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Cranky

I’m feeling kind of cranky today. I just got mad at the refrigerator for having old food hidden in the back because it’s a stupidly designed refrigerator where I can’t see anything past the stuff in the front. So I started throwing old food out of it and onto the floor (just the plastic containers, I had the sense not to throw any glass ones). Poor A.’s standing there trying to get out of the line of fire while old hummus and cottage cheese containers go whizzing by.

It’s a drizzly, gray fall day, but that’s not why I’m cranky. I’ve had workers in my house every weekday (and some of the weekend days) working on our two bathroom renovations for a month with at least another month or so to go which adds to the crankiness, but it’s not the main reason I’m cranky. A.’s been out of work since mid-July which can be stressful (but also nice to have him around more, especially with the work being done on the house) but it’s not making me cranky. There’s about 15 other things going on that might make me cranky, but those aren’t it either. I’m cranky because my back hurts and it has been for about a week and a half now. I get muscle knots all over my back, they are kind of always there but flare up from time to time. This time it’s really a mess, basically hurting me from my neck down my right side all the way down to mid-thigh with a more concentrated pain in my lower back/hip/upper thigh area where the knots are the biggest. Now, it’s not the pain itself, although that does get in the way of me doing all the things I’d like to do. It’s that any ache or pain I have for more than a day or two makes me crazy. Ask any cancer survivor, they will know exactly what I mean. Most of the time I can live my life day to day without obsessing about my shaky mortality. I know, having survived later stage cancer twice, that it can come back at any time or that a new one could crop up at any time. Normally I choose to keep this information in the back of my mind, not the front. But when pain is either persistent, or unfamiliar in some way, it becomes front and center and I get depressed and cranky. It’s like a harsh slap in the face, shaking me out of my pleasant “it can’t touch me” denial, saying “what makes you think you have all this time ahead of you?”. Add in the gray, drizzly day and the other stresses in my life right now and I’m feeling pretty blah.

Nothing in particular to be done about it, I just keep putting one foot in front of the other and go on. A good friend is coming over for Halloween tacos tonight (a tradition in our house) so I’m going to go bake some cookies with Z. for dessert and then start cooking dinner. The ibuprofen is kicking in so maybe I’ll even forget about it for a while tonight while we enjoy our dinner and company.

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Okay, the last food blog post about our SF trip, finally! It’s been fun reminiscing about all that glorious food, hope it hasn’t been to boring to read.

Saturday was our last day in SF, or should I say our last morning. We had an early afternoon flight but were being picked up by the airport shuttle mid-morning. We still had a culinary adventure ahead of us though, since we had done much of our packing the night before we had enough time to go out for breakfast. We walked to Dottie’s True Blue Cafe, a small place on the edge of Union Square in the Tenderloin district. This is another of those SF restaurants that is notorious for it’s around the block lines but we got there early enough that we were actually standing just outside the door on the sidewalk. It still took us about 20 minutes to get a table, but we had the time so didn’t mind the relatively short wait and it was definitely worth the wait (and the weight!)

We ordered coffee for A. and a decaf latte for me and shared a pear toffee oat scone that was so fabulous! While the pear flavor was not very discernible, and the toffee pieces small and negligible, the scone itself was so good that I was actually glad that the other flavors weren’t competing with it’s whole grain oatiness.

We both ordered off of the specials menu, handwritten on a whiteboard hanging high up on the wall. A. got the zucchini bread French toast with pecans and maple syrup and a side of their own mild Italian sausage (a link that had been cut in half and flattened before cooking). The zucchini bread was a yeast bread, not a sweet quick bread and was cut in thick slabs. It was all very, very good. I ordered the Sweet Potato, Gruyere, caramelized onion tart which came with scrambled eggs, fruit and biscuits. The tart was amazing, a kind of free form crust with a light colored (not orange) filling which reminded me a bit of this potato gratin I make with Gruyere, butter and olive oil. Kind of like the best mashed potatoes ever, not sweet at all. The biscuits seemed to me like angel biscuits (baking powder and yeast) and were heavenly with butter and their raspberry jam. I gave A. the fruit since it had strawberries all over it and I’m allergic to them. I could eat less than half of what was served but enjoyed every bite and was so glad we decided at the last minute to go there. I wrapped one of the biscuits in a paper napkin to take with me on the airplane.

