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San Fran and Napa/Sonoma Trip in Sept Restaurant Help Needed

@ jaiko - Oh No! I will have to look into this further! How did Boulevard win the James Beard award for Outstanding Restaurant for 2012?

Aug 22, 2012
sanchejg in San Francisco Bay Area

San Fran and Napa/Sonoma Trip in Sept Restaurant Help Needed

Thanks. Any breakfast suggestions in St Helena or lunch suggestions in Napa?

Aug 16, 2012
sanchejg in San Francisco Bay Area

San Fran and Napa/Sonoma Trip in Sept Restaurant Help Needed

I'm heading to San Fran and Napa in mid-Sept. and can't wait! I'll be traveling with my roommate who is a chef here in NYC. We are both HUGE foodies - NO HOLDS BAR - we will try everything from food trucks, to tasting menus. We would love to find local spots and see none tourist things in SF. The plan is as follows:

Saturday:
Arrive in SF around 11am and hit the Farmer's Ferry Market for lunch.

Grab a Go Car for a 2-3ish hour tour around all of SF. Just to see the sights and decide where we want to spend more time when we return to SF later in the week.

Dinner at Oriental Pearl for Peking Duck.

Sunday:
Hotel is in Union Square so thinking Yank Sing for brunch, unless a "Can't Miss" sunday breakfast brunch is suggested? Then grabbing picnic items up at Ferry Building for the drive up to Napa.

Arrive in Napa mid-afternoon, looking to find a vineyard with no reservation needed.

Dinner suggestion needed for St. Helena area. Looking for moderate price entrees $15-25 each. Is Rotisserie & Wine, any good?

Monday:
Great breakfast spot in St. Helena????

Vineyard tours in the morning. (Cakebread, Mumm, Caymus)

Lunch at Mustard Grill in Yountville.

More vineyards after lunch Domaine Chandon, Milat and full tour at Del Dotto.

Dinner suggestions??? Could be a little more expensive would be willing to do a tasting menu or pre-fixe if there are any suggestions. Especially if places specialize in pairings.

Tuesday:
Another great breakfast spot maybe in Rutherford. Will be heading south to get back to SF. stopping at some other vineyards on the way.

Looking for a great Downtown Napa spot or quick pick up lunch.

Dinner at Boulevard in SF.

Wednesday:
Suggestions for breakfast in SF. Boulette's Larder? Sweet Maple? Brenda's French Soul Food?

Touring anywhere in the city.

Lunch depends on where we are

Dinner : Incanto!!!

Thursday:
Totally free day, but we have to head to the airport around 2. Any suggestions for something that is a need to see/do and a meal in the area would be great. Maybe a leisurely bike ride through Gloden Gate Park and lunch at Outerlands?

I know you will have so many suggestions and they are SO welcome. Thanks.

Aug 15, 2012
sanchejg in San Francisco Bay Area

Rioja Tasting 101

I was just in Spain and found a great Rioja. Montecillo (or Bodega Montecillo) has a great bottle 2003 Reserva. Priced at about $20 retail on the east coast. Try it!

Sep 17, 2009
sanchejg in Wine