I’ve been to SF plenty of times, but most of the time it’s a beeline to AT&T park. Most of the games we attend are night games, but when we do have afternoon games we rarely linger and experience the beauty that is San Francisco.
Maybe a couple of times we’d go to the typical Union Square to do some shopping, and the Westfield Centre as well, but that’s it. I see the same ol’ stores that I can find here at home.
The past weekend I had the luxury of staying in SF for a company holiday party. We got to go around SF in a rented Cable Car (loads of fun), and got to see SF the way it should be seen.
We had authentic Irish Coffee at Buena Vista cafe. Dinner at the Stinking Rose, and watched the Beach Blanket Babylon show. The hotel I stayed at, Hotel Griffon, was an adorable boutique hotel with small quaint rooms, full of charm.
The next day a coworker, her sister and I decided to explore SF. We had pie at Chiles pie & Ice cream. They bake green chilies into their apple pie, and it sounds like an odd combo but it just WORKS. Stopped by Alamo Square cos we realized those were the houses from the opening credits of ‘Full House’ and snapped a couple of pictures there, and then made our way to Mission Pie for some Banana Creme Pie (which was said to be life changing but I beg to differ). The Infamous Golden Gate bakery was closed so we had to go elsewhere to get our ‘Dan Tat’ aka egg custard tarts MMMMM. BUt sadly AA bakery was not the samee.
I haven’t been in Chinatown in a long time… and I really enjoyed our brief visit there. I kinda miss being submerged in an all-asian place, where everyone spoke Chinese and took in the hustle and bustle of the city. It reminds me of when we were little and I used to come here all the time. It mostly reminds me of my grandparents.
THen we went to a chinese restaurant for soup dumplings, and it might sound kinda weird but it was nice that we came here “on our own” you know? Not like we were forced to come here, but we really wanted chinese food! I saw dishes that my grandma used to make for us, and of course other delicious things like SOUP DUMPLINGS that I’ve never known about until recently.
What was supposed to be just 2 stops ended up being a whole day spent in SF. I so thoroughly enjoyed the 2 days spent there. I felt like we didn’t even put a DENT in SF at all. Everywhere you turned there was something new to try, something exciting to see. Sure I don’t live here, but I feel like even if I was a local there will always be something new to see.
It makes me wish that every weekend was like this and that I could spend it with my friends exploring the city. Quelle bummer that my close girlfriends usually aren’t up for going up to the city. Sometimes it makes me think that we are really different and don’t have the same interests. I mean we work 5 days a week, at the end of the week I just wanna do something FUN.
Let’s go explore SF guys! I’ll be back.