Monday, June 14, 2010

Eat Pay Love Tour

Now that I'm home and have had a chance to look through my picture I thought I share a little more about our trip. More pictures HERE.

The first thing we did after dropping our luggage off at Hotel Abri was to find something yummy to eat and drink.  We walked around in a daze for about an hour and then we found it.  Johnny Foley's Irish House. We ordered Crispy Prawns in Lager Batter served with Cilantro Aioli, Lamb Sliders with Eggplant, Goat Cheese and Mint Aioli and Garlic Fries! It ended up being one of our favorite meals.

 iKeith is very excited because he got to order two beers at one time.

Monday Night we ate at Hana Zen Sushi. iKeith was pretty tired from the day and this place was right around the corner from our was perfect. We ordered our favorite sushi rolls and a couple other's that we like with quail egg. It was the freshest we've ever had and we loved all of it (except the Spicy Tuna Roll...too spicy for me). We tried a flight of saki and enjoyed a bottle of our favorite.

On Tuesday  I did some more shopping walking at Union Square but I was bored and lonely without my favorite shopping partner in crime so I got some lunch and went to my room to read.  Once iKeith came back from another day of drinking from the firehose, we decided to eat at the Westfield Mall Food Court so that we could be back in time to see the GLEE season finale.  For our dessert, we got pastries from a Cocola Bakery. I also purchased and fell in love with my first French flavored!

What a fabulous day Wednesday was!  Exploring the Ferry Building with Cynthia and a delicious lunch at Sinbad's was one of the highlight's of my trip. Such a historic building and the views of the bay are amazing. One of the most fascinating things I saw was a mushroom that you can grow and enjoy your own mushrooms instead of harvesting them from the yard.  I wanted one really badly...but I already have a hard time with TSA agents (they hate me) and I didn't think I could get it through security.

For dinner that night....we tried New Delhi Restaurant.  I had a different place on my list of places to try but poor iKeith was really tired every night when he got back from the conference so we took advantage of New Delhi being down the street from Hotel Abri.  This meal was one of our favorites and it's because we took a risk and didn't just order our favorites.  We did order Chicken Korma and Sag Paneer but we expanded our horizons and ordered Kofta Shah Jahani from the Historical Menu.  This recipe dates back to the 17th century and consisted of a meatball stuffed with an egg and cooked mughlai style.  It was amazing!  Unfortunately...I left my iPhone in the hotel and didn't take any pictures.

Since I successfully walked from the Ferry Building to my hotel on Wednesday, I decided to venture out to Japan Town to do some shopping.  I decided to walk rather than take a cab to save my money for a yummy lunch.  It was supposed to be 1.2 miles but I ended up on the wrong side of a six lane street and walked past the mall.  And I forgot to eat before I left so I was starving when I got there.   I shopped at the Japanese Mall for Bento boxes for the kids and finally found a spot to have a cup of coffee and a muffin.

I also found myself the coolest tote bag that fits my personality and my  iPad perfectly!

See the little apple? 

Do you know about these Angry Little Girls? I am totally a cross between Angry Kim and Disenchanted Debra!

As I was preparing to walk back to Union Square with my heavy shopping bags...iKeith called and wanted to meet me for lunch.  Carrie Bradshaw style...I hailed a cab and met him at Annabelle's Bar and Bistro where I had the most delicious Mahi Mahi sandwich!

Then I spent the rest of the afternoon reading in my hotel room.  iKeith came home with more energy than previous nights so we walked to China Town and had dinner at Hunan Home's.  It was recommended by Jonathan at our hotel and it was great!  All in all, I walked 4 miles on Thursday!

Friday....I did some last minute shopping.  Our hotel had L'occitane products in the bathroom and after 4 days of using the shampoo and conditioner, I was having the best hair day of my life.  I had to have it to take home!!  I sat outside of the Starbucks next door to the conference center and watched the Geek Parade while waiting for iKeith to get done.  I admit it...I'm a Geek Lover!

We checked out of Hotel Abri (Tyler...I'm going to miss you) and decided to high tail it to the airport before the Friday Afternoon rush.  Our trip on the BART was not scary this would appear that all of the ganstas were either at work or at home watching Oprah.

We ended our trip by having real liquor filled (with extra shots) Margarita's at Chili's in the Oakland Airport.  We had a wonderful time and I can't wait to get my hands on the new iPhone4!!

iKeith told me not to give street people money....but as I was walking back to my hotel one day there was a guy playing a song on a trumpet that struck me so hard that I gave him $5.  It's our song now.....

Eat, Pay Love Playlist

Going to Led Zeppelin
California Dreamin' The Mamas & The Papas
Sittin' on the Dock of the Otis Redding
San Scott McKenzie
I Left My Heart in San Tony Bennett
The Sweet Gwen Stefani
Let's Get Chet Baker Glee Cast Olivia Newton-John
My Life Would Suck Without Kelly Clarkson
I Will Follow Sandy Posey


  1. Sounds like a wonderful trip! So glad you got to see and do so much!

  2. LOVE San Fran and esp H&M! Glad you had a good trip, and I'm thinking of you and hoping for the best on the job front!

  3. Oh my gosh, it sounds like you had such a wonderful trip! You did lots of walking, ate at some fabulous places, relaxed in your hotel room and had a fabulous hair day! What more could a girl want?! So glad you had such a great time!

  4. Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful trip! Love the pictures.

  5. I have always wanted to go to San Francisco, but have never had the chance. I'm so glad you had a good time.

  6. Wow! Sounds like a busy and fun time!

  7. Awww Connie, it sounds like you had so much fun!! All the talk about the food is making me hungry :)

  8. Sounds like a fabulous trip. So fabulous in fact, I may be a wee-bit jealous! I haven't been to San Francisco in 10 years, when I fell in love with the city for the very first time. I'll make a note of some of your delicious culinary discoveries for next time. Thanks again for aharing!

  9. OMG you had a fabulous time! Someday Matt and I will do that. Hopefully! I'd love to go to NYC with him.

    LOVE the ipad bag & the Angry Little Girls! I think I'm Mother Lee...

  10. You made such great use out of your time in SF!! LOVE the bag!!

    So, how has the hair been since you got back? :)


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