We left there and walked a bit around Union Square and took some pictures here and there including at the Chinatown Gate which was a couple blocks from our hotel. We went back to our hotel room for a bit, then checked out and waited for the airport shuttle. My intention in getting to the airport early was to eat lunch in the airport before the flight but we were still stuffed from breakfast so instead we got a couple iced decafs from Peet’s (also picking up some bags of coffee beans to take home with us). Right before getting on our flight we bought a turkey sandwich at Peet’s and took it on with us. By the time we were served drinks on the plane it was about 2:30 or so, and while we weren’t all that hungry we split the sandwich since the turkey wasn’t going to keep that long unrefrigerated. Our flight actually got in 45 minutes early but that time was eaten up by a delay with our luggage. It was twirling around a carousel marked Los Angeles, 5 carousel’s down from us, while we all stood at the SF carousel waiting for almost an hour. When we finally got to our house that night we both had a bowl of cereal and went to bed, feeling that we probably did not need to eat again for at least another week. Thankfully with all the walking and hill climbing we didn’t gain much weight from all that eating, but even if we had it would have been worth it for the delicious week we had.

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Friday- Day Seven

This was our last full day in SF and we decided to try and do some of the things we didn’t get to during the week. We started the day early and had another breakfast at the hotel breakfast buffet. We went back to our room and called Z., we hadn’t spoken to her since Sunday. With the time difference we never seemed to be in the hotel room when she’d be awake. While she had a great time with her grandparents and barely missed us I think she was glad to talk to us and we sure were glad to talk to her. I told her about our previous evening’s tomato meal (even tomatoes for dessert!) and got the expected eeewwww response.

So we did a typical SF tourist thing and got on a cable car and headed up to Lombard Street (the crooked street block) and then walked over to North Beach to take the bus into Chinatown. There we did some souvenir shopping for Z. We got her a Chinese paper dragon (only it was made of plastic), a small resin dragon statue (she’s into dragons these days), and two Chinese kid’s books (one was a coloring and sticker book and the other was a Chinese character practice book). Back on the bus to SFMOMA to get some gifts for A.’s parents and then back on the bus again to go back to the hotel and drop off our packages. We had really wanted to eat at the famed Zuni Cafe but hadn’t gotten around to it yet so we called to see if we could get a lunch reservation. They didn’t have anything till later in the afternoon but we were told that if we got there soon we could probably snag a table in the bar pretty easily (which served the full menu).

So we walked down Powell Street to Market Street and took the subway to the Van Ness station and walked a couple of blocks to the restaurant. We were able to get a table by the window on the Market Street side in the bar without a wait. I ordered a burger (I had read in numerous places that they had one of the best burgers in the city made with freshly ground local Niman Ranch beef) with gorgonzola cheese and heirloom tomatoes on rosemary focaccia. Oh my was it good, one of the best I’ve ever eaten (and I’m not sure why exactly, but I guess it was the right combination of everything). We also ordered a side of their french fries which was this HUGE plate of shoestring potatoes. I am a bit of a french fry snob and will not bother with a fry that is not excellent and while we didn’t eat even half of this gigantic plate of fries, it was really hard to stop eating them, they were really good. Besides the fries A. ordered a skirt steak with purslane and cranberry beans (he liked the purslane and was intrigued to hear that it was a weed we had growing in our own yard back home). We skipped coffee and dessert because we had a special destination in mind for that.

After leaving Zuni we walked across the street to Flax Art and Design. I have gotten their catalogs for years so was excited to get to go to this big art supply store. It was wonderful, so much better than any of the art supply stores around here and we had fun browsing. I bought some watercolor pencils (the kind without the wood) that I have been wanting for a while now but hadn’t made it to a store that carried them.

From there we walked down Valencia into the Mission District and made our way to 18th and Guerrero to the tiny bakery without a sign called the Tartine Bakery. If there was one place I wanted to go during our trip it was this bakery and I was not disappointed. It was busy but the line was still inside the doors. We oooed and aahhed at all the sweets in the case and decided to order a coconut cream tart to split and eat right there and also a couple of small cookies (a Scharffen Berger double chocolate cookie and a Mexican wedding cookie with walnuts) and a Frangipane croissant to take with us. Miraculously we got a table and drank our lattes and tried hard not to make too much pleasurable noise as we ate this orgasmically good coconut cream tart. It had a 4″ flaky pastry shell covered in chocolate and caramel with a light cream filling (real cream, not a custard) with giant flakes of coconut and chocolate shavings on top. (Later that afternoon at the hotel we ate the cookies and croissant. The cookies were good but the croissant was up there with the tart, really, really good- flaky with this wonderful almond & brandy sweet filling.)

