|Golden Gate Bridge|
Our countdown time was still busy enough that I didn't even have time to do my customary research-everything-to-death-before-we-go. In fact, I didn't even start packing until the night before our early morning flight, which had me freaking out just a bit. You have to understand, I come from a family of Planners, with a capital 'P' - I can guarantee you that my mom has a packing list already started for their Asian cruise next April. So the fact that I was so unprepared meant that hubby had to take the dogs out to doggy camp on his own while I stayed home to pack. The irony is, by leaving the packing until the last minute (coupled with the fact that it was a short trip we were headed on), meant that for the first time in my life, I didn't overpack! I've been a member at Over-Packers Anonymous for quite a while, and I may finally have turned a corner! Woohoo!
|The famous San Francisco Cable Cars|
Our first night, we decided to check out Café de la Presse, at the recommendation of Stephanie over at Desserts for Breakfast (I like the way she thinks!). A charming French restaurant not far from Union Square, it has a simple but thoroughly French menu. From start to finish, the entire meal was very good: soupe à l'oignon, salade aux petit lardons, cassoulet and poulet rôti, all accompanied by the most authentic and delicious baguette I have tasted this side of the Atlantic. For dessert, we shared a classic tarte tatin, even though we were both full from dinner (I, of all people, should know better!). The only flaw in an otherwise evening was that the restaurant was quite warm that night, and right about the time we were waiting for our café & dessert, it became uncomfortably so. Had it not become such a sauna, we likely would have stayed another 30-40 minutes and ended the meal at a more leisurely pace - but thankfully, the cool evening air on the walk home was the perfect fix.
|Alcatraz shrouded in fog|
|Dessert imitates Art....|
|Mondrian Cake... definitely on my "to-do" list!|
|if only the wrapper were edible...|
|AKA "Eat Your Own Richard Serra"|
|I want this cup of million dollar hot chocolate!|
|the Ellsworth Kelly Fudgsicle|
|San Francisco's Chinatown|
Four days in San Francisco proved to be the perfect remedy for our summertime exhaustion, but we're already itching for another get-away.... guess we'll just have to hang in there until Christmas, when we head back to California to spend the holidays with Sis & her family. For now, I'll leave you with a couple of shots of the fabulous vintage trolley cars of San Francisco, still in operation but living in the shadows of their cable car cousins....
|San Fran's super-cool trolley cars|