Posts Tagged ‘sacramento’

How Sacramento Handles Letter Grades in Restaurant Windows – And How the GGRA Doesn’t Want It, At All

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Here’s how Sack-Town does it:

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You can see the three varieties in the bottom of the image. This is some pretty weak tea.

Fun Diego has a much better approach – real letter grades.

And Frisco, well, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association thinks all its members are above average, so it hasn’t deigned to allow SFGov to impose a letter grade requirement on food places in the 415. So why does the GGRA have such pull? IDK, that’s just the way things are.

Stanford tried showing us the way, but horrible restaurants hold sway.

Oh well.

A New Lunch Place in the Financh: TSUKIJI NO DONBURI-MONO from THE GRUBBIES – $200 for Sea Urchin and Rice?

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

I’m taking things slow here. Peasant Pies is gone from 303 Sacramento. In its place is this joint with no seating. This is a real business registered with SFGov.

TSUKIJI suggests Tokyo’s world-famous fish market. Donburi means rice bowl – rice plus something else, in this case seafood. And THE GRUBBIES means I don’t know what.

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Now, check out the asking prices. If you want to go hog-wild, you can order UNI  plus rice for $40 to $200(!) – click on the photo to see the prices. Is this meant for more than one person? IDK. I’m not sure how many servings of sea urchin gonads plus rice you’d get. Isn’t this a lot of money for lunch? (In mitigation, you can wash down your meal with a can of soda, for just $1 more.)

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I’m not sure if they’re suggesting the seafood is flown in from Japan or if this place is just similar to a Japanese fish market. I’ll tell you, there was a Yoshinoya fast food donburi place what tried to make a go of it about a block away from here. They served inexpensive “beef bowls,” like something a taxi driver would eat on break. They didn’t last long.

But this place is different – it’s expensive, and all seafood AFAICS. It’s not at all on social media AFAIK. It’s terra incognita, foodies!

Have at it.

Our Google/Waze Gods Must Be Crazy: Routing Sacto-Frisco Traffic Through a “ONE LANE ROAD” in the Delta – (But It Worked)

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

I’ll tell you, the way from Sack-Town back to Frisco is the I-80, the Great Freeway Across America. Unless there’s three accidents upon it in your Yolo / Solano (Yolano! Heh) counties area like around Vacaville (Cow-town! That’s how it translates, Amiga).

So then your Google Maps gets a little crazy and suggests that Route 160 will save you 30 minutes. So you think YOLO and then head south on the I-5 and then you exit and then this:

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ONE LANE ROAD? What does that mean?

Oh:

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So there’s your Montana big sky with a tiny road from rural Hawaii. IMO.

Did I make a wrong turn somewhere? IDTS. I think Google would have told me.

Anyway, the east bay’s El Diablo is your lodestar on this route. Is this Wyoming?

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Sometimes traffic is speeding along on smooth levy roads and other times your jouncing along slowly on bumpy tract roads. And then you make it to Antioch and then it’s freeways the rest of the way.

It’s Route 160. It’s NorCal’s Route 66, sort of…

It’s the Mother Road.

Ugliest Bridge in the World – Spanning the American River with False Arches – Designed by Committee

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Here you go – the arches are decorative-only:

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File this one, this post-tensioned concrete box girder bridge under False Arch.

Sweet Home, Sacramento

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Where skies are blue

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In Birmingham they love the governor/
Boo! Boo! Boo!/
We all did what we could do

A Rational Approach from Sacramento County: “BIKES USE SIDEWALK” – SF Could Allow This in Some Places RIght Now

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Like on Masonic Avenue, for instance:

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Some other places too.

California allows us to make these calls on a case by case basis…

The Stand-Up, Motorized Scooter Gangs of the Western Addition – A Slow Speed Chase on Fell, Oak, Complete with SFPD Pursuit / Escort

Monday, December 21st, 2015

What’s this, a bunch of Bros loudly two-stroking themselves down Oak Street? Sure – you’ll hear them first, from blocks away, and then smell them later, what with the old-fashioned (and these days, widely banned) two-stroke style engines, which literally burn motor oil, by design:

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Here’s a wider view. These Bros hail from the East Bay and the Central Valley, one assumes, based upon their apparel:

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And in the middle of this loud scrum, it’s two members of the SFPD Motor Patrol:

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Were they chasing or escorting – I couldn’t tell.

Later on, this crew tried to regroup on Masonic:

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Now heading west on the sidewalks of Oak:

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Leaving you with this, the last Bro I saw, GoProing his way up Fell:

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Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn: Nothing But White People? – Interesting Photo – Gavin Newsom Founder/Partner

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

1. Here’s your challenge – find anybody at Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn who isn’t white white white.

(MARIA: Sherman? SHERMAN: Yes, Maria. MARIA Where are all the white people? SHERMAN: Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn!)

2. And what are we supposed to be looking at here?

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Just asking…

Postcard from Sacramento County: “DOES THIS ASS MAKE MY TRUCK LOOK BIG?” – NOT an Obama Voter, Certainly

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

I think food manufacturers test-market a lot in Sac County ’cause it’s like a small snapshot of America, demographically speaking.

Anyway, here’s one voter:

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(This was right by the freeway what has, about 80 miles away, a metal highway clean-up sign thanking “FRIENDS OF OBAMA” – I’ll have to try to get a shot of that sign the next time I pass through…)

Stanfoo Choo Choo – “Go STANFORD” vs. “Gov. STANFORD.” – The Miracle of Photoshop

Monday, December 29th, 2014

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The original, from the Robber Baron era:

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