Definitely needing to walk this off a bit we headed over to the Mission Dolores Park and walked around before catching an electric bus that became the subway towards our hotel. We rested for a bit, figured out where we wanted to eat dinner that night, made an online reservation at the front desk, started packing as we were flying back home the next day and then rested a bit more before heading out for dinner.

We took the 30 bus to North Beach and walked to Citizen Thai and the Monkey Bar. We ate in the Citizen Thai part of the place, (the Monkey Bar featured Bangkok street food while the restaurant served a more extensive Thai menu). It was a really good meal, one of the best of the week! We started by sharing the Fried sweet corn patties (Vegetarian)- crispy corn spice with curry paste served with cucumber salad (I’m pasting the descriptions directly from the website menu). It was delicious! Then we split the Crying tiger salad- spicy lime tossed with grilled sirloin beef, crunchy cucumber, and mint which was also wonderful. Then we had this really amazing dish called Meing Kum- here’s the description from the menu: “Mieng Kum is a favorite Thai snack that fun to eat. Each platter comes with a portion of chopped peanut, roasted coconut, fresh lime, ginger, onion and chili. To eat : Put a little of each ingredient on the leaf, top with sauce, fold and enjoy.” We had never had this before and wow, it was one of the most interesting taste combinations we’d ever had. Really, really good! When we got back home I started checking online menus at Thai restaurants to see if any served this and found one place that has something similar (they call it Meing Gum). We haven’t gotten there yet, but hope to try it soon. Then we split the Marinated duck breast with green tea noodle, which was good but probably my least favorite of all the dishes we had that evening. The final dish was this truly wonderful Pumpkin curry with chicken (it also had pieces of zucchini and pumpkin) served inside this beautifully carved green pumpkin with a side order of jasmine rice. The Pumpkin curry had this wonderful combination of smoothness from the coconut milk and heat from the curry. Since we’d had already had enough dessert for a week already that day at Tartine we skipped dessert and shared a pot of green jasmine tea instead before heading back to our hotel for our last night in San Francisco.

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Thursday morning we had reservations to take the first ferry out to Alcatraz so got up early and had the breakfast buffet at the hotel. Before catching the ferry (which was on a pier near Fisherman’s Wharf) we went to see the sea lions on Pier 39. There are hundreds of them, lying on top of each other on floating docks, stretching, barking, sleeping, and generally being entertaining.

So we took the ferry over to Alcatraz, took the self guided audio tour through the prison, listened to a National Park ranger’s talk on what it was really like to be a prisoner at Alcatraz (which included anecdotes from her own conversations with some former inmates), and wandered around the grounds before taking the ferry back to SF.

I had wanted to try an In and Out Burger (which was a few blocks away deeper into Fisherman’s Wharf h*ll) , having heard about them in an interview with the guy who wrote Fast Food Nation. He said that while they are fast food, they are a family owned company that uses only fresh ingredients in their food and cooks to order (and was where he took his family if they wanted to get fast food). They have a limited menu (3 burgers to choose from, fries, shakes and soft drinks) and they are only in CA, NV and AZ unfortunately. A. ordered the #1 (double cheeseburger), I ordered the #2 (cheeseburger) and we split some fries. We ate outside, trying to avoid the dive bombing seagulls that some little kids were feeding right at our feet (I finally had to ask them to move farther away, their parents were oblivious to the whole scene). We don’t normally eat fast food (the closest thing we usually get to that is Panera Bread), although we did stop at a McD’s in desperation last spring break when traveling back from Williamsburg, VA and stuck in hours of very slow moving traffic (Z. commented that it had been 4 years since we had been to a McD’s, she was probably right). This wasn’t even close to my memory of a fast food burger, it was much more like the kind of burger you’d get at a sit down restaurant.

