Taste of Summer

Growing up in the great Central Valley, the smell and taste of peaches is “summer”.  My grandparents lived in Atwater and we lived in Sacramento.  Back in the day when Barbara Stanwyck still ruled The Big Valley on tv, there was little to look forward to on the drive down Highway 99 except stopping at fruit stands for amazing summer fruit.  And the king of summer fruit is the ephemeral peach.

My mom made a great peach milkshake in the blender.  I have continued the tradition with peaches from the Farmer’s Market.  Sometimes though, you are on the way to the Delta or returning from the Bay Area, or you do not want the mess, or you want a fun summer’s eve destination for a special treat.   Then a quick stop to Whitey’s Jolly Kone is on order.

I read about Whitey’s Jolly Kone and their amazing peach milkshakes (available in August) all summer in various regional publications.  I finally scooted across the river to try one.  It was worth the drive.  Refreshing and indulgent, it screamed “summer”.  A large shake (enough to split with someone) is $4.o0.  Although I do not know anyone who would share their shake.

Whitey’s Jolly Kone is at 1300 Jefferson Blvd in West Sacramento, on the south side of the 80 Freeway.  It is close to the Rivercats ballpark and only a minute or two from the freeway.


As you can see by this photo and the name “Whitey’s Jolly Kone” it is a blast to your past.  Make it part of your future.


Gourmet Doughbots

Gourmet doughnuts are trending in hip and cool cities with the most famous example Voodoo Donuts in Portland.  I was recently hanging out with someone younger than 30 years old and they took me to eat yummy doughnuts at a place in downtown Sacramento called Doughbots.  Just celebrating their one year anniversary the first week of September, Doughbots is edgy and comfortable on the edge of downtown.  There are comfy places to sit and eat your doughnuts and sip your coffee or milk, yet the location near the W/X freeway and 10th Street is still in transition.  It is easy to ride your bike from downtown or Land Park to grab a doughnut.  It is also an easy detour from Old Sacramento or the Sunday Farmer’s Market.  Just far enough that the calories you burn will give you permission to also try the “flowers” made with donut holes.

I recommend the cornmeal blueberry doughnut.  I also enjoyed the raised lemonade doughnut.  Their version of the chocolate donut is actually dark cocoa, still good, but not for the milk chocolate enthusiast.


2226 10th Street, Sacramento, CA 95818

Closed Tuesdays; Wednesday through Monday 7 AM to 2 PM; Deliveries available on orders of 1 Dozen or more.