Saturday, May 1, 2010

Over the Bridge

by Meghann on May 1, 2010

If ever there was a perfect day to explore San Francisco – I think today was it! We had clear blue skies, temps in the 60, and just the right amount of wind. I’ have officially been spoiled.

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Derek told me I had to lead with the above photo in my post today. I had to  concur. 🙂

Despite staying up until 3:00am Florida time last night, I still woke up naturally around 6:30am local time this morning. I have a severe inability to sleep in, even on vacation. 🙁

That’s ok though. It gave me extra time to catch up with my gracious hostess, who was kind enough to proved a view of my favorite breakfast staples for breakfast this morning.

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My bowl had Kashi H2H, Shredded Oats, Plain Greek Yogurt, Apple, Kiwi, and Peanut Butter.

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Over breakfast Beth and Cory helped Derek and I plan out day in the city.

We started with a visit to some famous Painted Ladies.

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What ever happened to predictibility?
The milkman, the paperboy, evening TV.
Everywhere you look , everywhere you go (there’s a heart).
There’s a heart
A hand to hold onto.
Everywhere you look , everywhere you go.
There’s a face
Of somebody who needs you.
Everywhere you look,
When you’re lost out there and you’re all alone,
A light is waiting to carry you home,
Everywhere you look.
Everywhere you look.

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I’m ashamed to admit how many times I’ve had that song playing while in the city. What can I say? I grew up on Full House! Such a great show of my youth. 🙂

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Yesterday Derek was all about driving on Lombard St, today it was the Golden Gate Bridge.

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I love how cyclist friendly the bay area is and how brave the cyclists are. I think I would be crapping my pants riding my bike down these roads.

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Derek and I made our way to Sausalito for the morning.

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Sausalito is a cute little town on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge with a gorgeous view of San Francisco.

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Derek and I took our time exploring the town and check out all the stores.

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We stopped for some hot tea and a snack around 10:00.

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Derek ordered an everything bagel with cream cheese

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And shared a quarter of it with me.

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Derek did not have too many requests for this vacation, but one of the big ones was to have Clam Chowder Soup served in a sourdough bread bowl from Boudin in the Fisherman’s Warf.

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We split a Clam Chowder and a spring salad.

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We split the two items 75/25. Derek had 75% of the Chowder and Bread Bowl and I had 75% of the salad. 🙂

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He was one happy boy. 🙂

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Next the Ferry Building.

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The last time I was in San Francisco I stayed right next to the Ferry Building and spent the majority of my trip inside. It’s such a fun food place and one worth walking around if you’ve never been to the area. 🙂

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The lavender blueberry was ok. I preferred the nibbles I had of Derek’s Mocha Dark Chocolate Bar. 😉

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On my life’s goals list I have several running related to dos. One of which I was able to accomplish this afternoon when Derek and i laced up our running shows and headed across the bridge.

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It was windy and slightly cold, but so much fun!

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Derek –“Meghann, what are you doing?”

Me – “Huh?”

Derek – “You’re running the Golden Gate Bridge ( screaming like a young girl)”

Me – woo hoo (also screaming like a little girl. 🙂

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Beth had asked me the other week what Derek and I would want for dinner tonight. I told her something that SCREAMS San Francisco, with really no clue what that really meant.

Turns out San Francisco food could be anything and everything, including Burmese food
🙂

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Out hosts for the trip. 🙂

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I’ve never had Burmese Food and was really excited for something new and different.

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I started with a signature cocktail, which contained lemon, ginger, and beer.

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I was afraid the ginger was going to be too strong, but the combination was perfect. I would compare it to a very light ginger beer. 🙂

The table started with Platha and Dip Multi layered bread served with a coconut chicken curry sauce

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We all wanted to bathe in the coconut chicken curry sauce.

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The sauce was out of this world. It was the perfect amount of sweet and savory. 🙂

Beth and I decided to share a couple of choices, rather than order two things of our own.

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Tea Leaf Salad*
Featured on Food Network
Yes, we really do go to Burma to get the tea for this salad, and it’s worth the trip. With textures from fried garlic, peanuts

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The fermented tea leaves were not the stars of this dish as i had expected, it was actually all the unique textures that all the nuts and seeds brought. Each bite had a great crunch.

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Vegetarian Samusa Soup
Featured on Food Network and Bay Area Backroads!
Even though it’s vegetarian, this remains our most popular soup for both meat eaters and vegetarians alike

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Beth and I both decided it was the graham masala spice that gave this dish an almost smoky taste. There was a definite spiciness to this dish, but nothin too powerful. 🙂

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I had a small bite of Corey’s great noodle dish as well.

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Everything was soo GOOD! Burmese food is comprised of very unique flavor combinations that were right up my all. Nom
Nom Nom 🙂

The four of usw were dreaming of dessert before we were even seated for dinner.

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Beth and Corey too us to a local hot sot , Mitchell’s, for some after dinner ice cream.

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Purple Yam?

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I must try that one!

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It was expecting something exotic, but it tasted kind of like purple dyed vanilla. :/

I ended up with a scoop of the Grasshopper Pie

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Mint + Chocolate = Ice Cream Perfection. 🙂

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Many Thanks to Beth and Cory for a great evening out AND for putting Derek and I up last night and tonight. 🙂

Tomorrow Derek and I head to Sonoma for some wine country. We have a tour that starts at 10:00am sharp. It’s going to be epic! 😉

Good night!

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