Archive for April, 2012
What does it feel like to walk around an eerily empty nightclub alone or wander through a haunted historic ship? What does it feel like to look at things from the inside out or capture something unexpected?
Any kind of openness or exploration always breeds some kind of discovery – whether inner or outer.
Images – they’re sometimes more powerful than words.
And basic moments – always more poignant than we know.
There’s really no need to introduce the subject matter of this post, is there? Put some meat, cheese, condiments and perhaps wild extras in between two slices of bread and there you have a sandwich. But for food or just plain sub lovers, it’s really an artform, isn’t it? And learning this tasty past-time ~ not too unpleasant. So stomachs: Start your engines, taste buds: Start the salivating, and lunchtime: Hurry up already.
Here are just a few Sacramento-area sub shop favorites. Got any faves of your own not mentioned here? Share the love and let us in on the flavor revelations!
Roxie Deli & Grocery – Upside: Hearty and addictive sandwiches with lots of vegetarian options and noteworthy sides. Downside: The place has an odd smell, but you can’t eat inside anyway (so does that make it an upside?). 3340 C St, East Sacramento, (916) 443-5402
Corti Bros. – Upside: Very high quality (and piled high) meats and cheeses; a sandwich called the Italian (fennel salami and red pesto – woah). Downside: Pricey. 5810 Folsom Blvd, East Sacramento, (916) 736-3800
Dad’s – Upside: Creative hot and cold subs with fun names, old-school cooler of eclectic pop, patio dining, parking. Downside: Complaints that the portions aren’t big enough. 1310 S St, Downtown, (916) 448-3237
Sampino’s – Upside: Authentic Italian deli with bliss-inducing meatball sub, great Italian breads and soups. Downside: Sandwiches can range from “overeager” to “boring”, but it’s all in the taste buds of the beholder, right? 1607 F St, Downtown, (916) 441-2372
Honorable Mention: Beach Hut – Upside: Beachy-themed decor with friendly staff, fresh, sassy sammies and grass-skirted umbrellas. Downside: Pricey for such a “hang loose”-styled joint. 2406 J St, Midtown (+ various locations), (916) 442-1400
As my husband and I set sail on a cruise tomorrow – the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic sinking – I feel compelled to honor the century-old event, as well as consider the preciousness of what is left behind. Reading survivor stories on the Biography channel (http://www.biography.com/bio-now/titanics-100th-anniversary-6-survivor-stories-20799733), I find some sentiments we can all hold onto.
“White Star Chairman Bruce Ismay boarded a lifeboat to safety and was criticized by many for his decisions regarding Titanic.” A letter from his wife, Florence, however, reveals a desire to focus on the positive:‘I know so well what bitterness of spirit you must be feeling for the loss of so many precious lives and the ship itself that you loved like a living thing. We have both been spared to each other, let us try to make our lives of use in the world.’
Later responding to an inquiry regarding her resilience of spirit, seven-year-old survivor Eva Hart said, “(L)ife has to be lived irrespective of the possible dangers and tragedies lurking round the corner.” So as life does go on for the rest of us and the sun is once again a’shining in good ol’ Sacramento, I suggest you get out there (or come hither) and experience what life presently has to offer!
Such as Sacramento’s Second Saturday events and Sac State’s Festival of the Arts; celebrations of birds, wildflowers and creeks; indigenous history, women in brewing and Banjo-Rama… And that’s just the tip of this week’s events iceburg.
Just off the I-5 freeway, minutes from the Sacramento International Airport to the west and downtown Sacramento to the south, is the easy-to-navigate Sacramento suburb of South Natomas. For residents, it’s a haven of restaurants, big-name stores, wide streets, movie theatres and pampering services. For visitors… well, it’s pretty much the same. Plus, a variety of hotels designed to accommodate your business travel, children, pets and airport transportation needs.
So whether you have family coming into town, a business meeting or conference to attend, or you’re the family traveling to the area, here you’ll find Amtrak station and airport terminal shuttles, amongst a host of other amenities and extras!
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Sacramento Airport 95 all-suite rooms, complimentary Suite Seasons breakfast, wireless internet access, business center, indoor pool and jacuzzi, executive boardroom and fitness facility. 2555 Venture Oaks Way, (916) 925-2280
Residence Inn By Marriott- Sacramento Airport 126 oversized studio and two-bedroom suites- many with fireplaces, complementary breakfast, hospitality hour, fully equipped kitchens, exercise room, pool and spa-ahh. 2410 West El Camino Avenue, (916) 649-1300
Homewood Suites Sacramento Airport Upscale family friendly extended stay hotel with 24-hour complementary airport shuttle, 24-hour guest service, hot breakfast, manager’s evening reception, complementary wireless Internet, and Park & Fly packages. 3001 Advantage Way, (916) 263-9510
Hilton Garden Inn Sacramento 154 deluxe accommodations, on-site restaurant and bar, heated outdoor pool and spa, fitness center with in-room Stay-Fit-Kits, 24-hour business center and Pavilion Pantry Convenience Mart, complementary airport and Amtrak shuttle, banquet and meeting space. 2540 Venture Oaks Way, (916) 568-5400
Fairfield Inn & Suites Sacramento Airport Natomas Complementary 24-hour airport shuttle, impeccably clean and comfortable rooms, free upgraded continental breakfast, Black Bear Diner. 2540 Venture Oaks Way, (916) 568-5400
Four Points By Sheraton Sacramento Comfortable and uncomplicated, with a full restaurant, room service, lounge and 24-hour shuttle, outdoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, free Internet access, Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed. 4900 Duckhorn Drive, (916) 263-9000
For more information visit http://www.DiscoverGold.org. Sleep tight and see you around town!
EASTER SUNDAY – April 8th, Enotria Sunday Brunch
Join Enotria Restaurant & Wine Bar for a springtime brunch with fresh, seasonal ingredients prepared by Chef Lance Carlini. Featuring Champagne, Mimosas, and a Bloody Mary Bar with House-infused Vodka selections. Dining in the courtyard is available weather permitting, serving hours are 10:00AM to 3:00PM, the cost is $30 per guest, and reservations are recommended. http://www.enotria.com
STAY: The Greens Hotel (http://www.thegreenshotel.com)
UNIQUE SUNDAY – April 15th, Sews & Bows
Bows & Arrows Beginning Sewing Classes begin, 5-8PM, $25. http://www.bowscollective.com
STAY: Amber House Bed & Breakfast (www.amberhouse.com)
BOUNTIFUL SUNDAY – Ongoing, Cerftified CA Farmer’s Market
8th & W streets, 8AM-noon. And be sure to click on the link ‘To Your Health’ for immunity tips, energy boosts, fresh recipes, and much more! http://www.california-grown.com/Market-news.html
STAY: Residence Inn at Capital Park (www.marriott.com)
Enjoy the fine weather, fresh bounty and fun, ecletic things to do in Sacramento~