Welcome back to Snickerdoodle Sunday!
We are well into summer and I haven't been able to plan a decent get-away with the grandkids . It doesn't seem like we have much time before school starts again August 6th.
This month my grandchildren all seem to be busy—some with summer school or preparing for a dance recital. I just can’t find a time to go on a summer vacation. That just means I have to be creative and plan staycation days that fir into their schedules. Within 60 miles of my home we have some great possibilities of activities that would appeal to teenagers.—rock climbing walls, indoor skydiving, paintball, indoor surfing, and the list goes on. I’ve been watching the Groupon and Living Social websites for ideas as well as savings. I purchased a Groupon, found a day that worked for everyone, and on Friday I took Mataio (14) and Elyza (15) indoor surfing.
Surf Xtreme is a little over an hour from my home. It’s in a complex in Elk Grove that offers bowling, paintballing, trampolines, and a fitness center as well as indoor surfing.
This was our first time so we started by signing waivers and watching a short orientation video on the rules. I booked the Wave Rider time in advance because they limit the number of people using it at one time. This way the line stays short and everyone had several opportunities to ride. A life guard/instructor is on duty. Our staff person seemed very informative, patient, and encouraging. The kids did a lot of flopping and falling off but generally had a great time and are already asking when they can go again. (Maybe, but let’s wait until their bruises heal from this time. My granddaughter’s knees and thighs are all bruised up.)
Now before you ask—no, I did not go surfing. I watched and took pictures from the other side of the Plexiglas partition. I found it is extremely loud in the wave area—the music was blaring so loud that you couldn’t talk to the person next to you without literally yelling in their ear. It was a good thing that they went over the hand signals from the instructor in the orientation video. That's the only way of communicating while riding.
After spending some time jumping on the trampolines we drove back into Sacramento. I knew the kids would be starving and I ‘m on a quest to find the best burgers in Sacramento so this was a good time to try another burger place. I chose Burgers and Brews located at the R Street Corridor between Downtown and Midtown.
Burgers and Brews has four locations—Downtown Sacramento, Chico, Davis, and Sacramento International Airport. The Downtown Sacramento location is on the smallish side but it is very attractive inside and has a patio that welcomes out furry friends. Their burgers are made with 100% Niman Ranch meats and the freshest ingredients. Niman Ranch raises livestock traditionally, humanely, and sustainably. It is said to be the best tasting all natural meat in the world.) Burger and Brews’ sauces and dressings are made in-house.
The kids loved the burgers. The patty was very thick. Mine was cooked to perfection but the order was mixed up on the kids’ order. I also had a chocolate milkshake that was so-so and garlic fries that very great-very garlicky.
Parking at Burgers and Brew can be challenging. We parked on the R Street but we arrived at 2:30 (not exactly peak rush time. There is a parking garage if it's available during peak hours. Otherwise, you can also ride a bike, walk, or use public transportation easier without the hassles.
Burgers and Brew is a great local dive bar. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t family friendly. It has a kid’s menu and highchairs. There were very young children and I felt perfectly comfortable there with my teenagers.
I don’t think Burger and Brews made it into the top three list for Burger Bliss but definitely the top 10. (So far! We have a lot more burger experiencing to go before we find our burger bliss in Sacramento.) The kids liked it well enough to want to come back.
I think my mind always goes to food when it comes time to pick my feature but you'll have to agree that this Banana Bread Dump Cake post from Table for Seven deserves to be our feature this week. Erin put together a super easy recipe for a delicious cake with white chocolate and tons of banana flavor.
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