By Girls on the Grid
We had so much fun this year blogging about everything happening on the Grid, we decided to highlight some of our favorites from 2010. We put together some fun categories and then each of our GOTG bloggers put together her faves of 2010. Please let us know what are some of your faves!
Best Place to Grab a Glass of Wine with Friends: Tapa the World on J with its Spanish wine collection and kick-ass sangria.
Best Place to Hideout: Summertime at Clunie Pool in McKinley Park especially on a (now-hopefully-gone) Furlough Friday afternoon.
Best Place to Spend a Saturday Afternoon: The New Crocker Art Museum — especially good on rainy/cold weekends.
Best New Find: Free Yoga in the Park on Saturday mornings during spring/summer months at McKinley Park. Check out their Facebook page!
Best Place/Thing I’m Obsessed With: Local theater, of which Sacramento has a ton and ditto with filmmaking opportunities. Both are easily available to participate in, even for folks new to the craft of stage and screen. Best resources for each: Capital Film Arts Alliance for film, League of Sacramento Theatres for theater.
Best Event: Tie between the Sac French Film Festival (especially opening night) and the Sac Film and Music Festival. Both summer events at the air-conditioned Crest to beat the heat.
Best Guilty Pleasure: Banana Nutella crepe at Crepeville. Locations in Sac include midtown and Curtis Park. Also: date night out at Dessert Diner on J.
Best Place for a Girls Night Out/Brunch: My fav brunch place is an oldie but goodie – Fox and Goose.
Best Purchase for Living on the Grid: A bicycle!
Best Place to Grab a Glass of Wine with Friends: 58 Degrees
Best Place to Hideout: Temple Coffee or the Sacramento Library
Best Place to Spend a Saturday Afternoon: Day drinking around the grid on your beach cruiser
Best New Find: Heart Boutique
Best Place/Thing I’m Obsessed With: GOTG
Best Event: Sacramento SPCA’s Doggie Dash
Best Guilty Pleasure: Dirty martini at Back Door Lounge
Best Place for a Girls Night Out/Brunch: Kru (girls dinner) and Capitol Garage (brunch)
Best Purchase for Living on the Grid: Beach cruiser
Best place to Grab a Glass of Wine with Friends: The Grand
Best Place to Hideout: The Bon Lair
Best Place to Spend a Saturday Afternoon: Walking my dogs along the River
Best New Find: The cooking classes put on by the Food Co-op! Love them!!
Best Place/ Thing I am Obsessed With: Thai Food! I can’t get enough and love Thai Basil on Broadway
Best Event: SPCA Gala & The Doggie Dash
Best Guilty Pleasure: Blue Cheese and Bacon Burger at Burgers and Brew
Best Place for Girls Night Out or Brunch: The Shady Lady
Best Purchase for Living on the Grid: My Bike and the basket on my bike for that matter. I completely ditch my car in the spring and summer.
Best Place to Grab a Glass of Wine with Friends: L Wine Bar & Lounge on Wednesday for their Wine on Wednesdays event at 6:00 p.m. - $10 for 4-5 tastes of wine is a great deal and a lot of fun!
Best Place to Hide Out: Time Tested Books
Best Place to Spend a Saturday Afternoon: Laying out at the pool at 1801 L Street
Best New Find: Midtown Strength & Conditioning gym
Best Place/Thing I’m Obsessed With: The Farmer’s Market salad at Paesano’s Pronto – so yummy!!
Best Event: The Country in the Park concert on Capital Mall this summer. More live, outdoor concerts in downtown/midtown Sacramento please!
Best Guilty Pleasure: Hot chocolate from Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates
Best Place for a Girls Night Out/Brunch: Night Out = The Press Bistro and Mix Downtown Rooftop Lounge. Brunch = Cafe Bernardo at R15
Best Purchase for Living on the Grid: Not a purchase, per se, but if you have a car (or a friend with a car) and live on the Grid, you must apply for street parking placard from the city’s Dept of Transportation STAT!
Best Place to Grab a Glass of Wine with Friends: 58 degrees (it’s even baby friendly…I’ve brought Henry here a couple of times)
Best Place to Hideout: Temple coffee
Best Place to Spend a Saturday Afternoon: Ice skating (the downtown ice skating rink is open until Jan. 17 and the midtown one until Jan. 18 so there’s still time)
Best New Find: Lots of great gifts at Mixed Bag (it’s not new but been finding lots of great gifts for family and friends there lately)
Best Place/Thing I’m Obsessed With: Ella
Best Event: California Museum’s Hall of Fame – what else brings Betty White, Tiger Woods, Merle Haggard and other celebs to town all at one time?
