Now On-line: California Delta Tourism Website

The Delta Marketing Taskforce has quietly been working away behind the scenes to develop a 5 year strategy and build a website that promotes California Delta Tourism. As someone who remembers the battle over the logo a few years ago, I find this remarkable. It is a beautiful site.

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On places to eat there are over 40 restaurants. Other sections are yet to be filled out. It is a promising start. Check it out.

Poets in the Park and Ice Cream Too!

20160826_153712There have been several features in travel magazines about the Poet Laureate Park in the space between the Natomas Library and Community Center. The poets featured include many Sacramento poet laureates (who knew we had such?). The artist Troy Corliss created these poems in metal art calling them, “Poet’s Path: Circle of Laureates.” (2015)

20160826_153527There are other things to entice a family to seek out this park. Besides the library, there are two playgrounds, a picnic area, a green with a fitness track, and a rose garden.

20160826_153059It is much like McKinley Park in East Sacramento. I have never explored Natomas except to go North on Truxel toward the basketball arena. Instead turn south and find this lovely collection of public delights.

20160826_153015Saving the best for last: after a stroll through the park in the summer heat I was ready to google “nearest ice cream” when I spied Ms. T’s Good to Go Cafe. I ordered a handmade ice cream sandwich. I chose the just baked chocolate chip cookies and took my sandwich to a cafe table in the courtyard. Yum! Yum! It is worth a stop all on its own.

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Enjoying a Little Bit of Vietnam

My friend Anita and I were planning to meet up for lunch and she suggested that first wo go to the Happy Day Spa for a full foot massage.

20160530_141731I was not sure what to expect. They accept walk ins but Anita made reservations. We waited a few minutes and then we were escorted into a softly lit room with two long rows of cushy spa beds (like those sometimes uses for pedicures or facials). We sat down and removed our shoes. You keep your clothes on, but for the best experience where loose, comfy clothing. The spa attendant put our feet in warm water (so use the restroom before you start, haha).  The “foot massage” is actually a scalp, neck, arm and leg and foot massage. It is incredibly relaxing. It was just $25 for a full hour so I gave a generous tip.

Then we walked around the corner to the Vietnamese restaurant in the adjacent strip mall. Our expectations rose for the authenticity of the food at Bon Mua when we realized we were among the few non-Vietnamese people in the restaurant. The food was delicious. We enjoyed a great conversation about our mutual mentor the late Pearlie Reed, and ate till we were full.

Anita suggested that next time we save room to go to Vampire Penguin for shaved ice cream. Yum. Could have been a trifecta.

 

In Search of Pie on Pi(e) Day

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Happy Pi(e) day with a homemade chicken pot pie.

There are plenty of silly holidays and some may say Pi(e) Day is one of them. I take pie seriously. I brake for pie. I bake pies. I love pie. So I am happy to make a fuss over 3.14 (March 14). Of course you could look at this only as a mathematician might: 3.14159265… and on into infinity. It is a terrific number as numbers go. But even a mathematician needs to eat.

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Nido is in the original Magpie location on R Street between 14th and 15th Streets.

I had a meeting in West Sacramento today so I was limited to finding pie within the Sacramento environs. I went on Yelp and searched “pie”. The most promising entry was for Nido, which is one of the restaurants in the Magpie family. They have a daily menu so I thought if anyone will get into Pi(e) day, this was a safe bet.

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Handheld apple pie at Nido made with a butter crust.

Nido disappointed as they had only a handheld apple pie. It was fine as such oversized pop tarts go, but it was not a real meat pie or a real fruit pie. Heck, we would have celebrated with chocolate cream pie! Or we could have gone to Esquire Grill or Frank Fats and had banana cream pie.

I began to realize that there is a pie deficit in Sacramento. There are many fine chocolatiers in Sacramento, with Ginger Elizabeth leading the way. There is a rebalance in the cupcake establishments with the new Icing on the Cupcake at 18th and J. Cake in general is well represented between Freeport Bakery and Rick’s Diner. Who does pie proud in Sacramento? Or in the greater Delta? Would love your recommendations.

20160313_185105Just to be on the safe side, I made a chicken pot pie and an apple pie on Sunday so I would have homemade pies for today. A good meat pie is also underrated. It is great for using up veggies and leftover chicken. And there is nothing like apple pie for breakfast. Good thing Pi(e) Day is only one day a year!

Baconfest! Baconfest! Baconfest!

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A celebration of bacon is happening in Sacramento January 25-30 and the proceeds benefit Center for Land Based Learning. That is what I call a win-win.

The Baconfest website explains: Oh yeah, about our mission: We only care about celebrating local chefs, restaurants, and their all-natural, quality product and produce. We do not allow factory-farm hogs to be served at official Bacon Fest events. All the bacon must be housemade. And we’ve donated thousands of dollars in proceeds to the Center for Land-Based Learning in Winters. We love doing this!

Ten events over 6 days.

Check it out.

 

 

New Roads Lead to Freeport

Freeport Bar & Grill

The Freeport Bar and Grill is a community institution. It is a smallish sit down restaurant on Highway 160/Freeport Boulevard. Access is easier than ever with the completion of  Cosumnes River Boulevard overpass at Interstate 5. The sports bar has no less than 5 televisions, so I could watch the UCLA and USC football games at the same time. Unexplainably they also had a British comedy on without sound (this only works for Monty Python!)

I ordered a small caesar salad and a diet coke. It is not exactly the house specialty but I was hoping for clam chowder. The lettuce could use some more spin and the dressing was applied with a heavy hand. The Yelp review gives it 3.5 stars.

Swabbies on the Sacramento River

While Swabbies is technically not in the “Delta” it is on the Sacramento River just north of the Sacramento International Airport.

Taco Tuesday is a yummy deal!

Taco Tuesday is a yummy deal!

It is the perfect spot to begin a “Pirate Pub Trawl”. Start at noon and have the delicious tacos. Or go on Taco Tuesday for 2 chubby tacos for $5.99. The atmosphere is pirate casual and there is outdoor seating. My companions had the chicken wings and some chips and salsa and some french fries. The portions were generous and everything was tasty.