Gastronomic Nirvana

There is a constant battle for epicurean supremacy between New York and San Francisco. I still haven’t decided for myself, but I certainly tried my darndest to sample as many of the local contenders as possible. San Francisco does have the edge when it comes to location, surrounded by wine country on one side, and the Pacific Ocean on the other, the coastline views just enhance the gourmet orgy.

We started our journey in Napa Valley. Home to Auberge du Soleil, and legendary The French Laundry, these restaurants literally wrote the book on French inspired, locally sourced cuisine. With wine lists the size of a small town phonebook, these restaurants will leave your stomach incredibly full and your wallet remarkably empty - being beaten down to pauper status, however, is completely satiating. Between St. Helena and Yountville, the night sky is literally ablaze with all the Michelin starred restaurants (Bouchon, Redd, Terra, Martini House, Bistro Jeantry, and Meadowood to name a few).

Ah, and San Francisco, my salivary glands will never be the same. Michael Mina, Aqua, Coi, Gary Darko, Acquerello, Chez Panisse, Boulevard all such a treat. Want something hip and new? Try Flour + Water, Frances or RN74. For a great brunch try Foreign Cinema or Maverick.

Food, wine, sun and sea, San Francisco was the town for me!

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