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This beautiful martini, with a wonderfully long and nicely-curled twist, is served in a generously-sized cocktail glass at Paul K, located at 190 Gough Street, near Oak Street, in Hayes Valley, San Francisco.  The cozy restaurant specializes in new Mediterranean cuisine, served in a  contemporary, intimate dining room, with a full-service bar.

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Above:  The sign at Paul K welcomes diners into the cheerful, contemporary dining room (Below).

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Above:  The small full-service bar at Paul K includes a limited number of stools and an abudance of fresh flowes.  Below.  The delcious and moist roast duck entree, served with spelt, dates, watercress and hazelnuts– one of the signature dishes.

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Paul K is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and for brunch on weekends.  To view sample menus from Paul K, click here.  To go to the official Paul K website and to make reservations, click here.

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This handsome, classic Manhattan was served well-chilled with two cherries, at Faz Danville, located at 600 Hartz Avenue, in Danville, CA.   The restaurant features a large, spacious dining room, a handsome adjoining bar, and private and semi-private dining areas for larger groups.  Dinner is served nightly, and lunch is available on weekdays only.

To read more about Faz, which has other locations in Sunnyvale and Pleasanton, CA, go to their official website by clickinghere.

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Above: A partial view of the large dining room at Fax Danville.  Below: A view of the counter overlooking the open oven where bread is continuously being prepared.

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This impeccable martini, served in a wonderfully retro-chic cocktail glass, was poured at Michael Mina’s (relatively new) Clock Bar, located in the lobby level of the Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell Street, at Union Square, San Francisco, CA.

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The new Clock Bar provides much-needed bar/lounge space for the St. Francis Hotel as well as for diners at Restaurant Michael Mina, which is situated opposite the lobby in the former Compass Rose space.  Previously, the busy lobby area in the St. Francis was serving double-duty as a pre-dinner cocktail area for patrons of Restaurant Michael Mina, as well as a seating area for hotel guests and visitors.

The spacious interior of the Clock Bar, which formerly served as retail space, includes a stylish bar with stools, seating groups with comfortable, upholstered chairs, and a banquette that lines the perimeter of the bar.  The bar derives its name from the the Great Magenta Grandfather Clock in the historic hotel.

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Above and Below: Two views of the beautiful bar and cool retro-style fixtures at the Clock Bar, operated by restaurateur Michael Mina,  in the St. Francis Hotel.

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Above: The Clock Bar features lots of comfortable seating in a warm, inviting space– a perfect place to gather for drinks before or after dinner at Restaurant Michael Mina.  Below:  The lobby area, which used to serve as a cocktail lounge as well, has been returned to full-time duty as a seating area for hotel guests and visitors.

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To view the Featured Cocktail menu at the Clock Bar, click here. To to learn more about the Clock Bar, go to the official Westin St. Francis website by clicking here.

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Today’s website is “World’s Best Bars,” a site that ranks the world’s best bars, based on user input.  The site includes a list of the top-rated bars in most major cities around the world, together with user comments and links to the official websites.  Of the top 100 bars, London has the most bars with 12, and Shanghai follows with eight bars.  Eight bars across the USA are included in the Top 100, with Purdy Lounge, in Miami, FL, as the only USA bar in the Top 10 (at #7).

Here’s an excerpt from the Top 100 Bars, showing the 20 top-ranked bars.  The honor of #1 Bar in the World goes to A21 Cocktail Lounge in Helsinki.

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I’ve only been to two of the Top 20 Bars listed above and just five of the Top 100 Bars.  (I’ve got some bar hopping to do, I think!)

To explore World’s Best Bars website, click here.   To view a list of the Top 100 Bars, click here.

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This twist on the Negroni (mixed with vodka instead of gin) was poured in a classic cocktail glass at the large, comfortable and attractively furnished bar at the Grand Cafe Brasserie, located in the Monaco Hotel, at 501 Geary Street, in San Francisco, CA. 

