Sunday, January 25, 2015

San Francisco - January 2015

A couple of weeks ago friend and co-worker Cathy C. and I visited San Francisco, about an hour and a half from where I live. We drove to the nearest BART station, then took BART into the city, getting off at 16th Street Mission, near Fabric Outlet. The fabric prices are quite reasonable, I think, for San Francisco. I was hoping to find some fabric to make a pair of pants but came out empty-handed.

Fabric Outlet

Cathy and I had lunch at Taqueria La Cumbre, just a couple of blocks from Fabric Outlet. The restaurant has been seen on Man vs. Food.

On the walk back to BART, we came across these musicians playing in front of a restaurant. I got the feeling that they play for the customers and happened to be outside as we passed by.

We got back on BART, getting off at Embarcadero, and walked to the Ferry Building.

Boccalone, owned by Food Network Chef Chris Cosentino (Chefs vs. City)
They offer a sampler of meats in a cone, but we had just had lunch so I passed.

Outside the building
Escalon is just a few miles from where I live. I took the photo for my friend and co-worker Kathleen C.


I'm not much of a cook, but my daughter-in-law Laurie is a great cook. Cathy, who enjoys cooking, and I spent some time at Sur La Table. A few years ago when I was at Sur La Table, I sent a text to Laurie, asking her if she wanted anything. Her answer: Everything! So on this trip I bought a gift card for Laurie's birthday. I gave it to her about a week ago. She loved it, and has already ordered and received her items.

Miette, a bakery seen on Food Network

Seagull near the Ferry Building

Pink scooter
Photo taken for my daughter Lisa, a motorcyclist who once owned a yellow scooter that she named Mollie. Lisa's helmet is pink, and her biker nickname is Pink.

Browned butter shortbread from Miette
Cathy and I enjoyed a few with our Starbucks.

Cathy and I made our way to the BART station to catch Muni to AT&T Park, where we were to see Cirque du Soleil - Kurios.

On the walk to Cirque du Soleil. This was the first time I'd seen the bridge up. After a small boat sailed under, the bridge lowered again. Surprisingly there was no gate to prevent pedestrians from going up the bridge. But I figure someone would be arrested for trying to pass.

The tents at Cirque du Soleil

Kurios was a great show. This was my sixth live show, the fourth in San Francisco. Last year it seemed that I'd seen it all before. I'd go with Cathy (who had to stay home at the last minute a year ago), but that would be it. However, I was totally wowed with Kurios. It renewed my interest in future shows.

After the show, Cathy and I walked a few blocks to Delancey Street Restaurant. The servers are residents of Delancey Street, rebuilding their lives after they've hit bottom. The restaurant is nice, with good food and the prices are quite reasonable for San Francisco.

After dinner Cathy and I caught Muni back to the BART station, then rode BART back to my car. It was a fun day with a good friend.


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