We walked back through the ultra-touristy Fisherman’s Wharf area to the Boudin Bakery and had a sample of sourdough bread (just so we could say we ate sourdough bread while in SF) and got two Scharffen Berger® Chocolate Mocha Freddo’s at Peet’s coffee. We walked a few more blocks to the 39 bus and took it all the way up to the Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill. We walked around the base and saw the wonderful WPA murals in the lobby but didn’t pay to walk up the inside of the tower. The 360° views from the area outside the tower were good enough for us. We then walked down, down, down Filbert Street, which is the “street” that is really steps going through gardens with houses on either side for a few blocks. When we got down to the bottom we walked over to the Embarcadero and got onto the historic streetcar line that takes you to down to the Ferry Building. This is the line that used the old street and trolley cars Muni bought from around the world (including Philadelphia), we were on a car from Chicago.

The Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market is in the Ferry Building Marketplace on Thursday evenings and we got there around 4pm, just as it was beginning. We walked around looking at all the foods shops and stalls from both the Farmer’s Market and the Marketplace (oooooh it was a real delight for the eyes and the nose!) There were also some interesting restaurants. We had wanted to eat dinner that evening at the Slanted Door, a popular Vietnamese restaurant in the Ferry Building, but were unable to get a reservation. They had told us on the phone that we could try and get there early and eat at the bar if we liked so we checked that out. We were going to do another SF City Guide tour (of the Ferry Building) at 5:30pm so had some time to kill. After circling around and around the place and spending some time sitting out back on the deck area by the bay and ferry boats we decided to get a slice of Scharffen Berger Chocolate Cake from Miette to share outside by the water. We had a nice view of the Bay Bridge and the commuters getting onto the ferries. The cake was luscious but very filling.

We took the City Guide tour of the Ferry Building and found out about the history of the building and that area. We were done in less than an hour and I was so full I thought I’d never eat anything ever again so we decided against going to the Slanted Door. A. was still hungry so he got a take-out dinner from one of the places there which he ate while we sat outside by the water. Before we left I bought a couple small rolls at the Acme Bread Company (of Berkeley) and a couple peaches from the Frog Hollow Farm’s Farmer’s Market stand which we took with us and jumped on the California Line cable car back to the hotel. Later that night I ate the rolls and a peach (A. ate the other peach) washed down with some cold Jasmine Green tea I had bought at Whole Foods earlier in the week. It was more than enough dinner. We were really tired and spent the evening hanging out in the hotel room.

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Day Five

We got up early and had the breakfast buffet at the hotel. We also made our dinner reservations for that evening for Millenium Restaurant, a highly regarded upscale vegan restaurant (more about that later). We were picked up in front of our hotel by our van tour guide Maria for our Muir Woods and Sonoma Wine Country excursion. Sonoma is a bit more rural and less touristy than Napa so we thought we might like it better. After picking up some other people we headed out over the Golden Gate Bridge, past Sausalito to the Muir Woods National Monument (redwood forest) where we had about an hour and 15 minutes to walk the trails and see the redwood trees. We wanted to walk a longish loop so had to keep up a good pace to get back to the van in time, which we did, but of course there were a few others who were late so we spent another 15 minutes waiting in the van for them.

We then drove to Sonoma, stopping first at the Viansa Winery, not to taste wine but to nibble at their large selection of dips and spreads samples. There is also a nice view out back so we all took pictures. I remembered that my digital camera has a panoramic setting (and a Photo Stitch-ing program on my computer) so I gave that a try (the image is above, the people on the side are a couple from our group). From there we went to the Sonoma Plaza area and split up for a lunch break. A. and I wanted to eat at a Himalayan restaurant called Taste of the Himalayas that also has a location in SF and Berkeley but we didn’t know where on the plaza it was (the plaza was quite large and we had a limited amount of time). I had the restaurant’s SF phone number so our wonderful tour guide Maria took out her cell phone and called the number, then got the Sonoma number and called them and asked where exactly they were. It’s a good thing she did because it ended up that they were down a pedestrian alley and we probably would have missed it. We decided to get the lunch buffet instead of ordering individual dishes from the menu. The food had no labels so we don’t really know what we ate, but it was tasty (although not hot enough, temperature-wise I mean). Afterwards we went to the Chocolate Cow for a little cup of gelato which we ate while we walked around the plaza back to the van.

