Welcome to Sacramento, California, y'all. Now that would be my southern side popping through...and I don't mean Southern California. Though I’ve lived in Sacramento more than 30 years, there’s still some parts of my East Coast southern-style that will be with me forever. This is a good thing when it comes to my love of southern cooking – BBQ, grits, greens, and a little fried chicken – which is some of what we'll enjoy and share on this Sacramento "road trip. "
You won’t ever hear me call it Sac or Sac ‘o’ Tomatoes (we are or use to be the canning tomato capital) or Old Sac, anymore than I’d call San Francisco Frisco, as so many are inclined to do. Yes, Sacramento is the Capital of California! Seriously, you have no idea how many people still think it’s San Francisco or Los Angeles. Though, historically, there were other Capitals: Monterey, Benicia, San Jose; in the end, it boiled down to Sacramento and the quickest routes to the gold fields. The “world rushed in” as they like to say. And all that great riverfront made it so accessible.
You would think Sacramento would be a much larger place – I'm for one am glad it's not. It is urban, but in many ways maintains a small town feel and appeal. Many people wish for a much more sophisticated Sacramento – hoping to copycat other urban destinations. I use to be one of those people. But now I say, “be careful what you wish for.” There's lots to love about Sacramento. And much of which to be proud. Stick with me. I promise we'll have a great time! And I will bring you all the best of what's old and new...it's all good!
BTW - if the capitol dome looks familiar, it should. They copied it from the very best – our Nation's Capitol and the city of my birth. So, I guess my capital roots have never been far away.
For more info:
Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau