The weekend before last, our daughter, Alexandra, and her friend brought Chief back to us (Chief stayed with her for four weeks in Los Angeles). We had a fun time and all agreed that it was a great weekend! Here are Eight Tips For A Perfect Weekend in San Francisco (yeah, a lot of food involved):
Tip One: Make A Dinner Reservation
(It’s rare that you can just walk into a restaurant in SF for dinner–lots of food enthusiasts here). We use Open Table a lot. After Alexandra and Luca arrived on Friday night, we walked to a little French restaurant in our neighborhood called Cocotte. We split the whole roasted chicken (I get that every time). It comes with three sauces in separate little pots.
Tip Two: Treat Yourself To The Original Swenson’s
After dinner, we stopped for ice cream at the original 1948 Swenson’s on Russian Hill. This place’s scents (fresh waffle cones and ice cream) tempt me every day so it’s nice to actually taste the ice cream!
Or Ghirardelli Square is also fun, too!
Tip Three: Wear Comfortable Shoes as You Will Do A Lot of Walking and Much of it is Hilly
Did you catch the last post of my favorite stylish AND comfortable shoes?
Tip Four: Buy Your Ticket in Advance for Alcatraz Island
Taking the ferry over there is half the fun. Such a gorgeous day!
The island is a United States national park and the guided headset tours are really well done.
Tip Five: Take a Cable Car Ride
The lines are long at the end stops but you might have better luck at one of the middle stops. It’s expensive at $7 but I still get a thrill every time I ride it. (and the cable car museum is free).
While we were out, my husband spotted the conductor that gives him a ride to work…
Tip Six: Have Coffee And Biscotti in North Beach (Italian Neighborhood)
Like at Stella Pastry and Cafe. Alexandra brought back cookies for dessert from there for later that night. The chewy pine nut ones were amazing!
Tip Seven: Try The Dungeness Crab
If you have a kitchen, you can get it freshly cooked, cleaned and cracked. My husband picks it up early in the morning at Alioto-Lazio Fish Co. at Fisherman’s Wharf. Check their hours first. The crab season is from November through June.
You can see a bit of Alcatraz where we were earlier in the day.
We served this with a big green salad and French bread. Here’s the delicious mustard sauce that Howard served with the crab that we were all raving about…
- 1 tbsp dry mustard
- 1 tbsp water
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup dill weed
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
Mix dry mustard with water thoroughly. In a separate bowl blend mayonnaise and oil. Add mayonnaise to the mustard. Stir in dill, salt, and pepper. Chill.
Howard served the mustard sauce in small individual ramekins on each plate.
I’d love to know how many steps we got in on Saturday as we walked to the Wharf and all over Alcatraz (and the original World Market) and back. Hey…so tip two should be emphasized!
The next morning before brunch, Alexandra introduced me to the television show: “Queer Eye.” Have you seen it on Netflix? It’s great and may make you tear up. They help all different sorts of people get fresh starts on life. I have three seasons to watch. 🙂
Tip Eight: Have Chinese Dim Sum on Sunday for Brunch As the Locals Do
There are many places, but we like the Hong Kong Lounge. They don’t take reservations, so you will have to wait. It’s not fancy but the food comes out hot and delicious. We ordered several things to share but I really recommend the soup dumplings, the eggplant and the sesame balls for dessert.
Then we took Alie and her friend to the airport. I was sad to see them go even though it was the perfect weekend in San Francisco. But look who we got to keep…
Have a great weekend.