My dad has teased my mom and I accusing us of having 90% of our conversations or planned events revolve around food. I laughed at first, but realized pretty quickly that we really do operate like that. The truth is, I wouldn't have it any other way. I absolutely love good food. In fact, my dream job would be to travel the world and try out restaurants to review for travel books. Anyone wanna hire me for that? I promise I won't object...
Since I always love to travel with a few great suggestions for restaurants before I go, I thought I'd share a few of our favorite places that we found this go around.
The first great restaurant we found (after an average but not mention worthy indian restaurant for lunch) was an Italian place called Umbria. It was right by our hotel in the downtown district on 2nd Street.
Our next day was spent wandering around inside the Ferry Building. We sort of stumbled upon it (trying to find a great clam chowder in a breadbowl place by the wharf) and spent hours inside sampling different foods from all of the cafes and restaurants inside. This place is fabulous. If you haven't been here before, you must GO. We were able to get small tasters of everything we wanted so that we got to taste a huge variety of foods rather than filling up on just one menu item.
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This one is for all you cheese lovers out there. We're talking, walk into the store and the further in you go the more it smells like stinky feet kind of cheese lovers. Oh yeah. I personally love a good sharp cheese and am of course willing to try any and all cheese they want to freely sample to me :) My sweets loves a good Gruyere so per the cheese connoisseur's suggestion, I brought him home some fabulous cheese called "challerhocker".
We loved their cheeses so much and ordered a plate of Roclette cheese over yukon gold potatoes and asparagus to share. Our family has an annual tradition of eating rolette, so we had to try this one and were not disappointed. Roclette is a Swiss cheese that is prepared on a roclette grill similar to fondue (i.e. you melt the roclette cheese and pour it over beef, veggies, bread, or even fresh fruit). Your house will smell like a high school football team's locker room full of sweaty feet but the taste really doesn't match the smell. Did that entice you to try it or what?
After our fabulous day at the Ferry Building, we had to do some more shopping, and ate dinner in the Mission District at a great little burger joint (ironically for their cobb salad and to-die-for sweet potato fries) so that we were near our final and ultimate food destination for the day...
This tiny hole in the wall ice cream shop is so worth a cab ride and even hour long wait if you have to. Since it was pouring cats and dogs outside, we were able to get right in but I would seriously fly back there again just to go eat this ice cream. They have outlandish flavors like "earl grey tea", "honey lavender", and "orange cardamom" yet somehow the flavors that seem so bizarre for ice cream just so work.
My two favorites were "salted caramel" which tastes just as it sounds though I also felt like it had almost a "burnt" flavor. My other favorite was "brown sugar with ginger and caramel sauce". I would never think of ginger in ice cream but oh my heavens. It worked. I literally had to savor every single bite and was so tempted to get more after my two scoops. I kind of regret that I didn't actually. Next time.
All in all, the trip revolved around great shopping, fabulous food and a few moments of relaxation for our mani/pedi. Every mom deserves a break like this every now and again.
Also I need to brag quickly about one of my darling little dance students. She performed the solo I choreographed for her in her first dance competition this weekend (which I sadly missed) and won Queen in her division. I am so proud of her!
How was your weekend?