Easing into SF.

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Puccini (sp?) - great casual place for a meal or happy hour.

For this labor day weekend, Felicia (my bestest friend) and I chose to do a mellow trip to SF.  F went to Berkley and I’ve been coming up to SF several times a year for several years so we’re both pretty familiar with the area.  We really just come up now to eat, shop and visit old friends.

 

I wanted to optimize my time up north so I flew in earlier on Monday.  It was my first time flying with Virgin America and it was awesome!!!  I don’t even think it’s that much more expensive – but the service is nicer and more efficient, the planes are newer, and (the best part) you can control your own entertainment including music, tv, movies, and games.  You can even chat with other passengers through your own monitor – very cool.  I will definitely be flying VA to SF from now on.

 

I was a bit concerned about the weather since the forecast was quite wide ranging, but as luck would have it, it was a gorgeous weekend between 70-80’s.

My seafood pasta - yum! wonderfully fresh fish.
  I don’t think I’ve ever been to SF in the last few years w/out it being a strangely warm weekend.  How serendipitous! 

 

Upon landing, I took Bart into town – super convenient since the Bart station is attached to the VA terminal.  (awesome!)  I checked into Marriot SF – ok hotel, but great location – near Union Square and the remodeled shopping center.  At this point, it was past 1pm and I was starving!  I asked the concierge for a recommendation and she referred me to Puccini (sp?), a casual Italian place within walking distance of the hotel.  Really pleasant place with friendly staff.  I was immediately welcomed at the bar and I had a wonderful glass of pinot grigio with my seafood pasta.  Super fresh and tasty!  After lunch I was empowered to shop!  A bit too much…

 

I returned to my room a bit contrite and weary from shopping.

View from the 39th floor lounge.
  After a brief nap I went up to the lounge up on the 39th floor of the hotel to enjoy the view and some martinis.  It was strangely crowded up there – a mix of locals happy houring and European tourists.  After 2 martinis, F finally arrived!  We caught up a bit and then headed out to dinner at Bar Tartine.  I chose the restaurant because I’m a big fan of Tartine Bakery and I had high hopes for their food.  The space was very cozy and warm.  While waiting, we got into a fab conversation with a New Yorker about great restaurants in SF, LA and NY.  It’s always nice to meet fellow foodies!  

 

But more importantly, it’s always nice to have a good meal.  I admit I was hoping it would have been better, but overall, it was a good experience.  We had the following:

 

-         Charcuterie Plate – just mediocre

-         Pork Belly – delicious, perfect balance of fattiness

-         Gnocchi with corn and mushrooms – light and fluffy

-         Chocolate Mousse – ok

-         Sorbet – ok

 

Definitely the entrees were the best things.
F & me being silly.
  We returned home and called it a night early since F was still recovering from a cold and we needed to energize for the next day!
mellemel8 says:
hmm i can't believe i missed this blog. i am glad am eating breakfast while am reading this :)
Posted on: Sep 18, 2008
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Puccini (sp?) - great casual place…
Puccini (sp?) - great casual plac…
My seafood pasta - yum!  wonderful…
My seafood pasta - yum! wonderfu…
View from the 39th floor lounge.
View from the 39th floor lounge.
F & me being silly.
F & me being silly.
Bar Tartine.
Bar Tartine.
Charcuterie Plate.  Just ok.
Charcuterie Plate. Just ok.
Gnocchi - soooo good!
Gnocchi - soooo good!
Pork Belly - yum!
Pork Belly - yum!
Me with chocolate mousse and my ne…
Me with chocolate mousse and my n…
Our hotel room - comfy beds.
Our hotel room - comfy beds.