A Glimpse of Our Sunday Explorations

San Francisco at Night, a view from the Hilton Chinatown
San Francisco at Night, a view from the Hilton Chinatown

Since Alex and I moved to San Francisco we have not had any time to explore at all.  We have completely different work schedules but we finally (after months) have Sundays off together.  So now we have been exploring new places.  Two weekends ago we decided to head to Lake Berryessa which is located between Napa and Sacramento.  On our way there I realized that we were awfully close to Green Valley which means wine tasting.  Anyone heard of Green Valley?   It is not that well-known for wine country, as it’s not Napa, Sonoma or even Healdsburg, but amazing wine comes out of Green Valley.  Green Valley is just off I-80 on the way to Sacramento and it is definitely a place I would recommend stopping off at.  We stopped at GV Cellars and Rock Creek Winery (only open for a limited time on Sundays) but there are plenty of other wineries in the area and they are all excellent.  I absolutely love going to GV Cellars, every time I have been there the wine maker is there chatting with everyone and they are always so friendly.  I have done straight from the barrel tastings there where I had a wine that tasted like popcorn, I kid you not.  I have a notoriously non-existent palette when it comes to wine but I still maintain tasting popcorn. Now wine is not supposed to taste like popcorn but it was really young wine and when we tasted an identical but aged wine it was phenomenal.  Alex and I spent over two hours at GV Cellars just chatting and enjoying great wine.

GV Vinyards
GV Vinyards

We then headed up to Rock Creek Winery and because they are so rarely open only two other groups of people were tasting when we arrived (try finding that in Napa).  We were invited to sit outside in the vineyards and they brought us our tastings.  Unfortunately I had to drive but I was still able to sneak some sips of Alex’s wine and we brought a bottle of their Sangiovese which is outstanding and it was only $20!

Rock Creek Vineyards, definitely a great stop on Sunday Wine Tasting
Rock Creek Vineyards, definitely a great stop on Sunday Wine Tasting.  We sat just outside on the patio at the end of the road.  Rock Creek is up in the hills and you can see some gigantic houses on the surrounding hills.

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After we picked up some bottles of wine we finally headed to Lake Berryessa to catch a few hours of sun and lay out at the Lake.  It was a gorgeous day at the Lake and it was so nice to just relax and enjoy the sun.

Lake Berryessa, in Sonoma County, is the perfect spot to spend a relaxing day with a bottle of wine
Lake Berryessa, in Sonoma County, is the perfect spot to spend a relaxing day with a bottle of wine
Love the moon hanging out with us at the Lake
Love the moon hanging out with us at the Lake/Us arriving somewhat late and having the sun go down on us because we were wine tasting all day….

This weekend we spent it in San Francisco; Alex’s parents were in town and we went out exploring.  On Sunday morning we went and grabbed Dim Sum at Yank Sing, it was amazingly crowded for 10:30 in the morning (or maybe that’s just me, not being a morning person) but once the food started rolling out I found out why it was so crowded.  The Saigon soup dumplings were amazing!  I loved them and I loved my favorite Chinese food item, the pot sticker.  Alex is somewhat more adventurous than me when it comes to food so I think every item that went past us ended up on our table including one of Alex’s favorites the chicken feet.

Shanghai Dumplings at Yank Sing
Shanghai Dumplings at Yank Sing

After breakfast Dim Sum we headed to possibly my favorite place in the city, The Buena Vista Cafe.  The Buena Vista Cafe is famous for inventing the Irish Coffee which is the most delectable combination of coffee, shaken cream, sugar and WHISKEY, so you cannot go wrong.  The Buena Vista Cafe is located at the end of the Hyde Street Cable Car and located right by Ghiradelli Square.  I absolutely love coming down here during the holidays and enjoying a warm Irish Coffee and enjoying the view from their back room which has a large round table right in front of a huge window (Last year we even took part in some impromptu Christmas Caroling).

The Historic Buena Vista Cafe with the Cable Car close by in case you have too many Irish Coffees
The Historic Buena Vista Cafe with the Cable Car close by in case you have too many Irish Coffees
Alcatraz or The Rock (which you must say in a Sean Connery Voice) which you can see from the BV
Alcatraz or The Rock (which you must say in a Sean Connery Voice) which you can see from the BV – On a side note, as a good Bay Area native I have never been to Alcatraz, should probably put that on the list of places to explore.

It was also a perfect spot to catch some of the America’s Cup Races.  The view from Fort Mason was stunning as we watched America capture two wins in a row to tie with New Zealand.  We definitely picked the best races to watch.

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Team USA pulling ahead of the Kiwis
Team USA pulling ahead of the Kiwis

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Go Oracle
The Kiwis fell behind because they wanted to visit The Rock
The Kiwis fell behind because they wanted to visit The Rock

It was such a gorgeous day in the city and we capped off a great day with Pisco Sours at La Mer at Pier 1 1/2.  La Mer is one of my favorite restaurants in the City.  It is a modern Peruvian Cebicheria and the food is amazing!

Pisco Sours
Pisco Sours
Can't ask for a better meal!
Can’t ask for a better meal!

I would definitely suggest a dinner there to experience their full menu from the Causas, whipped potatoes with toppings from avocado to crab, the empanadas, and of course the cebiche.  My favorite is their cebichin clasico which is the catch of the day in the tigre de leche sauce with Habanero peppers and red onions.  When Alex and I went this time we were very happy to discover that it was HAPPY HOUR, the happiest of all hours, and that meant $5 Pisco Sours and basically half price appetizers.  It was such a great way to end the day exploring the City and two great Sundays all around!

I love the Golden Gate Bridge especially when its being mysterious and all covered with fog and there is fog no where else.
I love the Golden Gate Bridge especially when its being mysterious and all covered with fog and there is fog nowhere else.
Cafe Zoetroppe and the TransAmerica Building from Colombus Street in North Beach
Cafe Zoetrope and the TransAmerica Building from Columbus Street in North Beach

Hopefully the next few Sundays we will be able to go on more adventures and share them with you!

And this is Sean Connery saying welcome to The Rock:


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