Sunday, December 21, 2008

Good Eats, San Francisco, California, Espetus Churrascaria

Espetus Churrascaria 1686 Market St./Gough St., (415) 552-8792; http://www.espetus.com. L-D daily; $$$. Reservations advised. Operating within a glass-walled corner building, this authentic Brazilian steakhouse provides comfortable seating at well-spaced tables. Fine paintings by renowned Brazilian artist Edgar Cliquet depict Brazilian scenes. Meals are a set price ($18.95-$29.95 for lunch, $39.95 for dinner) and include as much as you can eat. Skewers of meats cooked over an open fire are brought around to each table by skilled carvers and sliced onto diners’ plates. Meats include filet mignon and other cuts of beef as well as pork, lamb, chicken, housemade sausage, and shrimp. The salad bar is a cornucopia of delights. It offers tangy Brazilian potato salad and coleslaw and also some typical Brazilian side dishes. Two kinds of sangria, signature cocktails, and Brazilian beers are available in addition to wine, and desserts include a tasty passion fruit mousse and a classic tres leches pudding cake.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Travel Products, Dash roll-aboard from Brookstone


It's not too late to give a great gift to your favorite traveler--or to yourself! Brookstone's "Dash" comes in great colors, including taxi-cab yellow, my personal favorite. It is a hardsided roll-aboard, perfect for holding all the during-travel essentials or for holding everything for a short trip. It has four of those new multi-directional wheels, making it super easy to maneuver through cramped spaces. I like the idea of giving it as the wrapping for a ticket to ride tucked inside.

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Great Sleeps: Lakeport, California, Lakeport English Inn


Lakeport English Inn 675 N. Main St., in Lakeport, west lake, (707) 263-4317; http://www.lakeportenglishinn.com/. 10 rooms; $$-$$$. Full breakfast. The innkeepers here raised their children in this 1875 Carpenter Victorian, which was a county hospital from 1926 to 1946. It is unpretentious, unfussy, yet satisfying in an English-style B&B way. Guest rooms are furnished with high beds fitted with Frette sheets, and most of the large bathrooms have a whirlpool tub for two. Sometimes guests encounter Myrtle Hobbs, the nice resident ghost. The back garden is enclosed by a very tall Italian cypress wall, and a teeny pub (for guests only) opens on weekends for “a bit.” A full-on proper high tea served on bone china is scheduled during holidays and is open to non-guests.

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