in honor of this week’s RSA conference…

15 Feb

this year it didn’t work out that i would be going to the RSA conference in san francisco, but i wanted to pretend like i was there again. so here is a blog post i wrote after my first trip to san fran… who knew my blogging of food started so long ago… enjoy my culinary and normal road trip through the city…

Monday, April 27, 2009 –

I thought about sitting back and reading my book, A Mighty Heart, but my blog just seemed to intriguing to pass up. I couldn’t wait any longer to write all about San Francisco.
The flight out there was long… very long and I was in the middle seat. That started the trip. We took a cab into the city and I wasn’t quite sure we were going to make it. The cab drivers out there seriously have a death wish. For the first time, I was honestly scared for my life while riding in a car.

I think I’m going to have to time-line the trip around food. It was all so great. The first dinner I had was at Bistro Aix, and I had roasted chicken with green beans and roasted red potatoes. The chicken was cooked just right with just the right amount of crispiness to the crust. We had a wonderful Napa Valley Zinfandel, from Neal Vineyards in California. For dessert we had a warm chocolate cake with whipped cream and a creme brulee. Delicious. This dinner rating, +8 (on a scale of 1-10)

Then we worked the conference a little. For lunch we went to this local fresh deli with all types of wines, olive-oils, cheeses, meats, everything. It was awesome. We had a fantastic Caprese salad. It was so fresh and delicious. Was in heaven.

That night we went to an all organic restaurant and brewery, Thirsty Bear, and had some awesome beer. All the brewed beer was organic as well as the food. It was such a good feeling eating all organic. I had a Brown Bear beer, which had a perfect malt taste and aroma. For dinner we had artichoke, black olives, chick pea puree, manchego and white truffle oil flatbread; patatas bravas. fried potatoes with spicy brava sauce & lemon aioli; and dungeness crab-stuffed piquillos, lemon aioli, parsley oil & micro cilantro. Let me tell you, I didn’t think i was going to like any of it, but it was all delicious and I loved every bit of it. This dinner rating, +8.5

Next Night: Hawaiian Asian fusion food. The apps were pretty good. The wine was good. But the entrees were a little plain and so so. Not my favorite meal. But that’s alright. Rating: 5.5

After that the meals blended together and it nothing stood out.

The last night, we went to see the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s just a bridge, but then again it is so much more. It is massive. Standing to the side of the bridge, you just feel so completely minuscule next to this thing. It really is a piece of work. I love pictures and took about 1000 while were there. But loved the one above the best.

Overall, I had a really wonderful experience in San Fran. But I have to tell you my favorite part may have been all the tranny’s that live there. I was in Old Navy one day and there was this guy with full make-up and woman’s clothes but totally not hiding the fact that he was a guy shopping in the woman’s section. He was holding a shirt up to him, to like see if it would look good on him, and I really just wanted to be like, “It looks fabulous.” But I couldn’t spit out the words. It was fun though.

I have to say the other thing that really stood out about San Fran was the architecture. It was brilliant. So diverse and awesome. Every building had its own character and every building was different from the next. I love that. It reminded me of the type of architecture in Boston.

I highly recommend taking a trip to San Francisco when you get the opportunity. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. I plan on going back as soon as I get a chance.

I moved into my new apartment yesterday and it is definitely different but it’s a good feeling. I am slowly getting things into places. I am excited and will add some pictures soon of the place. The location is perfect. The view from my rooftop deck is awesome and I am just really excited about it all!
That’s all from me!


i loved photogging this bridge.



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