Category Archives: Local Eats

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 – Augmented Reality Meets Wine

This weeks was all quiet on the food front.  Not many exciting places on which to report.  We did go to a friend’s house for her birthday and had an interesting wine experience, with an interactive app that goes with it… Have you heard of 19 Crimes?  I saw an ad for it and thought, “What a gimmick!”  But two people brought this wine to the party and it was pretty cool to see everyone ooh and ah over the marketing novelty.  If you have not seen it, there’s an app that can be downloaded and used to view the label of the wine through your phone, creating an augmented reality of sorts.  The criminal on the label begins to tell his story, etc.  This article explains it as, what Pokemon did for kids, this brands does for adults.  Check it out, and the wine was not bad at all. Go Aussies!

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Oh and we brought prosciutto wrapped asparagus to the party – healthy hit!

BBQ IN SACRAMENTO

Our tradition continues for this season, of dropping our oldest at Jiu Jitsu and then going somewhere for a snack/drink.  We decided to go to Fahrenheit 250, a BBQ joint a few blocks away – right outside of one of entrances to Sac. State’s campus.  It’s changed hands many times in the past – I think it was a comedy club, or dance club at one time, then a dive bar, then another failed restaurant… kinda has that reputation of, “Hmmm, I wonder when that place will go out of business?”  I’ve driven past it many times and honestly didn’t even know it was a BBQ haunt (even though it says, “BBQ” right on the sign!).  I can’t comment too much on this place since we only had an appetizer and some drinks.  Another couple we were with got nachos with pulled pork on top, which I tasted and I was smoky good.  We had potato skins… rather 4 potato halves.  Needless to say we took a potato home and the boys devoured it!  We need to go back and eat their BBQ, then I’ll comment more.  They do have $1 rib happy hour… sounds right up my alley.  Has anyone gone there?  If so, did you like it? And what did you order.

AT HOME

Beer Can Burger

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Confessions

#1 – I made this last summer

#2… I use to binged watch the cooking channel for about a year straight… almost every show… even the lame ones!  Every now and again, a good idea came up where I say, “I am going to make that tonight! [or very soon]”  Like the eating/traveling show where the guy goes to a wrestling match in Mexico City, where they serve tortas… back home/on the show he recreated the sandwich – refried beans, sour cream, hot dogs, and so much more – check out these articles (HERE & HERE)to read a cool stores about this street food  phenomenon.    Someday I will chronicle that adventure – it ended with a torta feast with about 10 friends given a 2 hours’ notice.

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This one day during the summer we were having friends over and I exclaimed, while watching a cooking show, “THAT’S WHAT WE ARE GOING TO MAKE TONIGHT!  BEER CAN BURGERS!

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Vegans… I’m sorry… you may want to stop reading now… this may offend you greatly! [actually too late, after the BBQ mention and tortas – my bad].  This burger starts with using a beer can to make a cup outta the patty, which you proceed to fill with anything you want.  We put mushrooms, bacon, onions, bell peppers, BBQ sauce, cheese, and an egg!   Oh man, this was on point!  Look it up!  Here’s one of many websites with recipes and instructions – get to it!

Cheers,

Keith Klassen, Real Estate Broker – 916.595.7900

Specializing in residential sales and property management

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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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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

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Dad’s Restaurant – Land Park/Curtis Park, Sarcramento

After eating at Dad’s Kitchen, (on the border of Curtis Park and Land Park) for maybe the 6th time, I’m finally making the call – I like it!  It’s a good spot for my kids.  It’s a good place to hang with a few friends.  While the layout is a little awkward, I will forgive them due to the good food, patio and beer!

Check it out.

Keith Klassen – Real Estate Broker

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Good Beer in Sacramento, CA

I hesitated to post this, but the world needs to know about good beer (and it’s Saturday).  I was at the Shack (check out my review on Yelp) yesterday afternoon with a few friends and might have found my favorite beer ever….. Trappist Rochefort 8!  OH YEAH!  The monks sure know how to make beer and it was a religious experience.  Beer Advocate also gives it an A+.

High end beer is now very comparable to wine in its complexity and nuance.  It’s exciting to see several places in Sacramento, like the Shack and Pangaea stepping up to the plate in the world of Belgian beers.

Enjoy,

Keith Klassen

Real Estate Broker

Local Eats – Old Soul Oak Park, Sacramento

I love to frequent coffee shops, a place to read, do business, and meet friends – oh, and to drink delicious coffee.  Depending on my mood and the places I need to be, determines my destination.  I am swayed by the quality of coffee, ease of finding a seat, and WiFi connection (which is pretty much everywhere).  I’m also big on the local, home-grown haunts.  I like to root for the little guy.  Then some times the little guys gets too big, or big-headed, so I venture out and find another third space.

The old Starbuck’s on Broadway in Oak Park folded (can you believe it – Goliath goes down!) several months ago and the rumor had it that Old Soul was taking over – a great story (click on the link to read about it on their website).

I heard they opened and had to check it out.  While the Midtown one at Weather Stones is awesome and now serves beer and wine, it is also crowded and hard to find a table at times.  I was glad to head over to the Broadway one, which is just as close to my home in Curtis Park.  There were plenty of seats, the decor was very appealing, and the coffee is fantastic as always.

I love the quote on their website, under their “Story” and “Philosophy section:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ”  – Margaret Mead

What does this have to do with real estate?  …. Not much, however, good business is connected with and does affect area values and the general ethos of the landscapes in which we dwell.

I wish Old Soul well and hope they succeed as they participate in the efforts of revitalizing Oak Park, Sacramento.  Check it out.

Enjoy,

Keith Klassen

Real Estate Broker