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Effective Tenants Screening

Keith has a knack for effective screening of potential tenants. He has given recommendations for reasonably priced contractors when we need them. He is good at keeping our tenant and us calm and working together when issues arise. Thank you Keith!  

–Amy & Robert (Property Management Clients)

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Effective Tenant Screening

When engaged in a job role that required repetitive actions, it’s easy to think that some things are obvious, and forget that others have no understanding or bearing, in this case, when it comes to screening tenants.  I’ve had clients initially tell me that this is what they are most afraid of.  When I ask why… here are a list of reasons given to me:

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  1. Don’t we have to accept anyone who applies, due to non-discrimination laws?
  2. How do we know if they qualify? What if they can’t pay their rent?
  3. What if they are partiers? And the neighbors complain and then everyone will be mad at us!
  4. What if no one applies?
  5. How does the process work?

Many times people inherit a property, or make their old residence a rental and then fall into property management or become landlords (this is what happened to me).  When this is the case, it becomes extra scary for the new landlord.  This makes more sense, versus a savvy landlord who already owns or intends to buy a property with renting it out solely in mind.  Either way, to a property manager and someone seasoned in rental properties, these are easy questions to address.  Hopefully I can take some of the fear out of the process for people reading this.

#1 – You DO NOT have to accept any applicant that applies.  However, you CANNOT base your reasoning on any discriminatory factors, such as, race, religious, familial status, sexuality, age, etc.  A good property manager follows set practices and procedures that eliminate much of this concern and fear.  One practice that is helpful is to have a minimum requirements to rent sheet available to all applicants.  This then helps potential applicant figure out whether they meet the criteria or not, and takes it out of the category of subjective choosing.

#2 – All property management should use a filter, as stated above… a systematic approach to qualify an applicant.  Primary requirements: Income; credit score; rental history (evictions and what past landlords report).  There are other factors I’d be happy to share with you as a client, and which I develop for each client individually based on their preferences and the situation.

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But what if they cannot pay rent?  The employment/income check gives way to the prospect’s capacity to pay rent, however, without the ability to forecast the future and fully predict human behavior, there is always this risk of not getting rent from tenants.  However, the best predictor of the future is past behavior, yet there are still unseen variables and life events that are never foreseen.

#3 – This answer is similar to the last, regarding predicting the future.  I like to try to have a conversation with the last landlord or property manager, oppose to just emailing a questionnaire.  By taking a relational approach to all of property management (tenants, landlords, vendors, etc.), you can build a bridge with a fellow property manager and, you’d be surprised how much information I can glean from a conversation by just appealing to one’s humanity.  Yet, sometimes it’s very difficult to know if a potential tenant like to play music late night, or work odd hours, or rev their motorcycle at midnight.  I say this because I had a great tenant once, whose adult son moved back in with him mid-lease.  The original, single guy was quiet, helpful, and always paid on time.  Once his son moved in, the entire neighborhood was up in arms about the smoking, rude behavior, revving of motorcycles late night, etc.  You never know what will transpire.  This is the risk an owner/landlord takes when owning income property.  This is another reason why many owners opt to have a property manager, even if they live two doors down.   Good tenant screening and selection will always make the management aspect easier.  If things go sideways, a good property manager can objectively take the next procedural steps, communicating with the owner along the way, a many times sooth a tumultuous situation better than an owner.

#4 – If no one applies, then most of the time (if the property has been marketed correctly) the rent is too high.  Most of the time it’s better to ratchet the rent down a little rather than hold out for a unicorn tenant.  The loss of the lower rent is usually less than the monthly vacancy expenses.   If these does not make sense to you , I can elaborate on this more if you want to message me directly.

#5 – How does the process of finding and renting a property out work?  I’m happy to sit down with you or have a conference call to lead you through each step.  Feel free to email or text.

Keep your tenants happy!

Keith Klassen, Real Estate Broker – 916.595.7900

Specializing in Residential Sales & 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.

