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Trip report is posted here
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Aug 06, 2010
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Aug 06, 2010
BlackTea in San Francisco Bay Area

BlackTea Trip Report (SF and Carmel)

We arrived at SF on Friday afternoon. Checked in at the Hyatt Regency and didn’t do much except unpacking and resting a bit until we went to dinner at 1550 Hyde. We loved the place, the restaurant is so cozy and they were very accommodating and friendly towards the 3-yr old. I ordered the King Salmon, husband ordered the lamb Moussaka. Both dishes were delicious, and everything tasted fresh, the salmon dish I got at 1550 surpasses the $48 salmon dish I had recently at a Disney resort. What a shame this place will close. We were all too tired to order dessert and the waiter nicely ordered a cab for us. The bill was around $75 with wine and tip.
On Saturday morning, we went to the Ferry Market, walked around and around several times until each decided on something to eat. We shared the okonomiyaki from NAMU stand and smoked salmon on toast from another stand. Both were very good especially the okonomiyaki with the egg. We walked around the market some more and tasted some amazingly tasty fruits and pastries. We then attempted to ride F-Market to Fisherman’s Wharf but after two over-crowded ones passed we gave up and decided to walk to the Wharf which was not a bad choice. We walked on the piers and then headed to Hyde to catch the cable car but the line was so long, the estimate we got was about an hour wait so we decided to use the F-Market back to the hotel. We actually rode one of the open top ones and the son had a blast. We were planning to go to a Chinese place for lunch but we were still full from breakfast so we went back to the hotel for a much needed nap (he is on east coast time schedule). In the afternoon, we went to Chinatown to get some pastries from the Golden Gate Bakery but they were closed for vacation, we were disappointed and we took the bus (45 I think) to Chestnut and Fillmore to walk around the neighborhoods there. We stopped by the Marina Public Library where they had story time and kid’s songs and spent some time there and then walked Fillmore to union to Gough stopped for some snacks and then took the bus back to the hotel. We had dinner that evening at Zuni, the place has a very nice atmosphere and we didn’t feel it odd to be there with a toddler. I ordered the Lamb grill, husband ordered strip steak and we shared parmesan polenta as a side and they made a butter and parmesan pasta for the son (He only eats bland food that shameful one). Everything was delicious but the portions are on the small side and the polenta was just OK, maybe we’re not big on polenta because the two tables around us emptied their polenta plates, the bill was around $100 including wine and tip. We went back to the hotel, grabbed brownies from the Regency club, which has daily assortment of desserts between 8 and 9 pm.

