After our cable car ride to the wharf we went to the Aquarium of the Bay and then Tarrantino's. Tarrantino's is one of the restuarants in our City by the Bay painting and the girls were excited to go there. We went for lunch and it was good. After Tarrantino's we walked around the wharf before deciding on some ice cream while we waited for the speedboat on the bay. (Probably wouldn't do that again since I got a headache).
In the afternoon we went to Coit Tower and the walked the 400 steps down Telegraph Hill. Once at the bottom (we were all tired by this point) we headed from Pier 29 and walked down to the Ferry Building where the kids played at the park. After playing for awhile we headed to China Town for dinner. We were beat at the end of this very long day.
So after hiking all the way back to the top after visiting the Point Bonita lighthouse Sydney realized that we didn't have Faline. Faline is our most precious stuffed animal, she became part of our family last winter at Hermit's rest at the Grand Canyon and goes with us everywhere. Sydney immediately started crying bucket tears and we both went heading back down the hill to find her. Several people asked us if we were looking for the deer and told us that she was on the fence at the bottom of the hill. People were taking pictures with Faline-we raced down and when we got to the bottom we saw her.....Sydney couldnt have been happier.
Day one in San Francisco was the first of several busy days. We first stopped in at the Golden Gate bridge-the kids thought it was really cool but Sydney was not happy that it wasn't actually golden-I'm not sure I get that either. In Sausalito we ate next to the harbor at "Fish" and the food was really good.
Next stop were the old forts in the Golden Gate recreation area and then a hike to the Point Bonita lighthouse. That was a pretty good hike up but the girls did great. (More to come on that in the blog entitled Faline is missing). Two suspension bridges and beautiful views of coast made the hike well worth it.
After checking into the Hotel Union Station we headed over to the Stinking Rose which was a recommendation from my Uncle Dave. (There are two of them-one in Beverly Hills too). If you like garlic then this is the place for you. We had the roasted garlic appetizer and sizzing shrimp for an appetizer. Sydney had a cheese pizza, Brooke had a side of meatballs, David opted for the spaghetti and meatballs and I went for the garlic prime rib. Everything was fantastic but I smelled like garlic for days.
Sydney saw a downed tree and thought we should build a shelter in case there were in homeless people in the area. So we spent the next hour building a clubhouse, in an open field south of SFO. On case you are in the market for some cheap shelter, it is two bedrooms but no bath.
In early 2013 I heard Giada was opening a restaurant in Vegas and I have been waiting to go ever since. It actually opened in May and I was lucky enough to get reservations during a work a trip to Las Vegas.
Being a Giada fan I was absolutely thrilled to go. I began following Giada Vegas on Instagram and Twitter and I had determined that i was getting the Tuscan Ribeye or the Tasting menu. The reviews I read were mixed and so I wasn't sure what to expect. I can tell you that I loved it and I will go back (at least for lunch).
We decided to go for the Tasting Menu which included Giada's Antipasti sampler, a pasta, main entree and 5 desserts each!! For the Antipasti we had the following:
*Wood Roasted Mushrooms-I don't eat mushrooms but had some and they were awesome!
*Bacon Wrapped Dates-Amazing
*Citrus Marinated Calamari-good
*Two different Crostini's-Both were excellent. I could have eaten a plate of them
The pasta was Rigatoni Vegetable Bolognese and Lemon shrimp spaghetti. Both were very good, the lemon spaghetti was out of this world.
Entrees were Seares salmon and lamb chops. Both were good and we were all full as our 20 desserts were selected. This was like getting Ashed without getting Ashed. We tried most everything including: lemon ricotta cookie, chocolate chip cookie, three different tiramisu, gelato, almond/chocolate tart, chocolate that included 14 karat gold, berry tart and I honestly can't remember what else but everything was fantastic!
The restaurant was decorated like Giada's house and while elegant was homey. We had a great time and were so lucky being able to experience it with Ash and Laura. Thank you guys for a great evening!
Last year Tricia and I went to the Global Leadership Summit and we has a great time. Principles from a couple of the presenters I will keep with me forever. Hearing Colin Powell, Liz Wiseman and others was amazing.
In 2014 our group of two increases by 10. We had representatives from Central Valley, So Cal, Southern Nevada and I think Phoenix attend. Those I spoke to enjoyed it. I particularly liked Carly Fiorina, Jeffery Immelt, Joseph Grenny, And of course Patrick Lencioni. Great event, I have already put 2015 on the calendar.