Best Guilty Pleasure: Carrot cake cookies from Magpie
Best Place for a Girls Night Out/Brunch: Press Club (if it’s playing 80s music); Brunch: R15
Best Purchase for Living on the Grid: UGGs in the winter and LOTS of flip flops for summertime
Best Place to Grab a Glass of Wine with Friends: L Wine Lounge’s “Wine on Wednesday” is always a great opportunity to get the girls together. Ten bucks for five tastes of wine and charcuterie, a great deal.
Best Place to Hideout: Well, in years past I would have said Le Petite Paris, but of course it has closed, so I will say my new (rental) house in Curtis Park. I have greatly enjoyed exploring the cozy neighborhood, walking to Taylor’s Market for a bottle of wine and sopressata or enjoying the changing of the seasons through the tree-lined streets. Taylor’s Kitchen, Dad’s Kitchen (sandwich shop), Freeport Bakery, Oscar’s Mexican Food and other eateries in the area make walking-distance excursions a gratifying experience.
Best Place to Spend a Saturday Afternoon: For a little off the grid action, I am a big fan of Marin County’s Mt. Tam excursions. Twice I have done the 7.3 mile Matt Davis/Steep Ravine/Dipsea trail loop and it never fails to take my breath away. It’s a two-hour drive from Sacramento, but the four-hour hike is totally worth it. It makes you happy to live in California when you stand on the side of the mountain gazing off into the distance – the San Francisco skyline to the south, the north coast to the right. Redwood trees, creeks, grasslands, coastal brush and fern gulleys keep this hike exciting and interesting.
Best New Find: Despite the rough economy, several new restaurants opened up in 2010 that have been simply outstanding: Kupro’s, The Press, Red Lotus, Magpie (opened in 2009, but really loving it this past year), and many others have left us with plenty of options to choose from. Sacramento continues to set higher and higher levels of dining standards, and I am so thrilled to be an active participant in our city’s booming culture. In my opinion, and this is not based on much, when city centers continue to expand and grow gastronomically, the overall tone of local ambience grows with it. It’s not just the restaurants, but it’s the attention given to local artists, growers and producers of every level that attract a quality standard of living. Kudos to our local dining industry!
Best Thing I’m Obsessed With: My new puppy, Dharma Bum! After a year of scheming and plotting, my heart was captured by the little German Shepherd mystery mix on PetFinder.com. She was found in a box in a Stockton parking lot less than a week old with her five littermates – eyes still closed, and probably malnourished being away from momma. All six contracted the deadly virus Parvo while at the shelter and only Dharma survived. Through the dedicated training by my Virgo-husband (read: control freak!), Dharma has become a well-behaved (well … most of the time …), sweet, playful and intelligent little guard dog/cuddle bear. I highly recommend everyone get a pound puppy in 2011! Not only am I obsessed with her, I no longer cry during those sad Sarah McLachlan SPCA ads. I’ve rescued, and convinced my husband to continue on the efforts!
Best Event: The Mulvaney’s Pig Roast. Ok, so this event is, at first, not for the weak of heart (such as myself), but after a few glasses of wine or bottles of beer, the pig only entices mouth-watering reactions. (Unfortunately, it also caused me to let my mouth run and tumble over itself during an odd encounter … which was a bit embarrassing … but life moves on, right? RIGHT?!) Patrick Mulvaney hosts this free “Come One, Come All” event at the restaurant around St. Patrick’s Day in honor of his father. The food is awesome – served BBQ/buffet style, the bagpipes/drum entertainment is inspiring (I’m Scottish, my soul moves at the sound of the duo) and the crowd is fabulously eclectic. It is the perfect St. Patty’s day celebration in Sacramento. Check out this great write-up by local blogger, Food & Wine Diva, for more photos and info: http://www.foodwinediva.com/2010/03/famous-mulvaneys-pig-roast.html. (Also, note the brunette and blond dude drooling over the roast in the background …)
Best Guilty Pleasure: Getting my hair cut and colored by Miss Sarah Altieri at Spanish Fly Hair Garage. The girl knows color – she’s the funky salon’s specialist, and that’s why I go to her. She knows I don’t go in that often – I have long reddish-brown curly hair, I don’t need a ton of maintenance, so she creates a fantastic color that grows out just as beautifully as it looked when I left the salon (within reason … six months is probably a little TOO long). And while she rapidly toils away at my messy locks (girl moves fast, too … it’s insane), I sip on a glass of white wine, read a gossip magazine and chat with her on current events in my life. Love her, go to her, ASAP. A little hair therapy never hurts.