Sunday morning we had breakfast at Eclipse in the Hyatt Regency (free by the hotel for husband’s diamond status, at least his business travel is good for something) then we rode the cable car from embarcadero (where we did not have to wait at all) up Nob Hill and then took a bus to the Marina and walked to the Exploratorium. I need a moment here to say how amazing that place is, all of us had fun there, spent about 2-3 hours and then took the buses back to the hotel, it was past nap time but we still went back for the son to have some rest time. My husband begged me to have no walking plans for Sunday afternoon so we had to skip the Golden Gate Park or Bridge but that was OK with me because we’ve visited them in past trips. Instead, we had a snack in the Regency club to hold us until dinner and rode the cable car back and forth few times because that and any other transportation method seem to be the most activities fun for the son. We went back to the hotel to change and walked to the Slanted Door. The restaurant was very busy and those with no reservations were waiting for about an hour or more. Many of the tables had kids and babies and the place is quite loud so we didn’t have to keep shushing the son as we expected. We started with the Yellowtail, which was excellent and the husband ordered the shaking beef and I got the stir fried chicken with nuts. Both were great but we exchanged plates because I liked his and he liked mine. The son ate from our plates, which was a happy surprise, maybe there is hope. We skipped dessert and the bill was around $120 with wine and tip.
Monday morning, we had breakfast buffet at Eclipse in the Hyatt again and we went to get the rental car. We then checked out and drove to Carmel. We hit very little traffic and we were there in about 2 hours. We checked in at the Highlands Inn, which is a beautiful Hyatt property, we were so taken by the views and were a bit late on our way to Carmel Valley for wine tasting, we managed to get to Talbott before they close, we tasted white wines and they all were very good, went to Julienne’s but they were closed just before we got there around 5:15 pm. We took some beautiful pictures at that winery and then went to downtown Carmel to grab something to eat. We got some deli sandwiches from Bruno’s and went across the street to the park and spent some time there. We went back to the hotel and had a late night dessert from Pacific’s Edge in our room. I got the strawberry crisp and my husband got the homemade kit kat bar. I liked mine and he liked mine so we ended up eating mine and not finishing his, it was too chocolaty with no wafers, still it was good but the crisp was pretty amazing.
On Tuesday, we had a late breakfast at California Market at the Highlands Inn, very good meals, I had the California Benedict (avocados and roasted peppers) and my husband had some other Benedict with Turkey and avocados. The son had pancakes. We did the 17-mile drive and that took few hours because we stopped a lot and took pictures, we also saw dolphins at one of the early stops, which was very exciting for all three of us. The weather was not good, foggy and cold but at least there was no rain and we were dressed properly so no complaints, plus the fog adds to the charm of the area. We headed back to the hotel for rest time and in the afternoon while the son was sleeping we were playing with the binoculars and saw what we believe is a whale (so exciting). We then debated the Monterey Aquarium or the Tuesday Monterey Farmer’s Market and the latter won especially after we saw the ticket prices for the aquarium. I’m sure the son would have enjoyed the aquarium but for the amount of time we had before we get back to dinner we decided against it. The Monterey Tuesday market was impressive, we absolutely loved it, tasted just about everything and I wanted to cry at how tasty the fruits are in California. Here in Florida, we regularly go to our farmer’s market but nothing comes close in taste to the fruits we tasted in Monterey. Later that evening we had a very delicious meal (to celebrate 11th anniversary) at Pacific’s Edge. They actually seated us in the downstairs area even with the toddler, who thankfully well-behaved. The waiter was very friendly with him and gave him a few pieces of chocolate when we left as a reward for being so quiet For dinner, I started with the beet Carpaccio and husband had the pea soup, both were very good, his was better than mine. For the main course, I had the sea bass and husband had the angus New York steak. We shared a side of risotto. Again all was delicious and his was better than mine again!
The next morning, we had breakfast again at California Market and then headed to MRY to catch our flight to SFO and then back to Orlando.
The trip was very enjoyable; it’s difficult to be back at work actually. We could have stayed longer at SF because we couldn’t see everything I had planned on but then again we’ll be back in the future. We also felt that two days in Carmel was good enough maybe another day would have been nice as well.
Thank you all for contributing to our plans!

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Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Golden Gate Bakery
1029 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

1550 Hyde
1550 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Carpaccio
1120 Crane St, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Aug 06, 2010
BlackTea in San Francisco Bay Area

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Yes I did, they're closing August 14.
I sure will post a detailed report after we get back. Thank you all so much.

Jul 29, 2010
BlackTea in California

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Thank you all for the recommendation on the cheese shop, Brunos and Chateau Julien, we'll check them out when we're there.
I called Pacific Edge today and asked them about the 3yr old and they said that they have a section upstairs for families with kids so I went ahead and made reservations there. Still, I told them that I'll be stopping by the day before to check out the seating arrangements.

Jul 29, 2010
BlackTea in California

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Hi all,

First, I apologize for the double post, I had one similar to thins in the SF bay area but since the trip also includes Carmel, I was advised to post my questions here as well.

Flying to SF this Friday for three nights and then two nights in Carmel with husband and 3 yr old son.

I've been doing research on things to do and places to eat and I came up with the plan below. Please note that the son is fairly well--behaved and is used to sitting in restaurants eating and watching sesame street or something else on the iphone.

