If you missed my last post, catch up on part one of the road trip HERE !
So after driving through the Avenue of Giants, we headed straight to San Francisco. It was a bit of a drive, and it just so happened that our car is standard and right hand drive. Not ideal driving conditions for me…and things got a little hectic going over the Golden Gate Bridge. To our amazement though, it wasn’t foggy! We totally lucked out.
We stayed at The Mosser hotel and although we weren’t in our room much, I enjoyed staying there. It was very central to Union Square and transit (aka a 5 min bus ride) to the Fisherman’s Wharf area. Parking in San Fran absolutely sucks, so expect to pay quite a bit for it per day. The staff was quite helpful, and the rooms were very clean and looked newly renovated. The breakfast they offered was pretty much non- existent though… a few store-bought muffins and coffee. But who cares- there are a ton of neat places to eat in San Fran!
We checked out the Union Square area the first night we were there, and man did I want to shop!! But we were starving so we found a little noodle house to eat at. We got seated right away but soon there was a line up out the door…we must have picked the right place! We were pretty tired that night so we took it easy…we were going to prison the next day
In the morning we headed down to the pier to start our tour of Alcatraz. We had booked an early morning boat and bought our tickets online. I would definitely recommend an early start for this tour- basically what happens is that you buy your ticket for a particular boat that takes you to Alcatraz. From there, you can spend as much time as you want on the island, with boats running back to San Fran every 20 minutes or so. So over the course of the day the island has more and more people arriving, and staying, and getting in your way.
It was bright….
We walked around for a bit and I was really stoked to see that Alcatraz looks exactly like it does in Tony Hawk for PS2- bahaha. We then we took the 45 minute audio tour throughout the prison.
Casual escape route dug by spoons…
I ended the day off in solitary confinement!
After Alcatraz, we head to pier 39? 36? Whatever. It was a great place to grab a bite and hangout.
We then went on a hop-on hop-off tour of the city…which usually we wouldn’t do because that’s for old people buttttt we only had a couple hours left that day and we wanted to see everything. Our tour guide ended up being absolutely hilarious and I wish I could remember his name. We went everywhere, from the crookedest street, to the painted ladies houses, to my favourite area, Haight-Ashbury. Haight- Ashbury is the hippie area and it looked so cool. I definitely want to stay in this area next time I go to San Francisco!
For our last meal in San Francisco, we went to the BEST. PLACE. EVER. We went to Millennium restaurant. Please tell me you have heard of this vegetarian/vegan wonder. If not, you MUST check it out if you ever go to San Francisco. I had heard that there was a big waiting list for this place but Rhys forced me to go in on our first evening in San Fran and see if anything was available and holy crap, it was! We made a reservation for the following night.
It lived up to the hype.
Okay, so the lighting was not ideal for food blogging, that’s for sure. But that is a picture of me with my starter, the Grilled Nectarine Salad. It is described as “farro, cherry tomatoes, coriander seed, pickled cucumbers, purslane, creamy roasted nectarine dressing, shallot & vadouvan spiced pistachios”. It was very different, but I really enjoyed it. The spiced pistachios with the dressing was absolutely awesome. Rhys also got some pickled vegetables to snack on that were pretty cool.
For our main courses, I picked the Huitlacoche Tamale “nettle masa, poblano, grilled Portobello & huitlacoche filling, smoked black bean puree, carrot & Oaxacan chile sauce, avocado relish, seared broccoli di cicco, pickled clamshell mushrooms”
I tried this tamale totally blind, never having tried a tamale before, but I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t too spicy and I loved the mixed mushrooms, too. Will other tamales live up to this one ?
Rhys got the Brik Pastry Purse “cashew florentine filling with smoked onion, chard, sundried tomato, fava bean, leek, spring garlic & fennel broth, lacinto kale, roasted morel mushrooms, new potatoes, toasted hazelnut picada”, and let me tell you, this is one of the best things I have ever tried in my life. Even though my tamale was great, I was a little bit jealous of Rhys. I encourage you to check out their website , and their facebook page for photos.
Lastly, for dessert we had the Chocolate Almond Midnight “almond cashew crust, mocha chocolate filling, raspberry sauce, white chocolate mousse” for dessert. I’m pretty sure I died and went to heaven after a bite of that. It was seriously good, and almost unbelievably dairy-free…but believe it.
The only downsides of the whole night was that our table was soo close to the tables beside us…which I really don’t like. I felt like our conversation was getting lost among the other tables, and Rhys never even saw the waitress’ face because she didn’t have room to stand beside us- only behind him. I would try to reserve a booth next time. Also, we weren’t offered any bread with their house made dip…which it seemed everyone around us was offered. What’s up with that!?
Anyways, if you ever get the chance to try Millennium, I really encourage you to do so. The world needs more restaurants like this! I know they have two cookbooks out as well, that I just may have to purchase!
Coming up next? 3 theme parks and little Las Vegas action!