Uhhh, Yountville is where The French Laundry is.
While we're starting up on food, how about some recommendations for restaurants. We're into both hole-in-the-wall destinations (taqueria la cumbre) and swanky experiences (celebrity chefs or tasting menus or anything that is different).
What a perfect use of this board. Thanks guys.
As far as things to do here, sf.funcheap.com always has a ton of listings for every day of the week. If the weather's nice, Dolores Park and/or Golden Gate Park are always good options.
*Taqueria Cancun on Mission & 19th for late-night nachos
*Lers Ros on Hayes Street = some of the best Thai food in the city, and really reasonably priced
*El Techo de Lolinda on Mission = gorgeous rooftop views, heated when it's cold, and their chicharrones, guacamole, and quesadillas are all really tasty
*Food truck park on 11th & Folsom = good variety, fun atmosphere
*Straw = carnival themed, they do a crazy bacon cheeseburger with glazed donuts for buns
*Driftwood in SOMA = they have a bring-your-own-vinyl policy, bartenders have great taste in music
*Zeitgeist in the Mission = big outdoor seating area with lots of communal seating, good burgers, cheap drinks
*Sycamore = like a small-scale Zeitgeist
*Butter = white trash themed bar! Fun times
*Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem = nice little outdoor area, and they also serve food (tater tots!)
*Grooves on Market & Octavia = tiny, nice employees, good bargain bin finds
*Rooky Ricardo's on Haight = more of an old R&B/soul collection, but the owner is fun to talk to and has a lot of SF music stories
"If you've lost your faith in love and music, the end won't be long." -The Libertines
R&G Lounge in Chinatown. The Best. Make a res or you be waiting.
The pilgrimage is not perfected save by copulation with the camel.
There's too much in San Francisco. My only suggestion is City Lights Bookstore. I worship that place.
The TSA dude just called me sweetie (in a totally non-condescending way), and there are two 50-something ladies in front of me with hair sprayed a mile high and bright gold leather purses talking about how they can't wear heels under 2 inches high because anything shorter than that hurts their calves.
I am most definitely in Dallas.
Comstock Saloon in SF makes some great cocktails, neat atmosphere and the food is decent. Bourbon and Branch also makes some fine cocktails, but you have to make a reservation.
Just got back to our villa after swimming and body surfing in the ocean. On breaks we relaxed in lounge chairs, sipped Imperial and ate lunch with a sloth in the tree 20 feet above us.
Tonight we are going to grill fresh mahi-mahi, pineapple and bell peppers and try to work on the bottle of vodka, probably in a smoothie made with leftover papaya from this morning when a troop of monkeys passed right by/on our patio.
This is our second slow day.
Costa Rica has been fantastic.
The rainy season meant it rained many mornings (but it usually stopped by 9 or so) and some afternoons (but we got several mostly clear (gorgeous) sunsets). But mostly it meant it all was cheaper and more private. Tulemar (the villa/resort complex of 70 bungalows where we stayed) has a private beach which is crowded during their summer but there were generally only a few others at the beach.
We had a private tour of Manual Antonio National Park. Without our guide we would have seen almost nothing; with her we saw so many insects and reptiles and mammals. The 300-person dolphin watching party boat had 40 people instead of 300 so there was plenty of shade and dolphin-viewing space to go around. And a private horseback ride to a 90 m waterfall and rapids pool.
Sometimes Herbie the coati knocks over and roots through your trash. Sometimes monkeys climb around your patio. There are bugs and it's humid and every trip takes longer than expected. We got a lot of resort treatment but there were still clear rough elements that not everyone would be into.
I loved the small part of Costa Rica that I saw (Quepos on the south Pacific side, mostly) in an area that caters to tourists. There is so much more but this was a relaxing vacation, not a backpacking/roughing it/explorer adventure trip. It was gorgeous and wonderful.
I don't think I'm hosting a 2016 collaborative playlist.
Big Bear Ocktoberfest, or however those wankers spell it, this weekend with offroad biking including Rattlesnake Canyon sprinkled in. Better than Disneyland.
The pilgrimage is not perfected save by copulation with the camel.
I need help/info with first hand experience on Switzerland. The best info so far comes from Rick Steves. Everything else feels like an ad or directs you to a commercial website. Tripadvisor and Lonely planet forums has very limited information too. Trying to find ease of trains and traveling with ski/snowboard gear, places to see, culinary ect.
I'd be happy to help. I'm assuming you are going in winter with your gear, but to what parts? Or is that part of your question? And if you want epic riding / skiing within a train ride or two of the swiss system are you willing to consider Austria or France? Chamonix / Mont Blanc, Brig to Visp to Zermatt, Grindelwald (off Interlaken) and not too far from Muren, and skiing from village to village in Austria all remain on my winter destination list. I've visited all multiple times in summer, but have yet to explore during winter.
Zero in on what parts you want to visit and let's go from there with culinary and entertainment. Where are you flying in and out of? That's a big part of it. The train system is pretty flexible. Once you get your route down, it may or may not be best to buy a Swiss Rail Pass. For us, it didn't. Don't even worry about schedules, but if you must, play around at SBB. In general, getting luggage on and off trains (including ski / snowboard gear) is no problem at all.
We bought a 15 day we swiss pass, but can't figure out how easy it is to get from stations to stations to hotels with all our gear. I'm not worried about walking distances. A little worried about my wife.
Is Switzerland a place where you can be flexible with itinerary as far as transportation, things to do and see?
Also is there a must see or do while in Switzerland that you can suggest?
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Yes! At the end of the year is when airlines are going to be phasing it in, if not now. So do not be a dick about it til then.
Does anyone have any restaurant/eatery recommendations for Santa Rosa, CA or Bodega Bay?
I think it's going to be rather messy until it is all properly standardized within airlines, with some travelers using different airlines for their trips.
I have only eaten there once, but the food was good. Nothing spectacular, but went with the beer well and helped extend our stay as long as possible. Next time I go there, i would plan on eating there again. Hopefully that helps.