From there we went to the Valley of the Moon Winery where we began our actual wine tasting. We were allowed 4 free tastings each (although I only tried three). I’m not a big wine drinker (I drink about an inch of wine once in a while and generally prefer red wines) so am not a good judge, but I think A. found one that he liked. We weren’t buying any wines since the wineries can’t ship wine to PA and our trip was right after the airplane’s ban on liquids (and it just wasn’t worth the effort or expense to ship them back ourselves) but A. did inquire as to availability in PA. There were some wines that were made from grapes on old vines and some from a mix of old and new vine grapes. Right outside the tasting room were some old vines that Maria took us out to and let us sample some of the grapes off the vine.

We then went to a boutique winery tasting room (which was not at a vineyard but in a storefront) in Glen Ellen called Navillus Birney/Audelssa. The manager there, who poured us many, many small glasses of wine, was originally from Pittsburgh and quite a character. The wines there were good (and quite expensive) and there was one particular wine that A. really liked a lot (I can’t remember which). BTW, no one was spitting any wine out at any of these places, but not everyone drank their whole tasting portion. I gave mine to A. after taking a few sips most of the time.

Next we went to Cline Vineyards, a bigger winery whose wines we can find more easily back home. They had a lot of wines to taste there also. We then headed back to SF, stopping at a Golden Gate Bridge lookout point to take pictures (the GG Bridge photo I took that is on the Day One blog entry is from that stop).

By the time we got back to our hotel we had just enough time to change our clothes and walk to Millenium. This particular night they were having a prix fixe 5 course Heirloom Tomato dinner. It was our most expensive meal of the trip, but it was definitely an experience! Everything beautifully presented and tasty. I took the menu home with me so I could remember all the details 🙂 For the first three courses there were no choices.

The first course was Fried Green “Early Girl” Tomatoes & Walla Walla Onions (lavender tartar sauce, tomato green peppercorn-horseradish reduction). A. also chose to have the wine pairings (a 2oz. glass of wine they chose for each course). The wine was a Sauvignon Blanc, Goisot, Saint-Gris, Burgundy, France, 03.

Our next course was Avocado & Jicama Stuffed “Bellstar” Tomato (Crane Melon & cucumber methi salad). The wine pairing was a Riesling, Dr. Loosen, Blue Slate’ Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany, 05.

The third course was a Chilled Gold “Jubilee” Tomato & Macadamia Nut Puree (Gravenstein apple & pineapple relish). This was kind of like a thick soup and excellent. The wine pairing was a Gewurztaminer, Corazon, Anderson Valley, CA, 02.

For the entree we had a choice of two. A. chose the Brandywine Tomato Napoleon (borage tofu “cheese”, roasted sweet corn cream, seared lobster mushrooms, toasted bread crumbs, smoked pimenton-vanilla oil) with a wine pairing of Zinfandel, Quivira, Dry Creek Valley, CA 03. I had the Grilled Zucchini Lasagnette (tomato pasta, radicchio salad, Sicilian green olive vinaigrette, creamy saffron, marinated tomato & Tongue of Fire bean ragu). I did not have the wine pairing, but it would have been Sangiovese, Chance Creek, Redwood Valley, Mendocino, CA 03. We tried each other’s entrees but I preferred my own, it was really, really good.

There was also a choice of two for dessert so A. ordered one and I ordered the other and we shared. A. ordered the Son of Black New Zealand Tomato & Peach Crisp (Thai basil ice cream, lemongrass anglaise, candied ginger) with a wine pairing of Late Harvest Chenin Blanc, Domaine Cady, Loire Valley, France, 98. I ordered the Candied Heirloom Tomato & Black Pepper Cheesecake (fig & Copia tomato sauce, balsamic reduction). The wine pairing would have been 10 Year Tawny Port, Smith & Woodhouse, Portugal. Both desserts were very good but I preferred the cheesecake that I had ordered.

We were really, really full! We were a little surprised that we could be that full on a meal of mainly vegetables, but there were 5 courses. A. started to get really sick of wine by the end, between the 20+ wines he had sampled during the day and then the 5 wine pairings (which I did help him with by drinking a few sips of each wine) he thought he couldn’t drink one more drop and didn’t finish two of the glasses.

We didn’t partake of these but they also had a “Build Your Own” Bloody Mary Bar, which we saw as we came in. There was a long table filled with all kinds of different tomatoes and other fixings you could pick out. Also on the menu was a House Infused Tomato, Lemon Thyme & Basil Vodka Martini.

It was definitely our most interesting meal of the trip!

