Not a lot of time except to say Chowhounds has my trip in high gear from the start.
STOA in Palo Alto was fantastic. It's price, $19 or so for entress - I had a squash tamale dish with salsa and beans and a truly outstanding sauce - light in color but medium thick - wish I had menu here or could desribe - will do.
Appeatizers up to $12 - the bean patty appetizer came with a quinoa and a lot of good stuff in it. Very sad to see it finished. Also at $12 an eggplant dish with a sweet fruit element and a hot kick as well. Incredible balance - one of the best single items I've ever enjoyed....
The only negatives were wine glasses for $9 poured about1.5 inches up in a 4.5 inch glass - order a bottle for certain - and a drunken trio of middle aged ladies sending stuff back for giggles - welcome to CA?!
Great selection of juices. Chocolate mousse dessert very good, but split with guest. opener english pea spread on sourdough different, but ultimately pleasing.
Editorializing, and pls accept apologies, but this was an order of magnitude more flavorful than Millenium, which was good in it's own right.
Thanks Hounds also - I had time to sneak up to the Farmer's Market at the ferry Bldg in SF just now. Incredible for this time of year. Hog island Oysters not open till 11:30 boo hoo, but Ferry Island seafood in same location had some tame Manhattan clam chowder, fresh sourdough, and a top notch crab cocktail with all elements clicking including a very good sauce. $9 for the latter but you won't regret.
still apprehensive about our Chowhound-discouraged Andalu tonight but we'll put on our game faces.
Bidding for travel saving me a bundle. Windy I'll buy if you want to meet.
Wow!!! and the sun is shining too.