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Unfortunately, I have to write my first bad review today.  I went to Matteo’s Pizza and Bistro with the family and although the food tasted okay, the service was poor. My grandma and aunt were waiting for more than 45 minutes for two burgers because the kitchen printer broke and didn’t get the order.  So even though my mom and I arrived 10 minutes late, we had ordered pizza and finished eating by the time their burgers finally arrived. Our server didn’t tell them what was going on and hardly apologized for the inconvenience.  We should have stuck to Skips, where the staff is friendly, the atmosphere is fun and the burgers are exceptional.

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I love traditions.  It give me something to look forward to and also memories to look back on.  There is a particular tradition that we share with our family friends, the Morrows.  Friendships have been shared among all three generations of our families.  Our histories are partially intertwined.  That’s why it’s important that the two families go out to dinner at Pasquale’s Italian Restaurant every summer.   There is no better place to eat in the Carmichael area.  When we went this past week, we ordered a couple pitchers of beers and two larger than life pizzas:

The Chicken Supreme- extra cheese, marinated chicken, tomatoes and garlic.

Vegetarian- Extra cheese, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and olives.

The chicken supreme is the better of the two, but both are delicious and filling.  This restaurant has been family owned since 1975 and the service is still great!  Whenever I’m in the mood for Italian, Pasquale’s it is.

Located at 7609 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Carmichael CA

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This is like soul food for the summertime.  It’s not too rich and heavy for a hot night, but it’s got enough buttery, toasted goodness to satisfy anyone.  These heirloom cherry tomatoes are so juicy- take one bite and they explode with sweetness.    I suggest using a batard loaf.  Batard literally means bastard because it is the inferior form of a baguette.  However, it’s large surface and spongy insides are perfect for holding in the delicious flavors of Tomato Toast.

Tomato ToastTomato Toast

6 slices batard sourdough
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 avocado
handful of chopped basil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
5 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
4 slices butter

Heat the butter in a pan until golden brown, add the bread and fry until browned on both sides.  In another pan put the garlic, basil, and a slice of butter and let it brown.  When that is done, mix tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, avocado, and the basil/garlic mixture.  Spoon on top of the bread and enjoy with a glass of Pinot Gris!

Heirloom cherry tomatoes and garlic from Rudolph Steiner Biodynamic Farm

Basil from our garden

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I can’t work at the California State Fair for eight weeks and not do a post on all that greasy, deep-fried food I’ve been seeing and tasting.

Food I’ve tried:

Chocolate-dipped key lime pie
Chocolate-dipped banana
Fried green beans with chipotle mayo
Deep-fried zucchini
Deep-fried brownie

I don’t exactly have a stomach of steel, so I usually try just one bite. Everything I’ve tried has been tasty, especially the key lime pie. All the buzz this year though has been about the Big Rib- two pounds of marinated meat balanced precariously at the end of a bone which serves as a handle. I see whole families just pass this thing around, bite by bite, devouring the beast.

Beignet With Bananas

It may not be local, healthy, or gourmet, but fair food is tradition. It wouldn’t be the same here without it because sharing a meal with others is how we socialize and celebrate. Memories are created in the presence of food.

Photo Credit: Mikhail Chernyavsky / CBSSacramento.com

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