The Bar is currently featuring a Happy Hour Menu of specially-priced drinks and appetizers, available from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday, at prices ranging from $4.00 to $7.00 per drink or dish.  The delicious Negroni, for example, was available during Happy Hour at $5.00.  

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Above:  A partial view of the bright, sun-drenched bar at the Grand Cafe.  Below:  The open raw bar at Grand Cafe, located near the Bar.

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Above:  A view of the large, grand dining room with oversized light fixtures, large comfortable booths,  and whimsical sculpture.  Below:  Cocktails were followed by a lovely meal, which included this delicious heirloom tomato salad with blue cheese.  Yum.

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To read more about the Grand Cafe or to make reservations, go to their official website by clicking here.

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Photos taken: 8/14/09

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This chilled Sauvignon Blanc from Navarro Vineyards was served in a nicely-proportioned glass at The Restaurant at the Sea Ranch Lodge, located at 60 Sea Walk Drive, The Sea Ranch, CA., along the beautiful Sonoma coastline.  The handsome wood-paneled restaurant with soaring ceilings and large glass windows provides breathtaking views of the ocean and the property’s sloping grassy field.

The Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

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Above: A view of the casual, light-filled dining room provides guests with great outdoor views.  Below:  A delicious and imaginative interpretation of a turkey salad at The Restaurant at Sea Ranch Lodge.  Yum!

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Above and Below:  Views of the front deck of the Sea Ranch Lodge with seating for guests to lounge, visit and admire the landscaped gardens.

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Above:  A view of the entrance to Sea Ranch Lodge, which features 20 guest rooms, all with views of the ocean.  Below:  A view of the Sea Ranch Lodge, as taken from the sloping grassy field that extends to the ocean cliffs.  The glass enclosed room, and adjacent room with large tinted windows, are part of The Restaurant.

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Above:  One of several striking sculptures located on the grounds of the Sea Ranch Lodge.  Below:  The driveway leading to the Sea Ranch Lodge from Sea Walk Drive, in Sonoma County, CA.  

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Above:  Lucy (left) and Peggy take in the dazzling views of the Sonoma coastline from the Sea Ranch Lodge.

To learn more about the Sea Ranch Lodge or to make reservations for a stay in one of their guest rooms, go to their official website by clicking here.

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This lovely glass of very tasty Sangria was served (from a large, well pitcher, which it out of view) at La Habichuela, one of Cancun’s largest, most popular and more upscale restaurants serving traditional Mayan fare.  Opened in 1977 on the site of the owner’s home, La Habichuela is conveniently located in Central Cancun, and features a large air-conditioned dining room and bar, a sculpture garden with fountains, and a spacious patio with outdoor seating that is beautifully shaded by large trees. 

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Above:  La Habichuela has been serving customers in the same locationsince 1977 and is still owned and operated by the same family.  Below:  A view of the lovely main indoor dining room.

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Above:  Lunch included a delicious fish dish, rice and steamed vegetables– and lots of sangria, of course.  Below:  A view of one of the several nicely-shaded, “grotto-like” patio dining areas at La Habichuela.

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To read more about La Habichuela, go to their official website by clicking here.

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Photos taken: 7/20/09

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This beautiful and incredibly refreshing (in 95 degree heat and humidity) Sangria was served at one of the tables near the Poolside Bar at the ultra-luxurious and very modern Mandarin Oriental Hotel Riviera Maya, located on 36-acres of breathtaking beachfront property fronting the Caribbean, near Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  Opened in 2008, the hotel contains 128 rooms and suites, spread across a sprawling property that features lagoons, a fresh water spring, a 25,000 square foot spa, five dining venues, a business center, and three guest swimming pools.  To access the guest rooms and other facilities across the property, hotel staff shuttle guests in small electric vehicles (a much-appreciated service in Mexico’s blazing sun and heat).

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Above and Below: A view of the oceanfront deck housing the hotel’s main swimming pool and poolside Bar. 

