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March 16, 2008

Good Service & Good Value

So it's the tax season and I won't say why I had to get up at 6AM one day to get on the road to Sacramento... However that story went, I decided to give myself a break to take a walk in Old Sacramento, since I was done with my business by 8:30AM!

It was very quiet and nice in the old town while all the shops were closed and only a few people were walking around. Monte and I took a stroll around, sat by the Sacramento river for a while. Shops were opening up one by one, we window shopped for a while, got a few recommendations of restaurants from a toy shop owner for lunch. (I love toy shops, the old fashion kind though, where you can find all kinds of wood puzzles and games.)

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I picked Rio City by the river for lunch. The price is very reasonable and service was very good. Both my server Ashley with her trainee were wonderful. They're attentive, alert but also gave me enough space to read my paper since I was dining alone. She gave good recommendations toward both wine and lunch.

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I had a baked Cambozola appetizer, similar to the baked goat cheese that I served, but it's a cheese that made from gorgonzola and camembert cheese. As for lunch I had a special seafood pasta which offered a very generous portion for the price! And what I found interesting was the shrimp. They cut it in some way that the shrimp is straight and not curved after cooked! If you know my history, then you know I didn't have any professional training before, therefore I'll have to find out from some of my chef friends how they did that!? As for dessert, I was already too full. However it was that feeling of, "I just need that little sweet." Therefore I asked for a biscotti and an espresso. Just perfect! FYI, they have free refill for espresso!