Category Archives: Culture and Local Happenings

A new brewery I’ve been waiting for!

I can hear it now, “Another brewery!?”  That’s just what we need in Sacramento [insert sarcasm]!  In an era where breweries are the new pizza parlor… one on every corner, and one may wonder when the market will by saturated?  As for now, there seems to be no slowing down.  Urban Roots is poised to open this weekend, with a soft opening today and Friday, late afternoon.  It’s on my to-do list.  Oh and they have food!  Yay!  Not another brewery with a food truck!  Thank you soooo much.  While I understand the business of starting small and leading with revenue (aka, warehouse, beer tanks, picnick tables, corn hole/life-size jenga – we’ve all been there) … sometimes you just need to spend some money up front and do it right.  I know these guys have been dreaming and planning this venture for years.

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Shout out and big props to Rob Archie, owner of Pangaea, and Peter Hoey!  I’ve never met Peter, but know his name from back in the day when he was one of the only guys in Sacramento making legit beer.  I met Rob back when his shop was just serving coffee and muffins and he was catching flack from the old Coffee Garden for moving in on their territory.  I remember Rob asking, “What will set apart my business from others?”  His dream of a neighborhood, Italian cafe was coming to life, but something was missing.  We talked many times about this, and I cannot take the credit, but I believe I may have said, um, “How about serving beer?”  I’m sure many others said the same thing, proven by the continuous bustling patrons.  The rest is history!  A staple in Curtis Park and beyond.  Also we dreamt of having a wine bar next door… Instead he opened up the wall and dropped a better, specialty beer bar – great decision!

I have high hopes and encourage you to check out Urban Roots Brewery and Smokehouse. Will report on findings soon.

Check out the article in the SacBee here

Cheers,

Keith Klassen, Real Estate Broker – 916.595.7900

Specializing in Residential Sales and Property Management

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In a Heath-Conscious Climate, Bacon & Butter is on the Rise!

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If you are local and know the Sacramento food scene, the restaurant Bacon and Butter is on your radar.  They originally were in Midtown and then moved to Tahoe Park.  Some say the move to Tahoe Park was gutsy, taking a risk in an area that needed a pioneer such as B and B!  The only reason I don’t go there more often is due to the wait time to get a table.  If you haven’t been, then make it a point to go!

I just read about their announcement to open another location in the former Formoli’s Bistro location on J St, near 39th.  Maybe this will thin the crowds in Tahoe Park, or continue the hysteria.  Either way, good for them!

Check out the Sac Bee article discussing B & B’s next steps.  LINK TO ARTICLE HERE

Cheers!

Keith Klassen, Real Estate Broker – 916.595.7900

Specializing in Residential Sales and Property Management

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Foodie Friday – Meals Meant to Share

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Last weekend we had a reservation at Canon, a newer “farm to fork”  restaurant that has made a splash.  We went with some good friends, which is what I was looking  forward to most.  I was a little nervous that the hype would exceed the reality.  We tried to go there a few time previously without a reservation (rookie mistake and a long story about misplacing a gift card to Frank Fat’s…) and they said it would be a two hour wait!  Magpie had a seat for us though.  Lesson learned… get a reservation.

Canon, as in a collection (not the thing that shoots out balls of iron or lead), specializes in small plates and fresh, seasonal foods.  With a now fashionable, open kitchen canon has a simple and modern feel, located in a neighborhood in need of some more life.  In fact, people ask me, “Now where is it?”  I reply, “You know where the feed store is between Stockton and Folsom Blvd?”  Yeah, that’s where it is!

The ladies started off with cocktails (Negroni and top shelf Gin and tonic), which they seemed to love, as they got seconds later on.  Our server gave us a great run-down of what Canon is all about and made some fantastic recommendations.  We followed his lead and requested a bunch of small plates to share.  A quote form their website, “Meant to be shared and to spark conversation our seasonal menu highlights the best California has to offer.  This indeed is what transpired… wonderful conversation, accompanied by tasty and healthful treats.  My friend commented half way through, “I love the pace of the meal … I don’t feel rushed at all.”  I loved this too, when a restaurant finds a rhythm that suits your occasion.  This is harder to accomplish that you think. Maybe our server got lucky, or maybe he was actually paying attention and discerned our tempo.  I give the server props for being on point.  Plus, he answered all of our questions and my musings on beer and wine.  He seemed more energized than annoyed.

