My idea of heaven on earth is a day spent nourishing the entire body: body, mind and soul and I look back on my day yesterday and feel so nourished. Good food to pamper the spirit (for me food is very spiritual) and body, a day at the baths to pamper the spirit and body and a good book to pamper the mind.
And so it was, spring lunch at SPQR on Fillmore St. in San Francisco followed by an afternoon at Kabuki Springs in Japantown, the quintessential experience of body, mind and spirit.
SPQR is a San Francisco restaurant that takes its inspiration from Italian cuisine and wine. SPQR translates to “The People and Senate of Rome” and was the emblem of the Roman Empire. It received a Michelin star for 2013 and offers amazing service in a comfortable atmosphere. I had a truly wonderful lunch, the service was perfect, the wine list is very well chosen, offering a variety of 3 ounce pours so that one can have a small pour with each dish. Perfect.
Today I started with an asparagus panna cotta with hot smoked salmon, roe and seaweed served with a Terlan, ‘Vorberg’, Pinot Bianco Riserva, Alto Adige 2009. Stellar pairing. The beautiful freshness of spring.
I love that the courses are a reasonable size so one can enjoy more than one course. It took a long time to figure out what I wanted as everything looked amazing. I finally decided on the carrot salad: a sweet carrot and lentil salad, medjool date and vadouvan curry crema. What a salad, wow, flavor explosion. I had “orange wine” with it: a couple of small pours of “orange wine”: Monastero Suore Cistercensi, ‘Coenobium Rusticum’, Lazio 2010 and Elvio Cogno, ‘Anas-Cëtta’, Langhe Bianco, Piemonte 2011 Nascetta. Both were beautiful with the carrot salad. I love orange wine.
A meal would not be complete at an Italian restaurant without pasta and so I finished with a pasta course: buckwheat tagliatelle, cider and bacon braised suckling pork and rapini paired withI Favati, ‘Cretarossa’, Aglianico, Irpinia, Campania 2009.
An amazing 2 hour, 3 course lunch with lovely well chosen wines by the server. Perfect spring lunch.
Now fed I wandered over to Kabuki Springs & Spa for my afternoon of bliss.
Kabuki Springs & Spa is an urban oasis in San Francisco, a place of serenity and deep relaxation. I love it, it’s a magic place, I feel so nourished after an afternoon at Kabuki.
You are offered a robe and a key for your personal locker when you check in at the front desk. Fluffy towels are rolled and stacked inside the spa for use. No need to bring anything, all you need is offered. They offer communal baths in the tradition of Japanese public baths, Kabuki’s communal bath is designed to encourage harmony and deep relaxation. They have a hot bath, a cold bath, a wet steam room, dry steam room, showers, salt if you want to do a salt scrub, lounge chairs, beverages (cucumber water, lemon water and regular water). I love to go into the hot bath, then cool off in the cold bath and then go back into the hot bath. I’ll go into both steam rooms as well. Relaxing music is piped into the entire spa. Serenity abounds.
Along with the amazing baths, Kabuki offers a variety of spa services including massages, facials, body treatments and acupuncture. I love to spend a couple of hours in the baths and then have a massage as was the case yesterday, an amazing shiatsu massage. The best I’ve ever had, deep relaxing massage. Four hours later I emerged, a relaxed, revitalized person.