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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 – 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!

FRANK FATS

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 – Weekend Get-Away / Out of town recommendation

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A few years ago some friends of ours were telling us about their wonderful weekend-wine-tasting-get-away to Murphys CA.  They invited us along and now it’s become a yearly tradition.  While I love exploring and flying by the seat of pants when traveling, sometimes I wish someone would just give me an itinerary to follow with the best places to go, from tried and true experiences.  That’s what I’m doing for you here.  Granted, everyone’s pallet is unique, but it’s hard to go wrong in Murphy’s with the selection of wineries/tasting rooms and food choices.  Murphys is an old mining town above Angels Camp and below Arnold.  My wife grew up in Angels (as they call it), so it’s good to make this pilgrimage and also wander around Angels if we have time on the way up to Murphys.  As you may know, Angels Camp is home of the annual frog jumping contest, which Mark Twain made famous in some of his writings.  Murphys, however, is the home to over two dozen family-owned wineries, which most have tasting rooms all on one street!   Here’s the run down and basic plan to follow:

IRON STONE VINEYARD

Since this one is not on the main street, it’s a great place to start.  They have a solid selection of reasonably priced wines and a café for a great lunch on a sunny balcony.  Iron Stone also has a great concert venue amphitheater with a fun line up.  I think there is some special treatment if you belong to their club (like a buffet and wine service before the concert?).

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After Iron Stone, I recommend just starting out at one end of town, walk down the stret, and check out whatever looks good along the way.  There are a bunch of fun shops and restaurants if you need another snack (There’s a great pizza place, an antique hardware store, and a fun outdoor adventure shop I like).  Also a creek runs through town where they built a local park next to it.  In the summer, the kids and play in the water, or it’s relaxing to get a bottle of wine and have a picnic.

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This trip our friend got a head start and went to Lavender Ridge winery.  I’ve always thought their wine is just okay.   However, they will win you over when they start pairing cheeses, honeys, and other treats (which they sell) with their wine – some say that drinking wine by itself is a very American thing to do.  Or, rather, one should always have food with wine to bring out it’s essence (thoughts?).  Our next step was Newson Harlow, one of my wife’s favorites.  Some of their higher end wine is pretty good.  We walked away with a bottle of their zin and petite syrah.  The year before, the wives even got conned into buying matching baseball caps!  Things we do (and buy) when wine tasting.

Next we hit up a place called Kola Farms.  This is a new hipster winery.  The staff don’t know much about the wines, but they like to have fun…. so I guess you could say, we had fun.  They recommended our next stop, so props to them for sending us to Frog’s Tooth.  This is a newer spot which I’m so glad we found.  It’s a block off of the beaten path, so you may miss it if you don’t venture up the side street.  For us, this was a winner!  They have a young, ambitious wine maker and friendly staff.  We bought a bunch of their wine… I hope it’s as good when we open it months from now with a clear head – ha ha ha.

 

[There my wife getting friendly with the winemaker – mmmm hmmm .  I’m like, “Can I get a discount?]

Seems like 3-4 wineries is the magic number for not passing out, if paced, with snacks along the way.  We had a dinner reservation at 7:30pm, so we had a few hours to kill.  The tradition has been to run back to the hotel and get some “rest” in one form or other, so we could be fresh for dinner.   The restaurant, Grounds, has become our favorite go-to dinner spot (and next morning breakfast spot).  They have a great selection of menu items from steak, pasta, seafood, and eggs benedict in the AM).  This year we shared a bunch of small plates and entrees – The brussel sprouts were cooked perfectly!  We highly enjoyed the mussels and French bread for dipping in the spicy sauce.  And, I couldn’t get enough of the mushroom risotto.  We had to have some coffee to ramp up for an evening of fun.

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[Char being silly at dinner – RIP Bowie!]