Each bite offered something new.  There were flavors that we all guessed what they represented.  “Is that a pear?  Or kimchi?  What is that sauce?  I think it’s Greek yogurt?  Yum!”  It goes without saying, this is a place that needs to be experiences.  Mere words on a blog do not do the food justice.  Needless to say, it lived up to the hype.  Oh, and get dessert!

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Last weekend was also my mom’s birthday.  We thought it’d be fun to take her to Frank Fat’s, one of the older restaurants in Sacramento(since 1939!).  Also we knew this would be a place where our boys would enjoy, as well as my parents.  When it comes to Chinese food, it’s easy to think that they are all alike – greasy goodness.  Fat’s definitely breaks this mold.  We were all delighted by the flavors each dish brought.  I was stuffed but couldn’t stop eating!  Their banana cream is off the charts!  The flaky crust makes it unique.  And, they hooked up the birthday girl with a free slice.

HOME SPUN (not a restaurant name, rather, our home)

Our valentine’s tradition is to stay home, since we go out to frequently just because, and because we love each other!  My wife made some delicious Costco bought clam chowder, Caesar salad with avocado, bread and Champagne  (uh, I mean sparkling wine, from our latest adventure in Murphys!).

SHOUT OUT

Our oldest does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Ultimate Fitness.  My wife and I dropped him off the other night and dropped in on the pizza place across the street to grab a beer and conversation.  Z Pizza tap room, noted for self-serve beer –  Interesting concept.  I like it and will go back.  I hope they rotate their beer selection. Also it seems like they need an update to their software that controls the pours.  They were having some trouble, to our advantage… the gal that worked there kept giving us samples on her wrist band /tab, as she was trying to figure out the glitch.   Next time we’ll get some pizza.  Oh and I dig on these beer bottle lights!

 

I’m eager to hear about new, or old places you’ve been lately that you like and/or that I should try!

Cheers,

Keith Klassen, Real Estate Broker (Wanna-be chef and food critic) – 916.595.7900

Specializing in Residential Real Estate Sales & Property Management (and eating and drinking)

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Foodie Friday – Local Sacramento Eats / Spanish Flavor at Home

Most every weekend (or at least once a week) my wife and I, or the whole family goes out to eat.  We both also like to cook and experiment with new recipes and culinary delights.  Some of these are quick and easy meals when we are rushed.  Others, are more elaborate.

First the review of places we dined at last week.  Disclaimer, this was a heavy week due to our 17 year anniversary (yay for us!).pexels-photo-323682.jpeg

Last weekend we hit a home run with 4 different spots.  My wife and I started at Magpie, one of our favorites… only good experiences there, from the food, to the staff and drinks.  We’ve been going there since it was a catering spot on R St.  One time we sat at the bar mesmerized by the wall of interesting liquors.  My wife said aloud, “I wonder what the difference is between those two gins?”  magpieNext things we knew the bar tender served us two complimentary gimlets with those two gins, to compare and contrast!  When has that happened to you?  We love the steak tar-tare, as well as the clams and fries.  This time we also tried the special, which consisted of thick pasta noodles and foraged mushrooms from some local dude that picks them after it rains and sells them to local eateries.  I know, sounds kind of sketchy… we had to try it.  The mushrooms were like eating a steak… translation = delish!

Since it was 2nd Saturday, we hit the Arthouse to catch some local art and meet up with some friends.  Of course we had to pop in to The Fox and Goose for a quickie, or as my friend John said, “We need to wet the whistle before viewing the art.”  Always a great brunch joint too – can anyone say, “Ollalieberry scones with crème fresh!”  I think we stopped going there so much only because the line is usually out the door and I can’t stand a hundred cranky people standing around staring at their phone (call me a curmudgeon, I don’t’ care and stay off my grass ya rotten kids!).

After viewing art, we almost landed at Bottles and Barlow… huge crowd, so we kept walking, but first enjoyed a rambunctious New Orleans style marching band out front.  B and B is known for cutting hair and serving drinks in the day time – another great hipster invention.  And since I do my own hair…well… it’s one advantage of being bald.

