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Help an ex-pat reconnect?


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Help an ex-pat reconnect?

saticoy | | Apr 23, 2009 08:09 PM

I was born and raised in SF, and left a decade ago - I pine daily, and I come back once a year, staying in the Richmond District, to visit old haunts, and to try places that you amazing hounds recommend - like La Ciccia, Incanto, Tekka - the list goes on. and on. When I come, I usually pack an empty suitcase to fill with piroshki, cheese, chicken bao, and I try to plan my trip to leave Saturday afternoon so I can scour the Alemany farmer's market, packing a load of veggies, and getting a load of bread to get home and freeze.

This weekend, I am flying in alone (no husband, no 4-year) old, for a high school reunion. Go Eagles. Anyhow, priceline put me in the St Francis, and I only have like 40 hours. I am driving myself insane. Let me assure you all that I have COMBED any post that mentions Union Square. My goal is to have as many great food experiences as I can cram in, and still have a relaxing, well-earned, luxurious weekend alone.

The current plan: Friday - go straight to Zuni for a mid-afternoon snack of oysters, caesar salad and a decadent daylight martini. Check in at the hotel and walk around what is sure to be a completely different Union Square area - Gold Coast and Tad's will be calling softly to me, but I want better/different this time. Since I am at the St. Francis, I will more than likely return from my deliciously chilly jaunt and have the bar/lounge menu with wine pairings at Michael Mina. I also plan to ask for truffled popcorn to take to my room. I know MM hasn't gotten a whole heap of love here lately, but they are in the hotel, and the idea of taking an elevator down, eating a great meal, and taking the elevator up is just about irresistable.

Saturday - Ferry Building. I have been, and the fact that Acme expanded their sandwich offerings to three is enough enticement. I will, as rworange has suggested, make my breakfast from the sample offerings. Then, on to SFMOMA, and a late lunch of a tea service at Samovar (...Russian?) after. Back to the hotel, get all fancied up, and hit....??????? for a delicious early dinner so I can make it through a cocktail party with people I haven't seen in, errr, decades. Grand Cafe is close, and looks nice, but without the CH there another close place to have a solo, light supper? I think I will be in heels, and alone.

Sunday - La Boulange on Market - I will try and hit it before hitting BART back to SFO, and back to the inferno.

This is a ridiculously long post for a request for recommendations. But here are my specific questions:

Should I brave the Friday crowds and hit Perbacco or Bar Crudo instead of "settling" for MM?

Should I find oysters and other salad delights someplace new and exciting instead of Zuni? More specifically, does one of Robert Lauriston's $1- oyster places offer a) a good additional dish and b) proximity to Union Square? Jeanty is calling...what to do, what to do....this would be Friday (oh, tomorrow!) at around 3PM.

Where should I go, in between Union Square the Park Chalet (I'm so excited to see my ocean) for a light dinner - can't be too far off the path - I'm on MUNI. I had thought that I could hit Aziza, but it might be a little off the path.

Sunday AM downtown - is there something better than La Boulange to a) get coffee, b) get a savory, portable, b-fast treat, c) get something to eat on the plane, d) get something to freeze?

I hope some 'hounds will help my quixotic endeavor to have a brief, grown-up, downtown, solo interlude with the city I love and miss so much.

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