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    Back to San Francisco

    ...We took the champagne flight to Tokyo and then the JWGold flight to SF. One day in the city and then up to Sea Ranch for a fabulous weekend with old friends...stay tuned for pics (if possible) and entertaining commentary once I put the glass down...

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    Is it Pride Month again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...We took the champagne flight to Tokyo and then the JWGold flight to SF. One day in the city and then up to Sea Ranch for a fabulous weekend with old friends...stay tuned for pics (if possible) and entertaining commentary once I put the glass down...
    you lucky bitch, have a red for showing off

    Chardonnay or Sauvignon? you come across as a Chardonnay Queen

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    One day in the city and then up to Sea Ranch
    Take a nice warm jacket. Your friends live on cliff side or up on the mountain?

    Hard putting the glass down up there. So many fine wine choices, so little time.

    Stop for lunch on the way up at Bodega Bay or Jenner. Best to stay clear of birds in Bodega Bay.

    Enjoy your stay in one of the world's most beautiful places.
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    Definitely hard to put down the glass in Sea Ranch. Have fun, TC.
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    Looks like no fog this weekend at Sea Ranch so you hit it right. As Norts says stop and eat in Bodega Bay. Have a bucket of steamers and a nice white at the Tides just as Sir Alfred did while filming The Birds. Enjoy..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKkin View Post
    Is it Pride Month again?
    It is June so the answer is yes.

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    Nice trip TC.

    I think you were planning a food based tour/trip of the East Coast before. Is this part of it, or just a trip to SF.

    Would be interesting to see a map of the route if it's the former.

    Looking forward to the pics and shirts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSFFan View Post
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    Maybe because he/she has the money to spend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    I think you were planning a food based tour/trip of the East Coast before. Is this part of it,
    That would be some drive

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    Me compass kicks in after me 3rd cup of coffee.

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    San Fran? You are *such* a cliché TC

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    ...much to show and tell but pics will have to wait until mid-July or so...we did stop in Bodega Bay for lunch on the way to Sea Ranch: little neck clams, spectacular clam chowder and clam cakes, excellent local wine. We’re renting a place called Monette House at Sea Ranch: unbelievable views of the Pacific from a cliff-side location. In-house cuisine from Whole Foods (I was responsible for a caprese salad and a cold pasta sauce) and dinners out at local trendy places. Best local wine discovery: Chalk Hill Hook and Ladder Bordeaux-type red: excellent! We return to SF tomorrow for shopping before going to the Legion of Honor to see a Rubens expo. On to the Monterey Aquarium and a stop at Carmel-by-the sea for lunch. July 4th at a friend’s place in Berkeley for a holiday barbecue. Three days of intense shopping will follow that before we finally board the JWGold flight for Tokyo and points east...time to view the sea lions at a local beach (warning signs posted everywhere as they can be aggressive) and stop at the local wine shop to stock up. Life (so far, anyway) is good...
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    Tom, sounds like a full itinerary, looking forward to the piccies & write up. Watch them Sealions, there's loads on the Falkland Is and yep they can shift. I was on a small outlying Island wildlife watching with a small group and someone disturbed a male and female, they came thundering towards me and whilst i was still deciding which way to run they just shot past ....luckily, the males are big buggers too. Stay safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    Monette House
    Sea Ranch, CA United States - Monette | BEACH RENTALS

    Nice digs. Very much typical Sea Ranch design. Sea Ranch has very strict building codes. I worked for a construction company whose owner was one of the first to have a "weekend" house at the ranch. He and I went abalone diving on weekends. Great times. Fantastic food!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Sea Ranch, CA United States - Monette | BEACH RENTALS

    Nice digs. Very much typical Sea Ranch design. Sea Ranch has very strict building codes. I worked for a construction company whose owner was one of the first to have a "weekend" house at the ranch. He and I went abalone diving on weekends. Great times. Fantastic food!
    Abou 500 USD a night, looks ok inside, but very nice view

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    pics will have to wait until mid-July or so
    In the meantime I can help out, from somewhere there nearby +/-10km

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    Some excellent red wines come out of the Alexander Valley. Suggest you give Clos du Bois Merlot or one of their other reds a try. The founder of Clos du Bois was one of many who often hung out at my bosses Sea Ranch house.

    Learned a lot listening to Hugh (my boss), Frank and the rest of the gang of rich Republicans. Learned how the rich pretty much got what they wanted via the influence they had with local politicians. Same as now but done in a more discrete manner.

    Looking forward to your pics and commentary.

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    ...drove by but didn’t get to Alexander Valley. I’ll keep an eye out for the wines you recommended as I’m in charge of vino for our 4th barbecue. Back in SF now: Rubens expo this morning, shopping this afternoon, dinner at a nearby fish restaurant and an evening pick-me-up with JWGold before bed: Monterey tomorrow!

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    ...we enjoyed the (traveling) Rubens exhibition at the Legion of Honor and the permanent collection of Rodin sculptures and preparatory drawings...the 2.5 hour drive to Monterey and the aquarium was more pleasant than I remember (probably because I wasn’t driving)...stand-out exhibits included the penguins, puffins, the gigantic central tank (3 stories high of ever-swimming fish) and an enormous display of moon jellyfish. Down to Carmel-by-the-sea and an excellent lunch at Portabella...the town was packed to the rafters with Chinese, Brazilians and Europeans...The 4th was spent in Berkeley at the home of friends: a pleasant backyard barbecue in the company of Italians, a Russian Jew, a number of WASPS, and a Thai (SD)...delicious wines (Maimoni and J among other Pinot noir labels). Down to Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom on Market this morning on a hunt for shoes...I think my liver is swollen...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ......I think my liver is swollen...
    Tom if you are worried about your weight you can cut bits of it off and it'll regrow - wonderful thing

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