Korean food in Woodland, CA

After reading this writeup (Sacramento Bee), I added Kuji Asian Grill to our (long) list of places to try. We finally had a chance to visit on our way home from Davis, CA.

My first impression upon walking into the small, fast-casual style restaurant was, “I like that it’s small and you’re up close with the cooks but, I was hoping for more of a sit-down place.” It wasn’t a knock against the restaurant in any way, I was just more in the mood for a more traditional “server-hostess” style restaurant.

I like that there is a lot of diversity in the area with both food and people, especially in Woodland, CA. The food and people in Kuji were nice and friendly. The food was above average; enough where I would definitely go back. Some of their salads looked really good. I regretted not ordering the bibimbap as soon as I saw someone near us receive theirs. It looked awesome.

All the more reason to return.

Solomon’s on K

Solomon’s Delicatessen, K and 8th

Today, I found myself with a meeting-free morning and an excuse to be downtown around breakfast so, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to try out the recently opened Solomon’s Delicatessen. They have been working on this one for a while so it’s very nice to have a location much closer to me. Though, their Davis location (my standby since we moved here) isn’t all that far away.

I immediately feel in love with the entrance. As you can see, there is some great artwork around it. So many colors, you can’t help feeling happy as you walk in.

Inside has a nice vibe. I originally thought that I would pull out the laptop and knock out some work while there but, that didn’t quite work out. One because my laptop battery was completely drained and I couldn’t find any outlets that were “customer accessible”. And two, it was kind of noisy and “echo-y” in there. I work a lot better in small, quiet places.

The food is good, and I didn’t expect anything otherwise. I ordered The Russ, which is my go to. Bagel and lox, with onion, capers, and tomato, is one of my top 3 favorite things to have for breakfast. Solomon’s smokes their own lox, and you can tell. Their coffee is good too; it reminds me of a classic diner’s coffee. Nothing fancy but it’s comforting and familiar.

Federalist Public House

Me: I’m craving a wood-fired pizza.
Wife: Same.

Capitol: crushed tomato. mozzarella. cremini mushrooms. smoked pancetta. oregano. evoo. sea salt.

Federalist Public House has been on my list almost since the first day we arrived in Sacramento. I first saw their gorgeous wood-fired pizzas on their Instagram feed. Frankly, it’s a little mind-boggling that it has taken this long for us to try them.

Federalist’s front door: This place is made from 7 shipping containers, their front door (shown here) slides to the right.

We found ourselves in midtown in, well, mid afternoon. After getting a little pickup at nearby Pachamama Coffee (which I also highly recommend), we made our way to Federalist just before they opened, at 4:30 PM. Doors opened right on time and we were the second customers to order.

so much delicious comes from this oven.

I wanted to try everything. Their menu is that good. We opted for the Italian meatball sandwich and their signature Capitol pizza.

Italian meatball: cannonballs. mozzarella. grana padano. oregano. italian gravy.

The filling of this sandwich with, of course, the meatballs melted in your mouth. The warm, fluffy bread was the perfect compliment. How the wood-fired oven made this all come together was magic. The salad was amazing as well.

But the pizza… yeah, it was what we were looking for. Perfect flavor combination of cheesy and salt, along with that bubbly lightly charred crust. Just too good. We’re already planning our next meal there.

I like like flat whites

Flat white coffee and ipad with keyboard

I love cappuccinos. I like, well… I like like flat whites.

My go to at coffeeshops has long been cappuccino. I love the flavor and feel of them, ordering them whenever I find myself in a cafe, coffeeshop, or while traveling. It’s been my go to until a few months back, where on a whim I decided to try a flat white.

According to RoastyCoffee.com, “Flat whites are made by pouring purely textured milk (micro-foam) over a coffee component (usually 1-2 shots of espresso). They are served in smaller cups than cappuccinos, usually a ~5oz tulip cup. When you order this drink, you can expect a silky texture with zero frothiness. The flavor of the espresso features strongly because the flavor of the milk foam is more complementary than overpowering.”

It’s the “silky texture” and the stronger espresso flavor that is winning me over. And since that first try, the flat white has become my go to order whenever I see it on a menu. And even when not on a menu, I ask the barista if they can make one.

The photo (above) was taken a few Sundays ago, at Old Soul Coffee. The barista graciously made it for me, even though it wasn’t on their menu, and it was wonderful. Perfect for sipping on their patio, in the cool morning air, while I wrote and read.