I left my heart (and calories) in San Francisco

- Amy Chan, Director of Marketing at Kiwi Collection, Huffington Post blogger and 24 Hours Newspaper columnist

I always feel right at home when I visit San Francisco. The crisp, fresh air, the beautiful buildings and the unmistakably relaxed energy all remind me of the city I call home: Vancouver, Canada.

Ritz Living

During my recent weekend trip, I had the chance to stay at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco perfectly located at the top of Nob Hill. Fabulously spoiled in a beautiful suite on the 8th floor, I loved gazing at amazing views of the city.

If you stay on the upper floors of the hotel you can take advantage of the “Club Access” feature. The most important perk for me was the fact that between the hours of 6am and 10:30pm I could have as many appetizers, fresh fruit, coffee, and drinks (menu options varying depending on time of day) I could possibly desire.

Needless to say, I would definitely recommend staying on one of the Ritz’s upper floors.

This property is also a perfect spot to conduct business meetings from – not to mention a lovely place to take a time-out during the day! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. You won’t be sorry you did.

The generosity at this hotel was impressive; from complimentary shoe shining to laundry pressing and the offer of a “Flight Bites Box” for guests with early checkouts, which includes fruit, yogurt and pastries, no desire or detail was left unattended.

Murray Circle at Cavallo Point

I went to the Michelin star restaurant, Murray Circle, at Cavallo Point on my first night in San Francisco.  While I didn’t stay at the actual hotel during this trip, it will be on my personal must-do list next time!

Just a bridge away from the city, this hotel/lodge feels like an indulgent, relaxed getaway. It truly is a unique gem.

Once a military fort – Fort Baker – the Murray Circle of today has held onto all of its historic architecture, lending it a romantic and classic charm. The luxury cottages have stunning views and come with golf carts to take you “to and fro.”

---- President of Kiwi Collection, Philippe Kjellgren, touring the wine cellar ----

All right, time to move on to my favorite subject: food.

I must say that my eight-course meal at Murray Circle – courtesy of chef Joseph Humphrey – made my “top ten meals I’ve ever experienced” list.

Sassafras cured halibut with shaved foie gras, slow roasted pineapple, peking duck with turnips cooked in caramel, fennel and licorice, California oscetra caviar… is your mouth watering yet? Mine definitely was. In fact, if there is such thing as a meal that defines the phrase “food orgasm,” this would be it.


Day two was work day. After an informative, high value-exchange meeting with the talented team at Visa, we went to Perbacco, an Italian restaurant in the heart of the city, for dinner.

To make the most of the restaurant’s incredibly extensive pasta list, I had pasta for my appetizer and for my main!  Try the Tajarin to start – hand cut pasta with 5-hour pork sugo and porcini mushrooms. For a main dish, I was quite pleased with the Pappardelle – wide pasta ribbons with slow cooked veal shank ragu.

I left my heart in San Francisco, alright.  And I can’t wait to go back for it.

  1. Amy Fabulous says:

    Hoping to go to Cavallo Point this summer.

  2. Jess says:

    I lived in San Francisco for over 5 years and never came across Cavillo Point! Thanks for this…will venture out there soon.