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Just got back from a week in Penang for business. Played a little golf and ate some fantastic local food. Golf was fun, but the heat and humidity was brutal. I don’t think I could ever get used to that.


We spent two family holidays in Penang in the 90s. Great place for a family vacation, very affordable. No fine dining per so, but between the 18 bars and restaurants in the twin Shangri-La hotels on the beach, we ate pretty well!
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Beautiful Seattle. Surprised a friend for his 30th b-day.


When not raining and overcast, a great city.

Enjoy your time there.


We've been really lucky in Seattle. We've been there twice for a total of about six days and never had anything but sunshine with a few clouds.
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Houston - time to check out the restaurants!


And?


TT - not much exploring this trip. Just hit Lucios with some locals to share wine. Solid food though. Will try Underbelly when I'm back next month.


X, you really should check out the food scene in Houston. It is a stellar restaurant town, and far too often the BYOW theme robs one of great food.

Underbelly is worth checking out.
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Originally posted by GlennK:
Beautiful Seattle. Surprised a friend for his 30th b-day.


When not raining and overcast, a great city.

Enjoy your time there.
I think it’s a great city even when it’s grey and raining. It pretty much rained the whole time we were there this weekend, but we were still out and about the whole weekend. The city is pretty set up for the rain so as long as you have the right clothes you are fine. I just love the views of the water in between the buildings when you walk around in Seattle. It was also fun seeing the city during December as they do a great job lighting up the trees down some of the streets which makes for a pretty walk at night. I’m sure I would feel much different about the rain if I lived their full time, but as a visitor I didn’t mind it too much.

I’m also very jealous of the fresh seafood they get in Seattle as well. We went down to Pikes for brunch and walked around the market and just drooled at the fresh produce and especially the amazing seafood. I live 20 mins from the ocean, but do not have the access to seafood like that for the price. Really inspiring for a home cook.

My only real issue with Seattle is the homeless population. They are everywhere! They have to figure out a way to clean that up. SF used to be that way, but it’s not nearly as bad as before. We were on 4 and 5th walking back to the W hotel and got hit up 5-6 times by panhandlers.
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Originally posted by xhoser:
Houston - time to check out the restaurants!


And?


TT - not much exploring this trip. Just hit Lucios with some locals to share wine. Solid food though. Will try Underbelly when I'm back next month.


X, you really should check out the food scene in Houston. It is a stellar restaurant town, and far too often the BYOW theme robs one of great food.

Underbelly is worth checking out.

I'll be back in January and February so may drop you a note offline to get your thoughts on restaurants. Thanks for the tip.
Wounds. I left the empty decanter on the floor in the back seat on the way home. Apparently it rolled into a seat bracket and the neck broke. When I picked it up, it slid out of my hand and the jagged edges ripped into my thumb and index finger. Dermabond on the thumb. Six sutures in my index finger. No nerve or ligament damage. Spent 3+ hours in the ER. My nect day back in the office is Jan 3. I'll be fine. Better now than at the end of the vacation.

Have a great Christmas!
Went on a nice drive up the coast last week to Carmel for a couple of nights and San Francisco for a couple of nights. Really fun and relaxing trip and accept for our drive back, the weather was absolutely beautiful during the trip.

Stayed at the Carmel Valley Ranch and would recommend it. Rooms are nice and recently renovated. We had a couple of fire places and a nice view of the golf course and valley. Speaking of the course, I didn’t play this trip, but have played there in the past and it’s a fun track and is really well taken care of. That whole area is just made for golf courses and the fairways are immaculate almost year round. Went into the little town of Carmel and walked and shopped for half a day which is fun as its never to crowded and there are plenty of restaurants and shops to keep you busy. Also walked on the beach for a while and took in the view of Pebble Beach from below the course. When playing pebble, I always wondered what beach was down next to the course and now I know.

San Francisco is always fun and we had another stellar trip this time. We have some good friends that live in the city which we spent time with and we walked around a lot doing some last minute xmas shopping and stopping for a drink and a bite to eat here and there.

The drive from LA to SF is really beautiful and recommended if you have the time.
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The drive from LA to SF is really beautiful and recommended if you have the time.


Not the 5 North I assume.
ha, no. although that is not a terrible drive either. much better than driving to Vegas! we took the 101.

Just finished watching Bourdain's show (tonight he was in SF).
I want to go. It's been waaay too long. Cool

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