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San Francisco 2010

November 30, 2010

This post is very belated but I just had to share the foodie highlights of our trip to San Francisco & Napa.  After all that Pinkberry in San Diego I was ready for a healthy dose of Fraiche! It’s noticeably more natural and actually tastes like yogurt.

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After hearing about all the hype, I was dying to try Burma Superstar and their famous Tea Leaf Salad.  The combination of flavors and textures was very unique and I think it tasted great, but I guess I don’t really get why it’s become such a sensation.  I actually preferred their Samusa soup as well as their lamb curry (the pictures would probably scare you away so didn’t make it up).  Don’t get me wrong, I would definitely get this again but it wouldn’t make my list of all time favorite foods.

Burma Superstar on Urbanspoon
We definitely pigged out at Tartine–big time! There were morning buns, macaroons, quiche and coconut cream pie…but this time the Rochers totally knocked my socks off! These things were fluffy but had the crunch and essence of a meringue.  I’d love to recreate it at home but from the searching I’ve done online it seems like people have a hard time getting them to rise so perfectly.  Will definitely be experimenting!

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Napa Wine Tasting.  First we started off at Shramsburg, where we got a wonderful tour of the property and learned all about the history of this vineyard.  Then the best part was the tasting–so many sparkling wines at all sort of price ranges.  Needless to say I was in heaven.  [There is a charge for the tasting & tour and you should call ahead to make a reservation].

After so many sparkling wines, we moved on to the reds.  First there was the Sherwin Family Vineyards.

The tasting here was very informal and consisted of just hanging out in the owner’s living room and chatting with the other visitors.  We met some great people and felt like we were relaxing at a friends house…while tasting some of the nicest wines of course!

Next was the Behren’s Family winery.  The style of this tasting was a bit different as they did the tastings in small old fashioned trailers.  We got a nice overview of the winery and got to taste a lots of their wines.

We also made a quick stop at Hess, which is so much larger and more commercial but it was fun and  gave us a different perspective.

Of course there were In-N-Out Burgers!

And last but not least, the most delicious coffee I think I have ever had. So much flavor! The place is a little intimidating if you don’t know much about coffee simply because there are so many choices, but the baristas were incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and made some great suggestions.

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