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From Los Angeles to San Francisco

March 12, 2012

Just came back from a ten day holiday in the US. It’s been a fantastic vacation with loads of nice food and wine!
 

We started the trip with three nights at the beautiful Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles which is situated on Sunset Boulevard. It was a really nice hotel that I can highly recommend. I totally fell in love with their Sky/Poolbar and this is where and how we had our breakfasts in the mornings:

 

 

 

During these three short days I really had the chance to visit some great restaurants, starting the first day with lunch at the fabulous restaurant The Ivy in Beverly Hills.  I had grilled squid for starters and then shared a cobb salad and pizza for main. All with some great Chardonnay from Napa Valley. If you’re ever in Los Angeles, a lunch visit here is really worth the while! Not just for the food, but for the beautiful decoration and atmosphere.


 

 

 
The second day we wanted to go to the Philippe Starck designed sushi restaurant Katsuya for lunch since I’ve heard so much about this place, but unfortunately it was closed so went to this restaurant instead:

The salmon sashimi was incredible, and the spicy tempura prawn roll was probably one of the best ones I’ve ever had!


 

 

 
That same evening we went to Chateau Marmont which is a place I’ve been wanting to go for a long time now. We booked a table at the bar where the ambiance was a bit more lively than at the restaurant and shared loads of appetizers, again with some great Chardonnay wine. I have to say that during the whole trip we have had some gorgeous wine from Napa Valley. I really wanted to go there but we just didn’t have enough time.. Maybe next time..


 

 

 
After Los Angeles we drove to Las Vegas where we stayed at the ultra luxurious Bellagio Hotel. What a place! Just the view from our hotel room took my breath away:

And the morning smoothies we had by the poolbar is exactly how I would like to start my day every day…


 

 

 
The first night in Las Vegas we went to Sushi Samba. I’ve been to the restaurant in New York before and loved it!

Especially their Seared Wagyu Beef with ponzu gelée, warm japanese mushroom and truffled tofu crema. They had the same menu in Las Vegas so we started with that along with some seaweed salad and it was just as amazing as I remembered it to be..


 

 

 
Our last destination was beautiful San Francisco were we stayed at a cosy little hotel in Fisherman’s Wharf. We had fresh crab,clam chowder and loads of other seafood. We also stopped by the ancient bakery Boudin which is famous for its sourdough bread. The original mother dough is from 1849 which they use in all their breads.


 

 

 
After breakfast at Boudin we went down to the farmers market near the ferry station. They had both an indoor and an outdoor market where you could find everything you could possibly need! I found this great little mushroom shop where I picked up some truffle flavoured sea salt.

We also had a typical american “light” lunch at the marketplace…

 

 

 
The last day we had a wander around China Town and I was amazed to see how big it was! Apparently it’s the largest Chinese community outside of Asia.
It’s really like a city within the city which has developed its own government, traditions, over 300 restaurants, shops, hospitals and parks.
We didn’t go for lunch there though, but decided to go to the popular Café de la Presse instead which was situated right before the famous entrance to China Town. It was like being back in France with the decoration and little magazine & tabac shop inside.
So what could be more French to eat then this:


 

 

 
Our very last evening we decided to go for sushi again. This time to the Ozumo restaurant that we were recommended by our hotel.
It was such a nice atmosphere and I really love it when you can actually see the chefs prepare the sushi. Great place to spend our last night in the US!

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