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I am working on a group project for a class, and we are supposed to plan a fake vacation using $20,000. The catch is we are not allowed to discuss the project face to face, only on the internet. My part of the assignment is deciding where we to eat and giving estimations for the cost. I was hoping I might get some recommendations on where to fake take my group mates. Money is not at all an issue since we've estimated we have a $5000 budget for when we are in San Francisco, and we will also have a car to travel around the city. We'll be eating all three meals out, so breakfast and lunch suggestions would be great as well.

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  1. But what is the standard for making your choices?

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    1. re: GH1618

      The standard is, after I see recommendations I google the restaurants, look at the menus and decide if it's somewhere I would want to eat.

    2. How many people are you feeding?

      Cars are inconsequential in this city. It is only 7 miles across and most people here use public transportation or cabs.

      A "fake" vacation for $20k? That is quite a vacation... With all due respect, it sounds like you are trying to get people on this site to do your homework for you.

      Have you started googling any restaurant menus? You have not stipulated any criteria for this "vacation" other than you need to eat three meals a day. For that, you could go to McD's and spend less than $50 - not Five Thousand.

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      1. re: CarrieWas218

        That might be a lavish or tight budget depending on how many people are in the group and how many days they're in SF.

        1. re: CarrieWas218

          It's 6 people not all of us are 21. Where we actually go isn't important; the point of the project is that we are supposed to learn the positive and negative aspects of only communicating virtually. I'm just really into cooking and eating, so I'm putting a little more into this part of the assignment then I probably need to.

          We are supposed to spend as close to the $20,000 as possible.

          I have started googling menus from some of the places that have been recommended and some that I'd already heard about. I mentioned in another reply that I was looking into the leg of beast dinner at Incanto, and I've asked my group if they'd be willing to spend the fake time and money to drive to the French Laundry for the last night of our trip.

          1. re: Gabej1991

            Six people for how many days? Is the $5000 supposed to cover hotel and car rental as well?

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              We have already budgeted the rental car, and with hotel costs I guess it's more like $4000.

              1. re: Gabej1991

                So $4000 to spend to feed six people for how many days?

                  1. re: Gabej1991

                    Oh, right, you said that in the title.

        2. How many in the group and what is the age? Above 21?

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          1. re: ceekskat

            6 people, only half of us are over 21.

          2. Start your Saturday off at the main Farmer's Market (well - maybe lunch). They sell fresh produce, but also food to eat right there, too. It can

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            1. how many people?

              $5k for 2 days is a lot of money. is your goal to spend all of it in the most obnoxious and ostentatious way possible?

              i'm going to assume it is, and i'm going to assume there are 5 people. so $500 per person per day.

              day 1.
              $50 - breakfast at the st. regis. -- whatever and some champagne.
              $100 - lunch at bob's steaks and chops -- a crab appetizer, a filet, a couple glasses of wine
              $125 - early dinner #1 at ino sushi -- nigiri sushi omakase
              $125 - late dinner #2 at r&g lounge -- shark's fin soup, braised abalone

              day 2.
              $50 - breakfast at garden court -- whatever and some champagne
              $100 - lunch at one market. order several crab dishes, and drink heavily.
              $125 - early dinner #1 at jai yun
              $125 - late dinner #2 at farina

              ... and you can sleep in your car or on a friend's couch.

              1. Just curious, what class is this? I mean, not to sound like a pedagogical purist, but I bet I don't need to take a class to learn how to spend $20,000 on holiday! I bet I could do that pretty easily!

                day 1!
                $20 - breakfast at random cafe. Let's say the Bean Bag. (eggy breakfast with coffee)
                $100 - lunch at Boulevard, let's say. (whatever's on the menu, plus a couple of glasses of wine)
                $400 - dinner at Penthouse Steak House Bar and Grill or Whatever It's Called (includes steak dinner, wine, and make-it-rain money)

                day 2!
                $10 - breakfast at McDonald's (assuming you wake up in time for breakfast menu after previous night. If not, let's call this "brunch")
                $20 - all-you-can-drink sparking wine (comes with pointless OJ) at Fishbowl
                $200 - dinner sushi at whatever the nearest place to the Fishbowl is.
                $250 - drinks (for both you and various unimpressed smirking girls in halter tops) in Ruby Sky and/or Mezzanine and/or similar venues.

                Well that's how I'd spend it, anyhow.

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                1. re: dunstable

                  +1. this list is better than mine.

                  whatever department this class is for, i should have majored in it.

                  1. re: dunstable

                    I guess the OP is either about 12, or 70. This could be a class about "using the internet" because they're not supposed to talk to "people" (we're not people, we're the internet!), this kind of planning motivates 70 year olds. For 12 year olds, same thing, although I'm liking the 70 year old.

                    Remember that the $20K involves plane fare, hotels, eats.

                    For a group I would rent a boat out to the farallons around sunset, and get a local chef to do a private chef dinner on the boat. The chef would also lead a walking tour of their favorite farmer's market in the morning.

                    1. re: dunstable

                      The class is about small group communication, and much of it is as you suspected BS. The purpose of the project is for us to learn the positive and negative aspects of virtual communication. We're not allowed to talk to each other face to face and we have less than a week to plan the whole vacation. The content of the vacation isn't as important as the difficulties that arise with only being able to communicate online. That's why I think posting on here to get recommendations is acceptable because the destinations are inconsequential. I just wanted to see what restaurants people who know the area would go to if they were in this situation. I'm also researching the recommendations on my own and not just taking them at face value. I love both cooking and eating out, so I'm taking more time than is probably necessary on the project because I'm interested.

                      Also in case anyone cares, I've asked my group if we can spend an extra couple fake hours to drive to the French Laundry for our last night. The only part of the fake trip that actually matters is that we have to have two highlights, and I know that if the trip were real that would definitely be a highlight for me.

                      1. re: Gabej1991

                        Dismiss French Laundry - even in your fantasy - unless you want nothing but Denny's and McD's for the remaining trip. It is roughly $400 to $500 a person and would blow your food budget.

                        1. re: CarrieWas218

                          Really? The web site says $270 and I'm doing no drinks anywhere since not all of the group members are 21.

                          1. re: Gabej1991

                            What about those people who are above 21 who want to drink?

                            Also, the FL always offers courses that include up-charges.

                            I've never gotten out for less than $450.

                    2. I'd go to St. Anthony's, eat with the down and out and slip the head Friar a white envelop with $5k. You know, because money isn't an issue. Sure beat the hell out of having others do your research and you'll go to heaven, if you believe in that sorta stuff.

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                      1. re: ML8000

                        Or you could eat at a pizza-by-the-slice place in North Beach, give the balance to dancing girls, and go somewhere else.

                      2. I guess I forgot to mention that it's 6 people. Has anyone here had the leg of beast dinner at Incanto? That seems like something that could be interesting and our group size fits the requirement.

                        1. $4000 for six people for two days is not much of a constraint. You could eat at Saison (most expensive place in SF) one night and you'd still have $350 a head for the other meals.

                          Saigon Sandwich opens at 7am so you could do that for one breakfast.

                          One lunch should be dim sum at Yank Sing. Maybe Cotogna for the other one, most of the best places are not open for lunch.