Many families have posed shots. We tend to have impromptu shots full of happy memories like this one from our last day in San Francisco. We went to the beach and walked around a bit in the CRAZY wind. I remember lots of laughter that day.
As much as we love fancy restaurants I think our favourite lunches are more impromptu. This pic is a great example - we were in Sonoma for some art viewing and wine tasting. We popped into the Sonoma Cheese Factory for some lunch items and walked across the street to the Plaza for a picnic. There is something about sitting outside watching the chickens walk around (if you have been to Sonoma you know what I mean), kids playing, and fashionistas (i.e. NOT us) window shopping along the square.
These pics are from Paso Robles. Paso is known as the nut capital of the California Central Coast (to say nothing of their wineries). Most of the nut trees are being pulled out and the land transformed into vineyards but every now and then you can find some nut farms.
Happy days - on Saturday we went across the border to pick up the case of wine which we had shipped from Paso Robles. We ended up shipping the most 'precious' bottles i.e. expensive and rare, rather than risking them to the luggage. Everything arrived in great shape - Paul has whisked them all into the wine cellar to be enjoyed at a later date. . .
On our first night in SF we all wandered along Geary street unable to find a spot we all agreed on for dinner. One of the places we stopped at looked interesting to Paul and I but did not appeal to the rest of the group so we went back on our own for a late lunch on Sunday.
We 'require' a dim sum feast on any trip to SF and having a place like the Shai Lai Seafood restaurant just around the corner was a boon.
The food is tasty, delicious, and hot - VERY hot - you've been warned. When seated you're provided with an "order" list full of descriptive menu items to choose from, and your dim sum dishes are served to you when ready. We were a bit shocked at how quickly the food was prepared and delivered piping hot to our table. We over-ordered as we always do so we brought food home with us.
We left the snow behind and headed to California for a long weekend of fun. We shoppedm toured wineries, tasted olive oil, met up with good friends, and ate some wonderful food. I can't wait for slow bowl 2009.