Posted on | November 6, 2007 | 40 Comments |
This was my first ever trip to San Francisco, but it definitely wonâ€™t be the last. You know how afterÂ a vacation you feel like taking another vacation to get over the exhaustion? Well, this one was not like that at all, if I can call a barely three day trip a vacation! This trip was totally relaxing for the mind!Â I felt so refreshed after the trip, totally rejuvenating – retail therapy really works.
We literally spent almost all the time at Union Square, a shopperâ€™s paradise!Â Â Zara is my favorite shop, and found some great deals at H&M too. Unfortunately we have neither in Seattle, so obviously I had to pile up.Â But my best find were these amazing Juicy sunglasses from the huge Juicy Couture store. We didnâ€™t do any sort of sightseeing, may be next time. I have no pictures of the city, but here is some of the loot I acquired on the trip.
Our hotel was in the Ffishermanâ€™s wharf neighborhood. We went for a strollÂ along the waterfront and had cocktails and appetizers from some waterfront eateries. We had some amazing fresh oysters, and superb crab cakes. The waterfront is such a great place to hang out and people-watch, and there are so many restaurants and stands that serve fresh seafood and crab. Unfortunately I didnâ€™t take the camera on that night out;Â wish I had captured the beauty of the waterfront.
Food scene in San Francisco is of course a major attraction of the city. We had dinner reservations at Michael Mina â€“ a Michelin 2 star ratedÂ restaurant. But due to too much shopping exhaustion we never made it there. Instead we went to Gary Danko, a Michelin 1 star restaurant, just a block away from our hotel. That dinner deserves its own post, coming up pretty soon!Â A list of all the Michelin star restaurants in the Bay area can be found here. This is us at the Gary Danko.
Another memorable restaurant from this trip was located in Union Square where we took a break from shopping to grab some lunch. Kuleto’s is a contemporary Italian restaurant on Powell St. I had Agnolotti di Salmone AffumicatoÂ Â – Smoked salmon filled pasta pillows with asparagus and lemon cream. It was a really tiny dish, but the sauce was just amazing! Some might find the lemon flavor a little too overwhelming, but I loved it!Â
Sivâ€™s dish was just outstanding – Stinco di Agnello -Â Chianti braised lamb shank, asparagus risotto, almond mint pesto. The lamb shank was huge, but perfectly cooked; the meat was falling off the bones, and had all the soft fat pieces on it! It was so yum, I kept picking at his plate when I was done with my tiny pasta dish! Â
We had one not so great lunch also in Union Square at the E&O Trading Co – Southeast Asian Grill. It is a beautifully decorated spacious Asian restaurant and is Zagat rated.Â I had a lychee martini with my lunch (Isnâ€™t it fun to have martinis for Monday lunch?) which tasted just fine, but the lychees they used as garnish were really sad looking! I donâ€™t expect fresh lychees, but at least a freshly opened can is not too much to ask for right? We started with Curried Lamb Naan with mango chutney and Zucchini mint raita. The naan was good, but a bit on the dry side. The mint raita was very tasty, but the mango chutney was passable. We also had the Mandalay Spare Ribs â€“ braised ribs glazed with mango mustard sauce. These were really delicious. Then we had the shrimp and bbq pork fried rice and the firecracker chicken, both were okay but frankly Iâ€™ve had better versions of both.Â
What a fantastic time we had!Â Seattle is still my first love, but if I were the cheating kind, San Francisco will be the major contender.