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!

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Bats Await in the Yolo Bypass

Recently a group met in West Sacramento to discuss the Yolo Bypass. An interloper joined the meeting and caused a brief distraction. Jacob Katz caught this Mexican free-tailed bat  in his hat and introduced us before releasing outside.

TThese delicate creatures are an important member of our ecosystem in the Yolo Bypass. Learn more and support the Yolo Basin Foundation in their 25th year of educational programming.

These delicate creatures are an important member of our ecosystem in the Yolo Bypass. Learn more and support the Yolo Basin Foundation in their 25th year of educational programming.

Robin Kulakow from the Yolo Basin Foundation was unflapped. Her organization sponsors educational programs and bat walks in the Yolo Bypass. If you are interested in a bat talk and walk, check out their events at http://www.yolobasin.org.

It’s Time for a Peach Shake at Whitey’s

I say, I say, I do believe the peach is the best fruit of summer. Blackberries give them some competition. Peaches are just so juicy, naturally sweet, and delicious eaten fresh, in pie or cobbler, or in shakes. 

Peach shake at Whitey's

Px stands for Peach Shake, which stands for yum!

This brings us to the West Sacramento institution of Whitey’s drive-in on Jefferson Boulevard. Right now they are serving up peach shakes. Four dollars and eighty-six cents for a large that easily becomes supper on a hot Sacramento Valley evening. After a stressful day of work that ended with a tense meeting in Clarksburg, there is nothing like a peach shake from Whitey’s to make a gal feel better.

Emotional eating? You bet!

Broderick Roadhouse Worth Planning Your Day in the Delta Around

Johnny Cash burger and fries at Broderick Roadhouse

Johnny Cash burger and fries at Broderick Roadhouse

West Sacramento is the way cooler younger brother to the over-achieving Eagle Scout of City of Sacramento.  West Sac is still little bit rude teenager and rapidly becoming hipster. Broderick Roadhouse is at the center of this transformation. Broderick Roadhouse evolved from the Wicked ‘Wich food truck. Exhibit A for why Sacramento and other cities should loosen regulations on food trucks. It serves up gastropub grub 7 days/nights a week at 319 Sixth Street in West Sacramento. It is a 15 minute walk or 7 long blocks from Rivercats Stadium. It is a quick detour from the Sacramento River bike trail. Although most people arrive by automobile. I dined at Broderick Roadhouse three times in the last month. The first two times on weeknights when the main dining room was quiet enough for a business related conversation. On the last occasion, our party of four arrived just after 6 on a Saturday to celebrate and we lucked out getting one of the last open tables in the quieter bar area. If you are looking for a rowdier time, then weekends are your best bet. The wait staff is excellent. One had the old soul of a diner waitress using “dear” liberally throughout our meal. All were quick, courteous and friendly. The Johnny Cash burger won “best burger in Sacramento” and is amazing. I also enjoyed the True Blue burger with bacon, blue cheese,  onion rings and tasty angus beef burger.  The flank steak on the same-name salad is marinated in a truly yummy sauce. The salad has both onion rings and french fries prompting my one warning. This is not a place to dine if you are on Weight Watchers. One friend joked that there is nothing on the menu for less than 3500 calories. Another friend limits himself to once a month even though he and his wife love the food. If you are planning a day in the North Delta region–biking, fishing, kayaking, fossicking–then plan your day to start with lunch or end with dinner at Brodericks Roadhouse. You will not find better food in the North Delta. UrbanSpoon review: 91% like (as of 4/6/14)

Lunch at Club Pheasant

Met up with some business colleagues for lunch at Club Pheasant in West Sacramento.  It was my first time to this restaurant and it had pleasant associations:  it is much like the family-owned Italian restaurants in Sonoma County that my family frequented when I was growing up.  The atmosphere is comfortable and family friendly without sticky tables or floors.  I have to admit that I did not pay attention to the prices because it was a business lunch.  (Urban Spoon gave it $$$ for dinner; more like $$ for lunch).

There were lots of locals enjoying lunch and a large retirement party in the private room in back.  The restaurant is spacious and could accommodate a big family or a crowd of wine tasters on their way to/from Clarksburg.

lunch crowd

In true Italian style we shared a large order of lima beans and onions.  My colleagues had minestrone soup and garlic bread.  I had the half garlic steak sandwich and the side of ravioli.  It was all delicious.

The Club Pheasant is a landmark in West Sacramento operating as a bar and restaurant since 1935.  I would not be surprised if the ravioli recipe is still Luisa Palamidessi’s.  You can ask Patti Palamidessi (third generation) or one of the other family members when you dine there.  She welcomed us and made sure we were happy with our meal.

Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan and Patti

If you are on your way from Sacramento to Clarksburg for a little wine tasting, why not stop at the Club Pheasant and put a good foundation of pasta in your tummy?  You will be very satisfied and able to taste that much more wine.

2525 Jefferson Blvd.  West Sacramento, CA 95691

(916) 371-9530; lunch Tues-Saturday and dinner Tues-Sunday

 

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