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Sacramento's Best Ice Cream Sandwich

Barbara's Bites on the Best Ice Cream Sandwich in Sacramento It was true then and it's true now!


If you haven't figured it out by now, I am very specific when it comes food. Not all things food, but there are those things I would say, "I am a snob when it comes to ______,"  You can fill in the blank. Now don't misunderstand. I love to eat just about anything and everything. But some things, well, I have my standards.

Ice cream is one of those things where my standards are high. But particularly, and in this case, ice cream sandwiches. It's all about the sandwich AND the ice cream. I must say I have been jaded because Sacramento has a FABULOUS cookie shop where they also make ice Goodie Tuchew Ice Cream Sandwich Credit Barbara Steinberg 2009 cream sandwiches right before your eyes and taste buds. Goodie Tuchews isn't alone in this world of ice cream sandwich creations, but what owner Terry O'Reilly has is more than 35 years in the cookie kingdom, producing 19 (yes, that's a one and a nine) varieties of cookies from which to assemble a luscious ice cream sandwich.

The combinations are nearly endless. How about Snickerdoodle top and Milk Chocolate Chip bottom? Hmmm, how do you determine which end is up?! It doesn't matter, it's still delicious. Or an Oatmeal Everything (that would be raisins, nuts and chocolate chips) and Chocolate Peanut Butter. Yeoweeeee! My personal fave is the Snickerdoodle top and bottom. Terry only has one ice cream flavor but it's an excellent choice and also VERY local, the wonderfully smooth and creamy vanilla ice cream from the landmark of 77 years of ice cream joy, Gunther's.  If you want a special order, then Terry is happy to provide other Gunther's ice cream flavors, but be sure to plan ahead.  A sure winner, Goodie Tuchews ice cream sandwiches have been dessert at more than one of my family celebrations. Located in downtown Sacramento at 1015 L Street, you need to get your ice cream sandwich fix Monday through Friday. Come early or call ahead, 916/444-6048.


Nixtaco street tacos in Roseville, yes, Mexican perfected

Rating: Star!Star!Star!Star!Star!


Pork Belly Taco with pickled onions Credit Are You That WomanI fell in love with Nixtaco last year at the Auburn Farmers Market. The owner, Patricio Wise, had a small booth with a limited menu. Despite it's diminutive size, the descriptions were so delicious I couldn't decide and asked for guidance. He suggested the pork belly taco with pickled onions. I'll keep this brief and simply say, "OMG!" An explosion of flavors danced in my mouth. Sadly, the party was over too soon. And that's what I kept saying to everyone I met.


Elated to hear a storefront was in the making, I whined and begged a bit, "Please come to Sacramento!" But Patricio and Nixtaco opted for an obscure corner in Roseville — damn you Placer County! I waited with bated breath. Once I heard that opening bell, I made the drive from downtown Sacramento. Wild horses wouldn't/couldn't keep me away. And so, as part of my birth-month celebration, I posted to Patricio, "I'm on the way!"

The location is generic, but that's where it ends and deliciousness begins. Everything — I mean everything — is made with love and true to its Mexican roots. Honestly, most ethnic foods are dumbed- or watered-down for American taste buds. Plus, Americans expect huge portions heaped and spreading over the edges of plates. At Nixtaco, diminutive street tacos and burritos are bountiful and flavorful as they should be. Not stuffed to the point of exploding — three perfect bites — eat them slowly savoring every morsel.

IMAG0892On this birthday lunch, friend Barbara R. joined in as a first-timer and was thrilled. We both opted for the three-taco special(s) and over-lapped in some choices which included: Pork Belly, Pollo en Mole, Short Rib Barbacoa and Asado Norteño. I love, love, LOVE the black beans. We watched fresh tortillas being made, ate too many house-made chips, guacamole and salsa(s), and chatted away happily long after finishing every scrap. I like the simplicity service on metal trays and mason jars for the salsa. Less waste in our landfills or water wasted washing dishes. I would love to see some really fabulous art - maybe a cool mural by friend Dos Hermano/Gabriel Romo next time he visits from Mexico!

For those who commented about prices being high and portions small:  This is a small, locally grown, genuine experience. Quality. You get what you pay for which doesn't always mean a plate piled sky high. Nothing artificial here. Everything is made in-house. And just like any new business, there are bound to be hiccups. The owners are there watching carefully and putting heart and soul into what I hope will be a very successful venture.

Their website says, "Three bites of pleasure!" Are You That Woman is here to say three thumbs up along with those five (5) stars above. Patricio you'll forgive me if I continue to whine just a little, "Please come to Sacramento...after you catch your breath!"


Nixtaco
1805 Cirby Way, #12
Roseville, CA  95661
916/771-4165

 


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