Sunday, November 2, 2008

Bay to Breakers

Basically, this is one big city wide block party! Very fun and unique event. If you're under the impression that San Franciscans are rather nuts, well, this is kind of a stereotype at its best but it sure is fun. Join the race (or not) or just come and check out the festivities.

Top of the Mark

The view from Top of the Mark is one of the best in the city. On a clear night, it is truly breathtaking. This bar is a lovely place for a drink after a nice dinner. Top of the Mark has some of the best martinis ever and a very extensive martini list at that. I think there are 101 varieties. All of the drinks I've had here are just excellent though at the price, they should be.

If you want to splurge for brunch, they have an excellent one on Sunday that I would highly recommend. I was there for Easter awhile back and it was truly outstanding.

Brenda's French Soul Food

652 Polk St (between Eddy St & Turk St)

I definitely recommend the beignet. They are extremely tasty. I wasn't a fan of the chocolate but I should also say that I don't care for chocolate in general so don't let that influence whether you order it or not. The plain and the apple were my favorites. All in all, I really haven't had anything on this menu that I didn't enjoy. The po boy is quite tasty. Eggs Benedict is fabulous... Oh and definitely try the watermelon sweet tea! So good. Like Dottie's, the neighborhood isn't real lovely, but Brenda's is a true gem. I highly recommend making the trip. And once again, like Dottie's, you'll want to go early to avoid a wait.

Dottie's True Blue Cafe

522 Jones St (between Geary St & Ofarrell St)

One of my favorite breakfast spots in San Francisco. I recommend the pancakes or french toast. Both are so yummy. This place is super popular so go really early or expect a wait. The neighborhood is not the best so just be prepared. It isn't too far from Union Square but it kind of feels like a totally different world. Just a heads up. Anyway, all in all, I highly recommend it. It has become more touristy over the last few years probably because we all recommended it a little too often but it is still worth it. Just remember, if you love pancakes/french toast, you'll be thrilled!

First Annual Fabulous Food Festival

This sounds promising for the foodies out there. If you're in town, admission is only $10 and may be worth your while if you're in to food. : )

"The First Annual Fabulous Food Festival will feature a festive feast of flavors. Festival goers will enjoy a unique retail marketplace with delicious free samples offered by over 250 exhibitors and sponsors. Specialty and gourmet foods will star, and everything "foodish" will be featured.More than twenty different food categories will be featured, including: Baked Goods, Condiments, Confectionery, Dairy and Eggs, Grains/Cereal Pasta, Lifestyle (including slow, kosher and green), Meat/Game/Pate, Oils and Vinegar, Sauces, Seasonings and Cooking Enhancers, Seafood, Soups, Stews and Beans, Spreads and Syrups, Vegetables, Fruit, Snacks, Stews and Beans. In addition, beverages for sampling and purchase will be provided by prominent local wineries, micro-breweries and producers of non alcoholic beverages. Food-related offerings, including cookware and cooking publications will also be available. The merrymaking will be further enhanced by live musical entertainment and ongoing giveaways."