Three ActiveRainers Know How to Escape a Rainy Day

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

When I stepped out of my house at about 11:30 am today, it was pouring rain, with a lot of hail slurried in.  What a perfect day to have lunch at Biba’s in the midtown section of Sacramento.  Biba’s is known for her wonderfully authentic Italian dishes with the freshest of ingredients.  And the restaurant has received accolades by food aficionados of many respected places – Gourmet Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Restaurateur, to name a few.

Owner, Biba Caggiano, is the noted TV Chef Author and Teacher of Italian Cooking, who adds her special magic and delight to her dishes of Northern Italian decent. 

When I stepped out of my car, the clouds had parted, and patches of blue sky were revealing themselves.  I stepped inside Bibas, and soon after met up with fellow ActiveRainers, Elizabeth Weintraub and Cathy McAlister.


The pictures below illustrate our 2 hour experience together over a delightful lunch  Biba's is located at 2801 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento 95816.


Elizabeth Weintraub - Myrl Jeffcoat - Cathy McAlister
From Left to Right - Elizabeth Weintraub, Myrl Jeffcoat, Cathy McAlister


Cathy McAlister and Biba
Cathy McAlister and Biba Caggiano.  Biba whispered to Cathy to guard her dish with her life.  The dish pictured below was housemade fettucine with smoked salmon, chives, lemon zest, paprika and cream.  Apparently it was exceptionally good today!


Bibas Housemade Fettucine with Smoked Salmon

Biba's Housemade Fettucine with Smoked Salmon


Elizabeth and her Salad of Grilled Prawns
Elizabeth is pictured above, with her salad of grilled prawns, new potatoes, artichoke hearts, and peas.


Pan Roasted Sword Fish with Tomatoes
My dish was pan roasted sword fish with tomatoes, capers and peas.  Also included was grilled polenta to the side.


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Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & area authority!

I wish the clouds would part around here. Sometimes Gray is not my favorite color =]

Apr 11, 2012 03:39 PM #1
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

That food looks great Myrl and what wonderful company of your local Rainer friends too. What a superb restuarant to hang out during the rain.

Apr 11, 2012 03:44 PM #2
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


You know how to make the best of a rainy day. The food looks delicious.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 11, 2012 04:22 PM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Paul - But when the clouds do part, Tacoma is a very gorgeous place.  Heck, it's pretty most of the time anyway:-)

Gary - It really was.  I wish I could go volunteer in Biba's kitchen, chopping onions, long enough to learn how to cook a few of those dishes.

Lou - It wouldn't have been half as much fun on a hot summer day!

Apr 11, 2012 05:39 PM #4
Teral McDowell
Murphy, TX

How fun! a mini meetup and a delightful lunch to go with it; good to know you had a fun day, Mryl.

Apr 11, 2012 06:48 PM #5
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team in Stockton
The Nines Team At Keller Williams - Stockton, CA
The Nines Team at Keller Williams

Your hail storm hit me about 3 hours later as I was driving back to Lodi from Modesto ... the 99 northbound was a white ice pea-sized covered parking lot!  At least folks slowed down .... and I would have far preferred your comradeship at lunch!

Apr 11, 2012 07:14 PM #6
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - San Diego, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
Hi Myrl, This looks like a great restaurant and certainly a wonerful lunch. The photos are terrific and I loved all the smiiles.
Apr 11, 2012 08:38 PM #7
Cathy McAlister
Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento - Sacramento, CA
Sacramento DRE#00648507

Myrl, I can imagine no finer companions for lunch than you and Elizabeth.  With all the talk about travel, food, wine and real estate .... it was just the best time.      It was great to share the time, laughter and good food with both of you.    Thank you so much for sharing the photos. 

Apr 11, 2012 08:45 PM #8
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Teral - Yes, it was like a mini-meetup.  However, we've done it before.  And Elizabeth and I have seen each other a number of times.

Jack - The weather has been lions, tigers, and bears, on and off most of the day.  Absolutely crazy out there:-)

William - I had such a great time at Biba's that I immediately went to and ordered up 7 of Biba's cooking books.  I foresee a lot of saturation into Italian cooking for awhile.

Cathy - Yes, there is always a lot of laughter.  I swear we travel around the globe without ever leaving our seats, when we have lunch together:-)

Apr 11, 2012 09:42 PM #9
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I haven't had breakfast yet, so looking at those photos is making me hungry this morning. The rain is still pelting down outside pretty hard, and it's pitch black here. Nice to recall the great time and interesting company yesterday. You know, every so often I get an invitation to a meetup in Sacramento but they are always way out somewhere, away from the core. If there were meetings scheduled near my home in Land Park or my office in Midtown, I would likely go.

Of course, nothing is as much fun as you guys. I can't believe how fast the time went. The only thing that is better than combining fabulous food and wonderful friends is sharing a bottle of wine. We should probably plan on a future dinner, maybe by limo so none of us has to drive.

Apr 12, 2012 06:05 AM #10
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Hey Elizabeth - When I got home yesterday afternoon, I ordered up 7 of Biba's various cookbooks she has written.  When they arrive, I'm going to saturate myself with those books until I learn to cook up some of those dishes.  THEN, we could do dinner at my house.  I'll do the cooking.  You and Cathy can bring the wine and your sleeping bags.  No limo needed:-)

Apr 12, 2012 08:06 AM #11
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
David Weekley Homes - Katy, TX
David Weekley Homes in Cinco Ranch


         Those dishes looked absolutley wonderful. I am making spaghetti tonight but I do not think it will be as wonderful as those dishes. It looks like you guys had a great meet-up! PS Sounds like you have a great meet-up planned for next time!

Apr 12, 2012 01:35 PM #12
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Palm Harbor, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Thanks for sharing these photos, Myrl, this looks like it was a lot of fun!

Apr 12, 2012 03:48 PM #13
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Sounds like you ladies had a good time and if the food tastes as good as the pictures look, im sure you ate well also. :-)

Apr 12, 2012 05:39 PM #14
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Myrl, the food looks delicious, the photographs looks great and the 3 ladies looks beautiful and wonderful.

Apr 12, 2012 08:05 PM #15
Ron and Alexandra Seigel - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Marketing


If I had known, I could have been persuaded to fliy up to Sac for a meal at Biba's.  When we lived in Napa, we used to fly out of SAC airport one of the best airports in CA, and try to time departures and arrivals with a meal at Biba's.  She is a lovely lady, and I have a cookbook that she wrote with Leo Buscaglia autographed by both of them.  A

Apr 12, 2012 08:08 PM #16
Toni Weidman
Florida Luxury Realty - Trinity, FL
23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

What a wonderful Rainy day, Myrl and that swordfish looks absolutely to die for. Glad it turned out to be a sunshiney day.

Apr 13, 2012 09:04 AM #17
Erika Rogers
Re/Max First Realty - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & local info.

That looks like it was a fun day, even if it was raining outside!  The food looks delicious and the company engaging.  Thanks for sharing....

Apr 13, 2012 12:12 PM #18
Joni Staples
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Looks like three bosom buddies to me!  I love to read stories about ActiveRainers getting together. It's just COOL! The food looks scrumptious!

Apr 13, 2012 08:12 PM #19
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