Food and Entertainment

Saigon Street Eat is Vietnamese Fast Food on Broadway in Land Park

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Saigon Street Eat is now open on Broadway in Land Park.

Saigon Street Eat has picked up where Pho Bac Hoa Viet left off. We noticed the place had closed over the summer, and I’ve heard rumors that Pho Bac Hoa Viet Restaurant’s lease had expired. This was not my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Sacramento, but it would do in a pinch. I actually liked its hole-in-the-wall-ness about it. A bit of grunge and neglect. Service was often slow but the food was fairly decent. So we were curious to see what Saigon Street Eat had to offer over its predecessor. read more

Photos of Waikoloa Beach With Eels and Spotted Eagle Rays

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Elizabeth Weintraub enjoys a Huggos Mai Tai at Lava Lava Beach Club on Waikoloa Beach

Say what you may about restaurants that cater to tourists, Huggos does it right. And the Lava Lava Beach Club is part of that chain. I discovered this restaurant by accident, walking up a path years ago from the Marriott. I’m sure most guests at the Marriott don’t venture this far. They are lucky if they can crawl from their room to the beach.

I’m not sure where the customers come from for this restaurant because it’s rather isolated and off the service road to the Marriott, if you turn left at the Kings Shops of Waikoloa. It’s kick back, relaxed dining on the water, either sand or deck seating. read more

Stopping at Kona Brewing After Closing a Home in Elk Grove

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Elizabeth Weintraub and husband Adam at Kona Brewing Co.

My husband suggested we stop at Kona Brewing after I closed a sale in Elk Grove to “drink all of their beers.” That whim sounded like an excellent idea to me, and I’m all in for celebrating, unwinding and acting on the spur of the moment while in Hawaii. I’ve closed 3 sales in the past week since we’ve been in Kona, so it’s been a good week. On top of which, we bought a few more things for our house in Hawaii, and that was a bit exhausting.

For example, when I asked the guy from Aina’s Electrical, who was installing our beautiful new super quiet ceiling fan in the master, where we could go to find a couple of rugs under which geckos could hide, he suggested Amazon or eBay. What about keeping your dollars in the community? Well, says he, you could do that, too. Then he announced the fan was as good as he could do, yet it still wobbled. Hated to say this, but he needed to do better. He eventually stopped the wobbling. I knew he had it in him. read more

Watching the Eclipse Through a Pinhole in Sacramento

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Pinhole reflection of the eclipse August 21, 2017 in Sacramento.

If you were trying to watch the eclipse through a pinhole in Sacramento, you might have been disappointed. I talked with a few of my friends in the afternoon who said they had tried watching the eclipse through a pinhole and it didn’t work. Well, the reason it didn’t work is because they didn’t do the right steps. Hey, I couldn’t figure it out, either, you know. I had to ask my husband specifically how it works because everything I had read was so danged vague. Even the newspaper said things like put a pinhole in a piece of paper and look at the eclipse on the ground. Which didn’t work. read more

An Evening With Cindy Lee Berryhill and 10,000 Maniacs at Crest Theatre

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10,000 Maniacs at the Crest Theatre, Sacramento, featuring Mary Ramsey.

When I mentioned to my sister that we were going to see 10,000 Maniacs at Crest Theatre Tuesday night, she asked if we had good seats. I booked that show so long ago I could not remember. Further, to keep from shoving the tickets by accident into a real estate file on the pile on my desk, I had given them to my husband for safekeeping. My sister’s question made me chuckle, though, because as I pointed out, if we didn’t have good seats, we would not be going. I’ve gotten really spoiled over the years with front-row tickets, and if I can’t sit there, I’m not too interested in attending. I don’t like staring at the backs of other people’s heads. read more

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