My sister, Corinne, and her boyfriend, Dave, just spent the past five days visiting me in San Francisco. I was so excited to have them both here in town and to get to spend time together. Corinne & Dave live up in Vancouver, so I do not get to see them as often as I would like. This was also likely the last time I will see them before the big move 😦 We kicked off Wednesday night with a visit to the Mission’s El Farolito taqueria to get some delish, authentic and not to forget CHEAP! burritos.
While I worked on Thursday and Friday, Corinne and Dave spent their days visiting Alcatraz and exploring the coast along the Pacific Coast Highway. We had late dinner at Umami Burger in my neighborhood (omg SO GOOD, can’t believe I hadn’t been before!) with Corinne’s friend Nicole (who worked with us at Artie’s back in the day in VA), who happened to be in town for business. We spent Friday night in the kitchen at Andrew’s house, cooking a Crisp-Tender Roast Duck with Cherry Rosemary Sauce. Well …. Dave cooked and we watched 🙂 That, along with plenty of good California wine and a game Battle of the Sexes, we had a great night.
Saturday we piled into the car and drove out to Pt. Reyes National Seashore. For all my readers who are not familiar, Pt Reyes is located right on the San Andreas Fault Zone just north of San Francisco. We went to the park to walk the Earthquake Trail, which has a section where you can clearly see that the 1906 earthquake moved the land over 20 ft and a fence had split in half. Totally wild!
Afterwards we drove out to the coastline to Kehoe Beach to walk for a bit and then went to another part of the park to try to spot some elephant seals. Kehoe was breathtaking and stretched on for miles.
Saturday night Andrew and I took Corinne and Dave to our favorite little Italian restaurant in North Beach, Trattoria Contadina. Dinner was amazing, just like it is every time we go to that place!
Obviously a trip to San Francisco would not be complete without a visit to wine country! Sunday, we drove up and started the day at Iron Horse winery in Sebastopol. This winery is off the beaten path, in the Russian River Valley with a tasting bar outdoors overlooking the vineyards, focusing on chardonnay and pinot noir. The boys got the sparkling wine tasting while the girls sipped on various vintages of Chardonnay. I must admit, the guys got the better deal. While the Chard was good – the sparklings were so delicious and the perfect bubbly – totally recommend!
After Iron Horse, we took a quick pit stop in downtown Sebastopol for lunch, then finished the afternoon out on the patio at the winery Andrew and I are wine club members of, Lynmar Estate. We could not have asked for a better day, it was warm, sunny and the wine kept flowing.
The weekend ended with Chef Dave cooking us up some Thai green curry at Andrew’s house … and more wine. Because …. why not 🙂 I still can’t believe that their trip is over, I feel like they just got here. I miss you both already and can’t wait to see you again!
P.S. …… 65 Days until Switzerland!