We've been highly anticipating our trip to SF for months now. It's probably our most favorite city in the nation with its coastal view, perfect weather and healthy living. Val got a chance to visit her former UC Berkeley campus for the first time in almost ten years, and yes, we indulged ourselves in the city's culinary offerings. Oh, how we ate.
Day 1: North Beach & Fisherman's Wharf
Sotto Mare in North Beach has some of the best cioppino in San Francisco. The dish originally kept warm hungry Italian fishermen on the high seas in the late 1800s. North Beach, until the 1980s, had traditionally been known as the 'Little Italy' of San Francisco. Too bad that our hotel didn't provide us with a topographical map of the city because we chose possibly the steepest route we could to find get to this place. The workout certainly helped our appitites, though! The broth was rich and complex and tasted as if it'd been simmering for an entire day, so it was a wonder that the chef literally prepared our meal in 20 minutes or under. The seafood was fresh and its tenderness provided a nice texturural contrast to the crusty bread we used to sop up that amazing broth.
Fresh dungeness crab, clams, squid, shrimp and scallops.
"Oh, helllll no, you didn't just try to take my sourdough..."
Dude. The mirror maze at the Fisherman's Wharf is a trip. They give you a pair of latex gloves because it's that much of a mindfuck. So much that there's a very good chance that you'll smack right into a wall and smudge up the fun for everyone else. Our advice? Tread carefully.After visiting the vineyards of Sonoma County, considered the birthplace of wine in California, we found ourselves wanting to quit law school and work as field hands. This is the Larson Family Vineyard. We purchased their award winning Pinot Noir, which was our favorite wine of the entire day:
Tasting California wines. On a side note, have y'all seen "Bottle Shock"? You should. It's a pretty good film about the day that California wine matched French Wine.
You Cali folks is crazy. In n' Out is not big pimpin'. Can we say McDonald's big brother? Pass.
Day 2: Union Square, Berkeley, the Mission
Wow, public transportation in SF is the shit. We didn't have to drive once. We either walked, took the BART or a streetcar and maybe a taxi here or there. We wished we could SF's public transportation home with us to Houston. Maybe then Houstonions could shed that much needed pound or three.
Shopping in Union Square. We thought we'd go more ape shit than we actually did; we came back with one shopping bag a piece. The Zara was ginormous, and the H&M was overwhelming. Self-restraint = $ in the bank.
Crazy flowers straight out of a Dr. Seuss book.
"Our Carneros Pinot Grigio is a crisp, clean, dry style of Pinot Grigio. The grapefruit, green apple, and white peach aromas are complemented by fresh citrus, peach, grapefruit, honeydew melon and lime flavors. The cool Carneros climate produces a naturally balanced wine which will age well in years to come. Enjoy this wine with all foods; it is outstanding, fresh and clean. No oak, no ML fermentation."