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Hey from Sacramento!

I’m out here in lovely Sacramento for work and wanted nothing else but to blog about food.

I had a pretty good meal tonight at Lucca.  But before I digress into my meal, I have to discuss the wonderful day of travel I had thanks to the crappy weather in Chicago.

My day started out well enough, I spotted an actress from my favorite new television show – Parenthood on the security line at Albany Airport. Her name is Sarah Ramos. Anyway that was kind of nice.

But then the delays started and continued.  We started 30 minutes late out of Albany due to bad weather in Chicago.  We landed in Chicago and my flight was initially delayed for 20 minutes.  Then it was 30, 40, and eventually 1 hour delayed.  Then at the last minute, we had to switch terminals.  Insanity and a plane full of cramped, unhappy people.

My food intake until I had dinner tonight at 7 PM:  1 bag of pretzel and cheese combos, 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, 1 banana, and 1 apple.  Man, I was hungry and a little sad that I had ingested 95% of the fat and calories for the day with that one freaking bag of combos.

So I rushed, rushed to my hotel/conference and FINALLY ended up at dinner with some nice girls from Boston I met at the incredibly awful “happy hour” held for the conference attendees.

Back to Lucca.

Very good Sangria, not too sweet.  Delicious perfectly cooked piping hot (just the way I like them) Parmesan french fries accompanied by a truffle mayo.  The fries lit by candlelight as seen here:

A BLT salad that had bacon, egg, and avocado with a Dijon vinaigrette.  The salad was good, nothing great, not enough avocado but nicely chopped.  I would go back there. Especially since I had a couple of delicious bites of spaghetti and meatballs that one of the Boston girls had ordered.  The meatballs were nice and spicy.  The dish was so good, my friend finished the entire dish, which was testament to how good it was.

The restaurant itself had a nice open atmosphere, with high ceilings with exposed wooden beams.  There were pretty pendant lights located around the restaurant and they had a great enclosed patio area that made us regret not eating outside.  All of the employees were really nice and helpful.

All in all, a long day which ended enjoyably….

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Restaurant Hopping in Hudson

My family and I were a lot like Goldilocks on Saturday.  We tried three different restaurants before finding just the right fit.

Too Elegant

Our intended destination was Swoon Bar.  It’s a pretty little place right on the main strip in Hudson.  We walked in and it was very hushed with jazz playing in the background.  The waitress was okay, not super friendly and to be honest, didn’t look super thrilled that we had a toddler with us.

Nothing on the menu really stood out to me, except for the prices.  Paninos (sandwiches) were the cheapest meal at 10.95 and all of the other main dishes were around 14.95 – 16.95.  It seemed a little steep.  I ordered the “Health Margarita” which had fresh grapefruit in it. The margarita was underwhelming.  J went with a dry white wine.  After studying the menu for a little while longer, I just couldn’t rouse any excitement about any of the dishes (J is of a different opinion on this).  So we decided to finish our drinks and try another spot.  $25 later we left. Yes that’s right, each of drinks was $12 (which we knew already but still, kind of shocking to be paying that before actually ingesting any actual food).

On we trucked to the next spot.  I also need to mention that my almost 18 month old daughter has decided she DETESTS the stroller.  The only thing she deems worthy of holding her is moi.  So I got a lot of exercise walking with an additional 25 lbs on me.

Too Slow

We headed over to Red Dot.  Initially we were excited about this place, they have a pretty garden out back with seating.  We were able to grab a seat out back.  The menu is however is another story – very basic, nothing exciting, a tad cheaper than Swoon.  I was going to get a salad and a potato latke, and J was going to get a Caesar Salad with Shrimp but then the only server for the outside area came over and told us that the kitchen was backed up and he couldn’t even take our order for several minutes.  With Future Foodie already being restless and trying to eat the rocks in the garden, we decided to try out luck somewhere else.  So left our second restaurant for the day. I have to say though, every one including the hosts/managers/and servers were very nice and were sorry that we were leaving and tried to get us to stay.

