These photos are taken from the Golden Gate bridge deck looking back towards Sausalito and Fort Baker - I could stand here all day and simply drink in the views of the incredible blue-green water of San Francisco Bay. (Can you tell that I love living here?)
First a stop at Point Bonita Lighthouse. Have got to remember that the bridge to the lighthouse closes at 3:30.. we made it down the trail and through the rock tunnel, but we were too late to cross over. Dang it! Oh well, it was still a spectacular view out to the Pacific Ocean. Can you see the fog bank? Lying in wait to roar back in as the sun sets into the sea...
Then we drove to the top of Mt. Tam - the highest point in the Bay Area for a wide-sweeping view of the city, the bridges and everything surrounding. The picture is a little hazy, but I think you get the idea... windy, twisty, I close my eyes most of the time we drive on these crazy roads! Tom loves driving on them, I just hang on tight - trying very hard to let on that I am a little freaked out. The views on the way up are incredible! Found a park with walking trails on the top, and decided that we needed to come back another day when we had the whole day to explore.
Yay!!! Now back down the mountain to Sausalito for Lemon Drops at Scoma's. (my reward for not totally freaking out on the drive down!) These are pretty special lemon drops as they are made with Limoncello liqueur. The best part is, of course, we get to enjoy them at Scoma's overlooking the Bay. Hope you can see Angel Island, Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge off in the distance, with just a shadow of the moon showing...
Last Saturday we had the best time taking pictures and gossiping about the anchored super-yacht that was visiting our fair city. Scoma's fun bartender had all the details: Owned by a super secret Russian billionairre, it's 394 feet long and with a price tag of $300 million. Everything inside is custom and over the top design. We thought it looked a little like something out of a James Bond Movie! Here's a fun article from the Wall Street Journal with more details, including how several of the companies that helped build it went bankrupt - "A" Superyacht.
Cannot even fathom this kind of wealth and excess. To be honest, I really don't want to. Fun to talk about, but in my humble opinion a little wasteful, There's a lot of ways to spend $300 million; starting with the Feeding America program.... (sorry, I will get off my soapbox!)
On to the lemon drops - not sure if this is the recipe that Scoma's uses, but it does look good! Recommend using your best martini glasses, for me that's part of the whole experience. A delish cocktail just does not taste right in any old glass!
(picture taken at Scoma's with our Calamari appetizer)
Limoncello Lemon Drops
- 1 1/2 oz. Absolute Citron Vodka
- 1 1/2 oz. limoncello lemon liqueur
- 2 oz. sweet and sour mix
- 1 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp sugar
I confess, as I was packing a set of these sealife martini glasses for shipping, I broke 3 of them, and am left with one..so tonight my lemon drop is going into the non-broken martini glass! Hmm... I do have the shakers in the warehouse too....
Have a fab weekend!