A very busy week working and enjoying San Francisco

Carlos Melia in San FranciscoA very busy week working and enjoying San Francisco  |  San Francisco, United States  |  I am lucky enough to spend quite some time in San Francisco throughout the year, and every time I come I am blown away by the restaurant scene, which is my absolutely favorite thing to do when I visit. My last two visits were mostly for work, and to attend The Modern Ball 2016 – the social event of San Francisco – this year paired with the opening gala dinner of the SFMOMA ( aka. MOMA of San Francisco ) San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art ), where my husband RUBINSINGER, was dressing over a dozen of the most influential women of the social scene of San Francisco. Hope you enjoy my report on this experience. You can also check and follow me on Instagram to see all my past-current-future posts and experiences while in San Francisco #GPSCarlosMeliaSanFrancisco

So first of all and most importantly, How did I fly ? from New York to San Francisco. Well of course I did, with American Airlines, enjoying the new Business Class Service. The flight is approx. 5 hours and 30 minutes. Flat bed, great entertainment system and WIFI.

Second, Where did I stayed ?. When I travel, I like to change hotels to try different options. This time I chose three of my favorite properties in San Francisco, all located conveniently close to Union Square, since we came to do a Personal Appearance for my husband RUBINSINGER at Neiman Marcus and for the opening Gala Diner of the SOFA. First (above) the Ritz Carlton San Francisco. There we had a lovely and spacious Concierge Level King Room. When you book the Concierge Level, you enjoy all the 24 hours Food & Beverage services at the private lounge. This was my first time staying with them, and I loved it. I was not crazy about the menu at the Lobby Restaurant, but other than that, all was lovely. Our second stay (below) was at a classic of my visits to San Francisco, the Palace Hotel – A Luxury Collection Hotel. I love this hotel, and the breakfast room is just GORGEOUS. Here we had a stunning Corner Suite. I wish we could have had more time to stay at this property.

And finally, on the day/night of The Modern Ball Gala at the SOFA San Francisco, we took the Presidential Suite at the St Regis San Francisco, given it is only one block away from the museum, and we hosted a cocktail with all the women wearing RUBINSINGER to the gala dinner. This is my second stay at the St Regis, and here you can see my previous post and visit.

St Regis San Francisco

Where did we eat ? Well I must say we did PLENTY of that, and of all types. I mean San Francisco it might as well be consider the food capital of the United States. On this trip, we tried some classics – you can see on my previous posts, but also new options you need to know about.


First gourmet stop, might as well be in Chinatown. Right ? Here we tried two options. The bran new Mister Jiu’s by Brandon Jew – trendy and hip Chinese Restaurant,  and then R & G Lounge – my favorite BTW, with local and rustic Cantonese experience. Well not so rustic, since we chose to stay at the elegant upstairs banquet room. Here you can have the specialties like Princess Chicken, Pekin Duck and the Crab. 

Four of the best findings, we found thanks to our local friends, where Wayfare Tavern ( serving American fare in a British pub-style setting), Liho Liho Yacht Club ( the hot table in San Francisco right now mixing Hawaiian-Indian-Chinese food  ), Zuni Cafe ( bustling Market Street bistro serving famous roast chicken & other wood-fired eats ) and The Slanted Door ( for Vietnamese food over the bay ) .   You must try all of them.

These two restaurants – next – I found them while walking around town and killing time. I did not stay to enjoy a full meal with them, but I both I did enjoy a lovely chilled glass of white wine and some tapas, and in both cases I loved the ambiance, crowd and location. First Cala Restaurant ( high-end Mexican cuisine, seafood & cocktails ) steps away from the San Francisco Opera.  And Rose’s Cafe ( All-day cafe with outdoor seating & Italian fare, including a signature breakfast pizza ) – in Pacific Heights.

Now, without a doubt, the Grand Dame gourmet experience of our trip, was our elegant 2 Michelin – 14-Courses dinning experience at Relais & Chateaux Restaurant Quince. Californian contemporary cuisine that celebrates the seasonal bounty of Northern California by Chef Michael Tusk. Quite a lovely evening.
QUINCE Restaurant


For after dinner drinks, we joined our local friends, at The Battersy Private Members Club. Quite a beautiful and fund destination.

