Re: SF Trip
What, no Liguria Bakery!?
When I was a kid, my father often worked the graveyard shift at the PO. (The graveyard shift would be midnight to 8 a.m., for those that might not know.)
Anyway, he'd often show up at home in the morning with a couple of sheets of bianca and the one with just tomato and green onion. Focaccia, the perfect breakfast! Twenty-five years ago, when I took my then new bride out to meet the folks, the first thing my old man did was take my wife to the Liguria Bakery. He was brought up in the neighborhood. I still remember her commenting on the fact that there was nothing on any of the shelves.......
I was out in the BA and SF this late summer and fall, but it was to deal with the death of both my mother and an aunt that was very dear to me. So no running around hitting the latest hot spots on those trips. I'd be interested in meeting up with the gang here in mid-late September, early October. As Mike already pointed out, it is best to wait until the tourist season is over. Also, the weather is often wonderful that time of year.
Oddly, and this may just another though back to my childhood, some of the best times in the City are at 0-Dark-Thirty. Consider real early in Chinatown for breakfast, or the same for North Beach or the Wharf. If anybody wanted to get out there a day or two early, a visit to Chez Panisse in Berkely would be on my list.