First The Nibblers, then onward to Crepeville!

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Concert in the Park at Cesar Chavez Plaza

Every Friday, summer night, Sacramento puts on their free Concert in the Park series at Cesar Chavez Plaza.  It’s the perfect place to start off the weekend by dancing to the sounds of local music groups like funk band, the Nibblers.  We rocked out a little ourselves with friends, Matt & Kaylonnie too.  Here’s a listen to what we partied to that night -It’s ok to get up and dance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cM0sP00qII

After jamming to the Nibblers, we left in search of food: onward to Crepeville!  I had an apple cheese crepe, but sadly didn’t take any pictures.  You can follow us on our adventure there though.  We even crashed a high school graduation…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSy1rpwSWN4&feature=channel_video_title

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Step back in time to the 4th of July

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Rayla, Ammon, and me hanging at Discovery Parkice cream cart

This 4th of July I didn’t attend any parades or watch much of the musical, “1776”, but I did have a family barbeque and watched a lot of fireworks in remembrance of the men who fought many battles for our freedom.  I’m so thankful for the sacrifices made and those continuing to be made today.

Before the evening festivities, Ammon, Rayla & I made a trip to Discovery Park in Sacramento.  It costs $5 dollars a vehicle for a day at the “beach” -on the river.

"I'd like to buy the world a Coke"

Discovery Park sits where the Sacramento and American rivers meet.  It’s very pretty and on the 4th of July, full of people.  There were barbeques under the trees, ice cream carts, boats, life jackets and a huge Fire Fighter Dalmation.

We stepped in the river for a bit, but it was really cold!  So instead, while we warmed up, and dried off, Rayla broke out the Cokes.  Now what’s more American than that?

Check out a Youtube clip of our Discovery Park trip here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E38njtmq1Rw

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Watermelon Sorbet

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Next time, go with plain Watermelon Sorbet

I love frozen yogurt, and when I left Provo, Utah I sadly thought I’d be leaving that behind too; but happily, I stand corrected.  The frozen beauty to the right, from Yummy Yogurt, although not yogurt at all, was delicious.  It’s Watermelon Sorbet, but stay away from chocolate if you want a taste.  Coconut has been a new favorite too, but that can also get pretty rich after the first couple of bites.  I was happy with my Watermelon experience, and totally saw a Taro flavored yogurt at Tutti Frutti, interesting.  Although I’m glad that California believes in frozen yogurt too, I’d have to say that Spoon It Up in Utah, is still my favorite.

Sunny California

It’s the fourth of July and I’m reflecting on my experiences with California so far.  I’ve had a lot of adventures: ice cream, tower bridges, elephants; I even learned how to take those curvy freeway off-ramps.  Gas isn’t cheap and milk follows close behind; oh and I only missed two questions on my California Driver’s License test! I think I’ve learned a lot over the past two months, and continue to agree that I love California.  I love wearing flip-flops and sandals “like everyday”, I love seeing palm trees at every turn.  I love warm nights and clear skies, sunglasses and tanning.  Of course my life isn’t all about leisure, but in my defense it is summer; and maybe that’s the reason why so many people flock to the West Coast to begin with, because the good times are unavoidable!  Flocking to Cali is certainly correct…I haven’t found a job in 2 months.  But I continue to search and I continue to fall in love with California.

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Johnny Rockets

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the juke box that ate my nickel

I went downtown with Ammon and Rayla the other day and we ate at Johnny Rockets.  It’s this 50’s dinner at the top of the Downtown Plaza mall.  The music was good and the food great.  Your typical red and white burger joint with retro posters on the wall.  I was definitely thinking dessert afterwards, but my St. Louis burger totally filled me up.

The disappointing part of the evening though was realizing that the sweet jukebox on the side of our table didn’t work…at least, it happily ate my nickel without playing the Ventures song we chose.  Sad day, but I’d still come again, especially for smiley-face ketchup servings in paper cups -I should have taken a picture of those.

-Turns out this is a personal jukebox, meant for the table party only to hear.  Read this article to learn more: RETRO… music from another time (pcphotoblog.wordpress.com)

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“50 things you must do in Sacramento”

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Gunther's Ice Cream

Being a newbie to the California scene, I had no idea of what to do for Friday night.  So, being a child of the information age, I asked the web.  My google-search brought me exactly what I needed: a 2007 article from Sacramento Magazine, titled,  “50 Things You Must Do in Sacramento.”

Scanning through its contents, I was pretty thrilled with 50 options to choose from including down-town festivals and touring the capital.  I decided to begin with number 1 and told my brothers that after dinner, we were going to Gunther’s Ice Cream.

Banana Nut & Fudge Brownie: delicious

It was a traditional ice cream parlor, with a nostalgic 1950s feel; at least I think so, having never been to the 1950s.  They had a variety of specialized flavors made right in the shop and we came at the perfect time; there was only one small group in line.  I was intrigued by the choice of banana nut and topped it off with a scoop of fudge brownie.  I don’t really like cones, so I ordered my double scoop in a glass.

Ammon described his experience as “This ice cream has a lot of flavor.”  I tried to ask him how exactly, and this was his response: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B9dY96yqCE&feature=channel_video_title

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Promised Photography

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Our Nugget Market - Elk Grove

Image by Annie&John via Flickr

Today’s California adventures were pretty slim.  I didn’t go anywhere, but I did enjoy another afternoon in shorts.  Not that I haven’t worn a pair before, but any day to nix the jeans is a great one for me.

I did try my hand at job searching, and much like everywhere else, California has a Walmart, a Target and a Lowes.  One business no state but California has though is a grocery store called Nugget Markets.  I’ve yet to set foot in one;  I told my brother that I wasn’t ready to give my heart to another grocer; but I did apply to work at two, so maybe I’ll eventually consent to finding a new love, you never know with these things.

For now I can say that I’ve put my camera battery on the charger, because tomorrow I’m taking pictures.  I’m going on a morning walk with my mom, and can’t wait to digitally capture one of those dazzling California birds.

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