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Day Four was Tuesday and we slept a little bit later and then went out for breakfast around 9am. We went to Sears Fine Food, around the corner from out hotel, which is famous for it’s silver dollar Swedish pancakes. We each had an order of those of course and enjoyed them (all 18 of them!). This is the kind of place with a line outside, but the it wasn’t too long and moved very quickly so we didn’t have to wait very long.

Tuesday was museum day, so after breakfast we walked to the subway (which later came above ground and was an electric bus) towards Golden Gate Park. We got off a couple stops too early (it’s hard to know when to get off the bus as they don’t stop at every street), and walked a bit to get to the other bus we needed to catch to get into the park. We could have walked the whole way but a bus came quickly and we figured we’d save our legs for all the museum walking we had ahead of us. First we went to the de Young Fine Arts Museum. We saw an amazing show called The Quilts of Gee County, really beautiful quilts made by African American women in Gee’s Bend, Alabama who were pretty isolated from the rest of the world since the 1960’s due to racial bigotry (I read that very recently ferry service was finally restored to their island). We also saw the Chicano exhibit of works from Cheech Marin’s huge private collection and we walked around most of the rest of the museum. We were hungry for lunch but the line to the cafe was really long and we didn’t feel like waiting around as we wanted to get to the other museum (The Legion of Honor). So we stopped off at the observation tower first and saw 360° views of SF in the fog before heading out.

We walked to a bus line that brought us about a block from the Pacific Ocean in front of a Safeway supermarket where we waited a loooonnnnngggg time for the other bus that would bring us to the museum, our stomachs grumbling as time went on. Finally a bus came and we were on our way. A couple stops later a man got on and told the bus driver that California Street was closed because of some guy going crazy and running down people with his car (yikes!). We knew we had a very long bus ride back to the hotel and most of it was on California Street, but hoped it would be okay by then.

So we get to the Legion of Honor and went right to the cafe where we had an excellent lunch! A. had a steak salad and I had a ham and gruyere panini sandwich. I was told my sandwich would be brought out to me (they had these numbers on tall holders to put on your table) but it took forever to get it. A. was eating really slowly but still had almost finished his salad and my sandwich was nowhere in sight. It was very crowded and busy but I managed to flag down someone and eventually got my sandwich (apparently it had been in the kitchen homeless and numberless). So maybe the fact that I was starving had something to do with it, but I really enjoyed that sandwich! It was 3:30-3:45pm by the time we finished lunch but we had plenty of time to see the Monet in Normandy special exhibit and some of the permanent exhibits before the museum closed. We took the bus down California Street and while the street was open our bus broke down so we left 2 seats on that bus to go stand in the next overcrowded bus. We passed a Starbucks with police tape around it and later found out that this is where they apprehended the maniac who was running people down earlier that day. Truly horrible :-((

We got back to the hotel about 5:45pm and got on the front desk laptop to figure out where we could eat dinner that night. We used the online restaurant reservation system opentable.com to make reservations at Trattatoria Contadina in North Beach but they were for 6:30pm so we went up to our room and quickly got changed and then headed out to take the bus to North Beach. This place was about a block or so off the main drag in North Beach but was on a cable car line so our front window table afforded me (A.’s back was to it) views of cable cars going back and forth all evening. The tables were fairly close together and next to us was a local couple who were regulars and knew the owner so he came out and talked with them while we eavesdropped (it was impossible not to!)

We shared a buffalo mozzerella and tomato salad. I ordered the Vitello Saltimbucca alla Aurilia (Veal scaloppini layered with prosciutto, mozzarella cheese and sage, served with a marsala wine and tomato sauce, fresh sautéed seasonal vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes) while A. ordered the Vitello Arrosto Patate e Spinaci Tartufati (Roasted veal fillet with porcini and wild mushrooms, fresh rosemary, onions, white wine, shallots, bay leaves and a flavorful beef broth, served with truffled garlic spinach and garlic mashed potatoes). Politically incorrect I know (we only eat veal in really good Italian restaurants which means we very rarely eat it) but oh my were they good! The Saltimboca had a bit of tomato sauce on it which I’ve never had prepared that way before. It was an interesting addition. Afterwards we had decaf lattes and shared a tiramisu for dessert. Yum!! We took the cable car back to the hotel and while in bed tried to figure out what we were going to do for dinner the next evening. We were going to be out of the city all day so needed to make our plans before we left in the morning.

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