San Francisco including Hillstone Restaurant & Ghirardelli Square

There are some things you should indulge yourself while on holidays. One, shopping. Two, sightseeing.

And three? Eating.

This is the first of what I believe would be countless posts about our recent trip to the US – highlighting the beautiful, colourful and exciting world in that North American country where food and multiple cultures intertwine to form what is the USA.

First stop: San Francisco.

If there was ever a place more recommendable because of good cuisine and great hospitality, it would be San Francisco. The place is not only synonymous of foggy days and that island prison, but also of fabulous food. Upon touching down from our long flight from Sydney, I couldn’t contain my excitement.

I was promised steaks, chocolate and lots of fabulous fresh produce, and I am glad to say… San Francisco did not disappoint! To give you a better idea, why don’t I take you to a virtual tour of what San Francisco was during our visit:

0900: The infamous Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island
Inside one of the cell blocks

1200: Pier 39 – where tourists congregate!

1230: San Francisco seafood and THAT chowder in a bread bowl

1300: Legion of Honour

1400: Palace of Fine Arts

1500: Golden Gate Bridge (quick, before the fog hides it again!)

1600: The crazy ziggy-zaggedy of Lombard Street

Lombard Street
And the crazy, hilly streets of San Francisco (they weren't kidding!)

And then, we have dinner. This particular dinner in its entirety was truly memorable – the food, the customer service, and the dessert.

Shall we?

Hillstone Restaurant was a highly recommended place by some local friends who took us out for dinner that evening.With its close location to Pier 39 being handy and the convenience being so near to our after-dinner stop (Ghirardelli, of course), it was the perfect way to end our San Francisco trip!

Aged prime rib roasted on the bone & fries
Hawaiian rib eye, marinated then grilled on hardwood & herbed mash

The prime rib was perfectly cooked on the bone, but the Hawaiian rib eye with hints of pineapple and smokey flavours was the clear winner. Did I mention the rib eye was my order? I can still remember the chorus of flavours in my mouth, 4 weeks after I had this wonderful dish!

After this incredible dinner, the four of us decided it was probably best to walk off the newly consumed calories before devouring on more food. The next agenda of the night? Why, Ghirardelli of course!

Chocolate & vanilla ice cream sundae
Brownie sundae
Ghirardelli chocolate
Ghirardelli chocolate shop

Alcatraz Island Cruises

Pier 39

The Embarcadero San Francisco, CA

Palace of the Legion of Honour

100 34th Ave San Francisco, CA

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

3301 Lyon Street San Francisco, CA

Hillstone Restaurant San Francisco

1800 Montgomery street San Francisco, CA

Ph (415) 392-9280

Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

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  1. BLAH! I’m too lazy to sort through my 15Gs of photos and videos! But I guess I should get off my lazy ass and do something now aye? 😛

    Awww I heart SF so much! How many days did you spend there again? I couldn’t get enough of it! I wouldn’t mind living there actually. Crookedest Street rocks! And the chocolates… Thanks for making me relive my holiday again. Looking forward to reading more.

  2. Ooh I’ve always wanted to have chowder in a bread bowl – look delicious! Did you eat the bread bowl afterwards too?

  3. There’s something about your whole meal being edible, including the crockery, isn’t there?! It’s like those packs of sherbert we had as kids where you could eat the dipping stick as well =p

    Can’t wait for more photos and posts to come about your trip!

  4. the photos are beautiful 🙂 i don’t know, but when i think about the US, it is sort of a dark place… it’s just me. have you ever stumbled on one of the filipino food trucks?

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