Exploring California – Shine Sacramento Cafe
This past Sunday, I decided to check out Shine Sacramento downtown. It’s the kind of place that perks up your senses up in the morning. A rustic-style coffeehouse, its walls are decorated with various paintings for sale. The vibrant colors invigorate your sight and mind, just as the coffee and breakfast wake up your sense of smell and taste. Sundays are my favorite day in the week. The best Sundays for me usually start with coffee or latte in the morning at a café; the earlier the better because I like to have the world to myself for a few hours. I love the aroma of coffee, the sound of the machine making my latte, the clink of the coffee mug and saucer as they touch, and cheery chatter of the baristas.
I appreciated the cozy and happy vibe of Shine Sacramento. As I was having enjoying my green tea latte and ‘egg in a basket’, they started playing 80s music and one of my favorite songs came up – Uptown Girl by Billy Joel.
Towards the front, they have a small stage because a few nights a week, they do have live music and open mic. They also rent out this space for private events. If you happen to pass by or live nearby, I would recommend stopping by this café in Sacramento.
After the world wakes up, and as people start to trickle in, I make my exit and head over the local grocery store to pick up ingredients for my home-cooked meal. Sundays I like to prepare lunch for my family or Kenny. This past weekend, I decided to make roasted pepper sauce over pasta.
So there is an interesting story as to how I acquired this flat-noodle pasta. Kenny and I were at Trader Joe’s one weekend and they had a spin-the-wheel at the front of the store. Most of the prizes were candies but I actually won one of their gift cards, which I used to buy this pasta! J
This is a lemon-pepper flavored pasta. I was curious to see how it tasted but I wanted to use a different sauce- something that I have not done before. I decided on roasted pepper pasta after browsing online because it sounded interesting. There are many variations to this sauce but here is how I made mine.
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:
- Coconut cream
- 2 large red peppers
- 6 tbsp olive oil
- Salt, pepper
I broiled the peppers in a small conventional over for 30 mins then peeled the burnt part off. I chopped the pepper and onion into the nickel size pieces then sautéed them in 3 tbsp olive oil along with the garlic. I added the coconut cream in the seasoned with salt and pepper and let the mixture cool down. Once cooled down, I put them in a blender until the sauce was smooth.
I marinated 4 thin slices of chicken breast in lemon, soy sauce, minced garlic and pepper and pan-seared it. I then sliced them in small pieces. In the same pan, I added the rest of the olive oil and sautéed some oyster mushrooms and asparagus, seasoned it with salt and pepper and added a little bit of water so that it wasn’t so dry. I added the sliced chicken in and put a lid on top of the pan and let it cook for 5 mins. Last step was to add the blended sauce in and let it cook for another 5 mins before mixing in the al dente lemon-pepper pasta, and voilà!
About Shine Sacramento: http://www.shinesacramento.com/
Address: Shine Sacramento, 1400 E Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, 916-551-1400