During the International Food Blogging Conference (IFBC) this year in Sacramento, Morgan and I decided to not stay at the host hotel and take our chances on an Air BnB close by instead. We figured we could save a good chunk of money and it would help get us away from the hotel a little bit more, eat some of the local food, and give us a chance to do a little walking to balance all the food. The actually Air BnB - not so great. Think of this: 100 degree weather outside and a tiny window unit AC on the inside that was probably installed the year I was born. It was a super cute place, but not in the heat. We made the best of it though and I have to say our goals were attained! We walked a ton (which helped settle the amounts of food we were consuming) and got to try some really great places around the area.
Friday, we had the Taste of Sacramento and we were stuffed to the gills wth food. Saturday we were on our own for breakfast and lunch. First thing on our mind when we woke up Saturday: COFFEE.
We started walking round mid-town and seeing what was looking good when we saw some local youngings going around hanging up garage sale signs. Morgan was kind enough to ask for a recommendation and they pointed us to Insight Coffee Roasters. We made our way there to this cute little shop and the coffee was definitely good. I had a cold brew which totally helped to kick start the long day ahead. They didn't have much in the way of food there. So we got our coffee and headed out to search for some grub.
By way of Yelp and Google, we found Old Soul Co. I fell in love with this place as soon as we walked it. It is huge space with high ceilings and looks like it was an old warehouse or something. They had a bunch of breakfast pastries, fresh breads, a few other specials and of course, coffee. I couldn't resist getting another caffeine kick, so another coffee was ordered. The latte was perfect! Creamy and great coffee balance. I love some good coffee art too. I'm a sucker for it.
Morgan and I both order the roasted veggie breakfast sand, which was on their homemade english muffin.
Magpie has a great, fresh, seasonal menu where they use lots of local ingredients. I think the menu changes based on the produce they have, so they change it up from time to time. First up - a cocktail please. I snagged the "Sacramento Summer," well because, that sounded so fitting. It was a different kind of cocktail for me, but sounded refreshing and I just went for it. It was made of local honey lemonade with pilsner and mint. I just kept thinking my husband would murder me if he knew I was drinking a beer cocktail, but it was good! Refreshing for sure.
For lunch I was craving some greens so I order the Lemon Chicken Salad. Honestly, I wanted to get all the greens in my body before heading off to Europe for vacation...because my goal for Europe had little greens in the picture. This salad was great and it had grilled chicken, olives, green beans and a lemon vinaigrette. Just what I needed to balance out everything else I'd be eating in the next day to two weeks.
We headed back for the rest of the conference which include a gorgeous dinner hosted by The Hyatt. I never thought hotel restaurants could produce amazing food, but they outdid themselves in presentation as well as taste. It was pretty amazing to be seated in the middle of the street too while the sun was setting.
After dinner, we needed a little night cap. It has become out little tradition to cheers ourselves with an Old Fashioned as the conference concludes, so Morgan and I choose to go to the Shady Lady Saloon. Cheers to us for sure.
In the morning, we were on our own for breakfast again and decided to just pick a cafe nearby to have a pastry and coffee. Something lighter. Naked Coffee was right around the corner so we headed there. On our plates: a spinach feta sesame pastry and a green chili and cheese bagel. Um, yes, please, thank you. Along with an iced latte for M and a hot latte for me. I would for sure come back here if I was in the area again.
After breakfast, we went to our final session at the conference and then snuck out early to go explore some more. We took a stole along the capital and set our sights on the Sunday Farmer's Market to browse all the delicious offerings.
The market was massive! It is under an overpass, which is weird, but I think that might be to help keep it cool in the hot Sacramento Summer. It provided a large amount of shade from the strong sun.
What did the market have? Basically everything. They had coffee! They also had a ton of produce, plants, meats, eggs, cheeses, breads. You could seriously do all your shopping in this one spot. I loved it.
Also, they had the world's tiniest melon.
And largest shallot.
And lots of beautiful flowers.
What a great weekend! Some more good news...the conference is back in Sacramento next year!! Yay for being near my hood again.
Till next year IFBC :) Cheers!