On the way to the Bay Area,
Joe and I entertained ourselves
in our usual fashion.
Thanksgiving morning, we walked around Lake Merritt in Oakland.
The food was super yummy for Thanksgiving dinner.
Rui-Bing broke it down before we stuffed ourselves.
Hungry (and thankful) guests.
Everyone made delicious dishes except me. (I was Joe and Rui-Bing’s helper.)
Sandra and Rui-Bing (on left) were gracious and lovely hosts.
In the morning, Joe and I visited the Pork Store in the Lower Haight.
It was as greasy and delicious as I’d remembered.
We walked around the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.
In the afternoon we hit up Dolores Park Cafe for hot chicken sandwiches and lattes.
Later we had chocolate pudding and other divine sweets at Tartine.
The next day Joe fell in love with the Indian Pizza at Zante.
We topped it off with ice cream at Mitchell’s. They no longer sell Thai iced tea ice cream, so I got macapuno (sweet coconut) and avocado. Joe got Mexican chocolate and pumpkin.
We met up with an old friend of mine, Carmen to visit Folsom leather stores. She tried out the swing at Mister S.
While visiting San Francisco, Joe and I took in two films, Prince of Broadway at the Roxie, where the director answered questions after the screening. We also saw Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at the Castro, which was heavenly. After the movie ended, the organist played the theme song.
We also took in an Aikido class in Oakland because an old friend of mine attends the dojo. It was Joe’s first Aikido class. He’s a natural!
Our trip wouldn’t be complete without visiting Taqueria Can-Cun one final time.
What I learned: Some things never change. The food in the Bay Area is still dependable and amazing. The air is fresh and San Francisco is a beautiful city. I’m glad to have visited and to have the opportunity to show Joseph around my old stomping ground.
Going away reaffirmed my love of New York.