cream into desperately waiting cones, and pierce sticks into cake pops. They expand their repertoire beyond simple sugary feats, pressing turkey-havarti-pesto paninis and assembling tri-tip salads for hungry lunch goers as well.
Founded as a 24-hour online farmers' market, FromTheFarm.com sources its produce, meats, cheeses, and other foods from a network of family farms and American agriculturalists to help ensure freshness. Within a few days of purchase, FromTheFarm.com's deliverers can pile customers' doorsteps with packages of traditional cheeses and exotic dairy spreads; baked goods such as breads, pies, and pound cakes; and seasonal fruit and vegetable boxes filled with items such as tropical citrus, pomegranates, legumes, and leafy greens. Staff also deliver prime cuts of meat including beef, duck, ham and hard-to-find specialty foods such as dried fruits, organic honeys, and olive oil milked from free-range olives. FromTheFarm.com protects each order with a quality guarantee.
For more than 30 years, the chefs of De Vinci’s Elk Grove have been hard at work perfecting the traditional Italian recipes that stock their deli counter. They begin every morning with their hands floury, crafting doughs that will form the base of housemade foccacia breads, cheese-filled ravioli, and custom sandwiches. Joined occasionally by a fluffy ravioli mascot in a toque, staff combine dishes into prearranged packages ready for the family dinner table or parcel out single dishes by the pint, quart, gallon, or 10-gallon hat.
At Nubi Yogurt, customers decorate blends of self-serve frozen yogurt with seasonal fruit slices and slivers of chopped-up candy. Georgia-peach- or pineapple-flavored yogurt waits for a complimentary showering of kiwi slices and mocha beads, while café-latte yogurt perks up customers with caffeinating chunks of Snickers or Kit-Kat. Most of the shops’ smooth, sinful flavors are fat-free, and are made with live-cultured probiotics that can help improve digestion. Each Nubi location boasts a bright, contemporary atmosphere with wireless internet, satellite radio tunes, and sleek tables polished enough to admire your new fro-yo moustache in.
Yogurt Lane eschews the sugary decor of its fellow shops in favor of creamy walls punctuated by pastels and earth tones, mimicking the character of its yogurt and gelato. Ten flavors of yogurt rotate on a regular basis, including such inventive flavors as pomegranate raspberry and strawberry lemonade. The menu also includes such healthful options as no-sugar-added yogurt and hemoglobin crumbles. More than 50 varieties of candy and fresh fruit spring from bins into waiting cups. Behind the counter, trays of melty gelato wait to be rolled up into scoops.