While up in Palo Alto visiting family I noticed the new Cisco Home store in Town and Country village. Perfect for the eco-minded SF Peninsula, Cisco furniture is sustainable and made locally in California. Not only that they have partnered up with the Tree Muskateers to plant a tree in California for every table they sell. That’s a good thing since we can use help with the air pollution here in CA.
I was recently visiting my son in San Francisco and we were looking for a great place just to settle ump at the bar and have some great food. Tyler Florence's Wayfare Tavern did just the trick. Wayfare Tavern is a rustic but elegant gathering place, rich with history and tradition. The first floor features an open kitchen and impressive fireplace built from bricks salvaged after the Earthquake and Great Fire of 1906. All three levels, including our two private dining rooms, are floored with wood sourced from a turn of the century barn.
The Tavern’s menu changes as local ingredients come in and out of season. Their offerings represent an innovative approach to familiar American Classics. With lighter selections such as seasonal salads and a large raw bar, as well as comfort food classics, the menus are well suited for various occasions and tastes.
La Mirande hotel occupies the top spot in Avignon, France. It was originally a 14th-century Cardinal’s mansion, and sits directly across from the Palais des Papes. I was simply awestruck with the majesty and beauty of this historic building, especially given the fact that it had recently been restored by a Parisian Interior Designer and an Avignon Architect.
Magnificent art covers the walls throughout the hotel. The gardens and patios are manicured to perfection. But my favorite attribute of La Mirande is the world famous cooking school, lead by Chef Claude Eveno. The experience of cooking on wood burning stoves and tasting wine in the hotel's cellar was something I will never forget.