Re:California, Here We Come!
Tue, 08/13/13 6:57 PM
Tuesday April 23rd, 2013 (cont.) Located right in the center of downtown Sacramento is Sutter's Fort State Historical Park, which goes back to 1839. The inside living area is considerably bigger than some of the other forts I have visited in the past few years. There were quite a few guides in period costumes demonstrating what life was like at the time. And since there was a big tour group of kids, the guides were being kept busy answering questions. In the doctor's office, they had a cannister for leeches. Makes you appreciate living now. To gather all the kids together they rang a bell, which was an attention getter. This photo of a young man holding his ears from the noise is my favorite accidental photo of the trip. If he thought the bell was loud, the next demonstration would far surpass it. A group of young men went through a long list of tasks necessary for firing the cannon, while the woman at the microphone explained the actions behind her. Just before they lit the fuse, they asked us to yell as loud as we could, "Fire in the hole"! Even though I knew it was coming, the shock of the noise made me move my hands, which is why this photo is off center. Let me tell you, it was loud! And that is a rather small cannon. As cool as the cannon was, my favorite part of the visit to the fort involved some of the kids. A few of them were also dressed in period costumes and they were assigned roles to play. They would come up and be interviewed, all the while pretending to be some historical figure associated with the fort. This young lady was particularly knowledgeable and entertaining. We spent a fun 1 1/2 to 2 hours at Sutter's Fort. Now that we had time to get our appetites back, it was time for lunch #2. One of the places reviewed on Roadfood in Sacramento is called the Pasty Shack. Pasties? In Sacramento? We have enjoyed them in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in Butte, Montana, but Sacramento? Hide your eyes wanderingjew, because we were intrigued enough by the review to make Pasty Shack our next stop. I can see his face of disapproval from over 500 miles away. Pasty Shack does not have their own parking lot. There is a small strip mall next door, but that looked like an invitation to have your car towed, so we parked down the next side street. As for the sign above the door, that just means that pasties were served to the athletes at the most recent Olympics in London. The inside is small, with just a few tables and a counter in the back where you place your order. There is some interesting pasty signage around the interior. The menu, with full descriptions are also easily viewed on the walls. As you can see two of them are only available on certain days and Tuesday is not one of those days, so we had four different pasties to choose from. Johnny went Bavarian, which contained ground beef, onions, chopped red & white cabbage, bell peppers and special seasonings. These were on the larger side of other pasties we have eaten and make for a substantial meal. Johnny thought his was wonderfully moist and liked that it was steaming hot. I went chicken pasty. Besides the big chunks of meat, it also had mushrooms, peas, corn, onion and potatoes. This was like eating a really good chicken pot pie. We both really liked these very much. To drink, we had a "Hey, they have Sprechers!" moment. The man who runs this place is extremely nice and seemed to enjoy having us in his shop. I liked him immediately because he is a dead ringer for the dad of an ex-girlfriend. The guy loved me, unfortunately more than she did! The owner told us that they provide pasties to all the restaurants in the area and they sure seem to do a good business. We spent a good amount of time here chatting, with a constant stream of people running in to get pasties to go. We learned that he and his brother also own the bar next door, but he is the one who makes the pasties. After we finished eating, he sent over some fresh out of the oven apricot bars for dessert on the house. One of the quirky things about this place is that the owner liked to include himself into photos with famous people. I saw this and told him I recognized everyone except this guy and I pointed. He said, "That's me!" Here he is hanging out with Seal Team 6! BTW, in my notes is the following: GPS liked pasty not pasty. Yeah, I have no clue what that means. Pasty Shack 4746 J Street Sacramento, CA 916-454-9630 Much more to come....
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