Friday, July 9, 2010

San Francisco Day #1

Well, we're back. We have been in San Francisco for the past week or so and we had a FANTASTIC time. I was telling Coby that I think I had a better time in SF then I did in Jamaica on our honeymoon. We packed our days with sight seeing, food, and accessing (successfully I might add) public transportation. I am going to break the posts down into days just to make it easier. It might get a little boring but my main goal it to chronicle our trip so just enjoy the pictures if you get tired of reading.
Friday night (after a 4 hour delay in Chicago) we finally made it to our hotel The Chancellor. I had read many great reviews on TripAdvisor about the hotel. Many said that the hotel was older, with smaller rooms, and not to flashy but the service and staff were great and the hotel and rooms always clean. All of this proved to be true as well as a good location, Union Square. Would definitely stay here again.
Saturday morning we got up and found our car rental place. Surprisingly we were given a very new Volkswagon Jetta to use. We headed to the Golden Gate Bridge. And that is exactly what it is. An orangy bridge. Neat to say we have been there and seen it, but a bridge is a bridge, right?

Then we drove to Muir Woods. We were hoping to see the ginormous redwoods but the park was packed and the walk was about 3 miles to get in. We ended up skipping the woods a took a drive to a ocean overlook.
We kept heading north into Napa Valley.

For lunch we stoped at Long Meadow Ranch. The chef there, Sheamus Feeley happens to be from Fayetteville and a friend of a friend's. We were able to talk to him and he gave us the hook up at The French Laundry. More about that later.

All of the food served there is grown on their ranch. I had their muffuletta and Coby had the brick roasted chicken.

Both were very good. But not as good the the chocolate pie we split;) After lunch we had a wine tasting and olive oil tasting.

We stopped at Dean and Duluca (remember Felicity?) and explored the gourmet foods.

Then we went to Yountville, just south of St. Helena (where we had been). We went to The French Laundry's garden and walked around the town. Such a quaint place.

We had some oysters and wine at Redd. They have one Michelin Star. Something only a chef's wife would know;)

We then window shopped in a cute little shopping area and then headed to Bouchon for dinner. We were obviously starving! We ended up both getting salads, and splitting some marinated olives and a bottle of wine.

I had a salad of watercress and endive with Roquefort blue cheese, toasted walnuts, and walnut vinaigrette.

Coby had a pork belly with frisse salad with a poched egg.

Bouchon is a Thomas Keller Resturant. As well as The French Laundry, and ad hoc. We were wanting to eat at all of his restaurants in Napa but never made it to ad hoc.

After a long day in Napa we drove back to the hotel for some rest.
And that was just day one!

1 comment:

Bonnie said...

I've heard San Francisco is really cool! That food looks so good. If ya'll come to Vegas, you better let me know! We'll have to meet up :)

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