Tuesday, 5/15, Little Rock, AR & San Francisco, CA
Today found me on a plane bound for San Francisco for a three-night stay. An uneventful flight, just the kind I like, with the one exception being that I had to change all of my outgoing flights as the one at 10:00 a.m. I was scheduled to take on American was delayed until 11:30 a.m. which would have caused me to miss my connection in Chicago. Once I received the alert, I promptly called and got on a flight through DFW that put me in San Francisco about 30 minutes later than my original flight. I checked in at the Grand Hyatt which is located right at Union Square and a great location if you ever find yourself in San Francisco. After a decent workout in their fitness center, I showered up and went to the restaurant, located on the 36th floor, in search of food and a glass of wine. Struck out on the food as their main restaurant had much more "involved" fare than I was looking for, while their bistro next door had hamburgers and pizza, neither of which I was in the mood for. I settled for a glass of 2004 Glass Mountain Chardonnay at $9.00/glass. Hindsight being 20/20, I should have ordered a bottle of something else through room service as the prices were much more reasonable. I think that $6 of the $9 was for the view, as you can see the bay, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge from the bistro and restaurant. That being said they should just charge $9 for the view and throw in the wine for free as the Glass Mountain was worth about that amount. Very acidic, no fruit or spices evident, and nothing at all to recommend. I easily gave this one 1 Corkscrew as I would never order it again, nor would I search for this in the store. I'm somewhat surprised that a place like the Grand Hyatt would even have it on their menu! After that glass was finished, just barely, I headed across the street to the Campton Place Hotel where I sat in this wood paneled bar with comfortable seating and very nice ambiance. On the hostesses recommendation, I ordered their turkey club sandwich, which was probably the best I've had in a long time, and which was accompanied by a huge serving of fries served in a napkin placed inside a tornado-shaped, metal stand. Very tasty all the way around. Check out the lounge at the Grand Hyatt if you find yourself in San Francisco and definitely try the club sandwich at the Campton. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!

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