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Published: August 20th 2013
If you are from North America this entry will be utterly boring (probably boring anyway, even if you're not from the USA). If you are from anywhere in the world that clothes and shoes and sunglasses and handbags, etc are expensive this may
be of interest. Today I went outlet shopping. Specifically to the Livermore Premium Outlet with shops like Nike, Coach, GAP, J Crewe (my favourite), Kate Spade, Bass, etc, etc. http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=107
Given my lack of car and not wanting to take public transport (it would take about 2hrs to get there, then 2 hrs back) I found a tour- well a guy driving a mini bus. It was a bit expensive at $75 pp but it worked for me. The company I used was called Outlet Hop, the owner, David, was helpful and fitted me in with a group with a days notice. He also does trips to Napa Valley and other outlet places apart from Livermore. He emailed me to confirm and called me on the mobile when he arrived to pick me up from the apartment. http://www.outlethop.com/
So, I got picked up at 0830, we then collected the other people
from various hotels and arrived for the 10am opening time. First stop- cup of coffee (they have a Starbucks) then shopping through to 3.30. Bought some things, stopped for 30 mins for a lunch break (food court with mainly fried chicken and Chinese places and 1 salad/sandwich place- Starbucks would probably been a better lunch option actually) then shopped some more. Didn't get to all of the shops in that time! The Swiss people on the trip bought a lot- about 2 suitcases worth. It was a worthwhile expedition- there were some deals to be had.
Got back to SF at 5. Hiked up to the post office to collect my package from Saturday. Decided to go check out Bob's donuts up on Polk Street because I could, and I now knew where Polk St was. The donut shop is a bit famous, has been around for 60 years and is open 24 hrs, it is meant to be the best donut shop in SF- I agree- it is! (Not that I tried a donut shop anywhere else in SF). Sat up at the long counter trying to blend in and enjoyed an awesome glazed donut. Walked all the
way back down the hill and got ready for dinner.
Lachy and I went out for a good
dinner (ie: expensive) at La Folie, French degustation. OMG, sooooooo much food. So rich. http://www.lafolie.com/
We had the chefs menu. You can swap it around with the regular a la carte if you don't like something on the chef menu, I ditched the frogs legs and had fish. Anyway... http://www.lafolie.com/menu_cuistot.pdf
It was very good BUT, for me, there was way
too much food- I had expected degustation size courses- this was like full sized portions. Full sized, heavy, French, buttery, rich portions. Next time I'd go three course. Didn't do the wine pairing, had a glass of bubbly. It was a nice night, lovely to spend time with Lachy. We had a great table overlooking the street. Watched lots of expensive cars being valet parked. I am still full even thinking about it!!
Cab back to the apartment- time is going too quickly....
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