What did i do and see ? Well I walked around by the beach, and I always end up getting myself – intended – back to the Golden Gate Park. I mean, you can never get enough of this views.

Then for some strange reason, when I am in San Francisco, I get the craving for shopping. It is fun, it is easy and it is chic. So I did some shopping around Union Square. And this time I discover a new favorite at Wingtip. I ended up buying a gorgeous new Dunhill raincoat.

I took a walk by the Golden Gate Park, visiting the Japanese Gardens, and they on to the Young Museum to see the Oscar de la Renta ” Retrospection ” exhibit, which quite frankly was rather unimpressive.Spent a GORGEOUS day in Palo Alto ( approx. 1 hour away from San Francisco ) visiting friends and clients.
Palo Alto

Now it was highly time to do some work right. Early morning interview at Wingtip Cigar Lounge, followed by RUBINSINGER Personal Appearance and Trunk show at Neiman Marcus San Francisco.

And finally, my favorite part of the entire trip. The Modern Ball 2016 Gala Dinner for the opening of the SFMOMA – San Francisco Modern Art Museum. The social event of the year. My husband RUBINSINGER was dressing over a dozen high-profile socialites. The evening began over Dirty Martinis at our Presidential Suite at the St Regis San Francisco, and off we went for a private viewing of the museum. followed by a cocktail, dinner and after party. FUN FUN night.

And I am back in New York, home sweet home, ready for my next adventure. Hope you’ve enjoyed my post. I cannot wait to be back in San Francisco. , which luckily enough, happens quite often yearly. You can also check and follow me on Instagram to see all my post-current-future posts and experiences while in San Francisco #GPSCarlosMeliaSanFrancisco. Till next travel experience. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com


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My very hectic and eventful week in San Francisco plus a day in Sausalito

My week in San FranciscoMy very hectic and eventful week in San Francisco plus a day in Sausalito  |  San Francisco, United States  |  My week in  San Francisco was full of fashion, hotels, restaurants, private events and a lovely simple day out exploring Sausalito, which was the perfect balance to a hectic week. The main reason of my trip, was to attend RUBINSINGER’s – my husband – personal appearance and trunk show at Neiman Marcus San Francisco, and from there on, I built the itinerary and activities around. Take a look a my week in San Francisco, and for more minute-to-minute photos, check out my Instagram San Francisco GalleryContinue reading My very hectic and eventful week in San Francisco plus a day in Sausalito

Huntington Hotel Nob Hill

Huntington Hotel Nob Hill by www.carlosmeliablog.comHuntington Hotel Nob Hill  |  San Francisco, United States  |  Perched atop one of the city’s highest hills since 1924, this elegant establishment upholds a long tradition of gracious hospitality. Only a few blocks away from Union Square and very close to Lombard Street, Chinatown and Fishermans Wharf, on California Street.  On our latest and recent visit to San Francisco, we decided to stay at this hotel, which came highly recommended by acquaintances of ours. Member of the SLH and Preferred Hotels family.

We stayed at a spacious, comfortable quaint one bedroom Suite, with lovely views overlooking California Street, Grace Cathedral, Huntington Park and the San Francisco Bay to the front and Taylor Street to the side. I didn’t have time to try the Spa, but I did use the Fitness Center, which was basic. Something to mention, wether you stay at the hotel or not, is the BIG 4 Restaurant and Bar. named after the nation’s four most famous railroad tycoons of the nineteenth century – C.P. Huntington, Charles Crocker, Leland Stanford and Mark Hopkins. Appointed with lead-glass mirrors and forest-green banquettes, the Big 4 Restaurant instantly transports guests to another era of San Francisco dining, featuring an impressive collection of original artifacts, historical photographs and memorabilia from California’s unique history.

