The Pork Store – San Francisco, CA

On our last morning in San Francisco we LYFTed to Haight Street. We met my friend and fabulous photographer, Debra, for breakfast at the Pork Store. I LOVE the name. It was a cute little place decorated with vintage posters. The stained glass over the entrance is really amazing. We were there early so we had…

Cafe Bellini – San Francisco, CA

We tried Cafe Bellini based on their location and Tripadvisor rating (806/4,576). What we realized after entering is that it is really 3 restaurants in one. Different entrances but connected in the back. There is a burger joint, the cafe and a pizza spot. We sat in the cafe. It was clean and decorated in…

The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus – San Francisco, CA

The Rotunda at NM is a work of art. It is located on the 4th floor under an elegant stained-glass dome. The golden colors of the glass look beautiful with a blue sky background. The restaurant curves around an opening over the store below. The windows below the dome show great views of Union Square…

Sears Fine Food – San Francisco, CA

Sears Fine Food…since 1938. It is an institution. We were surprised to get a table on a Friday night without a reservation but we made it just before the line started out the door. The decor is vintage but not too dated. We ordered the deviled egg appetizer. They were fine but we like a…

Marriott Union Square – San Francisco, CA

We recently spent three nights at the Marriott Union Square in San Francisco. The hotel is located at the corner of Sutton and Powell Streets. We were on the 28th floor in a corner room (2818) with great views. One window faced north towards Coit Tower and the other faced west. I love being on the upper…

Vesuvio – Carmel, CA

Our last night in Carmel we ventured out to Little Napoli.  Unfortunately, we did not have reservations. The hostess suggested we try one of their other restuarants, Vesuvio. We drove to Vesuvio and were seated quickly. The interior was cool and dark.  We started with the Pepe’s Famous Garlic Bread with marinara sauce (no pic)….

The Grill on Ocean Ave. – Carmel, CA

We stopped at the Grill for a bite of lunch. We found the restaurant based on their Tripadvisor rating (36/127). We sat at the front of the restaurant with a view of the street and a breeze blowing in from an open window! This is a BIG happy for a Texas girl. We don’t eat with…

The Gallery Cafe – Pebble Beach, CA

We stopped at the Gallery Cafe for lunch while enjoying the 17-mile Drive.  It was an oasis.  We sat on the the balcony with wonderful weather and views.   We started with their signature mango lemonade and raspberry lemonade.  Oh. My. Goodness.  They were wonderful.  Great taste without being too sweet.  Really refreshing. My mother…

Tickle Pink Inn – Carmel Highlands, CA

Did I get your attention? Yes, the name of this hotel is really the Tickle Pick Inn.  It is located about 10 minutes south of Carmel off of Highway 1.  Perched up on a cliff it has absolutely amazing views!  Here’s one. We were in suite #4. The living area has plenty of seating, a…

Paris Bakery – Monterey, CA

For breakfast our first morning we went to Paris Bakery. This place has a great story and you can read it here. It was like the “Cheers” of bakeries. A local woman walked in the door and the server had her coffee poured and pastry plated before she made it to the counter.  It happened…

Loulou’s Griddle in the Middle – Monterey, CA

Loulou’s Griddle in the Middle was recommended by a local Monterey resident.  What do you call someone from Monterey? A Montereyan?  We arrived when the doors opened. I am glad we did as the diner’s 3 booths, 8 counter seats and 5 tables outside were taken within minutes of our arrival. A bait shop originally,…