We were visiting the Napa Valley area, and decided to spend a day in Sacramento as well. This is the first food tour that both my husband and I were ever on. Once the tour started, we had an enjoyable experience. We went to six different places, all with different atmospheres and different styles of food. Our favorite was the Grange Restaurant, which was the first stop. We were served pork BBQ sliders and fries, and a small glass of wine. That was followed by 524 Mexican Restaurant with some shrimp, Mexican rice, and stewed cactus (actually very good). We then went to the Sugar and Spice bakery and had our choice of cupcake (we got the peach - delicious!). We then went to a place called The Shine where the owner made organic smoothies. The smoothie we tried was an experiment - not even on the menu. It tasted like orange swirl ice cream, and was very good (although we both agreed that it was our least favorite of all of the stops.) We then went to Sampino's Towne Foods deli, where we were served soup, a sandwich, and gelatto. At our last stop (I forget the name of the place), we were served lemon squares. While you only get a little sampling at each of the restaurants, you are definitely full by the end of the tour. We enjoyed all of the food and the experience of walking around to the different restaurants. Between each restaurant, our tour guide explained part of the history of Sacramento. We saw some very interesting houses along the way. The only part of our experience that we have to complain about (but not really) was meeting our tour guide. We were supposed to meet her at a fountain in Plaza Park (J and 10th streets). (By the way, we parked in a nearby parking garage around 8th street, between I and J streets. You will have to find your own parking for this tour.) We were just about right on time (in fact we thought we would be late, so we were practically running to get there). Nobody was at the fountain waiting when we got there, which made us second guess if we had the right location. One other person showed up in the meantime. After waiting about 10 minutes, my husband called the phone number given as a contact number for the tour. The person who answered said we were definitely at the right spot, and that our tour guide must be running late. When our tour guide did arrive, she did not have a sign or anything to make it obvious that she was part of the tour. For touristy people like me, I like to be reassured that I am in the right spot and that we are on a reputable tour. I was leery at first, but once the tour got started, it was clear that it was legitimate, and was well-planned and well-executed . Some other things to know: There is lots of walking involved, so if you are someone who has trouble getting around, this may not be a good tour for you. I honestly do not remember if steps were involved, or if the entire tour is wheelchair friendly. When we went in August, they were actually having unseasonably low temperatures (in the high 80s). We were quite comfortable, but I can imagine that it would have been oppressive if it was the usual 100s, especially towards the end of the tour when you are full and it is getting hotter. After this tour, we walked to the capitol building to look around, since it was very near the last restaurant. Doing this tour and touring the capitol building took most of the morning/afternoon. We were very happy with our attraction choices when we visited Sacramento.
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