Antique lovers, you will feel like you died and gone to heaven when you walk into Antique & Collectibles Marketplace! I found out about this wonderful antique shop when I did an internet search and came to the website http://www.tace.com which offers many items for sale from this store as well as other antique stores across the country. I found a beautiful bronze cherub clock and purchased it online. The next day I received a call from Ron with Antique & Collectibles Marketplace letting me know that their store is local and I could pick the clock up and save on shipping costs, if I'd prefer to do that. I went down there and the minute I walked through the door I knew I was somewhere special. I was greeted by the two owners Ron and Paulette. They are just delightful. Ron offered to show me around the 6000 square foot (!) store and had really interesting stories to share about some of the items we came across - an elaborate, upholstered mahogany chamber pot/commode, an exquisite brass and onyx bed, a Nancy Ann doll, and so many others! This antique store is not one that has different vendors who rent out space. The pricing and quality are consistent. You will not find any junkie items here. And I was quite taken aback by the very fair pricing. There wasn't a single item that I thought was overpriced - which is never the case when I shop in antique stores. The store is also very well organized. The front room has collectibles (bronze items, china pieces, jewelry, etc.). Another room is filled with dolls - Nancy Ann, Peggy Nesbit, Francesca, Madame Alexander, etc. They have original boxes, too, and are in exceptional condition. Along the hallway there are numerous pieces of art, and then you enter a huge area filled with furniture, tapestries, lamps, etc. Oh, and there is even a separate room that is filled to the ceiling with antique Barbie dolls all in their original boxes. Ron even showed me where they pack items for shipping. He carefully packages each item - I would feel very confident purchasing online. I really could go on and on about this store. If you are coming from out of town, it is certainly worth the trip. You will not be disappointed. If you can't make the trip, however, visit them on their web site - they have quite a few items (although nowhere near as many as in their store) available for sale. Incidentally, I absolutely love my bronze cherub clock and will always think fondly about my shopping experience when I look at it.
Yes, I fell in love with a date. No silly! I am not talking about match.com or eharmony or even worse, the kind of date your friends set you up with. I fell in love with a date stuffed with warm goat cheese drizzled with pancetta. He/she was sweet, savory and deep all at once. What more can a woman ask for? She/he was also generous and warm...which is much better than most first dates. Fortunately for you this date was not exclusive. You too can join the new dating game here in Sacramento at Formoli's 33rd and J Street. If dates aren't your thing then try the shrooms-portabella that is, soaked in asiago. The pepper crusted seared Ahi tuna is simply other worldly.....A nautical dream come true. It's only competition is the seared scallop crusted with porcini mushrooms and the whiskey burger is to die for. An added plus is that you get to meet the chef as he cooks out in the open. The restaurant also features an array of delightful and deep French and Italian wines. With it's laid back atmosphere Formoli's is the best thing that has happened to Sacramento in a long long time.
I don't understand all of the reviews complaining about Bandera being overpriced, in my opinion they provide great value if you are going out for a nice dinner. Their food (specifically the Hawaiian Ribeye special, Prime Rib, etc) rivals anything you can find at high end steakhouses like Ruths Chris, Morton's, Chops, etc for roughly half the price of those restaurants. The sides, salads and desserts are reasonable ($5-9) a most importantly... THEY DO NOT CHARGE A CORKAGE FEE! That is amazing. Good wine is so expensive at restaurants it is hard to believe that Bandera allows you to do this, I was somewhat scared to ask the first time I did it. You can bring nice bottle of wine and have an amazing meal in a nice atmosphere with good service for $100... that is a great deal in my opinion. The people complaining about the prices at Bandera should stick to Red Lobster, Olive Garden or Buca for their special occasions. This is not a restaurant to take your kids or big groups. Take your significant other and have a great night.