Monthly Archives: June 2012

Wanderings: Carl’s Jr. and Wienerschnitzel

A couple of weeks ago I tried the new buttermilk ranch hand breaded chicken tender sandwich at Carl’s Jr. It was actually quite good, and not overfilling like some burgers. Because it is made with two tenders, it has a tendency to fall apart, so be careful when you eat it.

I also had their Oreo ice cream sandwich. I don’t know how they get the ice cream so perfect: soft enough to bite, but not so soft that it runs out.

I also stopped by Wienerschnitzel on Broadway for a pastrami on rye. They have good pastrami with the right amount of fat and make  a great tasting sandwich that is not so big that you wish you hadn’t eaten it all.

Wienerschnitzel gets a bonus point for having both pump mustard and pump catsup with little cups for their fries. I like mustard, but hate opening those little packages.

Sugar Lillie Bakery – El Dorado

A bit over two years ago I got a surprise call from Morgan White, the energetic owner of a brand new bakery at 6211 Pleasant Valley Road in the town of El Dorado. She called it Sugar Lillie Bakery after her daughter, Lillie, and had been only open a week before calling me.

White started her baking career working at Boa Vista Ranch when she was in high school. She then enrolled in the culinary program at American River College, and after graduating, enrolled in a class in cake decorating at the world renown Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena.

Since then she has worked as a baker for the former Charlotte’s in El Dorado, assistant pastry chef for the former restaurant Masque, in El Dorado Hills, managed the bakery section at Holiday Market in Pleasant Valley and helped hire the staff at RedHawk Casino, before working there as the assistant pastry chef.

Right after she opened in El Dorado she became ill and her mother, Linda Williams, stepped in and ran the business for her – God bless mothers.

Community Profiles – Cold Spring

Letter with both Cold Spring and Placerville postmarks. Forwarded to St, Louis - 1852

Letter from Placerville (10 cents), forwarded to St. Louis (5 cents more)

Cold Spring (often Cold Springs) was a short-lived mining community about six miles north of Placerville, upstream from where Cold Springs creek now crosses Cold Springs Road. Its name was derived from a spring of good, cold water located near the edge of Cold Spring creek, in the upper end of the town.

Gold was first discovered at this location in 1849 and soon a road to both Coloma, to the north, and Placerville, to the south, was constructed. This road, that still bears the name of Cold Springs Road, soon became the main travelled road between those two places, with Cold Spring being at the half-way point.

By the summer of 1850 some 600 to 700 miners pitched their tents or built cabins on the flat below the town, each working a 15 foot square claim on the bed of the creek. The stream bed was so rich with gold that the possibility of the camp becoming permanent led to the almost immediate construction of a business district to serve the miners and the numerous travellers along the road.

Algernon: The Official Seal of El Dorado County

A few years ago it was discovered that the County of El Dorado had been mistakenly using the Official Seal of the Superior Court as its own. After much consternation, it was decided to adopt a new seal, a modification of one previously created by a local artist for a book on the county.

One evening I thought about the issue, and, with the kind assistance of several glasses of local wine, I came up with a fable, which I submitted to the local newspaper under my pen name, Norm DePlume.

I made sure that they knew it was a fable and that they would not use my real name, however, after passing through several hands, it ended up being published as a true story, and with my real name.

Needless to say, a number of local historians called, first to ask where in the records the story had been found and, secondly, if it was true. All in all, it was a fun week or two.