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Above:  A view of the jacuzzi tub and small infinity wading pool adjacent to the very contemporary lounging cabanas.  Below:  A view of guest rooms contained in individual structures perched above one of several lagoons.  The rooms on the second level have their own private roof-top deck.

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Above:  A view of the beautiful beach fronting the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Maya Riviera.  Below:  The striking open-air pavilion, set in the middle of a reflecting pond, serves as the reception and lobby area for the hotel.

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To read more about the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Maya Riviera or to book your stay, visit their official website by clicking here.

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Photos taken: 7/20/09

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This tasty, nicely-prepared Mojito was served in a tall glass in the Lobby Bar at the Hotel Ambos Mundo, located at the corner of Obispo and Mercaderes Streets, in the Old Town section of Havana, Cuba.  Built in 1920, the hotel gained fame as the occasional home of Ernest Hemingway, who frequently stayed at the hotel during the 1930’s.  Room 511, reportedly his favorite room in the hotel, has been converted to a museum and is open to the public for an admission fee of about $2.00.

The hotel, which recently underwent a complete renovation, includes 52 guest rooms and suites, and a rooftop restaurant and bar that offers impressive views of Central Havana.  The spacious open-air lobby features contemporary furnishings and is filled with photographs and memorabilia about Hemingway.  Because its one of the significant sights along the “Hemingway Trail” in Havana, the two bars at Hotel Ambos Mundo are typically filled with tourists who eager to view Room 511 and to learn more about Hemingway’s days at the hotel, where he reportedly wrote portions of “For Whom the Bells Toll.”

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Above:  The entrance to Hotel Ambos Mundo which has been modernized as part of a recent major renovation.  Below:  A view of the Lobby Bar which specializes in Mojitos.

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Above:  A partial view of the Lobby of Hotel Ambos Mundo, showing some of the many photographs of Ernest Hemingway which are on display throughout the hotel.  Below:  A view of the brightly and distinctively painted facade of the hotel.

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Above and Below:  Hotel Ambos Mundo proudly displays signage on the exterior of the building (above) and memorabilia (below) of its most famous guest.

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Above and Below:  Views of the large rooftop bar at Hotel Ambos Mundo, with both covered and open seating.

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Above:  A view of Central Havana taken from the rooftop bar at Hotel Ambos Mundo.

To learn more about Hotel Ambos Mundo or to make room reservations, visit their official website by clicking here.

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This cool and thoroughly refreshing mojito, served in the classic and ubiquitous Havana Club logo glass, was served at Paladar La Guarida, a small, popular restaurant located in Central Havana, serving traditional Cuban fare.  

The restaurant occupies the space of a former apartment on the third level of a once grand, but somewhat decaying mansion.  The guest tables are assembled in cozy, yet comfortable groupings in several separate rooms.  The walls are covered with an assortment of vintage photos, original contemporary works of art by local artists, and old Havana memorabilia.  

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Above:  A view of the entrance to the building where La Guarida is located.  The restaurant is accessed via a grand stairway leading to the third level.  Below:  A view of one of the small dining rooms which are handsomely decorated with a mix of art, photos and memorabilia and ephemera.

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Where is that drink? (Okay, it’s really a serving of ice cream, but it’s equally intoxicating.)

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This wonderfully creamy mocha ice cream was served at the open-air ice creamery called Soderia Coppelia, Havana’s most popular spot for ice cream.

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Above and Below: Soderia Coppelia provides a pleasant, casual setting to enjoy their wide selection of delicious ice cream. Given the heat and humidity in Havana, it’s easy to understand the reason Soderia Coppelia is so popular with residents and visitors alike.

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This incredibly refreshing Mojito was served at the Rooftop Bar at the Parque Central Hotel in Havana, Cuba.  The open-air bar is located on the Rooftop level of the hotel and features comfortable shaded and open seating, with spectacular views of the city, extending from Parque Central to The Malecon.  The bar also serves light fare throughout the day.

