A Jewel In San Francisco

My original San Francisco Getaway Guide quickly became my most popular travel post. My second post on San Francisco, 'Welcome to the Weekend...{Anniversary Getaway to SF}' is now my most popular post. There seems to be lots of interest in this fabulous city, just three hours away from where we live.  In this last year, we've made a couple of additional trips so I have an update to add.  In November we had a special Birthday to celebrate for this guy~my one and only.

We thought to celebrate in the city, with Scott's girls (my fabulous step-daughters), would be just perfect. We stayed at our favorite Hotel Adagio, near Union Square, which has undergone a swanky renovation since my first post.  San Francisco gets all decked out for the holidays.  If you are traveling during the season, be sure to make time for the gorgeous tree, and window decorations, in festive, iconic Union Square.

The Lindstroms on the town in San Francisco (November 2012) Happy 'Papa'

Lauren, Annika, me, Briana 'The girls'

 I was feeling a little French, with our upcoming trip to Paris planned for the holidays, I discovered Chez Papa Bistrot online. Frankly, for dining with the girls and celebrating Scott's birthday, this bistro had me at Chez "Papa".  I read a number of reviews, crossed my fingers, and booked on Open Table. From the moment we arrived at Chez Papa Bistrot we were treated with warmth, charm, and care (how do you say 'rock stars' in French?).  We were seated at a cozy table near the front window and, despite the cold evening, the heaters were blasting and diners were outside at the cafe tables. We felt instantly transported to a bistro in Paris for the evening (and you must believe me as a month later Scott and I were at a bistro in Paris for comparison). The charming candlelit ambiance, superb dishes, lush wines, and celebratory desserts would have been enough.

but Marc Sempere and his staff completely outdid themselves for us, offering special toasts and the utmost in service. It was a thrill to meet the chef, Nicolas, who autographed a menu for Scott as a remembrance of his birthday.

Here it is, almost Valentine's Day, so if you live in the bay area, or will be traveling there, I would most definitely recommend Chez Papa Bistrot for a romantic evening. Valentine's Day, or any day, Chez Papa Bistrot will work its magic.

                    Cheers to a little romantic adventure and finding the undiscovered jewels! Have you found any hidden jewels lately?


Heather Orr Lindstrom Signature