Papa's Tarvena. Greek. On the
river, near Petaluma. Get a stool at the bar.
There is lots to
see and do at Richmond: monument to WWII
women ship builders, Red Oak Ship, NIAD art center. And restaurants:
every Saturday (2 hours, $5, popcorn extra) at Niles, on Highway 84.
Charlie Chaplin made five movies in this town.
Cheap & great restaurants in Chinatown:
Utopia Cafe (try the Clay pot)
Gold Mountain for dim sum (sit near the kitchen to get the goods fresh and
Golden Gate Bakery
Jai Yun. Yun is an institution. Tell chef how much you
want to spend and let him select the menu.
by the Bay productions
are in April-September at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center on Delaware
Pick : the birthplace of Martinis and the best place for Martinis now
FOREIGN movies and a meal in the courtyard of
Foreign Cinema 2534 Mission St., S.F., (415) 648-7600.
Drop anchor at SAM'S ANCHOR CAFÉ with
outdoor seating, Angel Island views, 27 Main St., Tiburon, (415) 435-4527
OZUMO happy-hour sushi, sake samplers, 161
Steuart St., S.F., (415) 882-1333.
The best Martinis in San Francisco are at
Bix, with a F. Scott Fitzgerald atmosphere, 56 Gold St. (bet.
Montgomery and Sansome Sts. (415) 433-6300. Optional Jazz and dinner
club. A world renowned chef Bill Hill.
Also renowned hamburgers and you may have to dress up a bit.
But Martinez, California claims to be the
birthplace of Martinis. This will require further research....
991 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, (650) 949-BREW retails all supplies
needed for home wine or beer making.
Wine tasting in
Vino Venue, Mission & 3rd., SF;
La Vie Vietnamese,
5830 Geary, 415 668-8080
Bay bridge view and Japanese-French cuisine:
Chaya, San Francisco. the Embarcadero,
415-777-8688. (Recommended by Gina.)
A weekend in
Napa valley should include a visit to the
following four off the beaten path wineries:
Hess Collection (wine & art),
Robert Craig, Robert Keenan (in
the hills, fabulous view for lunch), and Spring Mountain Vineyards.
Sausalito House boat
in late September / early October.
(KRON TV) back roads file is a great reference for locals and visitors to the
San Francisco Bay area. Many items on this page were mentioned on
Balboa Cafe 3199
Fillmore Street @ Greenwich
San Francisco, CA 94123
415-921-3944A fancy restaurant with
lots of variety ... including an expensive gourmet burger.
Need a pair of jeans:
see the jeantenders (sales folks) at
Union Street, 415-346-4280.
Weekend cowboys go the
California Ranch, Elk Creek, CA, 866-7-SADDLE. Activities
include Sacramento River fishing & boating, rodeo, super long jogging
trails, cowboy towns, & cattle drives.
among the vineyards: Coleman Valley Road,
On Highway 9 to Santa Cruz look for Scottish
influence in Ben Lomond and order a
tri-tip at the Deli at Boulder Creek.
Somewhere there is also a renowned Schnitzel.
San Francisco. there is a 1910
memorial to soprano Luisa Tetrazzini,
on Market Street. She cancelled a NY engagement to sing Christmas
Carols in SF.
There are rave reviews
everywhere for the Italian restaurant
3621 18th St,
San Francisco, (415) 552-4055.