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Above and Below: Views of the comfortable seating– for eating or lounging– at the Rooftop Bar at the Parque Central Hotel.

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Above:  A view across the central portion of Havana, as seen from the Rooftop Bar at the Parque Central Hotel, which is owned and operated by NH Hotels.  Below:  A view of the rooftop swimming pool– one of Havana’s best– at the Parque Central Hotel.

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This classic Cosmopolitan was served in a well-sized and sturdy cocktail glass at the Hard Rock Cafe in Cancun, Mexico.  Opened in 1987, this outlet, located along the beach in the popular bar/disco area of Cancun, is one of more than 130 locations worldwide.  The Cafe features all-day dining in a large, circular indoor room, as well as outdoor dining on a spacious deck overlooking the ocean.

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Above and two photos Below:  View of the Hard Rock Cafe Cancun, located in the Punta Cancun area, which is known for its many restaurants and night spots which are popular with tourists.

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To read more about the Hard Rock Cancun, visit the official Hard Rock website by clicking here

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This tasty, but garnish-free Bloody Mary, was served at the open-air The Grill, located at the Hyatt Regency Cancun in Cancun, Mexico.  The Grill serves light fare– meals, snacks and appetizers– for lunch and dinner, daily.  Popular dishes include pizza from the open oven.

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Above:  A view of the main section of the open-air dining room at The Grill, showing the communal table near the open pizza oven.  Below:  A view of the waterfall that connects the dual-level swimming pool at the Hyatt Regency Cancun.  The large swimming pool on the lower level also features a swim-up bar with partially-submerged stools– a must for any resort swimming pool!

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Photos taken: 7/15/09

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This impeccable martini was served at T-Bones Chophouse and Lounge at the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in the Summerlin district of Las Vegas, NV.  The cocktail was served just the way you’d want it– well-chilled, nicely garnished and generously poured in a classic cocktail glass.

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Other accompaniments to the cocktail included:

* fresh artichoke stuffed with grape tomatoes;
* pan-fried crab cakes (nicely browned with large chunks of crab– Yum!);
* seared ahi (an enormous portion);
* steamed asparagus.

T-Bones serves its dishes in the classic steakhouse style– large portions, ordered ala carte. 

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Above:  Three views of the spacious and handsomely-furnished dining room and separate bar of T-Bones Chophouse.

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To learn more about the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa or to book a room (ask for a high floor with a view of the glorious Red Rock Canyon) or dining reservations at any of their restaurants, go to the official Red Rock website by clicking here.

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Photos taken: 7/6/09

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This (rather fuzzy, sorry) martini was served at the compact and crowded bar at Colibri Mexican Bistro, which is conveniently located at 438 Geary Street, between Mason and Taylor Streets, in the Union Square District of San Francisco, CA.  Colibri specializes in Central Mexican cuisine and has an imaginative menu of small and large plates, as well as an extensive selection of Tequilas.  It’s an excellent and popular choice for pre- and post-theatre meals or cocktails if you’re visiting the Curran Theatre or ACT Theatre (formerly the Geary Theatre), both located directly across the street.

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This refreshing Cape Cod cocktail– a combination of vodka and cranberry juice (sadly, served here without the required lime wedge)– was poured aboard Southwest Airlines Flight No 2133 from Oakland to Las Vegas, together with the Southwest Airlines signature snack (peanuts or pretzels).

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Above:  Snow-capped mountains (yes, in June!) viewed from a Southwest Airlines B737, enroute from Oakland to Las Vegas.  Below:  A view of beautiful San Francisco and the Bay, taken shortly after takeoff from Oakland International Airport.

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To book your next flight on Southwest Airlines, go to the official website by clicking here.

