iPhone snaps finished in ShakeItphoto from last month’s trip to the West coast.
After landing in San Francisco, we drove north on Highway 1 to Gualala for a friend’s wedding. We spent a couple of days there (we stayed in one of the houses at St Orres) and then drove inland to Anderson Valley and a two-day stay at The Madrones, just outside Philo. This was a lovely interlude. We explored the Hendy Woods State Park, sadly slated for closure next year, and the nearby Apple Farm, which was one of the most quietly beautiful places I’ve visited. If you’re ever in the area, stay there. Both nights we ate at Table 128 at the Boonville Hotel. This was a real treat – charming, unassuming service, excellent local wines and deliciously fresh and mostly locally grown food.
We headed back to San Francisco where we holed up in an old B&B in the Mission district. Highlights for me were visiting Unionmade in Castro and eating a stupendously good meal at Bar Tartine. Unionmade must represent a new pinnacle in retail – great brand mix, loving attention to detail and unobtrusive, friendly staff. I also got to hang out with my old friend Russell Quinn, now digital director of McSweeney’s. Russell took us to Mission Street Food and we also spent a nice afternoon drinking Guinness with Lucky Peach editor Chris Ying – good inspiration for CPH Meal.
And that was that.