Friday, October 16, 2009

What to Do in San Francisco

Monday started bright and early with a walk through Chinatown to the fortune cookie factory. B's Mom found it by turning up a street and down a dark alley where we discovered the "factory," a tiny storefront with four women making all of the cookies by hand. By hand! They make 200k+ there a year! It's incredible.

The guy there happily sold B's Mom a bag of chocolate cookies (yum) and caught my eye as I noticed the clear plastic bin marked "Adult Fortune Cookies." "Adult?" I asked. "Yes," he said. "Naughty." Ha!

After Chinatown we cruised through Little Italy, where B's Dad discovered the best truffles in the city. Thank God our next stop was walking up (yes, yum) the crooked street. We needed to make room for lunch!

We made our way down to the Wharf and visited the square-o-chocolate, then grabbed a big sourdough bowl of crab and corn chowder at The Blue Mermaid. Pier 39 was next, with its merry-go-round, barking sea lions, and loads of shopping. From there, we headed home to rest and get cleaned up, via cable car (love it!), before dinner at Waterbar right on the coast.
On Tuesday, in spite of a sandbag-worthy deluge, we made our way to the Golden Gate Park, walking through Haight-Ashbury, then to the Science Museum in the park (4-story greenhouse, baby penguins, living roof... you name it!). We road the muni back to Union Square and cable car'd it down to the Wharf again for a chocolate sundae before heading to Chinatown (whew!) for an amazing dinner at the Empress, clearly a hidden gem. We finished the night with a bottle of wine and a movie in the room. B was kind enough to change the channel on Marley and Me before Marley, well, exited the scene.

Wednesday we got up and headed to the airport, wishing our dear city and fun vacation goodbye. I have to say, it was so nice getting home!

One fun note? One of B's habits is cleaning before a vacation. Super frustrating at 1 am the night before you have to get up at 4:15, but so so so wonderful and amazing to come home to at midnight! Love you honey.

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