Subject: Re: San Francisco
Hi Amelia,

We live on the peninsula between San Francisco and San Jose, and don't often make it into the city for dinner. However, members of my local moms' club recently compiled a list of SF favorites:

-Slanted Door -Boulevard -Gary Danko -Aqua -Jardinere

I haven't personally been to any of these, but expect that they are all nice places rather than hole-in-the-wall finds.

I took my six-year-old into SF a few days ago to do kid things. We stayed in the downtown south-of-Market area--that area has been cleaned up and beautified in the last few years, and some of the enhancements are stunning--a waterfall cascading over a rock sculpture, a gorgeous walkway, some very imaginative design. We went to Metreon, which I'd consider a must-see just for the space-age effect, and to the much more modest Zeum across the street. Zeum is definitely a kid place, but the main floor included a huge interactive labyrinth (http://www.virtango.com) that fascinated my son, me, and everyone else who wandered in and had to play on it. Worth a look if you're in the neighborhood--just a couple of blocks from Union Square.

JoAnne