A list of meals eaten in San Francisco, and the establishments in which they were eaten. From Sunday October 15th at 3pm or so, to Tuesday October 17th at 3pm or so.
1. Dim Sum at Ton Kiang, 4:30 p.m.
Please god please, let there be Shaolin Bao in heaven.
Special city ornithological report #1
Waiting at a light on Geary, we witnessed a hawk dive into the ivy in the median, and rise again victorious, holding a wriggling mouse.
2. Drinks at Cafe de la Presse, 7:30 p.m.
Drinks, food and magazines under one roof. The gates of Chinatown across the street.
3. Chinese buffet in the lounge at the Empress of China, 8:30 p.m.
Of which one charming member of our crew talked the bar manager out of some Pringles. Mai Tai’s for everyone. And another, why not? Please spend some time in the lobby with the star photographs. Put me in mind of Foul Play, starring Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn. Upon departing, our (admittedly loud) group stood on a corner in Chinatown waiting for our cabs. One of us overheard a French couple talking as they walked by. He turned to her and, gesturing to us, said “See? They are just like I told you.” She agreed. “Yes. Yes, it is just like you said.”
4. Drinks at Bourbon and Branch, 10:30 p.m.
Must have password to get in, but they have a website. I will put aside my disappointment with the lack of a sliding eye-hole because of the extensive boutique bourbon list. I myself tried the Blanston’s. When the cab dropped us off outside, we didn’t know quite where to go. A street guy hanging out in the Tenderloin told us: “Just go to that door and press that button.” Thanks man!
1. Breakfast at Tartine, 11 a.m.
My goodness those are large gougeres. A sweet roll, two croque monsieur (one mushroom, the other fromage blanc), a quiche and other assorted delicacies.
2. Tacos at El Farolito, 1:00 p.m.
Steak. Delicious — with avocado to add just a bit more. We drank Cokes from bottles, made with sugar not high-fructose corn syrup.
Special city ornithological report #2
Crossing the Embarcadero to the Ferry Building, a sharp flock squawking drew our attention to a tree, which suddenly shook with a fury and let loose one of the infamous parrot flocks of San Francisco. They flew, in a scare, up and around, screaming their displeasure as they went at whatever it was that spooked them.
3. Gelato at Ciao Bella Gelato, 4:00 p.m.
In the Ferry Building.
4. Appetizers at Chez VanDercreek (private residence. By appointment only). 6:00 p.m.
Cowgirl Creamery various cheese assortment, Acme Bread, wine.
5. Dinner at Incanto. 7:00 p.m.
Duck liver pate amuse bouche, antipasto, chicken liver pate ravioli in a sage brown-butter sauce, braised pork shoulder. Espresso. All fresh ingredients and local produce. Delicious.
1. Breakfast at Zazie, 10:30 a.m.
Oatmeal w/ creme brulee and banana. Apple chicken sausage.
2. Hamburgers at Burgermeister, 2:30 p.m.
Avocado burgers, with beer batter onion rings. Too darn much to eat, but we were served by a very nice man.
We did not eat dinner upon returning home that evening.
Posted by: Martin McClellan
On the date of: October 17, 2006 09:31 PM