Monday, February 13, 2012

24 Hours in San Fran

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, nope...Coffee, beer, and wine, yep! This is what my day consisted of on a sunny Saturday in the city.
It's the morning of the Chinese New Year parade, the year of the Dragon begins. Chinese parade:
Coffee: This spot was shown to me by a local. You would never find it otherwise because this hidden gem are really hidden. I guess in S.F. it's cool to look like you dan't care if you have customers. In this city, strangely this is what gets you more customers. Also my local told me that San Franciscans want to wait in a line. If you are waiting in a line it means that the food is good. If there is no established line when you arrive, keep walking. That place you don't want to be seen at.  Go figure but hay, when in Rome... Also this place was minimal. No honey, no soy milk, no lids, no straws, no fancy orders period.
Beer: That coffee should keep you going in the chilly mornings until the fog burns off and then it's time to get serious. Located just below the Height on the corner of Hayes and Octavia is the clostest thing you can get to a real outdoor German beer garden. 1 liter beer steins, handmade pretzels, picnic table seating, no winches. Plus there is always a line here so you know it's good. Bier Garten:
Beer was accompanied by delicious Japenese noodles eaten at a hole in the wall restaurant in Japantown. The best noodle bowls and be sure to ask for the chili sauce!
Wine: I discovered that wine really is the best accompaniment to garlic and you have to really like garlic to eat at The Stinking Rose. This mostly Italian style restaurant puts garlic in everything on the menu, including it's 40 clove chicken. Warning! Don't go here on a date. I had the gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce which was decadent to say the least but I highly recommend it but don't recommend the Bagna Calda. It is NOT real Italian Bagna Calda, not even close to it.
The Stinking Rose:
An early eaving showing of Beach Blanket Babaloyn followed by a nightcap at the famous Condor Club (where my family's name is on a plaque on the door for being the first owners) and our night is complete. What a say the least!!
The Condor Club:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just love that there is someone waving to you in the first pic :)