Category: San Francisco
|July 27, 2013||Filed under California, China, San Francisco, Shanghai|
“And the next course is lobster xiao long bao!” gushed the waiter at Benu, arguably one of the best restaurants in San Francisco at the moment. Having recently returned from Shanghai — home of xiao long bao — I couldn’t help but chuckle as he began to wax poetic about the two dumplings that looked quite lonely atop a beautiful white ceramic serving vessel.
In Shanghai, one orders the soup dumplings by the dozen in bamboo steamer baskets. They are so common and inexpensive in China (granted not filled with lobster) that to see them presented at a Michelin 2-star restaurant was quite surprising. Of course, having been chef de cuisine at The French Laundry, Chef Corey Lee did it with aplomb as one of 15 courses in a 3+ hour dining experience at Benu. (more…)
|July 22, 2012||Filed under San Francisco, Sonoma Valley||
As I reached for the plump Sonoma Black Mission Fig that has just ripened on my tree, I marveled at the beauty of its midnight purple robe and anticipated savoring the honey sweetness of its soft, fleshy red interior.
This annual harvest experience always brings to mind the decades-old story of Alice Waters famously serving an unadorned, perfectly ripened peach at Chez Panisse as the dessert course. The goodness of fresh local produce cannot be underestimated.
Although a single ingredient can well stand on its own, the transformative skills of the chef can make the dining experience extraordinary. (more…)
|June 30, 2012||Filed under San Francisco||
Runner’s World magazine ranked San Francisco the #1 running city in America a few years ago. I totally agree!
For a recreational runner like me, San Francisco slaps down most of the lame excuses I may otherwise make when not wanting to do my cardio workout — the weather is never too cold or too hot; the scenery is always stunning; the diverse terrain suits every mood or training need; and there’s always a fellow runner around wherever I am. (more…)
|June 15, 2012||Filed under Paris, San Francisco, Sonoma Valley||
What’s a Perfect Outing?
When was the last time you came home after an adventurous day and said “Wow, that was a perfect day!”?
- Were you amazed by something you saw or experienced?
- Did you put your body into motion, making you sweat a bit and your endorphins pop?
- Did you indulge in some decadent meal or pampering?
- Were you with interesting people to share the fun?
For me, a perfect day includes all of the above. So, the “secret” to having a perfect outing is to fire up all your senses!
Perfect Outings is founded based on those principles. Perfect Outings offers highly curated private adventures for the active, discerning traveler. Tours are now available in Sonoma Valley and San Francisco.
The “Perfect Outings” concept started a few years ago when I was with several friends in Paris and we had one of those amazing days: a morning 10K run through the Marais and on the Promenade Plantee; a decadent lunch at multi-starred Taillevent in the 8th arrondissement; an afternoon stroll down the Champs Elysees and through the Tuileries, ending at the L’Orangerie to admire the Monets. (more…)