My mom once told my dad while driving around Sausalito that it would be lovely to own a house there — overlooking the marina would even be lovelier. Gulp! I want one too. Its neighborhood oozes with charm, the steep wooded hillside on one side and the water on the other faintly reminds me of the Mediterranean, although Positano it isn’t.
With the wide choice of restaurants from charming outdoor cafes and bistros to chic dining right on the waterfront, this endearing city of Marin County has captivated my heart since long ago.
Yes, the food and the quaintness played a big role in endearing me to this town.
We had a few days to spare before heading home to Manila and we decided that a beautiful lunch in a beautiful city is the best way to spend our last day with our chef-brother and Sausalito it was.
We got a table at Poggio, a classic Italian restaurant at the Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa overlooking the bridgeway and the Sausalito marina. Chef Paul McNee’s menu featuring Northern Italian classics, changes daily. Rustic and soulful, he uses local ingredients and prepares nearly everything in-house from cured salami and prosciutto to fresh pastas.
For our starter, we had this beautifully prepared Octopus with Pork Belly confit, frisée, french beans and poached egg. What an array of texture and flavor.
I had this light potato gnocchi tossed with a rabbit ragout – comparable in taste to our Chicken Adobo and the rabbit taste so much like chicken too.
I wish I had ordered this. Tagliatelle with crispy pig face. A winner I tell you, I wanted to devour the whole plate, except that it wasn’t mine. Imagine large chunks of crispy pork with the fat melting in your mouth. And the olives and the chilies added more levels of goodness to this excellent dish.
Yes, my trip to San Francisco is indeed a trip full of feasting. I’m happy to say though that hours of slaving away at the gym during lunch break have helped me shed most of the pounds gained on this trip by now.