Wednesday, 15 February 2012

San Francisco Weekend

I took a weekend getaway to SF to see close friends, celebrate a birthday, cheers to an engagement and go wine tasting. San Francisco has the best food, it was hard for me to decide on where I should have some tasty treats.  Below are a few of the amazing dishes I enjoyed.  I received great recommendations from friends, relied on Yelp and some trusty blogs and I wasn't disappointed.  Each time I go back it feels like home, there is no other city like it.  Great to see everyone and cheers to next time!....I'll bring Aaron and Jack with me next trip :)

Zuni Cafe- Amazing! I have been wanting to go here for so long. We had the best service from Tim, our waiter.  I think service can really make or break the experience at a restaurant and he was fantastic.  I started with some oysters, their oyster list is lengthy and amazing.  I had the duck leg with polenta and mushrooms with a sausage and veggie puree.   I have only had duck breast before and I enjoyed the duck leg because it was less fatty and so flavorful.  This restaurant is so cute, the perfect place to celebrate with my good girlfriends! I just ordered the Zuni cookbook this morning!  (The pictures aren't great, but hopefully you'll get the idea)

Straw- Awesome brunch. So simple and so delicious.  The bloody Mary was so good, the perfect amount of spicy.  I had Wilbers Revival, braised pork hash with creamy grits. The pork was cooked perfectly and the runny egg made it even better.  This place is small and kind of silly, but that is what makes it so worth it.  You can even eat your brunch sitting in a tilt-a-whirl! Our server  had my friend model his pink tassel apron and Bill Withers was blaring in the background, perfect way to start a Saturday.

I love to go wine tasting, specifically in Healdsburg at the smaller wineries.  We had beautiful weather and really great wine.  Some of our favorite wineries: Yoakim Bridge, Wilsons, Robert Young, Bella and many more.  We stopped at Jimtown Store after some tasting and I had a delicious sandwich: Prosciutto with Fig and olive spread & Pt. Reyes blue cheese.  Simple and fantastic! Fun store too...cute homemade items with antiques.

Chez Papa- I have read a lot about Chez Papa, and was excited to eat here.  The food was very good, the service not so much.  I'm not sure I would eat here again, but I did enjoy my meal...even if I had no guidance and waited 25 minutes for my martini.  The restaurant has a cool, hipster vibe and the menu didn't disappoint.  We started with the Kobe beef tartar and Bibb lettuce salad with mustard vinaigrette.  I had the Roasted Butterfish with potato gnocchi and Brussels sprouts.


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