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Friendly Farms Inspires Local Food Specials and Community

Sacramento’s award-winning artisanal cannabis extracts producer partners with like-minded local businesses to create specials “Inspired by Friendly Farms” and promote a sense of community.

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BY ED MURRIETA

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 5, 2019 — Friendly Farms, the Farm-to-Fork Capital’s award-winning producer of farm-to-vape cannabis extracts, is partnering with Sacramento food businesses to promote menu specials inspired its food-friendly live-resin sauces, an artisanal style of extracts that captures plants’ full spectrum of flavorful and intoxicating terpenes.

For the month of  March, Creamy’s by Cayla Jordan and Backbone Cafe are featuring “Inspired by Friendly Farms” specials highlighting exotic fruit, spice and confectionery flavors of Friendly Farms’ decadent and indulgent Dessert Collection designer cannabis vape oil and sauce extracts.

  • Backbone Cafe, the organic downtown restaurant that appeals to vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, stirred up Forbidden Sunset, a luscious banana-berry-pineapple-citrus-coconut milk elixir spiked with ginger, turmeric, beet powder, cayenne pepper and pink Himalayan sea salt inspired by Friendly Farms’ Forbidden Sunset extract. Backbone Cafe’s Forbidden Sunset Smoothies are $9.50 each.
  • Sacramento’s Cheesecake Queen Cayla Jordan created Creamy’s Creme Brulee Cheesecake, inspired by Friendly Farms’ Creme Brulee strain. Bite-sized vanilla cheesecakes topped with torched sugar are $3.25 each or six for $18. Options include graham cracker crust and gluten-free crustless. Purchase at Creamy’s downtown food cart or order online at caylajordan.com.

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Unlike the 100-percent pure cannabis extracts that inspired Creamy’s Creme Brulee Cheesecake and Backbone Cafe’s Forbidden Sunset Smoothie, “Inspired by Friendly Farms” specials contain no cannabis.

“I personally do not consume cannabis but many of my customers do,” said Creamy’s Cayla Jordan. “I’m often asked if Creamy’s are ‘edibles.’ They’re not, but if you care about high-quality ingredients prepared with care, Creamy’s are made for the munchies after vaping Friendly Farms’ Dessert Collection.”

Creamy’s Creme Brulee Cheesecake and Backbone Cafe’s Forbidden Sunset Smoothie are the first two “Inspired by Friendly Farms” specials. “Inspired by Friendly Farms” specials will expand in the coming months with other Sacramento food businesses that share Friendly Farms’ community and business values.

“Friendly Farms’ Forbidden Sunset extract instantly inspired our Forbidden Sunset Smoothie,” said Tomas Woolston, a member of the family that owns Backbone Cafe. “Tropical fruit, uplifting spice and earthy funk appeal to cannabis and culinary senses.”

Said Darrin Gatto, Friendly Farms’ CEO: It’s really exciting to work with companies outside of the cannabis industry. Our goal, really, is to introduce Friendly Farms’ customers to local business we love and build relationships with those businesses.”


friendly-farms-new-logoAbout Friendly Farms

Based in Sacramento, Friendly Farms is an artisan producer of award-winning True Full-Spectrum live-resin cannabis extracts containing all-natural flavors, aromas and effects of sought-after designer strains. Friendly Farms’ vape cartridges and sauces are available in state-licensed retail stores and via delivery services in Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Friendly Farms vapes retail for $50 per half-gram in convenient, lead-free cartridges enjoyable on the go or on the couch. Friendly Farms donates $1 from every gram sold to non-profit organizations combating homelessness. Friendly Farms’ whole-plant extraction process powers collaborations with noted growers Sherbinski and Connected Cannabis. In non-cannabis collaborations, Friendly Farms sponsored the Downtown Sacramento Partnership’s Ugly Sweater Christmas Crawl

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About Friendly Farms Dessert Collection

Friendly Farms’ Dessert Collection is a new limited-edition line of designer cannabis strains deliciously curated to evoke decadent indulgence. Dessert Collection strains include Forbidden Fruit, Creme Brulee, Forbidden Brulee, Raspberry Creme Brulee, Vanilla Sherbert, Raspberry Sherbert, Raspberry Kush, Ogre Berry and Headband.


creamys-logoAbout Creamy’s by Cayla Jordan

As Sacramento’s self-taught Cheesecake Queen and Instagram influencer who launched her own Internet baking show, Cayla Jordan got her sweet start in business while in high school selling caramel corn for $1 a bag. Today, after operating a pop-up store at Roseville’s Westfield Galleria, Cayla sells her Creamy’s cheesecakes, cookie/cheesecake sandwiches and cheesecake-filled donuts from a custom-made mobile bakery cart in downtown Sacramento.

