Sunday, June 5, 2011

San Francisco and the Bay Area

While we were in San Francisco over Memorial Day weekend, my boyfriend and I had some really great food. We both like food, and we both especially like good food, and we really lucked out at restaurant after restaurant.

We stayed in a great area of the City. Our place was conveniently located near Market Street, near a BART station, and near many different restaurants. We were near at least three vegan places and many others that were very vegan-friendly. The first night, we ate at an Indian restaurant located merely feet from our front door. We shared two entrees (I can't remember their names, unfortunately) that were delicious.

Sunday morning, we each ate a fabulous gluten-free, vegan blue corn waffle at the Little Bird Coffeehouse. It was topped with fruit and nuts and a little dusting of powdered sugar. Delicious and filling.

Sunday afternoon we actually tried to go to Gracias Madre, but we were stumped by the Carnivale that was happening on Mission Street. Instead, we found a Vietnamese restaurant off the beaten path that offered up vegan pho. It was not the most flavorful pho I've ever had (that honor belongs to Pho PDX in downtown Portland), but it was good just the same (and very colorful).

We made reservations at Millennium on Sunday evening. I had heard so many fantastic reviews about the food there, and I'm pleased to say the experience did not disappoint one bit. I hope to return someday (after my food hangover has worn off!).  Since it was a special occasion, we went a bit all out. We tried a few wines at the beginning, then ordered a wine pairing with the rest of our meal.

By course, we ate...
     Crusted Oyster Mushrooms: chickpea flour & thyme dredge, radish salad with ginger aioli, grapefruit-habanero chile jam
     Seared Asparagus: chile, ginger, black sesame sauce
     D had Smoked Tempeh with Pearl Barley Risotto (not shown on the website)
     I had Polenta with a Marinated Portobello Mushroom (also not on the website)
     There were very few gluten-free options on the dessert menu, so we went with the scoops of Sorbet.

Needless to say we were stuffed and content when we finished the meal and walked home. I am not embarrassed to admit, however, that after a while, I ate a bit of our Indian leftovers when we got back to our place.

Here is the view from our studio.

On Memorial Day, we made a plan to walk to the water and then hit Gracias Madre on our way out of town (you can read my glowing review of our experience here).

San Francisco is a lovely city. We agreed that we didn't have any real interest to live there, but we both enjoyed visiting and experiencing a different pace for a while.

the bench at the Millbrae Caltrain station!

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