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Dinner in Yountville (Napa Valley)

Ad Hoc

Hey! We were on vacation last week in California. And, no, no, we didn’t go to The French Laundry (although, I am starting a campaign to do so on our 5th wedding anniversary) but we did go to Ad Hoc, one of Thomas Keller‘s other restaurants. Mmm!

Menu from April 29, 2010:

* TFL Garden Carrot & Butter Lettuce Salad – sugar snap peas, blonde frisee, crisp chickpeas, white cabbage, chive oil, diced jicama, ginger dressing

* Angus Beef New York Strip Steak – grilled scallions, fingerling potatoes, cilantro, fried hen egg, fresno chilies, . . . → Read More: Dinner in Yountville (Napa Valley)

California: The Week in Pictures

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Mostly pictures of our vacation to California last week. Very good as I am way tired. Goodnight. *snore*

Places mentioned —

Benbow Inn Monterey Bay Aquarium Boathouse Vacation Rental Sea Ranch Trinks Redwood Grill

California Mussels with chorizo, tomato and tarragon at the Benbow Inn.

California Benbow Bridge over the Elk River

California More Elk River

California Benbow Inn

California View from our room

California Approaching the Golden Gate Bridge from the North

California On . . . → Read More: California: The Week in Pictures

The Best Restaurant to Live Above: Flea Street Cafe in Menlo Park

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Flea Street Cafe 3607 Alameda de las Pulgas Menlo Park, CA 94025 650-854-1226

I have very fond memories of Flea Street Cafe in Menlo Park. You see, I used to live in an apartment above the restaurant. I would walk up the backstairs and smell all the amazing smells from the open kitchen door. In the summer, there was even a mini-farmer’s market in the parking lot. As if that all wasn’t enough — my studio apartment also had hardwood floors. All in all, it was a pretty great place to live.

When jwa . . . → Read More: The Best Restaurant to Live Above: Flea Street Cafe in Menlo Park

Farallon Restaurant in San Francisco

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Farallon 450 Post St. San Francisco, CA 94102

One very good meal that we did have recently was with jwa’s parents at Farallon, in San Francisco. I loved the decor and the whole underwater theme, especially these very funky paintings they had throughout the restaurant. They had lights hanging from the ceilings that looked like jellyfish and other sorts of the life aquatic. In case you hadn’t figured it out — Farallon is mainly a seafood restautrant.

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The evening started in the bar (as all fun evenings should) with cocktails such . . . → Read More: Farallon Restaurant in San Francisco

Three Hotels in Four Days: The Plesantly Surprising, the Slightly Disappointing and the Pleasingly Serene

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Hotel del Sol 3100 Webster San Francisco

We liked this place a lot. And, more importantly, the price was right and it smelled of cookies while we were checking in. Try finding a reasonably priced hotel within walking distance of Fisherman’s Wharf that smells like freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies! Then, try to find one with some character and free parking. It takes a while and an excel spreadsheet for all the comparison and calculations, I tell you.

Our second choice was the Cornell Hotel de France mainly because of the price, the cuteness and the . . . → Read More: Three Hotels in Four Days: The Plesantly Surprising, the Slightly Disappointing and the Pleasingly Serene