Our road trip down to the Bay Area may have been a few months back, but it's still fresh in my mind. We can't wait to do another weekend trip down there. Especially with the opening of Smuggler's Cove to add to our list of places to visit.
We got into San Fransisco a little after 11 pm and headed right over to Trad'r Sam. We were a little taken back by the crazy hip hop music that was blairing from inside and the wall to wall frat boys. This was not our scene so we decided to head over to Mel's Drive-In for some late night eats instead.
We first tried to go to my favorite location on Geary Boulevard but they were already closed for the night, so we headed to another. I was a bit disappointed that the location I love so much wasn't going to happen since it was Drew's first time being there. On the other hand, I was glad that he was finally able to experience Mel's with me since I have so many great memories of going there in my 20's. We enjoyed some great food and then headed to the loft we were staying at to get a good night's sleep for the busy day we had a head of us.
We got up bright and early the next day and headed over to the Trader Vic's Warehouse sale. Entering into that warehouse was like voodoo magic. It was so exciting having access to so many items I have wanted to add to our tiki collection and on top of that being able to purchase some of them. I could have gone crazy in the place, but instead evaluated everything very carefully and stuck to our budget.
When the staff found out that we had driven all the way down from Portland, OR, they asked us if we would like a tour of the whole warehouse. We of course jumped at the opportunity and we're taken behind the curtain where the general public was not allowed. It was a lot of fun getting to see all kinds of Trader Vic's treasures and finding out some of the history behind them.
After we loaded up our vehicle of all the great loot we scored, we headed over to Trader Vic's in Emeryville for lunch. As soon as I opened my mouth to say that we were there for lunch, the manager, John came out saying he recognized my voice and knew it was us. We thought this was great considering that we have only been there one other time before. Talk about great service!
We were taken to what was called the best table in the house and quickly brought Samoan Fog Cutters in their newly updated mugs. We spent over three hours there enjoying our wonderful lunch, drinks, the establishment and time with each other. Just one more reason we can't wait to do another tiki trip to the Bay Area.
After lunch we headed back over the bay for a quick rest before heading to the Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar for a light dinner, more tiki drinks and the rain show. When we were finished at the Tonga Room, we headed back over the bay, again, for another night at Forbidden Island. Which of course, was fabulous, as always.
The next day we had breakfast at a crepe restaurant that is in the location where the old Tiki Bob's use to be. Tiki Bob is looking a little green these days, but it was still good to see him. We walked around the city a bit enjoying Union Square and the absolutely beautiful weather that San Fransisco was having.
Right before heading out of town we decided to give Trad'r Sam's one more chance. We were sure glad that we did. This time there were only locals inside and plenty of room to sit. We got a table in Kauai and ordered the much talked about scorpion bowl. It is for sure the way to go and we both highly recommended you order one when you go for a visit. But, be aware they pack a hefty punch!
Drew's first time to Mel's Drive-In.
Trader Vic's Warehouse Sale.
If only we could have fit one of these big guys in the car! We did get the little guy you can see in the picture though.
Queen Liliuokalani painting from the old San Fransisco Trader Vic's.
New Samoan Fog Cutter mugs.
Best seat in the house.
Enjoying our time at Trader Vic's.
Rain show at the Tonga Room.
This straw seemed a little long for the drink.
Having breakfast with Tiki Bob.
Drew's first time on a cable car.
We sure were glad we went back to Trad'r Sam.
Their scorpion bowl holds a whole blender full of tiki deliciousness.
Enjoying a lazy afternoon while watching the Duck's game at Trad'r Sam.
No matter where we are, Drew's always making friends with the animals.