San Francisco Journals

Return to San Francisco after 15 Years

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A September 2008 trip to San Francisco by Wasatch

Tong Palace Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
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San Francisco Marriott Marquis

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Hotel | "Good Enough, not Great"

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The San Francisco Marriott occupies most the block of 4th St. between Market and Mission, a convenient location on the edge of the Financial District, close to the Civic Center, and with easy access to everywhere else by public transit (parking your car at the hotel runs $50 a day).Flying into SFO, here are several ways to get to the San Francisco Marriott: Samtrans bus costs $1.50(?)o.w. and stops right beside the hotel. BART(the subway/metro) costs $5.35o.w. Exit BART at the Powell St station. Turn right when you leave the train, and the station exit brings you out at the corner of 4th and Market, a half block from the hotel. Shuttle vans start at $17, taxis and limo even more. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 7, 2008

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
55 Fourth Street
San Francisco, California 94103
(415) 896-1600

Tong Palace

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Restaurant | "Excellent Dim Sum, and that's hard to beat"

Tong Palace Photo, San Francisco, California
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We went to San Francisco for dim sum, and once there, we went to the Tong Palace for dim sum. If you do not know what dim sum are, read on. If you know, you can skip to the Tong Palace heading below. The maître d' at our favorite dim sum restaurant thought for awhile when we asked him how Dim Sum translated into English. He came up with "little snacks to eat while drinking tea." The Appetizer section of a Chinese restaurant menu gives a good idea of what dim sum are– egg rolls, spring rolls (they are different), pot stickers, fried won tons– but this is just an intro to dim sum. A good dim sum restaurant will offer 30-45 appetizer like items, and instead of handing you a menu, the waitresses...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 6, 2008

Tong Palace
933 Clement st
San Francisco, California 94118
(415) 668-3988

Jeanne d'Arc

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Restaurant | "Do not Miss It"

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Jeanne d'Arc four courses prix fix spinach goat cheese soup lamb shank breast of duck with raspberry sauce mashed endive grande marnier souffle & cream anglaise great atmosphere $38 wine $22 up veg soup mostly tomato, goat cheese spinach in puff pastry, entrees salmon, swordfish, prawns & scallops in tomatoes white wine, roast duck breastt raspberry sauce, duck confit, rabbit wh wine & mushroom, roast loin of lamb, steak au poivre flamed incongnac, fillet mignon forrester: mushroowm stuffei homatoe braised bok choi, mashed; gr marnier suffle or chocolate mousse. Dinner at Jeanne d’Arc was hands down the best meal we had in San Francisco. For the money, it was one of t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 7, 2008

Jeanne d'Arc
715 Bush St
San Francisco, California 94108
+1 415 421 3154

Scoma's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Crab Cakes on the Waterfront"

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Lunch on the waterfront is was a far cry from our lunch the day before in New Chinatown. To start, Chinatown cost $20 for three, the waterfront was $53. The waterfront places are more elegant than an authentic local dim sum parlor, and the former feed tourists, the later locals. Like all the kitsch around Fisherman's Wharf, Scoma’s exterior looked like a New England clapboard. sea captain's house. Inside was attractive, a long narrow building with a bar on one side and long narrow dinning rooms with an almost decent view of the city and coast. Bright and cheerful, the table were set with fresh flowers, white linen, and the usual eating tools. Service was prompt, made no mistakes, and friendly. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 9, 2008

Scoma's Restaurant
Pier 47 on Al Scoma Way
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 771-4383

General sight seeing

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Maltise Falcon death scene Photo, San Francisco, California
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San Francisco is one of the world’s great cities to visit, and some say to live. It is certainly the best the USA has to offer. Years ago business took me from Washington DC to San Francisco several times, making San Francisco one of my favorite destinations until I got to know London, Prague, Rome and Vienna. After the first trip, I planned my visits so that I stayed in the hotel furthest away from the work site by cable car, a spectacular way to commute, but times change. We visited San Francisco over Labor Day weekend (2008) and didn’t even ride the cable cars which had been transformed from part of the local mass transit system into an expensive ($5 per trip) tourist ride with long lines t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 7, 2008