Monday, February 21, 2011

San Francisco Day 2

We lucked out with the weather on our second day, and started our adventure at the Ferry Building in the Embarcadero. The Ferry Building is a little like Chelsea Market ... full of venders selling organic produce and handmade crafts. It is also home to perhaps the unhappiest barista in the world - this guy:

at Blue Bottle Coffee - made legendary for their individually "dripped" cups of delicious joe. It's ironic that the customers who waited over 20 min for their pricey to-go cups of caffeine were less annoyed by the whole process than he was- but perhaps that added to the mystic of it all. Christine anyway was all smiles with her mocha:

Then we bought some Scharffenberger chocolate and took in a glorious view of the Bay Bridge before heading over to Pier 39.

Now Pier 39 is indeed a tourist trap - complete with knock off pocketbook stores and "I Love SF" t-shirts - but I used to live three blocks from it, and would fall asleep every night to the barking lullabye of sea lions.

For as long as anyone can remember, hundreds of these wild creatures took up residence on the pier's floating docks, but earlier this year they just all left.

Their sudden and mysterious dissapearance was really upsetting to SF natives and tourists alike - with full page articles in The Chronical speculating why they would just up and leave ... I was so happy to see at least a few returned.

Next it we drove over the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito for lunch.

After lunch, we came back into SF and headed to the Marina for some shopping and a sweet sampling of Kara's Cupcakes (SF's equivalent of NYC's Magnolia Bakery).

We tried lemon, coconut, and walnut banana - each better than the next.

After a quick stop at UN Plaza to see City Hall:

We went back to Diana's place to freshen up and change into cute dresses for dinner at Ana Mandara ... an upscale and insanely good Vietnamese restaurant.

On the way home we drove down Lombard- the crookedest street in the world - for a breathtaking view of the city at night.

It was a perfect day with my two best friends in a city I love and miss.

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