San Francisco: Tourist Time
Friday was our first free day together, where he took me to Blue Bottle Coffee, a West Coast coffee chain that is very precise about their coffee -- using glass beakers, scientific thermometers. Each cup is treated like its own experiment and infused with various ingredients like berries, nuts for a more flavorful coffee. If he had to drink coffee everyday it would have to be Blue Bottle.
|View from the tower (you can barely see the Golden Gate Bridge peeking out from the horizon); Various art pieces I found interesting.|
|Park Chow: Veggie Burger and Chicken BLT. Also a Blushing Dream (not pictured) to drink.|
|Aquarium of the Bay: a sampling of what lives in the Bay.|
|Cable Car souvenir tickets can be purchased at end of the line booths.|
|Cupola Pizzeria: Garlic & Bread Soup; Steamed Artichoke; Torn Pasta "Handkerchiefs"; Margherita Extra pizza.|
Beard Papa. This was a treat as New York used to have a bunch of these around the city; now you can only find one on the Upper West Side. We were meeting up with old friends in the Mission District but since we still had time to kill we walked around the Metreon area, even going on the carousel.
|Mission Chinese: A Mexican Coke the size of my head and lots of tasty things to eat.|
|Forbidden rice; shumai; roasted portebello sliders|
|Mapo Tofu; Sweet and Sour Pork; Vegetarian Longevity Noodle Soup.|
Dickens Fair, an annual holiday event in the Bay area. Think Dickens-era Renaissance Fair. With bustle skirts, top hats, and Whovians, it was certianly experience. Taking place at local convention center we took the BART to a shuttle to the Fair. Perhaps if I was in Lolita I would fit more right in, and also sans company of my husband with fellow Lolitas instead. We still had fun walking around and every inch of the place. Each section was carved out of a Dickens novel and it was hard to distinguish attendees and the actors there. There was also a reenactment of the Christmas Carol throughout the convention space. Eventually I got tired of the whole scene, and it was slowly getting more crowded as the morning became the afternoon. By the time we were hungry the food lines were too long, so we took the train back and walked around while we still could.
|Imperial Tea Court: Dim Sum Sampler.|
There are a few thanks in order which are to the Bay Area Lolitas who were willing to meet up and whome I got to see. Also to Google Maps for being so precise, and being able to tell me the number of stops and roughly the time to get everywhere. That is a weird thanks but it was a lifesaver. And of course, my husband allowing me to tag along. San Francisco is not exactly New York City, but traveling to other places certainly make me appreciate the city more.