Saturday, June 15, 2013

My Old Stomping Grounds

I was born and raised in Northern California y’all.
Sacramento to be exact.

Stayed here until I was 20 years old, where I moved to AZ to switch colleges three more times before finally finishing in six years. Yikes.

Welcome to my stomping grounds. I’m here on a very, very last minute trip to see my bestest childhood friend graduate from UC Davis with her Master’s.

Well, I actually missed the graduation, but I’m here for the party and that’s what counts.

Right?

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I flew out of Austin yesterday with some stormy looking skies.

Elizabeth found my ticket on Priceline, so I had an interesting route to get here.
Austin to Minneapolis, to Sacramento.

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I was really impressed with Minneapolis y’all! It’s funny too, because Elizabeth always came to MN every summer to visit her grandmother, just like I came to Texas every summer to see MY grandma.

The airport was almost better than Austin! I’ve been trying to stick to this Paleo thing, which is REALLY hard when you’re traveling!

Who has time to travel with hard boiled eggs and chicken breasts in their carry-on?

NOT I!!

In Minneapolis, though, I was able to find a Quinoa candy bar (I know!! NOT Paleo, but I wanted to try it), all natural beef jerky, and a “mojitea” (mint tea with lime and sugar).

Pretty dang good if I do say so myself!

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This morning we went to take Elizabeth’s niece to gymnastics.
Um, I certainly have never been to a gymnastics studio since I was like, 4.
They have these awesome bouncy floors, a trampoline, and a pit full of foam blocks to jump in!

Why has no one told me this?
I swear I’m thirty.

Anyhow, stopped to get a good Peet’s coffee.
I had a coconut iced latte.

Boom, y’all. That’s all. Definitely don’t have that in small town Texas.

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Look at this awesome house I want! Being that it’s California, it probably costs $350,000.
I could probably get the same house in Texas for a third of that cost.
But I just love it.

When you come to Sac, check out East Sac and the “Fab 40’s” (a neighborhood between 41st St and 49th). You’ll get what I mean.
Gorgeous, gorgeous, clean houses.

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After climbing out of the foam pit (and I’ll save you any embarrassing descriptions of what that looked like), we headed downtown for lunch. We stopped at La Bou for my favorite sandwich.

La Bou is in the old Posey’s building. An old smokey joint for all the Good Ol’ Boy legislators to sit and shoot the breeze. Gorgeous sign, eh?

Oh my goodness, y’all, that Minnesota stuff is rubbing off.

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Here’s lunch. My happy place, yo.
La Bou makes two things really well. Actually like 8 things, but two are my favorite.
Thai Chicken Soup, and Creamy Dill Dressing.
Ok, their baguettes are to die for too, but now I’ve lost count.

My drool worthy, hunger inducing, lip smacking, finger licking meal consists of:
(Wow, CA really is coming back to me, I’ve left my “g”s on every one of those descriptors! GASP!)
Thai Chicken Soup
Turkey Sandwich on fresh Baguette with butter leaf lettuce and Vine Ripe Tomato!!!
With a side of…. drumroll please…
CREAMY DILL DRESSING!

Butter my biscuit and call me honey.
Happy girl right here.

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But Elizabeth wasn’t done there. She surprised me by taking me to Ginger Elizabeth’s… chocolatier extradonaire, right here in ol’ Sac Town.

The building next door was remodeling, and they decided to decorate the brown window coverings with foodie quotes.

I just LOVE that, don’t you?

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Here are the goods y’all!

Beautifully flavored chocolates, sampled a dark chocolate lavender caramel… and the macarons.
Ohhh those macarons.

And the piece de resistance.

A Parisian Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich.

We had pistachio, and salted caramel.

My life is complete.

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Here is Elizabeth’s Aunt Paty, who flew in from MINNESOOTA eating her macaron sandwich.

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PS – Last cool thing. Marshmallow Batons.
Oh Ms. Ginger, you’ve really outdone yourself.
You can freeze these babies, and then just cut off what you need.
Marshmallow at your service, y’all!

I’m off for the evening.
My brother and sister in law is coming up tonight from the bay area, I get to see my cutie patootie little nephews….

Then tomorrow is the big PAR-TAY for Elizabeth!!
YAY for friends with Master’s!

And yet, we’re both unemployed.
Oh, the irony.
Keep your fingers crossed y’all.

– Peace, Love, and Travels Y’all!

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10 Responses to “My Old Stomping Grounds”

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — June 16, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    Ha..I didn’t know you lived in Sac? I lived in Davis while I attended UC Davis for my degree. What a fun little trip back home.

    • katieb replied: — June 17th, 2013 @ 10:02 am

      Davis is gorgeous!!! Yes, I’m a half Texan, half Californian. A little bit hippy, and a little bit Southern. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — June 16, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

    Looks like a fun trip! That marshmallow baton is crazy…I want! I had no idea you were from Sac, I would have thought you were a born and raised Texas girl. That house would probably cost only $60,000 in Chester, the real estate here is insanely low, just like in Texas…but lower! How fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    • katieb replied: — June 17th, 2013 @ 10:00 am

      WOW that IS super cheap!! …. I consider myself half Texan since I wasn’t born here, but had family here:) but my family would be proud that you thought I was born and raised in the great state of TX. I myself think TX is a much better fit for me.

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    Renee Berry — June 17, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    Enjoy Cali and travel safely back home <3

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    Renee Berry — June 17, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

    oh, and the warmest hello to Elizabethan<3

    • katieb replied: — June 17th, 2013 @ 6:43 pm

      Will do! She says hello too!

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    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — June 17, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

    Those marshmallow batons are the shizz! Looks like you had a blast and ate well on top of it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Samantha @FerraroKitchen — June 18, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    Hahaha OMG that Cali comment made me laugh! In So Cal, a house in my neighborhood that’s probably less than 2000sq ft went for $800,000!! Crazy!! I cringe when I see prices like that…I think one day hubs and I will probably move just so we can buy a house!

    • katieb replied: — June 20th, 2013 @ 12:08 am

      RIGHT? Here’s to houses for all of us!

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