Friday July 30th
3 PM Check-in at Hyatt Regency Embarcadero
4 PM Take the son to Fisherman's wharf to see the sea lions
7 PM back to hotel to change for dinner
8 PM Dinner reservation at 1550 Hyde

Saturday July 31st
8 AM Ferry Market
10 AM Coit Tower
12 noon cable car to chinatown
1 PM if hungry light lunch at R&G or Chung King
2 PM Back to the hotel for son's nap time
4 PM GGB and Crissy Field
7 PM Dinner reservations at Zuni Café

Sunday August 1st

8 AM breakfast at hotel
9 AM Exploratorium
1 PM Back at the hotel for nap time
3 PM Golden Gate Park
7 PM back at the hotel to get ready for dinner
7:45 Dinner reservation at Slanted Door

Monday August 2nd

8 AM breakfast at hotel
10 AM Head down to Carmel
12 PM check in at Highlands Inn and nap time for toddler
3 PM go to Carmel Valley village for wine tasting (Parsonage, Bernardus,Talbott)
7 PM take some wine and cheese or sushi (any recommendations here?) and head to Carmel beach to watch the sunset

Tuesday August 3rd
8 AM Breakfast at hotel
9 AM Drive to Monterrey for the 17 mile drive
1 PM back to carmel for nap time
3 PM Possibly pack light lunch from (suggestions here?)
3:30 PM Go to Point Lobos Park and spend the afternoon there
8:00 PM dinner at pacific's edge

Please provide any input and suggestions. What would you change in terms of places and restaurants.

Thanks a lot

Jul 28, 2010
BlackTea in California

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Another question:
What do you guys think of Slanted Door, good choice? Other suggestions to replace it if not a good choice?

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Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Jul 28, 2010
BlackTea in San Francisco Bay Area

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Thank you for the suggestion, we'll do the duck pond and the outdoor disco, I'm sure the son will love that

Jul 28, 2010
BlackTea in San Francisco Bay Area

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Dim Sum is not popular with everybody in this family so we'll have to skip that:)

Jul 28, 2010
BlackTea in San Francisco Bay Area

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I looked over the popular items at R&G and they look like something we would like to eat. So lunch on Saturday will be either Chung King or R&G.

We added the Golden Gatwe Bakery to the itinerary and noted the egg tarts.
Thank you so much!

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Chung King
606 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Jul 28, 2010
BlackTea in San Francisco Bay Area

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Thank you for the input, we'll go to RG Lounge on Saturday, just looked at their menu and it sounds delicious.
We'll also skip the Haight/Ashbury and go to the Golden Gate park instead.

Jul 28, 2010
BlackTea in San Francisco Bay Area

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Hi all,

Flying to SF this Friday for three nights and then two nights in Carmel with husband and 3 yr old son.

I've been doing research on things to do and places to eat and I came up with the plan below. Please note that the son is fairly well--behaved and is used to sitting in restaurants eating and watching sesame street or something else on the iphone.

Friday July 30th
3 PM Check-in at Hyatt Regency Embarcadero
4 PM Take the son to Fisherman's wharf to see the sea lions
7 PM back to hotel to change for dinner
8 PM Dinner reservation at 1550 Hyde

Saturday July 31st
8 AM Ferry Market
10 AM Coit Tower
12 noon cable car to chinatown
1 PM if hungry light lunch at … any suggestions?
2 PM Back to the hotel for son's nap time
4 PM walk fillmore street/chestnut neihborhood and Hayes St between Franklin & Fillmore, and Gough
7 PM Dinner reservations at Zuni Café

Sunday August 1st

8 AM breakfast at hotel
9 AM Exploratorium
1 PM Back at the hotel for nap time
3 PM Tour Haight-Ashbury or golden gate park or both?
7 PM back at the hotel to get ready for dinner
7:45 Dinner reservation at Slanted Door