Hot Italian was the next stop for a little appetizer and libation.  We’ve been there multiple times, and it just seems to be losing its novelty and luster– does anyone else agree?  Nothing is really bad about the place, in fact, I love their brick oven pizza.  The server must have been new, I give her grace… pexels-photo-240222.jpegI was once a server too.  The bar tender was way too cool to be bothered by my questions, but still managed to make me a Boulevardier – similar drink to my friend’s home spun Manhattan with Aperol, but made with Campari.  Or he said it’s a Negroni with whiskey.  At least that’s what I gathered – definitely do your own homework on this one.  As 10pm rolled around, they started putting chairs on the tables and looking at their watches.  Um, isn’t it Saturday night?!?!  Another bad sign for Hot Italian… getting colder by the minute.  You know when they say, “Take your time…” yet ask you to lift your feet as they sweep the floor, it’s time to bounce!

Karma Brew was our last stop – at least some place in Sacramento stays open til 2am – karma brew

yes, this is what cities do (even if I’m usually in bed by 10pm).  If you have not been here before and like beer or their yummy home-spun sangria (with secret unknown spices), it’s worth a visit.  Funky and eclectic, with a good selection of beers to match the décor.

Fun evening!  Thanks to the friends who joined  us on the adventure.

What new, or old places have you been lately?

AT HOME

This week, I made paella.  It’s not the first time (as this is one of my favs), but it’s the first time it didn’t work out too well.  [picture below is not my paella – ha ha]Spanish-Seafood-Paella-Recipe-10.jpg

I tried a different “traditional Spanish Paella” recipe and under cooked the rice – bleh.  All that precious saffron down the drain.  If you didn’t know, saffron is the magic of paella – threads picked from the flower of a type of Orchid – Also known as the most costly spice in the world.  My son, Drew, said, “Are there hard chunks of corn in this?”  Not a good sign.  Anyone have a paella recipe they like?  If you are not into making it at home, I do like Tapa the World’s paella.  Check it out.

What are you’re go-to recipes?

Keith Klassen, Real Estate Broker (Wanna-be-Foodie) – 916.595.7900

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Happy 4th of July!

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It’s been a tradition on our street for at least the last 10 years to have a block party.  Kids decorate their bikes, food is brought out and shared, adults have a pie eating contest (and one time played “chubby bunny”).  There is always a great interaction with family, neighbors, and new friends.  Come on by with something to share and you will be welcomed!

I heard a radio broadcast simply reminding people how to stay safe with firework:

  • Eye injuries are taken for granted, but most common – wear glasses and/or protective eye gear
  • Wear long sleeves and glove to prevent burns (shoes and pants may be a good idea too)
  • Have a hose or bucket of water nearby
  • Keep an eye out for kids running around, especially with the fireworks going off (maybe even have some ear plugs, as I know one neighbor’s kids is super sensitive to load noises)
  • Keep an eye on pets too – some going nuts (in a bad way) once the fireworks start going off

Also, if you live on a street nearby me that also hosts a block party, this is your warning.  There may be a plan to have out bike parade go down your street, and some adults have talked about water balloons… that’s all I’m going to say.

Stay safe and sane 🙂

Enjoy,

Keith Klassen – Real Estate Broker

916.595.7900

 

Summer Movies & Music in Curtis Park, Sacramento

Every summer Curtis Park (at the actual park) holds several movie nights!  It’s always great fun for the whole family.  Check out the schedule HERE.

Also, on super hot days, we sometimes flee to the coast for a weekend, OR an air-conditioned movie theater is not a bad option.  At the bottom of the above list/link, Regal offers younger kid movies for a dollar.

Everyone loves the concerts in the park!  Curtis Park hosts a few each year – check out flyer below.  And East Sac. is known for its summer concert series, Pops in the Park.

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Have a fantastic summer!

Cheers,

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Keith Klassen/Real Estate Broker/916.595.7900

Sacramento Eats Revisited

Good to see this older article’s restaurants come to fruition.  It lists restaurants, mainly in Midtown, that were coming on the scene in 2015.

I’ve been to most of them …. here’s some commentary:

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#1 –  Empress Tavern – If you didn’t know, this is the meat eaters version of MOTHER (a wonderful restaurant that serves no meat).  Or, at least the same owners, I’ve been told.  Killer, coved brick walls and ceilings that make you feel like you’re sitting in a speak-easy of some sort, except they have LED lights and mirrors (no windows) that brighten the place up.  I took my wife there on a special date – my fault for not confirming the reservation.  I made the rezo on an answering machine, um, I mean voice mail.  Do people still have answering machines?  “Wait honey, rewind the tape and play it back to me.”  We arrive and they don’t have my name on THE LIST.  The place is fairly empty on a Tuesday night at 6:00pm, but they tell me that everything is booked for a later party, blah, blah, blah.  We sat in the bar seating area, aka, people-that-didn’t-make-reservations-punishment place.  Okay, I exaggerate.  It was still cool a joint and delicious food, but the initial impression soured my experience.  I will go back a 2nd time.  We just ate a bunch of appetizers – loved the brussel sprouts

#2 – Hawks Provisions and Public House – I must try this place.  Darling, if you are reading this, put it on our next date night, please.

