Tuesday, January 09, 2007

SF--Just Do It!

Going to SF (as in San Francisco)? You gotta check out the following spots:

Bocadillos--a newly opened spot near North Beach for Spanish and Basque tapas.

Must haves: fried calamari with romesco sauce, catalan sausage bocadillo with arugula and shaved manchego, and a glass of Txakoli, a fresh, white Basque wine.

Supperclub SF--sister to spots in Rome and Amsterdam, this is one of the most unique dining experiences I have seen. Kick-off your shoes and have dinner 'in bed' with a few of your closest friends. Ever-changing five-course 'surprise' menu.

Must haves: a sense of humor and a bottle of Champagne.

VinoVenue--a newish wine tasting-retail spot in the SOMA district. Customers purchase 'tasting cards' of varying denominations and place into tasting tasting to receive one ounce pours which range from $1 to $28.

Must haves: a taste of one of the reserve wines, like the Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon.

Beard Papa's--brand new Japanese sweets cafe for amazing cream puffs and eclairs. Choose from vanilla bean, chocolate or the flavor of the week (strawberry, green tea, caramel).

Must haves: A cup 'o Joe and time to walk off those spare calories, preferably up SF's magnificent hills.

Rosenblum Cellars--just a short ferry ride across the bay to Alameda to this warehouse-cum-tasting room for award-winning wines.

Must haves: Zinfandel 2004, San Francisco Bay--ripe plum, candied cherries with hints of earth and chocolate. Soft tannins.

'Rominger Vineyards' Syrah 2003, Yolo County--big, fat and delicious. Chewy cherry and ripe plum aromas with spice and chocolate notes. Round mouthfeel and velvety tannins.

'Rockpile Road' Petite Sirah 2004, Napa Valley--intense blackberry, smokey and cedar aromas, thick and fat on the palate, silky tannins.

Plan your future escape online at www.wheresf.com

Bocadillos photo copyright Andrew Stover, other photos courtesy of their respective websites.


el jefe said...

Couldn't agree more about Rosenblum, especially the Zin lineup, when I need a break from Tempranillo! Their TR staff is top notch too.

MRA said...

I agree with el jefe. Jammy Rockpile petite's simply rock.
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