Monday, October 13, 2008
Cali in a nutshell
Here's a fraction of the photos we took on the trip. In total, there were 630!!
Arrived Saturday and the first thing we did was hit up In-n-Out for some cheeseburgers. The burgers were solid but the fries left much to be desired. Then headed to T&T's by Civic Center where we stayed all week, and took a walk around Hayes Valley.
Sunday was Tomo's birthday so the day was spent prepping for a home bbq and then eating it all.
On Monday, headed to Burson to see Butch & Lu at the farm, then dinner with the Sacramento Chings at Buco di Beppe.
Tuesday drove to Muir Woods for a short hike, then Stinson Beach where we ate fried chicken and cole slaw with the seagulls. A walk around Chinatown for dinner.
Wednesday was lunch at the Ferry Building with Michael. I had oysters, a porchetta panini, chocolate pot de creme and a ride on M's Vespa. Then to Derek's store Park Life where we got a private tour. It's a combo art and design store/gallery, plus they publish art books. Golden Gate Park & the Hagiwara Tea Garden, then dinner at Koo in Inner Sunset with my cousin Andrea and our friend Jaebock who I have known the better part of 15 years.
Thursday we drove to Napa where we hit up three wineries. Rutherford Hill was our first stop where we purchased a bottle of Zinfandel port. Then on to the big Domaine Chandon where we sampled sparkling wines and had lunch. Our last stop was Artesa, which was back in Napa. It was a little out of the way and up on a hill so we could see a great view of the valley, and scattered with modern sculptures throughout. Shopped a bit at the outlet stores, then headed to dinner at Ad Hoc which was a great experience.
On Friday we headed back to the Bay by way of Berkeley, where we had ice cream at Ici on College Ave. Dinner with Tomo & Tina that night, followed by a game of Scattergories at home.
Saturday we headed to the Mission for breakfast at Tartine (Pacific Coast Breakfast tea & Pain au Chocolat) and then rested until D&L's wedding, which was a small, intimate affair. Tears were shed.
Our final day Sunday, had dim sum with an old family friend before hopping on the plane bound for JFK. The weather was great the entire time and despite my incessant planning, didn't seem too harried. Definitely left a piece of me back there. I think it's under the couch.