#3 – Braisserie Capitale – never heard of it – any good?  anyone?

#5 – Fish Face – Heard it was delicious!  Out of sight, out of mind.  Kru is legit and one of our go-to’s when wanting to see a sushi chief boggle your mind with his fluidity.   Billy’s like the high-end, night club DJ of sushi, with the sensibilities of Rembrandt. He does have a hand washing fetish though (I love you Billy) – but you want this when it comes toFullSizeRender fresh fish – right!  Just saw this today while grabbing a Peets coffee (think this may be #6 on the list).  Seems like everything Billy Nho touches turns to gold.  Is it just me, or is he blowing the lid off this town?!

#7 – Bottles and Barrow – Trendy concept.  Maybe I’m just jealous of guys who actually can style their hair, or have hair?

#8 – Iron Tavern – It’s kind of like a modern day TGI Fridays with decent beer and really good food.  I was surprised, and kind of wanted to not like it, but I actually do.  The poke nachos are delicious… and my wife got this bloody Mary that was more like a meal than a drink.  It had a strip of bacon in it for god sakes!  Another trendy thing, which I like… if only I liked tomato juice.

#10 – B-Side Bar – Great local bar with a boom box frontage – yeah, it looks like an old school radio like I had in the 5th grade.  Put it on your shoulder and turn it up.  B-side has records in the window, taking it to a whole … nuther… level!

#11 – Coin Op – Ah yes, then there was a bar with old video games.  I actually went there and had an informal Donkey Kong battle with a few guys – none of us got very far, but it brought back some memories, of me spending a zillion quarters on this game when I was a kid.  Very good selection of brews and tasty pizza too.dk__46436.1381332517.1280.1280

#13 – Chandos – … nuff said.  Actually I’m going to say something that may be controversial.  I like Chandos, but I don’t love Chandos, like everyone else.  There are better tacos out there.  There, I said it.

#15 – Track 7 Natomas – The only reason I go to Natomas – to sell a house, or go with buyers to show a house, or visit my homie Earl (shout out to 8 Track Masacre – and who doesn’t love a rockin’ 80’s cover band!).  Curtis Park Track 7 is my hood.

#16 – Magpie – I’m a big fan.  Been there a bunch of times and have only good things to say about it.  Besides, my wife loves it… men, you need to tune in to what your spouse likes, and do that – whatever it is, even if you don’t like it.  Just so happens, I really like Magpie.  Yeah, yeah – it’s hipster-ville at it’s finest.  The people watching is great fun.  I think the hostess had on a plaid 70’s dress which made me feel like I was at a dress up, decades party.  I didn’t mind it at all.

#17 – The Barn in West Sac. – Still being built out – this place has some fantastic architecture flow going on, and I can’t wait until it’s done.  Should be a great hang spot if they do it right.

#20 – (the new location) Shoki Ramen House – Just went there a few weeks ago, at the old Trails Restaurant on 21st, near Broadway – only 4 block from my house, which the old one was 2 blocks away (on 24th st and 2nd Ave.) – Noodles to Thai for is now in that location, which you need to try – I liked it way better than Shoki.  Maybe their Ramen is just not my thing.  Their menu mainly consists of a build-a-bowl of Ramen that is a little too much decision making, and gets expensive.  A dollar more for green onions – com’on!  I’ll pay a dollar more for an egg, but not onions.  I just ended up getting a standard  bowl and it was okay.  Just okay.  If you like Japanese soup, you’ll probably love it like everyone else.  I actually like my friend Dennis’ ramen up at Kansai – great sushi too (Dennis – glad you started hitting up Jiu Jitsu.  You’ll be submitting me before you know it… well, actually it’ll take a long time, but maybe you can tap out Nate – ha ha ha).

What’s your take on any of these haunts?

Cheers,

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Keith Klassen, Real Estate Broker

916.595.7900