This place has delicious food. The buffet is extensive. The sauces are creamy, rich, and flavorful. It's one of the best in Sacramento. Free parking, Indian groceries next door, relaxed atmosphere. I take friends here for something casual and good.
Good samosas, high price. The waitstaff was unprofessional. The paneer masala has large chunks of vegetables (not the creamy style). The food was good, but not for the price. Other Indian restaurants in the area (like Kaveri) are much better overall.
This small shop is an excellent place to browse through Japanese home furnishings such as tatami mats, buckwheat hull pillows, and other items one might never have seen before. Tea cups and tea pots are also very fun to browse through. They have a selection of mediation cushions and mats (zafus and zabutons) that are of high quality -- all items here seem to be of high quality, and the prices seem fair.
This bookstore is famous because of its association with the Beat poetry movement. In addition to selling lots of books, they have some Beat memorabilia too. It's not huge but has a great selection. I especially appreciate the zine selection, which is the best I've ever seen. There are many books here of local interest too. The place has a lot of atmosphere and personality. Everyone should go, locals and tourists alike.
Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento is a hub of community activities. They host worthwhile and informative public lectures on political topics, for example, and their facilities have been used for yoga retreats, zen sitting group meetings, and meetings of the Humanist Society (who organize public lectures of their own), all of which we have enjoyed. There are many free events and everyone is welcome.
Acme bread is so good. They make many different varieties. I like their whole wheat bread the best, though their olive bread is a close second. Everything is fresh and natural. The prices are very reasonable for what you're getting. The bread doesn't even need butter. It's awesome plain. Everyone should try it. The Ferry Building has a good atmosphere of bustling activity.
Sunburst Bottling Company offers a variety of glass containers, such as jugs and bottles, at a fair price. We bought a set of four, one-gallon jugs for around $12, if we remember correctly. They have a walk-in store at their location that welcomes individuals, not just businesses. When we wanted metal caps instead of the standard plastic ones, they readily accommodated us. Our glass jugs are sturdy and have survived some knocking together without a crack.
Berkeley Zen Center is a friendly, welcoming place with a quiet atmosphere. The zendo is very aesthetically pleasing it is airy, naturally-lighted, and beautiful, with wood beams and tatami platforms. BZC offers free zazen instruction on Saturdays, and the lectures that follow are comfortable and interesting. Everything is kept exceptionally clean. The grounds are beautiful, with a cobbled walkway and gardens. There are a variety of activities, such as special groups, holiday observances, trips, sesshins, and community service projects.
Phoenix book store has nice personality and atmosphere, and it's a very comfortable place to browse: clean, well-lit, and roomy. The workers are helpful, knowledgeable, and very personable. The selection is good. Located in downtown San Luis Obispo, among other likable shops and businesses, there is pay-parking available at public lots.
I went here to get three impacted wisdom teeth removed. I was treated very professionally. The surgeon and his team did a great job, and I had almost no pain afterward. I think they are very skilled at what they do. The waiting room is comfortable and tasteful, and there is adequate free parking.