After dinner there are a few options, but not many.  Only the Murphys Hotel and a few other newer spot stay open late.  The Hotel is a blast from the past  – the kind of saloon where you could imagine miners and cowboys getting into fights, breaking chairs over each other’s heads…  Now, it’s just a fun place to mingle with the local and meet some other out-of-towners.  Everyone is friendly and the ladies love to dance, dance, dance.

 

[Then and now]

If you’ve been to Murphys, or go soon, let me know your favorites, or how you liked your visit.

Cheers,

Keith Klassen, Real Estate Broker – 916.595.7900

Specializing in Residential Sales and Property Management (Sacramento, CA & maybe soon in Murphys)

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LESSONS LEARNED IN REAL ESTATE & PROPERTY MANAGEMENT – How to manage & sell a dump.

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Keith Klassen is smart and professional.  No matter what the circumstances, he manages his attitude and stays solution oriented.  Because of this, we came up with great solutions together. 

Mari Paul (Buyer, Seller, Property Management Client)

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HOW TO HANDLE SOME OF THE ROAD BUMPS THAT GO ALONG WITH MANAGING AND SELLING A RUN-DOWN PROPERTY (Part 1)

Many income/investment properties are purchased with the idea in mind that they will be fixed up and improved over time.  This is a great idea… let the property pay for itself.  However, this doesn’t always happen, especially when the property is just breaking even or not cash flowing as expected.  Perhaps this also points to a reality check when figuring out expenses, deferred maintenance, and a realistic slush funds for unexpected costs at the time of purchase – by the way, this is something I enjoy helping newer investors figure out. When that big ticket item comes up, like when a new roof is needed, or rotting widows need replacement, it could be time to encourage an owner to sell, or for you to walk away from the property management position.  I have found that owners who are not able to maintain their properties to a minimum standard can put the property manager’s neck on the line (i.e., lawsuit waiting to happen), or just create an unmanageable situation.

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Here’s a story of how the house of cards can fall over.  The tenant calls to say that several of the old windows won’t stay up any longer – of course the owner was going to install new windows as a first priority.  The tenant says that it’d be nice to fix them, but they understand and it’s not a big deal because they can just put a stick or a book in the window to hold it up.  The owner says, “Oh good, because I don’t have the money to fix it anyway.”  Several months later the tenant calls to say that the window slammed shut and the glass cracked.  The owners says, “Can they survive with a cracked glass for a while?  … Until we get new windows, or just until I get some money together to fix it?  Maybe they can put some tape on the glass?”  The tenant is not super happy, but puts some tape on the window.  Six months later the tenant says, “I’m starting to notice some mildew, or maybe mold in the bathroom where the window was cracked.”  As it turns out, the roof was on its last leg, the windows were rotting, and many other items had been on a list to renovate over time…

The owner ended up having to give the tenants notice to move and give them free rent due to the mold (and pray there were no health issues as a result).  When the owner finally decided to sell after doing some hodge-podge fix-its, they still took a big loss on the sales price due to all the put-off maintenance issue that later became health issues.

While I had to threaten to cancel our management agreement due to the owner’s inability to take action to make the needed repairs, I ended up being able to navigate us through the fog of it all without things escalating and ending in litigation.  Eventually I listed, sold the property, and eventually wash my hands of the situation.  Remember, distressed properties a lot of times equal distressed owners.  If I had to do it again, I would have taken action faster, and not hung around as long, cancelling the management agreement or encouraging the tenant move-out and sell sooner.  What happens when everything starts sliding down hill, the property manager gets taken down by all parties (who used to love you and high five you for being so great).  This also obviously will kill the listing/sale opportunity. Fortunately on this one, I still walked away with a high five.

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Have you had any mold or deferred maintenance scares, whether as an landlord, seller, or agent/PM?

