Where I Ate, Drank and Stayed In San Francisco

Waddup, San Francisco!☁️🌥🌤 It's so nice to be back after 5 years-- and to be exploring the city in my friend's super sexy Maserati Gran Turismo- my 1st time to drive a sports car!

Hi guys! I’m so sorry I’ve been so quiet lately. I went on a whirlwind trip to San Francisco— a city I last visited 5 years ago. And for 10 days, I explored the city, neighboring wine countries Sonoma and Lake County (I want to introduce you to a new bed and breakfast opening real soon, Stonehouse Wine Cellars— keep reading!), and just ate and ate and ate, and drank loads of wine!

Here’s…

….Where I Ate In San Francisco…

RICH TABLE

99 Gough Street at Oak, San Francisco, CA 94102. (415) 355-9085. info@richtablesf.com

Rich Table
RICH TABLE: New American dishes creatively crafted from ingredients that we all know so well, i.e. sardine chips with horseradish creme fraiche, porcini doughnuts with a raclette dip– that are still approachable, and most importantly, delicious. They have a Bib Gourmand from Michelin, and a James Beard nomination when they opened in 2013. They recently opened RT Rotisserie, where roasted chicken and meats are available to go.

STATE BIRD PROVISIONS

1529 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115. (415) 795-1272. info@statebirdsf.com

STATE BIRD PROVISIONS: Super cool and delicious North California fare served in small plates and dimsum-style (loved this concept- 2nd photo!). So well-priced considering they have a Michelin star, plus received a James Beard award for Best New Restaurant when they opened in 2013. A MUST when in SFO-- book way in advance or try your luck lining up at 4:30 for walk-in. Corkage is $30 (that's cheap for SF!) so we brought this lovely bottle of Merry Edwards pinot noir from Sonoma. 🤗🤗🍷🍷 And just in case you're wondering, California's state bird is the quail (1st photo).
STATE BIRD PROVISIONS: Super cool and delicious North California fare served in small plates and dimsum-style (loved this concept!)  So well-priced considering they have a Michelin star, plus received a James Beard award for Best New Restaurant when they opened in 2013. Book way in advance or try your luck lining up as early as 4:30PM as a walk-in. Corkage is $30 (that’s cheap for SF!). And just in case you’re wondering, California’s state bird is the quail. :)

SPQR

1911 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115. (415) 771-7779. info@spqrsf.com

SPQR: This Michelin-starred modern Italian restaurant is known for its pastas. But even if you are avoiding refined carbs (like me), they have refreshing salads and mains. The wine list is purely Italian , and they serve an excellent extra brut prosecco Contratto Millesimato 2011 that rivals some pretty good champers!
SPQR: This Michelin-starred modern Italian restaurant is known for its pastas. But even if you are avoiding refined carbs (like me), they have refreshing salads (sorry my photos are bad, it was so dark!) and mains. The wine list is purely Italian , and they serve an excellent extra brut prosecco Contratto Millesimato 2011 that rivals some pretty good champers!

ATELIER CRENN

3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123. (415) 440-0460

ATELIER CRENN: From the food to service to ambiance, everything was TOP. 💯💯💯 The menu comes in a poem written by chef-owner Dominique Crenn (and yes, she was there, swipe left!🔙) where each line corresponds to a course on the menu-- modern interpretations of California's produce.
ATELIER CRENN: From the food to service to ambiance, everything was TOP.  The menu comes in a poem written by chef-owner Dominique Crenn, where each line corresponds to a course on the menu– modern interpretations of California’s produce. PS They will be opening a wine bar right there, Bar Crenn, in September!
Dr. Krueger and I with the super cool Dominique Crenn- she was the World's Best Female Chef for 2016, and you may also have seen her Chef's Table episode on Netflix!
Dr. Philip Krueger and I with the super cool Dominique Crenn- she was the World’s Best Female Chef for 2016, and you may also have seen her Chef’s Table episode on Netflix!

