California Dreamin'-A 14 Day Odyssey to San Fran,Yosemite & DL! 8/2013 COMPLETE!1/9!!

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  1. MEK

    MEK DIS Veteran

    May 8, 2005
    Oh Wow - that looks amazing. Thanks for the tip - you know, about the money AND the fire extinguisher! :rotfl2: I am definitely put THAT on my bucket list for when I plan my West Coast adventure. :thumbsup2

    Great update!
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  3. pharmjenn

    pharmjenn Mouseketeer

    Jan 29, 2012
    Just found your report and read all 10 pages. I live in the SF area, and actually try to avoid going into the city. But I did have a family meal at the same Dim Sum place a few years ago. I don't remember any fire alarms going off back then!
  4. Wicket's Mom

    Wicket's Mom DIS Veteran

    Sep 21, 2009
    The Dim Sum looked so amazing. I just love stuff like that. Plus egg custard. What a great dinner!
  5. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

    Nov 10, 2008
    Looks like a beautiful drive, north of the city.

    Now look, Koko Head...:rotfl2:

    Unless you're referring to me, of course.

    But where are the burgers?!:rotfl:

    +1:thumbsup2 for trip research.

    When you gotta go, you gotta go.
  6. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

    Nov 15, 2009
    That place looks awesome! I'd be really bummed if I weren't just heading over to Epcot for F&W. Now hurry up bellman! Come back with that second cart for our groceries so we can move over to the Beach club!

    I think I'll hit China and Singapore first!

    Glad the boys mastered their chopsticks. At least pods knew there wouldn't be a line at the head!
  7. JKSWonder

    JKSWonder Twelve plus trips and counting

    Nov 25, 2008
    That lunch looks crazy good!
  8. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

    Nov 14, 2007
    I'm so happy there was another purpose to the trip, but that is STILL horrible and mega disappointing. I really wonder how some politicians sleep at night...

    LOL- maybe it's a more recent issue- I think I read it in some Yelp reviews. And LUCKY YOU- living there- Northern California is absolutely glorious!

    It was great- but it was lunch, lol!

    Says another man.....:upsidedow

    O.M.G. was amazing.......:worship:
  9. rentayenta

    rentayenta <img src=

    Feb 28, 2007
    A+ for food porn girl. I love me some dumplings as well and those egg custard tarts look deadly.
  10. Ciyra

    Ciyra First of all, I would like to make one thing quite

    Nov 10, 2012
    Loving your trip report!

    I live in central California and go to San Francisco at least 6 times a year and I had never heard about The Musee Mecanique or Yank Sing's dim sum lunch.

    I'm adding both of them to my to do list! Which seems to be a never ending list. There's just too many great little surprises in that city.

    I don't know if you're still in the city, but some of my favorite random bay area things are:
    - Seward Street Slides (more info on yelp, super random, mostly just a fun excuse to explore the Castro)
    - Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda (really weird location for a winery, but amazing view of the city from across the bay)
    - All the little restaurants on Belden Place (It's a tiny alley off of Bush St between Kearny and Montgomery with at least 5 different, all delicious restaurants. At night with all the lights it looks like a scene out of a movie. Great food and a fabulous hidden away atmosphere. )
  11. RGirl

    RGirl Change Is Good

    Jan 7, 2010
    OMG! You ate at one of my favorite places EVER!!!!:cheer2: Didn't you just love it!!!?????

    Ugh - now that I can't eat stupid gluten, I suppose I will never eat there again. GAH!!!!

    Still hoping to do the Cali trip next summer, but I am looking at furlough (I work for the lovely federal government) starting next week, so we'll see what effect that has! :crazy2:
  12. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

    Nov 14, 2007
    And now I'm replying on my thread to you- it's all Jenny, Jenny, Jenny today....:rotfl:

    All was delicious, and I have to say thanks for noticing the pretty pics- the new and better camera (That was unfortunately wigging out half the time and wouldn't let me use flash when I wanted to) takes much, much clearer pics than my old one. VERY happy with the camera (except for that flas problem, which I have not had since CA, go figure!).

    Thank you!! And no, I am unfortunately NOT still there, but I will be back someday- so glad I could come up with some stuff you haven't done! You will absolutely LOVE Yank Sing- INSANELY delicious....

