I Left My Heart in San Francisco

When I was young, I loved going to New York City.  It was about two hours from our home by car and we would frequently make trips to take in the sights, eat good food and enjoy the excitement of the fast paced metropolis.  I knew when I was old enough, I would live in New York and call it my home.

When it came time to apply to college, the choice was clear.  Any school that landed me in New York City would do.  I packed my bags, left my small beach town and started a new life in the greatest city in the world.

New York City, for me, is my first love - my ‘high school sweetheart.’  It holds so many memories and when I am there I can’t help but feel energized and happy.  Just like when in love for the first time, I never thought any other would compare. 

Recently, I have had the pleasure of making a few trips to San Francisco and I am falling in love all over again.  Now while it will never replace my first love, SF has great weather, that laid back California vibe and, of course, THE FOOD!

Just like New York City, restaurants in SF strive to put out quality food, gain accolades and carve out their place in a very competitive market.  In addition, with access to water, local farms and an amazing ethnic melting pot, the creativity and quality of the food is exceptional.

I decided on my recent trip to plan way in advance and get reservations at the HOT SPOTS.  I didn’t want the hidden gems or the out of the way places, I wanted to put their best to the test.  And boy, did they deliver. 

Touring San Francisco through my stomach was so much fun, and very filling.  I had some amazing meals and really enjoyed figuring out what made them so good.  And, while I am not a restaurant reviewer, I would like to give you my humble opinion of the places I visited. Please come on this little adventure with me.  Each week I’ll present a restaurant I ate at, my favorite dish and how I recreated it at home.

As Tony Bennet will sing, “High on a hill, it calls to me…Above the blue and windy sea…Your golden sun will shine for me.”  I don’t know when I’ll be back in SF but my heart and memories of some delicious meals are there to stay. 

Buon Appetito!