Sunday, January 18, 2009

Saturday in the park, I think it was the Fourth of July

Actually it was a Friday and it was the Fourth of July. Backtracking a bit to last summer, I wanted to post some of my favorite pics from our Napa and San Francisco trip. Napa, or as my partner in crime Vince calls it, Disneyland for adults, was gorgeous. We ate and drank like kings. Noteworthy was Market,a lovely restaraunt located in the picturesque town of St. Helena. Here we ate decadent crab cakes drizzled with an avocado sauce to die for. All of the winery's are beautiful but I quickly realized that the sommelier makes all the difference in the experience. The best was an older gentleman at Chimney Rock. He was so cute and friendly and after we tasted, and loved the white Evelage Blanc he told us how that particular wine was served at the Sex and the City movie premier party at the request of the director. Opus One did not have the same warm atmosphere but the wine is simply the best. And St. Supery had such a great sommelier that we joined the wine-of-the-month club. Napa was fabulous.

I love San Francisco, it is a perfect city. Glorious weather year-round and the friendliest people you will ever find in a big city. As I mentioned we were there on July 4th and the city was buzzing. I am always struck when visiting how quietly it buzzes, it's so laid back and wonderful. We started out at Vesuvio, a Beat Generation historical landmark located just across the street from the City Lights bookstore. We ate sushi, drank sake, ate seafood, drank wine, window shopped, took self portraits, people watched and listened to a band play in the park. It was delicious.

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