skagway was a beautiful place to be. of course, you had the cruise ships all over the place, and tourists everywhere, but being able to look up and past that to see gorgeous mountains, bald eagles, bears, glaciers and just nature.. pure, raw nature.. was an incredible opportunity.
so, thomas keller has always had a piece of my heart. he knows how to take the intimidating out of cuisine and present it in a very rustic, honest and pure way. ad hoc brings all that, plus a family dining experience where you pass the plates and the bowls and interact with each other, like at home.
many moons ago, this sushi place existed in petaluma (just outside of san francisco). they made a.maz.ing. sushi at the hands of andy (sushi chef who studied in toronto of all places!) and he is one of the most creative people i've met in the food world. i know this first hand because i was a guinea pig many times. haha! i'm very happy to know that kabuki has changed hands to andy and is now known as andy's kitchen and sushi bar, congratulations andy!
another must-go in san francisco - it's been there for a long time (correct me if i'm wrong, but i believe the roots of this place are back in the gold rush era), but still produces some of the best seafood i've ever had. wonderful atmosphere, busy, but comfortable.
i love food.. and when i was in san francisco, i fell in love with this bakery. their reputation has grown exponentially since i went years ago, now there is a full menu instead of only snacking items and coffees (which, if that's all there ever was, would be no problem at all). if you're in the area, go have a croissant and a cappucino. you'll be hard-pressed to have it better anywhere else.