It's ironic how all of my mornings tend to start with coffee. How else could mornings start? On this particular sunny morning in Amador City, we were greeted with an early delivery of coffee in a basket, right to our doorstep!
We then took breakfast outside. Stratta, croissants, fruit, and even more coffee!
This was literally the most perfect business hour sign I have ever come across. Basically the life.
Oh Mom and I came out of Meyer's Antiques with massive grins on our faces. We had the absolute best time in there! And the guy manning the desk, Jack, was an absolute treasure. He told us the neatest of stories and was most generous as far as our purchases went. Would definitely recommend this spot on Pig Turd Alley!
Mum and I then took a hop skip jump down the road and parked at Sutter Creek for a bite.. and some more shopping.
Lunch was at Hotel Sutter Restaurant and began with a ceasar salad.
We then moved onto the truffled mushrooms mac&cheese with balsamic caramelized onions, mushrooms, apple wood smoked bacon, garlic, herbs, and white truffle oil. Mom and I consumed that baby like you wouldn't believe.
And then came the drive to San Francisco, at long last. Oh what a pretty one that was!
Crossing the Bay Bridge..
Can you see Alcatraz there in the distance?
Driving downtown was an absolute nightmare, I highly unreccomend it! I would've taken more photos as well, but as you can see, navigating can be quite a challenge.
Oh look, it's a stretch hummer in front of the Porsche store.
Mom and I are currently staying at the Kensington Park Hotel. Absolutely delightful and old-fashioned, just the way I like 'em!
Once we had unloaded our atrocious amount of bags into our respectable room, we hit the San Fran streets to find a certain John's Grill, recommended to us by our pleasant new friend, David.
Oh. My. Goodness. It was the absolute most perfect welcome dinner to the city of San Francisco. Darkly lit, corner booth, fantastic service, homey atmosphere, and live music.
And the photos lining the wall? Famous patrons include: Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Marlon Brando, Shirley Temple, Andy Warhol, George Lucas, Steve Jobs, Alice Cooper, Julia Child, Joe Di Maggio, Truman Capote, Michael Caine, Bill Blass, Ronald Reagan, Emile Hirsch, and Johnny Depp, just to name a few!
Mum and I started with drinks- for her, a gin&tonic, and for I, the classic Shirley temple.
Respectable sized glasses!
Getting buzzed on that temple!
To start, New England Clam Chowder. Perfectly warmed us right up from the winds of the outside!
Then we split this deliciously tasty Jumbo Prawns Dijonnaise sauteed with wine, dijon cream, and mushrooms.
And dessert, let me tell you about dessert. Complimentary from our fantastic waiter, Mum ordered a traditonal Irish Coffee, something that was made famous in San Francisco back in the 1950's. Coffee, sugar, and a healthy dose of whiskey.. sure gave us a swift kick in the britches!
Welcome to San Francisco indeed.