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Backbone Cafe is casual counter-service cafe with a Burning Man vibe in downtown Sacramento serving organic foods that appeal to all diets — vegan, vegetarian, meat-eating omnivore and gluten-free. From breakfast to bone broth to smoothies to dinner, Backbone Cafe’s menu is a tour de force of human fuel for maximum performance, featuring vegetables sourced from small organic farms and meats from grass-fed, free-range ranches.

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729 J St., Sacramento, (916) 970-5545
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Vape at Home, Dine Downtown

Friendly Farms’ artisanal True Full-Spectrum live-resin cannabis extracts pair perfectly with Sacramento’s fund-raising restaurant promotion

BY ED MURRIETA

There’s a lot of meat and even one totally vegan menu awaiting consumers of Sacramento’s 2019 Dine Downtown promotion featuring 35 restaurants offering three-course dinners — appetizers, main courses and desserts — for $35 each.

Not only is Dine Downtown, is a great way to discover new restaurants, it’s also a great way to enjoy great meals for just a few bucks more than regular menu prices for some higher-end entrees alone.

Friendly Farms’ award-winning True Full-Spectrum vape pens are great for preparing your appetites for dinner — and great for repairing your tummy after dinner if you order wrong.

As a former restaurant critic whose tools of the trade included cannabis and credit cards with fake names, I recommend enjoying Friendly Farms’ vape pens before hailing a ride-share vehicle or taking public transportation to dinner downtown.

You can find Friendly Farms’ vape pens — honored at the 2018 High Times Cannabis Cup and The Emerald Cupat Sacramento stores and delivery services. If Friendly Farms vape pens are sold out, check out, check out Friendly Farms’ collaborations with Connected Cannabis, Sacramento’s leading designer cannabis brand.

$1 from every meal sold during Dine Downtown from Jan. 11 through Jan. 21 will be donated to social services and food literacy programs. Having sponsored the Sacramento Downtown Partnership’s Ugly Sweater Christmas Crawl last month and raising more than $1,000 for local homeless services, Friendly Farms will toke to that.

Here are seven Dine Downtown restaurants I recommend pairing with Friendly Farms’ award-winning True Full-Spectrum live-resin 100 percent cannabis extracts. Friendly Farms’ farm-to-vape ethos fits with many of these restaurants’ farm-to-fork bent.

Binchoyaki
Modern Japanese barbecue never tasted so hip. Start with crispy rice, charcoal chicken and prawn dumplings; dig into New York steak and roasted veggies; and finish with apple upsidedown cake, evocative of the bright apple notes beneath the berry sweetness of Friendly Farms’ award-winning Forbidden Fruit strain.

Camden Spit & Larder
Get the organic roasted half chicken, $26 on the regular dinner menu at Sacramento’s newest power-business restaurant that brims with bustling brasserie eye-candy decor. Start with wedge salad and finish with citrus olive oil, a match for Friendly Farms’ zesty Headband.

Empress Tavern
The pork porterhouse — two chops (loin and tenderloin) in one — is $31 on the menu and the butter lettuce salad is $11 on the regular menu so you’re pretty far ahead when an easy chef dessert like peanut butter and chocolate ice cream sandwiches arrive and you wish you could sneak tokes on Friendly Farms’ Raspberry Creme Brulee vape pen instead.

Frank Fat’s
Sacramento’s only restaurant honored to be honored by the James Beard Foundation is worth the trip for 90-year-old restaurant’s banana cream pie alone, but enjoy pot sticker and egg roll and honey walnut prawns. Friendly Farms’ Vanilla Sherbert would round-out a sweet Cantonese meal and slice of Americana.

Iron Horse Tavern
If Shrimp Louie wedge salad sounds classic and braised pork belly sounds modern, then French toast bread pudding will sound like it could use a scoop of raspberry — say Friendly Farms’ Raspberry Sherbert.

Mayahuel
Not only does Mayahuel serve Dine Downtown patrons a couple of extra nibbles, it’s serving a 100-percent plant-based menu — something that resonates and pairs with Friendly Farms’ 100-percent farm-to-vape cannabis extracts. Start with a spinach-watermelon-mango-agave-mint aperitif, blue corn mini tostada and black lentil soup; move on to Portobello mushrooms sauteéd in pistachio mole; and finish with hot chocolate and a churro. If you’re a flexitarian, the Impossible Cake on the non-vegan menu — flan on chocolate cake — is a mind-messing match for any Friendly Farms vape pen or, Friendly Farms’ Gelato #31 collaboration with Connected Cannabis.

