Jul 23

Vampire Penguin

6821 Stockton Blvd Ste 110

Sacramento, CA 95828

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Located among a bunch of Asian stores and restaurants, Vampire Penguin does not scream out shaved ice, but they do serve up the fluffy concoction. You won’t find sno cones here as Vampire Penguin takes blocks of flavored ice and puts them through a shaving machine that generates fluffy flavored ice. The store had a great design with lots of art posted on the walls and music playing with plenty of seating available.

Today, we ordered the strawberry cheesecake that consisted of layers of strawberry and cheesecake shaved ice with condensed milk, strawberries, strawberry syrup, and graham cracker crumbs. The towering dessert looks and tastes delicious and the ice was very fluffy and flavorful. The dessert tasted light and was not heavy. However, this shaved ice was not as fluffy as the place I tried in Los Angeles.

Overall, Vampire Penguin brings good tasting shaved ice to Sacramento. The prices are a bit high, but the fluffiness is well worth it. They did miscalculate the tax rate to be 8.5% when I was there and paid with Square, but they say that they have since fixed the problem to 8%. If you are looking to try something different and want to cool off, then head to Vampire Penguin.

Jul 16

Sawasdee Thai Cuisine

1830 J St

Sacramento, CA 95811

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Today, we decided to try Sawasdee Thai Cuisine because we scored a nice Groupon deal. Located in midtown, you are forced to park on the street around this corner restaurant. There was plenty of seating available when we arrived in the evening, but the restaurant soon filled up quickly. I really liked how the water cups were practically mason jars with handles on them. There are plenty of choices on the menu, but we quickly decided on what we felt like eating.

Today, we ordered the Pad Thai, Thai Fried Rice, and Green Curry with pork. The pad Thai arrived presented nicely. There noodles were not greasy and had just the right amount of spice at the medium level. The noodles were cooked well and had a slight crunch. I liked how they did not over-sauce the noodles. The Thai fried rice tasted good and tasted really fresh. The rice had a good amount of beef inside. The green curry with pork was delicious. The spice level at medium tasted just right and the curry went very well smothered all over the white rice. There was a good balance of pork and fresh vegetables in the bowl.

Overall, Sawasdee serves up fresh, delicious Thai food. The portion sizes are a bit small compared to other Thai restaurants, but the service is definitely above average. If you are looking for a good Thai restaurant in midtown, then Sawasdee will be a great choice. However, their hours aren’t that great.

Jul 09

Teabo Cafe – Davis

2191 Cowell Blvd

Davis, CA 95616

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Located in South Davis in the Safeway shopping center, Teabo Café serves up a variety of natural boba drinks along with the usual boba snacks. They take all major credit cards with square. The restaurant is decorated with many panda figures all over the place, including the restroom. You may not see the cafe location at first, but it is located closer to the street in the buildings near the pet store.

Today, I ordered a lychee slush, garlic fries, and popcorn chicken. The lychee slush tasted really refreshing and was flavored well. The price of the large-sized cup was acceptable. There were plenty of drink options available with various add-ins and sweetness levels. The garlic fries were amazing! There was plenty of real garlic pieces spread all over the fries. There was so much garlic that it was burning my mouth at times with the spice. The portion size for the large is a great value considering the amount of garlic used and the amount of fresh fries provided. The popcorn chicken tasted very fresh and the breading was slightly crispy. When received, the chicken was steaming hot with a bit of spice. Every piece was tender, and the portion size was good too.

Overall, Teabo Café serves up delicious food along with their drinks. You should expect to receive your drinks way before your food because the food is cooked fresh in the back. Prices are good overall, and the flavor of the food and drinks are excellent. If you are looking for a nice place to study or relax, then Teabo Café will keep you hydrated and full.

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