SAN FRANCISCO; Day 2, Part 1:

Day 2 began with a walking tour that I (Nick) found online for Chinatown! I was excited to hopefully see some filming locations from Big Trouble in Little China, but learned earlier that only a handful of shots were actually filmed in San Fransisco.

Regardless, we pressed on. Our tour consisted of Moon Cakes from the oldest bakery in China town, a fortune cookie factory, and a wide assortment of bizarre and terrifying food markets. One of the most unique parts of the tour took us down an alley where many old Chinese ladies gathered in private rooms to play Mah Jong. We could hear the loud clicking of the tiles through dozens of blocked doors.

We ended our tour with Dim Sum at the “Great Eastern Restaurant.” Though most of the meal was delicious, there were some less than appetizing surprises along the way. Mystery meat in the rice, namely.

After our tour, we literally crossed one road, and we were in the Italian part of town - North beach.

SAN FRANCISCO; Day 2, Part 2:

After a busy morning in Chinatown we ventured to the next neighborhood over, North Beach. This whole area was a popular hangout with the Beat poets. We started at City Lights, a bookstore that was the first to publish Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. Then we went to Vesuvio to watch USA play some soccer. After the game we continued wondering and had a Cannoli from Stella Pastry.  Since we didn’t love our dim sum lunch we stopped for some Pizza from Golden boy pizza and it was fantastic!

After exploring North beach we went down to the Ferry Building . It has a very trendy market place with locally sourced food and products. We also sat and enjoy the bay for a while. After our exciting day we headed back home for some rest.

More fun from my week home! Wednesday we went surfing down at Bolsa Chica State Beach! It was a small success with me standing briefly twice. Thursday we took an early morning hike in Palos Verdes. After we worked up an appetite we drove to the German market in Torrance and had a lunch and bought some tasty treats. That night Kate came over for dinner.  We fried up some zucchini & squash from the garden and also had corn, broccoli and Salmon. 

After San Francisco I had a few more days at home before I hit the road again. We crammed in as much as possible. We had a low key 4th with just the 2 of us. We grilled our veggies from the garden and rode the metro to the Coliseum to watch the fireworks. On sunday we went to Joclyn’s baby shower. Monday we rode our bikes to the beach, hung out then tried some happy hours nearby. Tuesday Nick, Nick and I went to Wirsthaus to watch Germany vs. Brazil. it was incredibly fun! That night we went to Zack and Chatter’s to play mario kart!

SAN FRANCISCO; Day 2, Part 1:

We went to Alcatraz! We didn’t think this was possible since tickets were sold out 4 weeks before our visit. 2 days before our trip I checked the website and scored 2 for our first day at 8a. We couldn’t have asked for a better situation. We were the first people on the island. There wasn’t a cloud on the bay and it was a nice 75 degrees.

We did the Audio tour through the jail and wondered around the island until around noon.

SAN FRANCISCO; Day 2, Part 3:

Hi Everyone, Nick here!

After Alcatraz we were starving. We went straight to Fisherman’s Wharf and devoured some amazing chowder-filled sour dough at Boudin’s. Afterwards, we wandered Fisherman’s Wharf and got sucked into whatever touristy stores we passed. It was amazing.

From the Wharf, we stopped at the San Fransisco National Maritime Park, which is just a fancy name for “awesome boats you can go play on.” This was not the last time I got to pretend I was a pirate on this trip. More on that a little later. After a little rest and enjoying the bay, we marched up some massive hills to get a view of Lombard Street.

Exhausted from our long day of touring, we hopped the street car over to a bar that was high on my list: Smuggler’s Cove. Yes, a PIRATE THEMED bar! This place was amazing. You described what you liked, and the bartender would make drinks perfectly suited for you. Megan had some simple, tasty daiquiris, while I explored some ornately garnished, yet dangerously powerful drinks. We chatted with some locals and got a list of things to do from our bartender. With the sun setting, we headed for our last stop of the night - Smitten Ice Cream!

Smitten uses liquid nitrogen to freeze your ice cream on the spot. The process was fun to watch, but luckily the ice cream was great too. So, after spending all day on our feet, and our stomachs full of rum and ice cream, we headed back to the rental. It was just after 8:30 when we got back. We went right to sleep. No regrets.

SAN FRANCISCO; Day 1, Part 1:

On the 29th nick and I hopped in the car and road tripped up to San Francisco. We stopped at our favorite fruit stand in Bakersfield, Murray Family Farms. We got some sandwiches and treats for the road including a blackberry cobbler. After our stop we contributed our journey.

We didn’t realize that it was PRIDE weekend in SF. The parade was happening 1/2 a mile from where we were staying. Luckily, we missed traffic and found street parking very easily. After we arrived we stopped at a bar on the corner, The Willows. We had a couple beers and some fried mac’n cheese balls before heading down to PRIDE.

We got to pride when it was almost over but they were still plenty of people around. We were offered Giants tickets because we were holding hands. We saw a few naked people and many topless ones. Overall it was unique to say the least.

A few weekends ago our friend Allison was house sitting for her boss out in Diamond Bar. They have a great house and pool so went to spend the day with her and Lombardo. We swam all day with Chloe the dog who tried to save nick everytime he took the water slide. They had a great garden that we were able to eat from and grilled some dinner that night.

Souvenirs from our San Fransico trip. From left to right: kimono, soy sauce dishes and porcelain chop sticks & fortune cookies from Chinatown. City lights pocket anthology of works they have published over the past 40yrs from North Beach. A print of a SF cable car. post cards from Alcatraz and an SF magnet. Then Smashed pennies from Alcatraz, Chinatown, Maritime Park, and a token from Muir Woods.

Souvenirs from our San Fransico trip. From left to right: kimono, soy sauce dishes and porcelain chop sticks & fortune cookies from Chinatown. City lights pocket anthology of works they have published over the past 40yrs from North Beach. A print of a SF cable car. post cards from Alcatraz and an SF magnet. Then Smashed pennies from Alcatraz, Chinatown, Maritime Park, and a token from Muir Woods.