Cheers to learning new lessons,

Keith Klassen, Real Estate Broker – 916.595.7900

Specializing in residential sales and property management

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Adding Value to a Home & to Your Life

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Many have asked me about what adds value to a home when it comes to backyards.  Most people know that a $60K pool will usually not add $60K in value to a home.  In some cases, it can even be a liability, or it highly depends on where the home is located and what is expected in that area of town.   What about fancy landscaping? When it comes to property management, many savvy investors love a yard that has little to no maintenance, saving on landscaping expenses.  Flippers many times just leave a yard like a blank canvas, putting money into the front yard and curb appeal.  When it comes to one’s personal residence, much of the value can be seen in the intrinsic joy a yard brings and the usability for the owner.  I had one client that wanted to make sure the backyard faced a certain direction., was not sloping and had certain feng shui characteristics.  Another wanted to make sure the sun came across the yard in a perfect path for their love of gardening, so she could grow the best produce.  One client had to have a space for pexels-photo-715134.jpega Japanese Maple.  Others are in love with having a fire pit, or an outdoor eating area.  Recently I sold a home where an appraiser called and was curious as to why it sold for $11,000 over asking, relative to other similar homes?  I believe it was due to the high-end landscaping, custom lighting, a water feature, perfected irrigation and watering system, etc.  This stuff is also very expensive and sometimes costly to maintain, but definitely added value to this homes selling price.  What I’m getting at, many times an addition of this or that it’s not a value add to others (or a buyer), but it adds tremendously to your life and perhaps family.  And, if done with some forethought, you may be able to accomplish both.

My backyard has gone through some serious renovation over the last few years, and I can now write this post without feeling shame for having a half finished, project-of-a-backyard.  The first dilemma for many, to hire a professional, or do it yourself.  I tend to be a glutton for punishment, so I took on the “art project,” as I like to call it.  The term gives me room for error – ha ha ha.  Whether it’s a financial thing, or you want to tap into your creative juices, there are so many things to consider before undertaking a project like this.  I found that it can be like pulling a thread… one thing leads to the next… things you have not even considered, whether it be drainage, lighting, plumbing (gas for a grill and water coming in and going out); electrical outlets, furniture, BBQ, shade, space and functionality – the list can be endless.  Again, remember the term, “art project” if you’re a DYI’er.

 

First of all our yard is postage stamp sized –  No football game or kicking the soccer ball around there.  We tried to tend the landscaping that there when we purchased the home, but it either died or became over grown with weeds and ivy coming over the fence.  We’ve tried to plant a garden, but it just does not get enough sun.

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The water feature broke and we just stopped going out there except to dump food scraps into the compost.  With a dog chasing squirrels, rats living in the ivy, and kids in Jr. High, we decided that we needed a 5th Space, or outdoor room – a place to host; an extension of our kitchen; an outdoor living area; a place where our kids and their friends would want to hang out.  This, for us, has added tremendous value to our family’s life and to the value of our home.  During our Christmas party we found a group of people sitting by the fire until late night … mission accomplished!

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I only posted a handful of pictures – let me know if you are interested in seeing more, or any of the particulars of the concrete counters, or brew pub inspired metal fence, or what I choose cinder block over metal, etc.?  I’m happy to share more pics or thoughts on construction, err, artwork.

In addition, check out this cool article from our friends over at Houzz.com – 30 Creative Backyard retreats. I do dream of a little office, or chill spot, or retreat in the backyard – maybe I will convert our garage/carriage house.  These pictures get my juices flowing.  How bout you?  Which one is your favorite?

[See my backyard pics below]

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Backyard pictures…

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Excavating and Forming base for cabinet

I managed to get a little help from my oldest

Got some free brick on Next Door

Used a pasta faucet, attached to a funky post I found in the alley.  Built the forms for the counter tops, even thought it looks like I poured in place.

Grabbed the wood siding from someone down the street that was throwing it away

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Drought tolerant lawn, errrrrr, fake grass!

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Fence inspired by Moonraker brewery

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View from our bedroom balcony… 9/10ths complete!

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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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