I spent Friday wandering around Sacramento with the ever so lovely Jennifer E Snyder. First things first, I wanna brag about this incredible lady – she’s a wonderful writer, deep question asker, big dreamer, and great hugger. But she’s also absolutely impressive and her biggest project yet will have you listening for hours.
She created her own podcast called Creating Your Own Path and has interviewed over 65 creative individuals on how they are doing business, what brought them to where they are today, and some of the lessons they’ve learned in the process.
As if that weren’t interesting and exciting enough, to talk to all these neat people about their careers, Jen went on a SIX WEEK SOLO ROADTRIP around the country. She toured the country, stayed in hotels and at friend’s houses, and talked to lots and lots of people. What a rad lady.
We started at the Federalist for a tasty lunch. Locally brewed beer, brussel sprouts with pancetta and bleu cheese, and a really tasty oven fired pizza. Yes, yes yes.
It’s a neat indoor/outdoor space set up in repurposed boxcars. Things were closed off a little because of the rain, but generally very neat.
The decor was fun and simple and the food was delicious.
After that, we wandered around the damp but pretty city – there are a ton of beautiful, older buildings and lots of space.
Next we popped into this handmade chocolates spot called Ginger Elizabeth. Omg, the truffles and macarons were so tasty. Jen got an incredible European Style hot chocolate with homemade artisan marshmallows on it. All things were incredible – decadent, rich, buttery, creamy. Good lord, I’ll be back.
One thing I really noticed was how much art and how many murals there are around Sacramento! It was so cool to see so much color and shapes on the walls, electric boxes, etc. Never a dull space.
Isn’t this one neat, the way it incorporates the sidewalk yellow? Almost makes it 3D.
This spot was super neat. The Warehouse Artists Lofts on R street house lots of artists as part of a live-work space. The building is covered in murals and the entire bottom floor is full of shops, small counter top restaurants (like an upscale food court), and people. They participate in First Friday celebrations and are a good place to explore and hang out.
The record shop was one of my favorites. Neat spot with cool things hidden on all the shelves. This middle finger guy was absolutely my favorite, haha.
This shop was super neat, too. Benjamin’s Shoes makes handmade cloth shoes in their shop for sale all over the US. It was fun to see them tracing shoes and the stack of rubber soles from which you can pick your shoe bottom color was neat.
The mini alcohol bottles were Benjamin’s grandfather’s collection. Fun to see them all displayed in the glass wall display case.
Next we headed to b-side, this great little bar with the coolest decor. We had cocktails – the bartender made me his new favorite (not named yet!), which was super tasty. So glad we happened on this neat space. They had the Princess Bride playing in the background (hah!) and records on for music and the little place was full! Great vibe in there; I would definitely go back.
Last but not least (and only because I had a long drive ahead of me), we headed to The Mill (not related to the San Francisco coffee shop of the same name) for a coffee and a chat. Tasty coffee (they told me the origin as they served it to me) and a nice ambiance. Quiet on a Friday night, but no surprise there.
All in all, Sacramento and a day with Jennifer proved to be just what I needed and such a fun outing. Sacramento really isn’t all that far from Berkeley (only an hour and a half) and for a full full full day of adventures, it was well worth the trip. There’s so much popping up in this city (especially as the Bay Area gets more and more expensive) and it seems like there is endless good food, good drinks, and good fun. I can’t wait to come back!