Just Right

At last, we were in front of Baba Louie’s, which we were hoping was going to be our last food destination for the day.  Turns out, we should have just headed here in the first place because it literally was the perfect fit for our family.  We were sat in a corner, and the waitress was just so great.  She was super friendly to our daughter and someone else brought crayons and coloring paper for her and a little snack of dried cranberries for her (that was a first!).  The prices looked just right.  Baba Louie’s is famous for its pizza but stupid me didn’t order any.  J did though, and he made the right choice.

We started off with the Greek Salad.  The salad is not a traditional greek salad, it has roasted pumpkin seeds, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and a lemon herb dressing.  Sometimes it’s hard to get excited about salad but this salad elicited proclamations of deliciousness from the first to last bite.  All of the flavors worked well together and it was absolutely delightful.

I ordered the Chicken Parmigiana Panini and Jason chose a small pizza but had it split between the Dolce Vita (Tomato sauce, wilted spinach, fresh mozzarella, California figs, gorgonzola, prosciutto and parmesan topped with infused rosemary oil) and Riccardo’s Pizza Famosa (Tomato sauce, chêvre, sun dried tomatoes, asiago, calamata olives, mozzarella, roasted garlic, basil and parmesan).

The panini was ehhh.  Not enough sauce, too much arugula, kind of dry.  The pizza, on the other hand, OUT OF THIS WORLD.  Really, it was just so good.  It was gone way too soon, we even contemplated getting another one.  The flavors on both types of pizza mixed so well with each other and it was just like a flavor bomb in your mouth with each bite.  I’m kind of salivating right now thinking about it.  Our daughter loved it too!

The bill was $32 before tip – which was completely reasonable for lunch.  Needless to say, we will be spreading the word and will be returning as soon as we can.

We ended on a sweet note, with a trip to Lick Ice Cream.  They serve Jane’s Ice Cream exclusively, which is based out of Kingston.  Everything is so delicious there, J went for the classic vanilla bean.  I got the coffee with cookie and a scoop of the lemon chiffon.  The ice cream is delicious, with really bright flavors, and the texture is so nice and creamy.  We had a great time enjoying our ice cream on a bench in front of the shop and watching our daughter roll around on the really clean sidewalks of Hudson.

I also need to mention that we got a parking ticket because we were wandering around Hudson so long looking for a restaurant.  But it was only for $6, a small price to pay for the memorable meal we had at Baba Louie’s.

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I’m a weenie…

When I’m not feeling well.  I just want to be coddled and taken care of.  Reality is, my toddler doesn’t care if I’m sick or not, she wants to read The Foot Book for the 18th time that hour and I’m the only one for the job!

I do have a process I follow when I’m sick:  two vitamin c tablets a day, as much sleep as I can get (which is really not much) and hot, steaming comfort tea.

The ingredients to my comfort tea are:

3 -4 thin slices of ginger root

1 heaping spoon of Buckwheat honey (has a VERY strong smell, like a barnyard as J says, but do not be deterred as it is very good for you, especially if you have a cough)

1 heaping spoon of regular honey (we buy the local honey at the Honest Weight Food Co – Op, which by the way we are completely in love with)

1/4 lemon slice

Hot water

A big mug

Just combine all the ingredients and increase/decrease the amounts to your liking.

Voila! I have a delicious, comforting, hot cup of tea that immediately soothes me and makes me feel like tomorrow I just might feel better.

Another thing that made me feel better today…news that the Olive Garden is coming to Clifton Park!  I read it on one of my favorite food blogs, Table Hopping on the Timesunion website.  Steve’s the food dude and he keeps my husband and I up to date on what’s going on around here.

About the Olive Garden, I love their salads, but feel so-so about the rest of their food. But my dear husband, is a bit of food snob and it’s like pulling teeth for him to even step into an Olive Garden with me. However, I will win that fight once Olive Garden makes it way up here.  He knows it, I know it, and now you know it.

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