Thursday, August 4, 2011

Eating My Way Through San Francisco

We had a wonderful long weekend in San Francisco... and it was mostly about food!

Wearing my new Apple hat, 
outside my son's office building...
OK, so it isn't really his - this is where
his office is located. Is that better?

We began our gastronomic expedition in Cupertino. Well, maybe the Apple cafeteria isn't exactly a 5-star restaurant, but it was fun to see the choices available to employees - a far cry from the middle school cafeteria I am accustomed to!

 Our next stop on the food express was dinner at Maverick. Having enjoyed such a hearty repast at Apple, I selected to enjoy an appetizer as my meal. This delight is pate with nectarine pepper jelly, licorice, almond streusel and tiny jello cubes, perhaps watermelon(?) with brioche.

Hard to believe, but when we woke up the next morning, we were ready for more food! We headed back to the Mission District for brunch at the Mission Beach Cafe. We arrived before it opened and thus avoided the long lines that form very quickly.

I had a Mission Beach pancake with fresh fruit, vanilla creme and bourbon syrup.
Lunch followed shortly. Pizza from Delfina Pizzeria. Their pizzas are all handmade and once again, we were able to avoid a long line by arriving early.

We changed neighborhoods for dinner, stopping in the North Beach area for dinner and more than a little beer at La Trappe Cafe.  La Trappe has 400 different bottled beers and I believe they said 19 different beers on tap. I think we tried to taste all of the ones on tap! 

Once again, we were hungry when morning arrived! How does that happen?! This time we visited with my BFF from high school at Cafe Flore. We had such a great time recalling fun things from the past and catching up on our lives, oh, and yeah, eating!

Since we didn't leave the Cafe until almost 1:00 pm we actually skipped a meal! We visited with our son and his sweetheart and followed them to the climbing gym. No... I didn't try climbing, but it looks like a ton of fun!

Here's my son's sweetheart... 
do you think he's driving her up the wall already?!

Later we enjoyed home cooked pizza at their place for dinner.  My favorite was poached pear and gorgonzola. Yum!

Monday we were on our own during the day. We played 'tourist' and visited Fisherman's Wharf, and of course, enjoyed fresh fish and crab at one of the hundreds of eateries there. That evening we topped off our gastronomic expedition at Hog & Rocks.  This is, unbelievably, a ham and oyster bar! They have a number of different hams, and yes... they do taste delightfully different! We ordered a ham tasting plate and a variety of oysters.


We found it interesting to learn that the chef/owner of Hog & Rocks also owns Maverick - our first dinner eatery! What are the odds that we would select (well, that our son would help us select) two places with that commonality?!)

So, now we are home. It's time to diet!!!


  1. Oh, I forgot to eat lunch, and your wonderful description now has me starving.

    Sounds like you had a great time!

  2. The only thing better than "eating" one's way through a city/town/country is "drinking" one's way. I, too, marveled at the offerings in Microsoft's cafeteria in Redmond when I visited the campus in the mid-1990s. It was a far, far cry from the school cafeteria food with which I was familiar!



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