…Where I Drank In San Francisco (Wine Bars!)…

PRESS CLUB

20 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103. (415) 744-5000. office@pressclubsf.com

PRESS CLUB: Alot of articles describe this place as "swanky," but really, it's California-- come as you are-- LBD and heels or jeans, flannel and sneakers and you're good. I quite liked the array of wine flights (California vs. Oregon; Three Kinds of Pinot) that feed the curiosity for wine explorers like me.
PRESS CLUB: Alot of articles describe this place as “swanky,” but really, it’s California– come as you are– LBD and heels or jeans, flannel and sneakers and you’re good. I quite liked the array of wine flights (California vs. Oregon; Three Kinds of Pinot) that feed the curiosity for wine explorers like me. PS They have a fab Happy Hour where you get $3 off wines by the glass & draft beers Monday to Friday until 6 PM.

THE HIDDEN VINE

408 Merchant St, San Francisco, CA 94111. (415) 674-3567

THE HIDDEN VINE: Relaxed wine bar in the financial district where wines are grouped by old world and new world, and have featured wine flights (when we went it was Lebanon). They are most known for their bocce ball.
THE HIDDEN VINE: Relaxed wine bar in the financial district where wines are grouped by old world and new world, and have featured wine flights (when we went it was Lebanon). They are known for their outdoor bocce ball court (which should be booked in advance.)

HIGH TREASON

443 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA. (415) 742-5256

HIGH TREASON:
HIGH TREASON: Almost like the antithesis of what a wine bar is today (no wine flights, no enomatic wine machines), High Treason feels more like a casual art gallery where discovering wines– by glass or by bottle– is the focus.

INO VINO

108B Carl St, San Francisco, CA 94117. (415) 681-3770. info@inovinosf.com

INO VINO:
INO VINO: Predominantly Italian wine list with antipasti, salads, pastas and pizzas you can munch on.

…Where  I Stayed In Wine Country…

STONEHOUSE CELLARS WINERY AND BED & BREAKFAST

500 Old Long Valley Rd., Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423. (707) 998-3378. info@stonehousecellars.com

Lake County is today, one of America’s fastest growing wine regions, nestled next to Napa. Stonehouse Cellars Winery, co-owned by anesthesiologist Greg Stratmann, sits on historical Pomo Land (*Pomo are the indigenous people of California), and will open its charming bed and breakfast to the public in a couple of weeks! They harvest their own pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, grenache and grenache rose, which will be available in late 2017.

STONEHOUSE CELLARS BED AND BREAKFAST is founded and co-owned by anesthesiologist Greg Stratmann on Pomo (indigenous people of California) Land.
STONEHOUSE CELLARS: Apart from being a winery, they have opened an agricultural homestay and bed and breakfast nestled within their 22-acre-property– great for a breather from the city life.
Before America was discovered native people lived in Lake County. They spent the summer at the lake and the winter on a shelf above Cache Creek because it was protected, had a mild climate and had an abundance of great water. (Photo courtesy of Stonehouse Cellars)
“Before America was discovered native people lived in Lake County. They spent the summer at the lake and the winter on a shelf above Cache Creek because it was protected, had a mild climate and had an abundance of great water.” Today, it is home to the vineyards of Stonehouse Cellars, boasting of soils like the white tufa and the volcanic red soil. (Photo courtesy of Stonehouse Cellars)

I was fortunate to spend a night here and I have to say this was my favorite part of it!

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And that was short but sweet! Thanks for the memories, SF! See you again soon! xx

Special thanks to Dr. Philip Krueger, Francis and Dian Ang 

2 Comments

  1. Just this past June, I spent a week eating in the SF Bay area. I found California produce to be quite remarkable, even better than NYC (which I already think is great)! I can’t wait to come back next spring. That is when I plan to check out Atelier Crenn.

    • Yes, California produce is so fresh and wonderful! I spent one day with chef friends just nibbling off produce from Farmer’s Market at Ferry Plaza. You must check out Atelier Crenn!

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