Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Breakfast was at Starbucks, again. Coffee and chocolate croissants, again. Then still had to put the finishing touches on the booth, get our data retrieval computer, and have one on one meetings with potential buyers.
One of the highlights of the day other than dinner was lunch. The Fancy Food Show treated all of the vendors to, wait for it....a FREE Hotdog lunch! No sides, just hotdogs, buns, and condiments! We did get lemonade to drink. It was actually pretty good and if you really want to see a picture, you can search it out on my Flickr page.
After our long afternoon of meetings we finally got to go to the place I was really excited for, 21st Amendment Brewery. I came across their Brew Free or Die IPA this summer at Heinen's. I also heard their food was pretty good too. We sat down right away, then I was presented with one of the hardest decisions of my life,"What would you like to drink?" Not being able to decide, I ordered a Back in Black, Black IPA and A Brew Free or Die IPA. As you'll find out over time, I LOVE IPA's! The Black IPA was good, but it was a little to porteresque for me. The Brew Free was fantastic as usual! For dinner I ordered a Reuben, and well it was a tasty Reuben. I, once again forgot what my wife ordered, but I remembered she liked it.
Before we left, we asked the waiter to suggest another brewery to try and he suggested Magnolia Brewery and Gastropub in "The Haight" so that is where we will be going on Day 5.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
We finished up the set up and took a cab down to Pier 39, where we stopped by one of the many touristy Clam Chowder in a bread bowl spots. I ordered the Seafood Chowder which was crab and shrimp in a tomato base and a Anchor Steam. Sarah ordered Classic Clam Chowder. Both were good, not the best I've had, but good. I actually wanted to order a ton of fried seafood that they had, but did not.
After lunch, we walked to the Ferry building, where we planned to eat that night, to check it out. Being that it was lunch time, the Ferry Building was very busy. I got to see a custom Sycip Cargo bike,which was really cool. We figured we would definitely find some good eats there, so we headed back to Pier 33 to catch our ferry to Alcatarz.
Alcatraz was fun, the temperature was in the high 50's so being out on the open water got a little chilly, but it beat being in the 20's back in Ohio. I always got the feeling Alcatraz was a lot bigger, but the actual prison is pretty small, but you get a great view of the city! Just what you want in a prison! We were on the island for a good 2 hours.
After we got back to the mainland, we were starving, believe it or not, so we took a pedi-cab back to the Ferry Building for dinner.
We decided on the fresh seafood bar for dinner. I had the seafood stew which had, crab, shrimp, scallops, clams, and mussels. I washed that all down with a frosty Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Sarah had a salad and a big bowl of clams. After dinner, we walked back to the hotel, but need desert, so we stopped at a creperie and had some Nutella and banana crepe. I also got excited to see they had New Belgium Ranger IPA on tap, but was let down because it was empty:( so I had a Fat Tire instead.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
A few days prior to leaving, I caught a episode of Man vs. Food or the Carnivore one, not sure which. Anyways, They were talking about this place in San Francisco, with amazing carne asada, so I had to check it out. The place is named La Taqueria Cumbre, and it did not disappoint.
I read a few reviews online about the place and the consensus was, good food, bad service. I worked in food before, I know it sucks waiting on tourists, so I didn't let it deter us.
When we arrived, it came across as a authentic Mexican joint, smoky from the grill, salsa bar, people speaking spanish, you know the makings of some great food! Great food it was, I ordered the Deluxe Burrito with Carne Asada and black beans, my wife ordered a side of nachos with all the fixings, and I can't remember what she ordered, but I know she liked it. It was fantastic. If you're ever in San Fran and are near the Mission District, check it out.
After eating our weight in burritos we decided to walk a bit. We hit up the Timbuk2 store in Hayes Valley, got lost a bit, and after about 5 miles of walking we ended up back at the hotel. It was now 4:00 p.m. so we called it a night. In our defense, 1. We got up at 4:30 a.m. in Ohio 2. We walked and ate a lot. and 3. My wife is pregnant. So, to bed we went.
The next day was more eventful......I promise.