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If you choose to book the Huntington Hotel Nob Hill through me, I can offer you the following extra complimentary VIP Amenities: Full American Breakfast for two Daily in The Big Four, also available through Room Service + One Way Private Sedan transfer from the hotel to the San Francisco Airport for up to two Guest + Welcome Tea or Coffee Service sent to room on Arrival. The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of booking: Upgrade. The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: Early Check-In, 12:00 Noon + Late Check-Out, 4:00 PM. Because you are worth it !!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Interview with Jeff Cotter of Rainbow World Fund


Interview with Jeff Cotter of Rainbow World Fund  | San Francisco, California  |  Lately I have been giving a lot of thought to the idea of which organizations and charities we should or should not support, promote and endorse. As this was still in my head, while visiting San Francisco, out of the blue I got connected to Rainbow World Fund, an all-volunteer international humanitarian service agency based in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender – LGBT and friends community. Everything happens for a reason, so I went full on it. Check my interview with Jeff Cotter, Executive Director for Rainbow World Fund. I know this is not a post about Travel, but blogging about causes like this, and bringing attention to organizations like this it is totally worth it. Continue reading Interview with Jeff Cotter of Rainbow World Fund

Pizzeria Delfina best Pizza in San Francisco

Pizzeria Delfina best Pizza in San Francisco  |  San Francisco, California  |  If you are a big foodie like I am, and love pizza as much as I do, then you MUST pay a visit to Pizzeria Delfina. Been there multiple times for lunch and dinner, and both were just fantastic. But be ready to wait in line, they are very popular. Come on over, put your name on the chalkboard and wait outside patiently while sipping a great glass of Rosato. Continue reading Pizzeria Delfina best Pizza in San Francisco

Lombard Street the crookedest street in the world

Lombard Street the crookedest street in the world  |  San Francisco, California  |  Not Quite, but yes the most famous. It is renown for having a steep, one-block section that consists of eight tight sharp turns, a one-way section on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets. Lombard Street starts again at Winthrop Street and finally terminates at The Embarcadero as a collector road. Continue reading Lombard Street the crookedest street in the world

San Francisco Gay Capital of the World ? Interview with Paul Frentsos

San Francisco Gay Capital of the World ? Interview with Paul Frentsos  |  San Francisco, California  |  Many consider or proclaim San Francisco to be if not the Gay Mecca or Gay Capital of the World, at least one of the pioneers. After spending a whole week, exploring the city, it many attractions, museums and certainly the excellent gourmet offer, I interviewed with Paul Frentsos from the San Francisco Travel Association. Paul is out and open, and has for the last few years worked as the Executive Vice President & COO for the San Francisco Travel Association. Previous to that he was part of Joie de Vivre Hotels, a California based group of Boutique Hotels. He shares with us the latest news on mainstream and gay travel to the city, upcoming events and his own personal expert recommendations and Must SEE & Do while in San Francisco. CM

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Alcatraz Island and Prison Tour

Alcatraz Island and Prison Tour  |  San Francisco, California  |  I usually stay away from this classic tourist options, but I was very interested on the history behind the Island and the Prison. I must be fully honest and say that when I got to Pier 33 (between Chesnut and Bay) on Embarcadero, I was shocked by the amount of tourists getting on board, and for a minute I though about leaving… but in the end the experience paid off by taking a great Audio Tour of the Alcatraz Prison with the voices of former prisoners and guards. Continue reading Alcatraz Island and Prison Tour

Cable Cars in San Francisco a true landmark

Cable Cars in San Francisco a true landmark  |  Union Square, San Francisco  |  If there is a landmark of this city other than the Golden Gate Bridge, I would risk to say that Cable Cars rank second. I spent the full morning in the area of Union Square, Chinatown, California Street., taking pictures of the world’s last permanently operational manually operated cable car system, in the US. Continue reading Cable Cars in San Francisco a true landmark

Flour + Water Restaurant San Francisco

Flour + Water Restaurant San Francisco  |  San Francisco  |  Literally San Francisco is a city to Eat and Drink your way through, and Flour + Water is one of the TOP simple and casual options within the Italian genre to do so. Now be warned that bookings with weeks in advance is strongly suggested since the place is always SOLD OUT and with waiting times of over two to three hours. If you love pizza, this is one of the places to be in San Francisco. Accessible aesthetic based in the natural sciences, and their cornerstone is the mantra of the triple r:  refurbished, repurposed and reclaimed. Continue reading Flour + Water Restaurant San Francisco