Tiger
Served in a first-floor bar and dining area overlooks a sunken, basement-level bar and dining area, Tiger’s regular menu is what culinarians might dream up when high of mind and body. For Dine Downtown, it’s small bites (Thai fried peanuts, bacon-ranch cheese ball, beet poke) and small plates (poached prawns and chickpea stew, Crying Tiger Thai beef, and ham-and-broccoli Hock Pocket. Kabocha budino may not have a burned-sugar crust but the Japanese pumpkin pudding makes me think Friendly Farms’ sweet and exotic Forbidden Brulee.

About Friendly Farms
Friendly Farms is a craft producer of artisanal cannabis extracts that capture and retain premium plants natural terpenes — from farm to vape pen, featuring 100 percent natural cannabis and zero additives. Friendly Farms works with top California growers and has produced cannabis extract collaborations with leading designer cultivators Connected Cannabis, Alien Labs and Sherbinskis.

Ed Murrieta, a veteran food writer and cannabis journalist, is Friendly Farms’ media and culinary consultant.

West Hollywood Radically Mainstreams Cannabis Lounges and Restaurants

WeHo officials envision the high-energy city becoming a buzzworthy legal cannabis destination.

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BY ED MURRIETA

West Hollywood’s selection last week of 16 licensees to operate cannabis consumption lounges and cannabis restaurants in city business districts located on some of Southern California’s most famous streets revolutionizes and mainstreams public consumption in America’s legal cannabis states.

Eight licensees were approved to operate lounges that may allow all forms of cannabis consumption — smoking, vaping, eating edibles — as well cook and serve fresh-made “virgin” foods with THC and CBD sauces on the side. Eight licensees were approved to cook and serve cannabis-infused foods in restaurant settings and for private dinners not featuring smoking or vaping. All lounges will be tied to retail cannabis stores.

Other retail cannabis licenses issued include on the world’s first hotel-based cannabis boutique and white-glove delivery service, Lord Jones at The Standard Hotel on world-famous Sunset Strip.

Proposed lounge designs, environmentally conscious and alternative-energy aware, are contemporary eye-candy ranging from modest-chic to full-on lavish, befitting Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards, West Hollywood’s primary drags where lounges and retail stores are allowed, along with Melrose Avenue. Many lounges will feature entertainment. All will offer wellness and community services and will contribute to neighborhood security.

While licensees include veterans of Los Angeles hospitality, entertainment, wellness and cannabis industries, four of the best-known cannabis chefs in America — Jeff Danzer, Andrea Drummer, Holden Jagger and Brandon Allen — are involved in approved teams. One of Southern California’s best dispensaries, Greenwolf, and an owner of L.A.-based mids- and sub-mids bargain brands Loudpack and Dime Bag scored too, as did longtime medicinal cannabis activist Don Duncan of Americans for Safe Access.

When business secure locations and obtain operating permits in 2019, West Hollywood officials envision the high-energy city becoming a buzzworthy legal cannabis destination. WeHo leaders see WeHo cannabis lounge clientele and WeHo bar, hotel and restaurant clientele overlapping and visiting other businesses in the city that’s more stylish than nearby Hollywood and hipper than abutting Beverly Hills.

The story I propose highlights radically mainstreaming and consumer-and- industry-friendly aspects of West Hollywood’s lounge ordinance, which allows on-premises cooking and food service; attracted some of California’s top cannabis-cuisine talent; allows outdoor and rooftop smoking; allows operating hours 6 a.m.-2 a.m. seven days a week; and may rocket West Hollywood — home to the famed Sunset Strip and legendary music clubs Whisky a Go Go, The Viper Room and The Troubadour — to the top-ranking cannabis destination in America.

Meanwhile, for context, West Hollywood’s radically mainstreaming cannabis consumption lounge regulations advanced while Ontario’s clean-air smoking regulations are putting cannabis lounges out of business and Canadian cannabis consumers out on the streets; as Alaska just approved cannabis lounge regulations after two years of fits and starts; as San Francisco’s Vapor Room, now the city’s ninth lounge, reopened in a brighter space and climate six years after being closed by the feds; just before Tick Segerblom, the Nevada state senator who championed cannabis legislation, joins the county commission that controls the artsy part of old Las Vegas set to welcome lounges in 2019; and while consumption lounges aren’t sparking in Denver.

Cannabis Tourism Is a Thing in California

San Francisco Chronicle Travel section dives into Golden State’s legal new attraction.

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BY ED MURRIETA

I’ve got two stories in the San Francisco Chronicle’s California cannabis travel package today.

Here’s my story on the Top 5 California cannabis tourist destinations.

Here’s my story on the best cannabis-friendly lodgings.

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