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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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. 🙂



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.


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


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.


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

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Derek ordered an everything bagel with cream cheese


And shared a quarter of it with me.



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.


We split a Clam Chowder and a spring salad.


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. 🙂


Next the Ferry Building.


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. 🙂


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


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.


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. 🙂



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





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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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. 🙂


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


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.


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

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Purple Yam?


I must try that one!


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

I ended up with a scoop of the Grasshopper Pie


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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