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Photos taken: 6/2/09

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This handsomely-prepared martini, called “The Left Bank Martini,” was served at the Left Bank Brasserie at 60 Crescent Drive in the New Downtown in Pleasant Hill, CA, one of the local chain’s five locations in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The Left Bank Martini features Ciroc vodka with Dubonnet, garnished with a twist.  In addition to a large bar that serves casual small plates, the restaurant offers a classic French brasserie menu.  Personal favorites include steamed mussels with spinach and onions, Salad nicoise with seared ahi, and wonderful crisp pomme fritte.  Left Bank is one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants, and a great place for a meal or cocktail before or after a movie at the nearby Century 16 Theatres or Cinearts Theatres.

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Above and Below:  Views of the spacious large dining room at Left Bank Pleasan Hill, which includes private dining rooms on the ground floor and mezannine levels.

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Above:  A partial view of the ope, high-ceiling bar area that includes table seating and stools along the long bar.  Local live entertainment is provided on weekends.  Below:  Left Bank provides a large open-air outdoor seating area (with large umbrellas and outdoor heating lamps for cool evenings).  The full menu is available in the outdoor, pet-friendly dining area.

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To read more about Left Bank and their seasonal menu offerings, go to their official webite by clicking here.  To make a reservation at Left Bank Pleasant Hill via opentable.com, click here.

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6/21/09 Update:  Left Bank Pleasant Hill permanently closed for business after their final dinner service on Sunday, 6/21/09.  Au revoir, Left Bank.

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This perfect Bloody Mary was served at one of the sidewalk tables available at Elite Cafe, a San Francisco institution, located at 2409 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA.  Housed in a beautiful Art Deco building that began as the Lincoln Grill in 1928, the Elite Cafe has been in operation since 1981.  Athough the restaurant has undergone a change in ownership and several changes in Chef since it opened, the menu remains focused around the flavors of New Orleans and Southern-style comfort food.  The restaurant still features original, beauutiful mahogany booths, a large bar, and outdoor bistro-style seating (with overhead heating lamps during cold weather) which is perfect for people-watching on busy Fillmore Street.

This Bloody Mary was perfect– very spicy, with horseradish, and wonderfully-garnished with celery, lemon wedge and skewered olive, pickled onion and pickled green bean.  Yummy!  Also be sure try two signature items– Meeting House biscuits and deviled eggs.  Excellent!

The Elite Cafe is open for dinner nightly and for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.  To read more about The Elite Cafe or to view their sample menus, go to their official website by clicking here.   To make a reservation at The Elite Cafe via OpenTable.com, click here.

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Above and Below: Views of The Elite Cafe, a San Francisco landmark, and one of my favorite restaurants on Fillmore Street in San Francisco.  The outdoor seating is heated and is pet-friendly, too.

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This tall Bloody Mary was nicely-spiced and garnished with a lemon wedge and celery and served at Metro Restaurant, located at 3524 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, CA.  According to their website, Metro “merges urban sophistication with a relaxed suburban attitude.  With the largest outdoor patio in the East Bay, it’s the perfect place for al fresco dining amongst mulberry trees, fragrant lavender and rosemary bushes and trellised vines.” 

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Above:  A view of the clean, contemporary dining room at Metro.  Below:  A view of the large, open-air patio at Metro.

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To learn more about Metro, visit their official website by clicking here.

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This cocktail was poured in the spacious lounge at RN74, designer-Chef Michael Mina’s newest outpost in his burgeoning restaurant empire (17 restaurants in seven states, and counting), located in the new Millennium Tower, a 60-story residential condominium complex at Mission Street and First Street in San Francisco, CA.  The cocktail– a classic Manhattan– was served in a retro-style cocktail glasss with real cherries.   Perfection! 

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RN74, a wine bar and restaurant, is named after Route National 74, the major thoroughfare of France’s Burgundy region.

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Above and Below:  Views of the large main dining area at RN74, which features railway-station like signs that announce wine specials.

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Above and Below: Two views of the attractive bar/lounge area.

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To go to the official RN74 website and to view their menu, click here.  To make a reservation at RN74 through Opentable.com, click here.