    And...THE SLIDES!!!!!! :faint: I had them on my list, but we never made it- I just KNEW they looked like fun! I mentioned them MONTHS ago to the tour guide we used, and he was not familiar with them, but said he would figure it out- but I believe he forgot, and I did not speak up about it during the tour because we were doing other things. But now, reading your comment, I am so bummed we didn't go!! I thought me boys would have loved it- oh well. I think we saw so much else with him (Holgar), and I could not figure out how to get there on my own, so we didn't. I will make note of the winery and restaurants for another time- when my hubby and I come back (which I know we will, because that city even impressed Pods, it is just so stunning! Lucky you, 6x a year! :worship:

    That really STINKS- I hope you are not on un-planned vacation for too long. pixiedust:
  13. dizneeat

    dizneeat DIS Veteran

    Apr 9, 2006
    Wow! That is some SERIOUS food! LOVE all the photos and I made a note of the place, so when we finally make it to California we can pay it a visit. :thumbsup2
  14. G'sMaman

    G'sMaman Mouseketeer

    May 17, 2011
    I'm lovin' your TR so far and it's only the beginning! :love: I can't wait to read what's to come. So happy you enjoyed Yank Sing! It is definitely pricey, but now you are officially a dim sum snob. :goodvibes Some of their dishes are pretty hard to beat. I'm still not sure how they get that soup in those Shanghai dumplings. I also love how adventurous your boys are when it comes to trying new foods. You've taught them well. :thumbsup2
  15. lisaviolet

    lisaviolet Happy DVC Owner

    Jul 9, 2002
    I want to tell you how reading this update went. Here are my responses. :rotfl2:

    Well, my dinner is pretty much going to suck now. :rotfl2: I'll think I'll have rum for dinner instead. :lmao: :thumbsup2

    Gorgeous shots, Ellen.

    Oh boy, I would love to just pop in there. I have dim sum in walking distance. I should just go count my change. :thumbsup2
  16. Beth D

    Beth D DIS Veteran

    May 28, 2011
    That all looks so heavenly! I love asian food, and especially some dumplings! Thank goodness we have a little chinese place in town that makes homemade dumplings! :cool1:
  17. scottny

    scottny <font color=blue>You better have crackers<br><font

    Mar 31, 2007
    Yum! Love Dim Sum. I have not had it in a while, NY Chinatown is so small and so crowded.
    That meal looked delicious.
  18. toniosmom

    toniosmom AKV, BCV, BLT Owner!

    Jun 18, 2009
    Oh my, I think I gained 5 pounds just looking at your dim sum pics! Seriously, though, that redwood forest is absolutely breathtaking! Can't wait to see and read more.

  19. ProudMommyof2

    ProudMommyof2 DIS Veteran

    Feb 21, 2007
    Loving your TR-as usual!! We are trying to decide between a West Coast trip and Hawaii for summer of 2015. I love reading about your adventures and getting ideas for some of our own!
    Thanks for sharing!:lovestruc
  20. papertraveller

    papertraveller DIS Veteran

    Feb 14, 2009
    Fabulous photos (as usual!!)-- love the moody Golden Gate bridge shot.

    But OMG, the dim sum! I adore that stuff. Suddenly my leftovers aren't looking so appealing for dinner tonight!
  21. knewton64

    knewton64 - May the luck of the Irish always be with you -

    Aug 20, 2008
    ....I've got '1700 more hours' ta go;)
    before I leave for the Rose Bowl & my SO CAL Adventure.......

    I am living vicariously thru ya and ......


    YA LEFT US HANGING!!!!!:sad:

    Um.......we ALL MISS YA & Hope ya crank dis here bugger back up.

    Hmmmmm.....have u been MONKEE KISSIN' AGAIN??? IS THAT THE REASON 4 THE DELAY??:rotfl2:

    Details!! We wanna details!!:yay:

    P.S. I am now at a 72 pound weight loss!!:cheer2: Details on my ongoing weight loss journey can be found on my SAN FRAN, ROSE BOWL trip report listed below in my signature. (starting on posting #68 forward).:goodvibes


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