Just got back to the East coast after a whirlwind trip to SF and Sonoma. Had a great time, but I think I pulled my stomach muscles from eating too much! Not kidding! Here's a brief discription......
Anjou-Had a nice dinner alone (h was not here yet) artichoke soup, wild mushroom ravioli, sturgeon,(all apps) one cosmo, 2 glasses of wine.....$36!! No kidding! Great value and dinner. No attitude about woman dining alone (refreshing).
Scala-Great oysters! Sat at the bar and had LOTS of sweet miyagis and apps. Fun to watch all of the beautiful people!!
Slanted Door- Fun! Delicious food. Emperial rolls, Pho, some spicey shrimp thing. Only comment re service....We had a nice bottle of dry reisling, very crisp. Ordered another glass after we finished the bottle of a similar dry/crisp wine. The waiter talked me into changing to another reisling ($4 more per glass) and I said ok. Well, it was a late harvest, which I like but wouldn't have chosen. He asked if I like it and I said yes but it was a little sweet. Then I got a lesson in "pairing wine w/ food" which was a bit annoying.
John Ash- Great food and service. Potato Leek soup, calamari, duck, etc. Very down to earth if you ask me!
Wine-bought from "little wineries" that we cannot get out here. Moondance, Sunce, Imagery. One of the wine stewards tried to tell me that we couldn't get a lot of CA wines in Maine because the NY and MA wineries were trying to block them from being imported. Interesting theory, I thought, but she was convinced! She also commented that she was surprised that anyone from ME knew what wine was, never mind anything good! That was right before she went into a monologue about whether John Travolta was gay or not (he has a house in ME). We RAN from her!!
Had a great/fun time and when we got home we talked about how great it was to be able to eat so many different types of food but traveling does also make us appreciate where we live,too. Guess that's the point!
Anyway, have a great day!