Archive for August, 2010

Is it really a mom’s world, Raley’s?

Have you noticed Raley’s new marketing campaign?  It’s a mom’s world, apparently, and we’re all just shoppin’ in it.

This ad probably wouldn’t have bothered me 6 months ago.  But then something happened.  I became a mom myself. (more…)

Five Guys – so the East Coast can feel better about not inventing In-n-Out

Okay – here’s a post guaranteed to highlight my native SoCalness.  I may as well get my biases out in the open at the start: I think In-n-Out is the burger to beat.  I think people from NorCal are slow to embrace In-n-Out because it comes from SoCal and therefore must be suspect.  Anyway….

So President Obama likes Five Guys and there’s now a Five Guys open in Natomas – gotta give that a try, right?  The place gets excellent reviews and has been creeping west after starting in DC.  How’s the burger? It’s a solid B.

What kind of place is Five Guys?  It’s In-n-Out without the Palm Trees out front, right down to the super basic (but we have our own lingo!) menu. And the red and white color scheme.

A note to first-timers: where In-n-Out defaults to burger meaning burger and something with “double” in the title indicating there are two meat patties in the double-double, at Five Guys, the burger has two patties and the “little” burger, I imagine, has one patty.  I’ve never eaten a double-double so I’d have never ordered a two-patty burger from Five Guys but whoops, there it was, two patties.  You make your own burger by specifying the toppings – all of ’em – that you want. Don’t assume you’ll get anything unless specified. My husband described it as “Subway sandwich style” burger making.

We placed a to-go order over the phone, so know that this review is based on eating a ten minute old burger that endured a car ride.  Our burgers kind of made it home in one piece.  The biggest failure? The bun. Oh, the horrible, squished, waste-of-calories bun.  It was so flat I wished it were one of those half-bun diet-friendly things on sale at the market now because why waste calories on compressed bread?  Five Guys should take some lessons from In-n-Out on this one: either pack your product better or invest in better bread.  Also, it was just plain, untoasted bread.  There’s no heaven like that of the perfectly toasted edges of an In-n-Out burger bun – amirite?

The burger itself was fine.  Tasty.  I don’t know that it was superlative or that I’d place it above all others in its class.  Also – it’s more expensive than In-n-Out. Just sayin’.

The fries are legit.  Thicker cut than most fast food and definitely made from fresh potatoes – you can taste that.  So A+ there.  How you rank them, if you’re a fryfan, is probably going to depend on why kind of fry you’re in the mood for.

Like I said, I give them a strong B grade overall. A tasty burger and one I would gladly eat again, but posing no threat to the current title holder in Cali.

Making it easier to pay the price

A few years ago, I mentioned that Sac should offer online payment of parking tickets.

Guess what? Now they are!

Maybe they have been accepting online payment for awhile and I’ve just been exceptionaly responsible lately – whatever – I’m glad they’ve taken some of the pain out of apying fees.

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