There was some big news in the teeny world of Sacramento food writing this week. Kate Washingon has ended her (four year?) stint as food reviewer for the Sacramento News and Review. She's moving on to Sactown mag. Kate has written hundreds of reviews. This is a Herculean, even Sisyphean, task. She has consistently been professional, cheerful, critical, and discerning. I find myself agreeing with her reviews more often than not, although I hate the star system, but that's not her fault. She is quite kind in her reviews, sometimes almost too kind, but this is a natural outcome of the crazy time constraints she is writing under. She usually only has time to visit a place once. Also, think about how it feels to trash a place that you know someone has put their heart and soul into. It's not fun. OK, it's fun once in a while, but only when they really deserve it, and, when they do, Kate goes for it with gusto. She has distinguished herself by being the only food reviewer in a big media outlet in Sac who would go to obscure and ethnic places, and she is game for anything, without making juvenile gross-out jokes (which I will often resort to). She is erudite and can speak about the finest of fine-dining with authority. She'll be missed!
Nothing big here, just turnips, but I thought I took a nice picture so I posted it.Thanksgiving came early to my house last night. I roasted a chicken that I had stuffed with a bread heel I had laying around. I also sauteed shallots, crimini mushrooms, and the chopped chicken liver in olive oil and wine, and mixed that with the bread, some fresh thyme, and a little broth. It was liver-y, just like I like stuffing to be. I rounded out the meal with turnips braised in broth and a little butter, and turnip tops sauteed with shallots and more broth. Turnips are my new favorite thing, along with cauliflower.
The show on friday with the Vivian Girls and Nodzzz was one of the top shows of the year, for sure. I love the Nodzz record. Some of the songs sound sooooo much like the four eyes!
Luigis is really shaping up to be a great venue.