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Above:  A view of Millennium Tower, the new 60-story condominium complex which serves as home to RN74.  Millennium Tower was built at a reported cost of $350 million and  is the 4th tallest building in San Francisco, with 419 residential units.

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This perfect martini was served at the legendary and beloved Redwood Room, located in the historic Clift Hotel, on Geary Street, in San Francisco, CA.  Commissioned in 1913 by Frederick C. Clift, an attorney, the hotel was designed by well-known San Francisco architect George Applegarth on the downtown lot owned by the Clift family.  In 1924, with the addition of three floors, the Clift became the largest hotel in California. 

The Redwood Room was built in 1933, and according to legend, the wall paneling that fully covers the interior of the room was crafted from a single Redwood tree, which also provided the inspiration for the room’s name.  In 1996, the hotel underwent a complete renovation when it was acquired by Morgan Hotels Group.  Thankfully, the Redwood Room was spared some of the eccentric and overly-theatrical design touches that have become the trademark of Morgan properties and was left largely intact, although there are still some awkward flourishes, including small chairs and exceptionally low tables.   

Still, the Redwood Room remains one of my favorite bars in the world and offers one of the best martinis.

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This perfect martini was mixed at the beautiful bar at Spruce, a large, stylish restaurant serving New American cuisine, located at 3640 Sacramento Street, in the Laurel Heights District of San Francisco, CA.   The cocktail was nicely shaken and chilled and garnished with an incredibly long twist.

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Above:  The highly-efficient bartenders at Spruce keep the drinks flowing nicely.  Below:  The spacious interior of Spruce is designed with a neutral color palette of tan, black and white, with large bold contemporary art and comfortable leather seating.

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Below:  Appetizers at the bar included a large and delicious serving of steamed mussels and excellent, crispy fries.

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Spruce was named on the Best New Restaurants of 2008 by Esquire Magazine. 

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To read more about Spruce, visit their official website by clicking here.  To read what other diners are saying about Spruce, check out the reviews at Yelp by clicking here.

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This serving of champagne was poured in a practical and rather unappealing plastic flute at the War Memorial Opera House, on Van Ness Avenue, in San Francisco, CA.  Built in 1932, the War Memorial Opera House was designed by architects Arthur Brown, Jr. and G. Albert Lansburgh in the Beaux Arts style, and has been home to the San Francisco Opera since opening night in 1932.  It is also the current home of the San Francisco Ballet, which is widely considered one of the world’s leading dance companies, along with The American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet.

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The champagne was enjoyed during one of two intemissios at the San Francisco Ballet’s May 9 performance of Jewels, a dance triptych choreographed by George Ballanchine with music by Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  It was originally staged for the New York City Ballet in 1967 and was premiered by the San Francisco Ballet in 2002. 

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To read more about the San Francisco Ballet and to purchase tickets to an upcoming performance, visit their official website by clicking here.

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Photo Credit:  San Francisco Ballet

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This impeccable martini was served in a well-balanced, nicely-sized cocktail glass, and expertly garnished with a freshly-sliced twist, at Dosa on Fillmore, the stylish and new(ish) restaurant serving modern South Indian cuisine at 1700 Fillmore Street (at Post Street) in the emerging Fillmore District of San Francisco. 

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You can learn more about Dosa on Fillmore and restaurant owners Anjan and Emily Mitra’s philosophy around South Indian cuisine by watching this short video, which also includes “before” and “after” images showing the amazing transformation of the large, bi-level space that now houses Dosa on Fillmore.

To read more about Dosa on Fillmore and to view samples of their menus, go to their official website by clicking here.  To make an online reservation for lunch or dinner, click here.

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This well-chilled martini was served in one of those annoying “crooked stem” cocktail glass at the Mountain Falls Golf Club Restaurant, located in Pahrump, NV.  The casual all-day dining restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to golfers and residents/visitors at the Mountain Falls master-planned residential community, situated on the outskirts of Pahrump, NV (population 38,000), roughly 1-1/2 hours by car from The Strip in famous Las Vegas, NV.

