Where to eat in San Francisco – July edition, plus some more happenings at A Side of Sweet that you might have missed!
One of the highlights of the month was dinner at Michael Mina restaurant in downtown San Francisco. This Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant absolutely blew me away with the uniqueness – and deliciousness of its food. Often fancy restaurants will feature things on the plate that are just to show off but don’t contribute to how good the dish tastes. This was not the case with Michael Mina. Everything was thoughtfully done and beautiful. Definitely one of the best meals I’ve had in San Francisco. See more photos of my meal below!
But wait, there’s more!
Recipe Lion Summer Contest
I was excited to learn that I’m a finalist for the Recipe Lion Summer Potluck Challenge. I submitted one of my favorite summer recipes, Watermelon Pizza, to the contest and I made it into the top 10! You can help me win the grand prize of a trip to Chicago by casting your vote here. You don’t even have to login or register to vote, so it will literally take seconds! Oh and you can vote every day for all you A Side of Sweet superfans (hi dad!). Tomorrow is the last day to vote, so don’t wait!
Escaping the Hustle & Bustle of San Francisco
Kayak included my recommendations for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city.
One Eleven Watches & Clif Winery
Oh, and I got Pat a new watch! The only one he owned before was a clunky sport watch. The gorgeous new timepiece in the photo was a gift from One Eleven Watches. It’s still a little sporty, but nice enough to wear to dinner. It’s also solar-powered meaning no battery to replace which is earth friendly and friendly to our wallets. If you want to give them a try you can use the promo code KELLY15 to get 15% off your order. (Not an affiliate link, just a fan!)
We also loved our wine club shipment from local Clif Winery. The bottle in the photo above is their 2016 Rte Blanc. In addition to having an awesome cycling-themed label, it’s perfect for summer sipping. It’s light with a bit of tropical fruitiness and super refreshing. Their wine club is the best because it also comes with snacks and goodies from the Clif kitchen! This shipment had spicy smoked pimenton almonds that I tried to savor but ended up polishing off in just two days.
Michael Mina Restaurant San Francisco
My meal at Michael Mina was a hosted dinner for a group of SF bloggers and Instagrammers. Think a pack of hungry millennials armed with cameras and cell phones taking overhead shots of food. Can’t picture it? Well, a picture is worth a thousand words they say:
Luckily once the photos were done there was a full coursed tasting meal to be had. Michael Mina’s tasting menu was incredible. It was beautifully plated, delicate and thoughtful. Every course was a bite of heaven. It was everything you would expect from a Michelin starred restaurant and more. It was honestly one of the best meals I’ve had in San Francisco. It’s going to be the place I send all my out of foodie town friends to.
If you’re looking for a unique dining experience in San Francisco, Michael Mina also has a very cool Test Kitchen concept restaurant that you have to check out! Their tasting menu is only $59 per person and features a different themed menu every month.
Michael Mina Restaurant
252 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Here are a few more photos of our gorgeous meal:
Le Colonial Restaurant San Francisco
Le Colonial restaurant in downtown San Francisco might just be one of the most beautiful dining spaces in San Francisco. Their semi-covered patio is filled with lush greenery and pretty details that made me feel like I was back in Morocco. Their menu features amazing French Vietnamese fusion dishes that are perfectly spiced and beautifully plated. Don’t skimp on dessert – get the banana roties – caramelized bananas on cassava cake with chocolate peanut butter and ginger spice ice creams, topped with Vietnamese coffee.
Le Colonial Restaurant San Francisco
20 Cosmo Place
San Francisco, CA 94109
More photos from Le Colonial Restaurant San Francisco: