The America's Cup is the epitome of sailing. Not only is it the oldest international sporting trophy, but one that attracts the best of the best, with sailors such as Dennis Connor and Ted Turner racing for the honor of winning the Cup. As a sailor, having owned boats and sailed for pleasure as well as racing in many “Wet Wednesdays” as well as several of the Newport to Ensenada races, the top race on the West Coast, against boats owned by people such as Roy Disney, going to see the America's Cup race was always a dream of mine. From September 17 to September 25, the race was held in San Francisco Bay. It was the first time spectators on the shore could actually see the race. Wearing my “Team Oracle” jacket, I watched Team USA race against Team New Zealand. Amazing is not even close to describing the race and standing at the finish line to watch the boats cross was a dream come true. When Oracle won the Cup, I knew I had witnessed history being made.
With plenty of time between races, there was plenty of time to sample the delights of San Francisco, one of the best cities to find delicious food of all types. Fresh seafood, gourmet dinners, diners and more can be found just a walk or trolley car ride away. Chinatown, Japantown and Little Italy transport you to foreign lands, while old time restaurants such as Lefty O'Doul's and John's Grill are a bit of history. Drinks at the Buena Vista, the place that invented the Irish Coffee are a must, as well as a visit to the Starlight Room, high above the city on top of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, where you can get a cocktail, great appetizers and a panoramic view of the entire city. Add to that the Ferry Building, chock full of restaurants, farmer's markets, produce, fresh seafood and many other types of culinary specialties and you have a veritable cornucopia of places to eat. Join me now for some of the highlights of dining in San Francisco, as we celebrate the victory of Team USA in the America's Cup.