Best Place for a Brunch: Anywhere that serves mimosas, preferably bottomless.
Best Purchase for Living on the Grid: Boots! Knee-high, over-the-knee, ankle booties, the whole spectrum have been a perfect accessory for pounding Midtown’s pavement. A chunky sweater, a silky flowing top or a patterned-tunic paired with leggings and boots have been the look of Sacramento 2010. I hope it continues for 2011, those boots are investments!
Best Place to Grab a Glass of Wine with Friends: L Wine Bar
Best Place to Hideout: Temple on S Street
Best Place to Spend a Saturday Afternoon: Winter: Skiing in Tahoe & Summer: A nice lunch and glass of wine at Magpie
Best New Find: The Press Restaurant
Best Place/Thing I’m obsessed with: Yoga, specifically Power Vinyasa Yoga
Best Event: Kids at Heart, a benefit for The GreenHouse
Best Guilty Pleasure: Zuda Yoga, every day, sprinkled with the occasional class at One Flow with Kate! And of course, donuts from Marie’s on Freeport.
Best Place for a Girls Night Out/Brunch: Night Out: Dinner at Tuli; Dessert (ice cream sandwiches and drinks at L Wine Lounge; Brunch is Dad’s Kitchen in Land Park
Best Purchase for Living on the Grid: A Yoga Mat
Best Place to Grab a Glass of Wine with Friends: 58 degrees
Best Place to Hideout: American River Parkway
Best Place to Spend a Saturday Afternoon: Drinking margaritas on Zocalo’s patio
Best New Find: The Press
Best Place/Thing I’m Obsessed With: Le Bonne Soup
Best Event: Shamrockin Half Marathon
Best Guilty Pleasure: Ice Cream from Vicks
Best Place for a Girls Night Out/Brunch: Girls Night Out dinner at The Press, Brunch Tower Cafe
Best Purchase for Living on the Grid: Beach Cruiser!
Best Place to Grab a Glass of Wine with Friends: L Wine Lounge especially on the back patio on a summer evening.
Best Place to Hideout: I think the best place to hideout for me is my house in Land Park and spending the weekend not driving anywhere but walking or biking everywhere.
Best Place to Spend a Saturday Afternoon: So many options – running in Land Park, movie at Tower, or shopping at the many great Grid shops like Krazy Mary’s or Fringe.
Best New Find: University Art. I never knew how many great and interesting gifts are in this store – whether its art supplies or a mug with all Henry VIII’s wives on it or dentures ice trays, you never know what you will find there.
Best Guilty Pleasure: Marie’s Doughnuts in Land Park especially their chocolate old-fashion doughnut. Yum!
Best Place for a Girls Night Out/Brunch: Girls Night Out: Tuli Bistro and Brunch is Tower Cafe.
Best Purchase for Living on the Grid: I have to agree with my fellow GOTGers and say beach cruiser.
Best Place to Grab a Glass of Wine with Friends: L Wine Lounge, especially on WOW Wednesdays.
Best Place to Hideout: Anywhere off the Grid CalExpo Costco is a quick trip up 160 from the grid, and is the perfect escape that allows you to also check a task off the “to do list” (from a full tank of gas, to lunch under $1.50, a freshly roasted chicken for dinner, or new snow tires in time for a weekend in Tahoe).
Best Place to Spend a Saturday Afternoon: Esquire Imax Theatre, purchase tickets online ahead of time to guarantee the best seat in the place.
Best New Find: Hot Italian’s Casalengo pizza Best Place/Thing I’m obsessed with – The Sunday morning farmer’s market under the freeway (at 8th & W), followed by a latte at Temple Coffee (at 29th & S).
Best Event: Summer concerts in the park
Best Guilty Pleasure: Tower Cafe’s french toast smothered in syrup
Best Place for a Girls Night Out/Brunch: Orphan for breakfast/brunch Best Purchase for Living on the Grid – a great pair of walking shoes
Best Purchase for Living on the Grid: A great pair of walking shoes