San Francisco - well not really leaving it, but rather enjoying a lot of time here for work. I am helping to set up operations for a client, specifically focused on mentoring small businesses and helping them grow and sustain. It has been a long endeavor to get to this point, but a fun journey that is continuing to grow. I do so enjoy helping others develop and succeed. And as part of my journey, I continue to find neat places to go.
This trip has found me as far east as Livermore, home to some wonderful wineries and a great little place in downtown Livermore called "The Winemaker's Pourhouse." They specialize in boutique wines from around the region and pairing these wines with small plates ranging from cheese plates and bacon wrapped dates (yummy) to turkey chili and flatbreads. To the west, I have ventured back to Half Moon Bay and the Distillery, along a journey on Route 1. To the south, I have been back down to Hollister, California and central coast wine region, and to the north to Sonoma and Healdsburg.
And I finally found a great little cigar pub, in the heart of the Financial District downtown San Francisco. Be sure to check out the Occidental Cigar Club (see Recommended Places for location and website). They have a very diverse selection of bourbons, scotch, and whiskey (of course that's what I look for), wines, and brews. Their humidor has a wide choice of cigars. You are welcome to bring your own, but they do ask for a very small cutting fee.