We enjoyed such a variety of taste sensations during our recent Chocolatour to San Francisco and area, but there were definitely a few highlights.
We stayed at the W Hotel San Francisco in the SoMA district — a great part of town for art enthusiasts. Our room was small, but tastefully decorated, and it had a terrific view of the Bay Bridge. The W is home to the Trace Restaurant, and for me, the highlight was the amazing French Toast made with roasted banana, toasted pecans, and caramel sauce. It was absolutely delightful, and not too sweet at all. And we were thrilled to receive a platter of handcrafted chocolates delivered to our room. Chocolate always makes every stay that much sweeter.
The chocolates of Recchiuti are by far the most exquisite chocolates in San Francisco. As mentioned in previous posts, I love the handcrafted chocolate bars of Dandelion and TCHO Chocolate, but Recchiuti is known for its velvety truffles and ganaches. No surprise: I loved the Madagascan squares and the Fleur de Sel sea salt caramels. Recchiuti Confections does both of these extremely well and is just one more reason to visit this fabulous chocolate-loving city.
As much as we enjoyed our time in San Francisco and Oakland, it was time to move on to wine country. Please join us back here the week of December 30th, when we’ll toast in the new year with some remarkable finds in the California wine regions of Napa, Sonoma, and Lodi.