Monday August 2nd

8 AM breakfast at hotel
10 AM Head down to Carmel
12 PM check in at Highlands Inn and nap time for toddler
3 PM go to Carmel Valley village for wine tasting (Parsonage, Bernardus,Talbott)
7 PM take some wine and cheese or sushi (any recommendations here?) and head to Carmel beach to watch the sunset


Tuesday August 3rd
8 AM Breakfast at hotel
9 AM Drive to Monterrey for the 17 mile drive
1 PM back to carmel for nap time
3 PM Possibly pack light lunch from (suggestions here?)
3:30 PM Go to Point Lobos Park and spend the afternoon there
8:00 PM dinner at pacific's edge

Please provide any input and suggestions. What would you change in terms of places and restaurants.

Thanks a lot

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Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

1550 Hyde
1550 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Jul 28, 2010
BlackTea in San Francisco Bay Area

Shin Orlando

You know what, Sott, I think they must handed you a different menu.

I was at Shin last week and I was impressed by the quality and freshness of the fish. The Rainbow roll (which is usually my measure of how expensive a sushi place is) was for $9. That's around average or even slightly below. Ordered a toro sashimi for $12, tasty but not really worth it.

Decor is basic and service was ok.

Their selection of specialty rolls is limited, tried a futomaki that didn't score too high with us.

Still, I liked the quality of the ingredients and the price beats amura.

Jan 28, 2009
BlackTea in Florida

Best food finds at Costco? [old]

Where did those chicken burgers go?? we loved them as well and I'm still hoping they'll get them back after they clear all those holiday cheeses...

Jan 20, 2009
BlackTea in Chains

Middle Eastern restaurant in central FL?

There is a Turkish place in Winter Park on Park Ave, Bosphorous http://www.bosphorousrestaurant.com/.
The food would be similar to what you would eat at Syrian restaurant. The place itself is nicely decorated and sitting outside on a cool night is great. Their hummus, falafel, baba ghanoush are sort of the turkish version of these... might not be up to par with other arab/middle eastern in the NE or upper midwest.

Jul 27, 2008
BlackTea in Florida

Sushi in Orlando - Wazzabi

As I get to work my way through what Orlando has to offer in Sushi, I’ll be dropping by here and adding a thread in this forum. Due to the nature of my job, I get to eat out A LOT, on the road and home in Orlando. This is my opinion based on what I saw and ate all around. When it comes to Japanese cuisine, other than Miso and the occasional serving of Edamame, I only eat sashimi and sushi.

I’ll start with Wazzabi, just because I ate there today and many here know the place

Honestly, I’ve been disappointed with Wazzabi. I gave that place 4 chances and it never wowed me. The fish was on and off but the rice was never properly seasoned.

This is not your average strip mall sushi place; it is large and nicely decorated. The sushi bar is huge and can seat at least 15. The seating area outside is furnished with carved large pieces of wood for seats and tables. I sat there once and didn’t find it comfortable. I recall that the temperature was a little chilly inside one time. It was comfortable when we visited today. The location is good and accessible. Complimentary valet outside, which seemed unnecessary since the parking is right there. No optional self parking on that lot.

Service was good; we were seated fast and relatively well attended to.

I find it alarming though when you glance at the sushi bar and can’t tell the sushi chef from the bus boy. I didn’t converse with those behind the bar to be able to tell if any is truly a sushi chef. A place as large as Wazzabi should have at least 2 or 3 authentic chefs.

Maybe they have chefs, not good chefs though. A good sushi chef pays as much attention to his rice as much as he does to the fish. The seasoning was off in at least 3 out of the 4 times I was there. The fish on today’s Rainbow Roll fell off as soon as the waitress laid the boat on the table, the tuna was a pale pinkish red and what they call a volcano roll looked like (and tasted like) a supermarket California roll with coleslaw on top. I didn’t feel like shedding extra $15 to try the Toro today. The sake, saba and hamachi tasted ok.

This probably would be the last time we visit Wazzabi any time soon…. This time for real.

Jul 27, 2008
BlackTea in Florida