Saturday, February 27, 2010

San Francisco, February 2010, Day 4

On our last day in San Francisco (2/5) I was a little sad to be leaving our room at the Stanyan Park Hotel. They upgraded us to a suite, and all the space felt luxurious.


This place is about 3 times larger than our apartment.

I walked out to get a breakfast sandwich and was confronted with the fog.


Yelp said that a good breakfast sandwich place was on our street, Lava Java.


I got a vegetable one (MPD). It was just okay. But in the time it took for my sandwich to get made, the fog lifted.


It was initially forecast to rain, but the forecast changed that morning. So we planned get oysters off Tomales Bay near Point Reyes National Park. I've wanted to eat oysters here for several years, ever since Priscilla first told me about it.

Ben reserved a Zipcar, and off we went! Jeff took this picture on the Marin side of the bridge.


We stopped by a Safeway to pick up wine and other supplies for lunch.


I was in charge of navigating, but I forgot I was in charge and we missed our exit. So we took the scenic route on Lucas Valley Road which happened to pass by Skywalker Ranch. It was a beautiful drive. We went through a redwood forest and saw a few waterfalls. We couldn't resist stopping to take a closer look at this one.


Here is where we were. I think the waterfall was there just because of all the rain the previous day.

We eventually made it to Point Reyes Station and tried looking for the Cowgirl Creamery.


There was a little shopping center called The Creamery which included, among other things, the town's library. Not what we were looking for.

Here it is.


A cheese tour was going on when we entered the shop. This place stocked a bunch of cheese from all over, but this is the case with most of their own.


The people at the counter were pretty nice and gave us a bunch of samples. I ended up buying their Red Hawk Cheese. It's a washed rind cheese, on the milder side of funky.



I also got Bellwether Sheep Yogurt as a snack for the rest of the drive over. I've never had sheep yogurt before. It tastes just like cow yogurt.


We arrived at Hog Island Oysters!


Their driveway was paved with oyster shells.


We saw them sorting and cleaning the oysters as we made our way to their picnic area.


We started off with 50 Quilcenes and ended up getting a couple dozen more oysters later.


I got to show Jeff and Azusa how to shuck an oyster! They were naturals.


I love these oysters. Delicious, and briny,--an excellent thing in oyster.


Ben preferred them grilled. I was skeptical, but they were mighty fine grilled. The liquor makes a great broth.


All finished.


Then I made everyone take a group picture.


After lunch, we drove around the south end of the bay to get to the Point Reyes seashore. We passed by herds of elk and cows.


The beauty of this area is just ridiculous.


Ben and I collaborated on this sculpture.


Mabel was struck by the leaves on this plant.


On the drive back, we ate at In-N-Out Burger.


Ben ordered two burgers without the meat.


I didn't know you could do that! They were really good. That's what I'm going to order the next time I'm in California.

Stanyan Park Hotel
750 Stanyan St (at Waller St)
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 751-1000

Lava Java
852 Stanyan St (btn Beulah and Frederick St)
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 751-7375

Safeway
110 Strawberry Village
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Cowgirl Creamery
80 4th St
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 663-9335‎

Hog Island Oysters
20215 Coast Highway One
Marshall, CA 94940
(415) 663-9218, ext. 255 for reservations

In-N-Out Burger
798 Redwood Hwy
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(800) 786-1000

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