I just found this as a draft post... even though it isn't complete I thought
i'd share anyhow... it was already a year ago!
On Sunday, we were up and moving early. We decided to catch a good breakfast in the city at Buena Vista. We tried to eat breakfast here Saturday but the place was standing room only.. and really was too packed to even stand. I know I have talked mostly about our meals in San Francisco and this place makes me want to go on and on about food. OMG, the food here was good. Matt had Crab Cake Benedict and I got their french toast. The guys enjoyed their infamous Irish coffee's. They got to know the bar tender which had worked at this bar/restaurant since 1973 and found out they sale 2,000 of these drinks A DAY! That means they bring in over $5,000,000 off that one drink in a single year! The bar tender had this drink making down a science.
|Clockwise: Buena Vista sign, BV employee since 1973, menu, my french toast, my corned beef hash, Matt's crab cake Benedict, Matt's almost empty Irish creme coffee, and the outside view of the restaurant|
We then made our way North to Napa Valley. We were lucky to get a reservation to for the educational tour of the Robert Mondavi winery on our way there. We were later told that Robert Mondavi is pretty much the "grandfather" of Napa Valley wines.
Napa is absolutely beautiful. We were all in awe of how the grape vines grew up and around the small mountains. They are amazing and so beautiful. It's an amazing sight to see.
After our tour, we drove into Downtown Napa. It was the most adorable little town. Jim just so happened to drove right into the front of a bakery. And when I say drove into, he drove into it. :) I was excited to visit another bakery, Sweetie Pies. I loved seeing what different things they all had. I bought a High hat and carrot cake whoopie pie. They were the perfect snack before our late lunch. The guys found another wine tasting to enjoy at the General Store. The bartender was very nice. He was planning a trip down to our neck-in-the-woods so we gave him a few tips and things and places to eat. He enjoyed doing an unposed photo shoot of us 4. I have to mention the wines here didn't even begin to compare to the great Robert Mondavi wines. The wines here were small production wines with some wines only being a part of a 60 case productions.
We then made our way to Mustards Grill. We had heard this was the place to eat in Napa and we totally agree.
We then made it back to San Fransisco and to see the Painted Ladies which are the houses in the opening sequence for the show Full House. The houses were just as I had pictured and looked to be all occupied. We got out of the car and walked into the park across the street.
Then we gave Jim the challenge of getting back to our apartment with no Google Maps! :) This gave us a chance to see a little different part of town. He did make his way right back to the apartment though. We weren't ready to call it a night just yet so we walked just up the street to a tiny sushi restaurant. I can't remember the name and it was not really even that good but we wanted just one more little outing during our San Fran trip. By this time, we felt like locals in our little neighborhood.
We made our way back home on Monday. After coming to the conclusion that our all four of us and our luggage was not going to fit into the micro-Mustang we were driving, Matt and I ordered an airport shuttle while Jim and Christie took the car. Our shuttle driver had actually lived in Jackson County, Mississippi before which we found to be pretty amazing. He had to move after the oil spill.
Honestly, Matt and I decided it's definitely at the top of our lists of places we've visited. We hope to make it back someday!