Friday 18 November
We were actually able to grab a dim sum lunch today, at the branch of the much lauded Yank Sing on Stevenson Street, only a few blocks from the ASOR hotel. Though their turnip cake was not outstanding, they had excellent soup dumplings, minced chicken in pinked-edge lettuce cups, and scallion rolls, here in the foreground, which we've never seen anywhere else but seem to be a Chinese take on spanakopita.
That evening, we met with Barbara's family at the Daily Grill, right across the street from our hotel. It's a chain, but has the friendly feel of an original.
It was mainly Ungers, Barbara's grandmother's family. Most (Gail, Susan and her husband Kem, Judy, her husband Scott, and kids Aaron and Melanie) were from the SF area, but Aunt Phyllis had driven down all the way from Oregon.
We were a big, rowdy, happy crowd, enjoying our choice of white and red wine. We started by splitting an endive salad, then went on to a 16 oz ribeye steak with peppers and onions on top, accompanied by garlic mashed potato, and "chicken under a brick" with rice pilaf and spinach with onions and mushrooms. There were many stories, many laughs, and some late harvest Viogner and Chardonnay for dessert. Eventually we had to head across the street to the Westin, as Barbara's paper was the next day, but we loved our San Francisco family reunion.