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Above: Entrance to Mountain Falls Golf Club.  Below: The Clubhouse and Restaurant at Mountain Falls in Pahrump, NV.

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Above:  View of the comfortable dining room and bar at the Mountain Falls Golf Club.  Below:  A view of the nicely-manicured gof course and man-made pond at Mountain Falls Golf Club, with snow-capped Mt. Charleston (Height 11,916 ft), Nevada’s eighth tallest peak, in the background.

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And, in case you’re wondering “where is Pahrump, NV?”, here’s a location snapshot from Google Maps.

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Photos taken: 4/20/09

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This classic martini, garnished with a large, individually-sliced lemon twist, was poured at Seven, the stylish contemporary New American Cuisine restaurant located at 754 The Alameda in San Jose, CA.  The spacious lounge at Seven features an attractive and comfortable ultra-long leather-covered banquette with accompanying ottoman-style seating, in addition to a traditional bar with stools.  The Lounge serves its own selection of small plates, although Lounge guests are invited to order anything from the main restaurant’s menu.

Seven is an excellent choice for before- or after-concert (or game or whatever) drink and/or nosh  at the H-P Pavilion.

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To visit Seven’s official website, click here.  To read what other patrons are saying about Seven, click here for reviews from Yelp.com.

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Photos taken: 4/1/09

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This classic martini was served in the luxurious and intimate jewel-box cocktail lounge at Joel Robuchon at the Mansion at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  In addition to being Las Vegas’s only winner of 3-stars from the Michelin Guide, Joel Robuchon is the recipient of the AAA Five-Diamond Award and the Mobil Five-Star Award for 2009.

The cocktail was followed by an amazing six-course tasting menu in the small, elegantly-decorated dining room (seating around 50 people), bathed in jewel tones, that evokes the feel of being a guest in a sumptuous home, complete with residential style seating and tables, crystal vases and sculptures, and handsomely-detailed accent furniture. 

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Above:  A view of the entrance to Joel Robuchon at the Mansion at MGM Grand.  Below:  A partial view of the intimate and luxuriously-furnished main dining room of Joel Robuchon. 

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To view the dinner menu (in PDF) from the official Joel Robuchon website, click here.

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Photos taken: 3/9/09

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This martini was served in a nicely-proportioned and well-balanced cocktail glass at the large, stylish Eastside Lounge, located on the Lobby Level of Encore, Las Vegas.  The lounge features comfortable sofas and chairs, clustered in groupings that are ideal for conversation.  The lounge has large floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook  one of the resort’s two swimming pools and the beautiful and fanciful mosaic-tiled reflecting pools with the signature “butterfly” motif of Encore.

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To learn more about the bars/lounges at Encore, go to the official resort website by clicking here.

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Photos taken: 3/5/09

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This beautiful martini, poured in a tall, modern-shaped cocktail glass, together with an olive on a smartly-twisted bamboo skewer, was served at the stylish Patio Lounge, located in the Grand Hyatt Shanghai, on the 56th Floor of the Jin Mao Tower, in Shanghai, China.  The Patio Lounge occupies a spectacular space at the bottom of an amazing, 33-story atrium in the central core of the upper portion of the Jin Mao Tower. 

The spacious lounge is filled with comfortable, residential-style furniture and accessories in a vibrant color palette that draws its inspiration from a large mural occupying the double-height wall at the central core of the building.  Above the mural, customers get a magnificent view of the soaring atrium, one of the world’s largest. 

The lounge is open from 11:30 AM to midnight, daily, with live entertainment during the evenings.

Above:  On the evening of our visit, an ensemble was performing a fusion of Asian and western music using traditional Chinese instruments.  Below: From the Patio Lounge, you can get a great view of the enormous 33-storey atrium that soars to the tower’s crown.

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