One evening we took a group of friends from the ship to one of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco (and extremely popular with both locals and visitors) – The Slanted Door, a pioneer in modern Vietnamese cuisine. We dined family style and ate course after course of wonderful preparations, along with some delicious wines. The one-mile (1.6 km) walk back to the ship was very welcome and refreshing in the cool evening weather (about 55 degrees F / 13 degrees C), typical for San Francisco with the fog in the summer. And it was Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) who did say, “The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco.”
“In 1995, Charles Phan and his family started their first restaurant, The Slanted Door, in the Mission district in San Francisco with an honest vision of serving vibrant home-style Vietnamese food in a modern setting. The Slanted Door moved to a temporary location in 2002 and added one of the first craft cocktail programs in San Francisco. The bar program received “Best Restaurant Bar Award” in 2012 from Tales of the Cocktail. The Slanted Door has been at its current location, The Ferry Building, since year 2004 and continue to work with many farmers at Ferry Building farmers market for fresh, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients. Charles received the James Beard Award for Best Chef California in 2004 and The Slanted Door awarded Outstanding Restaurant in 2014. Charles wrote two cookbooks : ‘Vietnamese Home Cooking’ (2012) and ‘The Slanted Door’ (2014), both of which won IACP awards in First Cookbook and Photography respectively.” – www.slanteddoorgroup.com
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