Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day aboard the Potomac, Roosevelt's Private Yacht

The USS Potomac -- FDR's Presidential yacht -- is berthed at Jack London Square in Oakland.  Lovingly restored, it is now operated by a 501(c)(3) non-profit as a working museum.  You can tour the ship at dockside.  Even more fun, you can take a cruise on the San Francisco Bay on the Potomac.

That's what we did on Father's Day.  The cruise lasted three hours.  We went under the new span of the Bay Bridge (where the gargoyle that protects the bridge was clearly visible), around Angel Island, under the Golden Gate Bridge, past San Francisco's Marina, downtown, and AT&T Park, and back to Oakland again.  They served boxed lunches and had an open bar.  The docents were fantastic and fun.    The tour was well worth the price of admission.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Pucquio - Peruvian Cuisine on College Avenue

We just had a fantastic dinner at Pucquio on College Avenue in Rockridge.  We've been there twice, and have had a great experience both times.  Our best experience was sitting at the bar overlooking the small kitchen.  Watching the chefs at work was great fun.

We had the Lomo Saltado (a traditional beef stir-fry) and a fried chicken appetizer.  Plenty of food.  Excellent quality.  We watched the chefs prepare all sorts of dishes.  The Cebiches are a significant part of the menu at Pucquio.  We haven't tried any of their Cebiche offerings yet, but they look beautiful - particularly the Tiradito Clasico.

Among the deserts, we enjoyed the Bombitas de carretilla, which are fried sweet potato stuffed beignets.  We were left wanting more.

A fantastic, small restaurant in the heart of Rockridge.  Great atmosphere and staff.  Excellent food.