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Virgin Visit: San Francisco de-flowered

Heidi | Sep 27, 200009:37 AM

First, thank you to everyone for the staggering amount of chowing suggestions. I must say that by the S.F. leg of our trip we were actually getting sick of eating but gave it our very best shot regardless. Both of us were still uncomfortably full and in a fog from a one-of-a-kind, sensational never-to-be-repeated 4 1/2 hr. dining extravaganza at The French Laundry two nights prior (a future post).

Highlights: Dim Sum at Ton Kiang. A long wait was abbreviated by our willingness to share a table with a young Dad and his 5 yr. old daughter. He ended up being a soul chowhound (radar must have been up) and we were able to sample more choice goodies. Especially wonderful were the roast duck as also any steamed dumpling. I noticed the lack of greasy smell, taste or mouthfeel of any morsel, unlike our Dim Sum at Yank Sing where steamed items rocked and fried items were almost upalatable and the whole place smelled of deep fryer.

Experienced green tea bubble tea somewhere in Chinatown that was also a bulk candy and dried things store. Interestingly good and fun to drink. For me. My husband wouldn't touch it. Also picked up moon cakes from Eastern bakery. They were delicious but I almost stopped myself from purchasing because the bakery itself was incredibly filthy.

Casual, delicious Italian dinner at Antica (I think in Pacific Hts..) Gorgeous, juicy heirloom tomato salad and the best carpaccio for me, caesar salad and spaghetti di farro a la Bolognese for my husband. I wish we had a place just like this in Cleveland. I also wish we had produce like CA produce, everything is so crisp and flavorful!

A low note was a meal at Straits Cafe on Geary. The restaurant was chokingly hot, the service blew; a first cocktail order arrived mid-second course, the courses seriously lapsed and our server all but disappeared. This wasn't just happening to us. I've never had Singaporean style food before but I thought it would have been spicier and more complex. Everything was kind of flat tasting and sweet. Customers all around us were trying to track down a server to bring chopped chilies or something to spice up the meals so we followed suit. Chilies were only a minor improvement.(Sorry Gary)!

Thanks once more for all the help, we had a ball!

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