Midtown, Sacramento

Alex, Justin, and I went over to Midtown for our first official exploration in Sacramento! In Midtown, there’s a museum and a park right next to each other. Unfortunately, by the time we got to California State Indian Musuem, it was closed! This relatively small museum has 4 out of 5 stars with 19 reviews on Yelp. I wouldn’t mind checking out this museum next time I’m here. It doesn’t hurt learn more about California history! Luckily, we were still able to hang around the area because of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. This spacious park was scenic even at night! I’m sure it’s more beautiful in the daytime but it was nice to take a walk around the park and enjoy each other’s company! As we were walking to find a place to eat, we made a new friend in Midtown! I can’t remember his name but he complimented Alex on his shoes. For the next five minutes, they became best friends. Justin and I were walking right behind them, protecting Alex’s back just in case anything happened, literally. It was quite an entertaining walk. We decided to grab some food at The Red Rabbit that has a homey service with a hip vibe to it. They focus on providing seasonal and local products and services. In other words, their food and drinks are seasonal but also when it comes to their banking, accounting, and anything behind the scenes, it’s all done locally. Thoughtfully amazing, huh? I love how they use their community to build each other up. Read more about the restaurant here. When you read about their history, you’ll understand why they have a strong standing on Yelp with 4/5 stars and more than 500 reviews! We made dinner plans for later in the night to meet up with a few other friends so we had to save room for that. For the time being, we decided to share some appetizers. We first shared the School Boy Poutine. They were tater tots topped with some fresh hot poutine! You always gotta have some greens so we also shared another starter of Brussels & Bacon. The crispy and fried brussels were stuffed in a basket with thick strips of bacon! To finish it off, there was a side of chipotle aioli sauce. Surprisingly, I was pretty stuffed from just these two starters! I really enjoyed the ambiance of this restaurant and of course the food! It’s something different and new that I have yet to experience in SoCal. By the way, let me formally introduce you to my friend, Alex! I’ve known him a little too long. Just kidding! Sarcasm. I’ve known him since 5th grade! I’m not sure why but when we were younger, we were pretty competitive against each in everything! Whether it was math, music, or running. You name it, we were pretty competitive. The picture below defines our current friendship. Just kidding! We are in different paths in life so there isn’t so much competition between us. It’s good to know that we are still friends after all that competition! Well, at least I hope think we are still friends. Meet Justin who is friends with Alex! Huge thanks to Justin for driving us around in Sacramento and for being so hospitable! Back to The Red Rabbit. If I could, I would have a birthday dinner or some group function here for dinner. They have private rooms made just for those occasions! They have a patio outside with a fireplace and it just makes the ambiance so much more comfortable! After The Red Rabbit, we drove over to Quan Nem Ninh Hoa, a popular Vietnamese restaurant that has 4/5 stars with 506 reviews on Yelp. There, we met up with Phil and Jaclyn! Since we had already eaten a little something-something, Alex, Justin and I decided to share appetizers again. We got some traditional spring rolls that are popular at this restaurant. We also ordered something that was new to me which was the Bahn Beo. A Bahn Beo is a soft rice cake topped with dried crispy shrimp and onions. You pour some fish sauce over the little rice cake and then you eat it like you would with an oyster. A spoon or chopsticks will be helpful to scoop the rice cake out. If you want a starter that is sweet and savory with crispy and soft textures then this is something to try! Excuse me for the pixelated and blurry group picture! A selfie stick would have been handy for this occasion but this will do for now. I’m glad that we got one group selfie in there! After dinner, we parted ways with Jaclyn and Phil. We went to sing our hearts out with Briana at Oishii, a Japanese sushi and karaoke bar. Though Yelp gives them only 3 stars with 175 reviews, I really enjoyed the karaoke part at this place. They have a wide range of music in different languages and they have the latest songs you can sing to. I guess the only downside or difference about this place compared to Korean karaoke places is that you have to go up to the machine to select your music rather than pressing buttons on a large keypad. We sang all kinds of songs for an hour and a half. I lost my voice after singing but it was well worth singing with some fun friends! Thanks Jaclyn and Phil for meeting up with us for dinner! I’m glad we were able to finally see you both again but in Sacramento this time! Thank you, Briana, my best frenemy, for singing Taylor Swift songs with me! I didn’t think you were going to be able to come out but I’m thankful that your schedule allowed you to! Thanks again to Justin for showing us around in Sacramento! Alex, thanks for not being competitive with me anymore!

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