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Thursday, August 03, 2006

If I'm going to San Francisco...

Should I wear flowers in my hair?

We're traveling to the Bay Area in about a week and I'm compiling a list of things I want to do, places to go. It's been a long time since my last visit back when I was in college -- and that visit was only for a couple of days. I remember getting horribly sick on one of those bread bowls of clam chowder, riding an overcrowded cable car and feeling like a dorky tourist, and being bored at a department store while one of my friends shopped for stockings. I knew there was a fun city out there if I could only find it!

Here's my list so far:

Tide pools at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
Sea lions at Pier 39
Japan Town
Farmer's Market at Ferry Building
Golden Gate park – Japanese tea garden
Mission district
Asian art museum
De Young museum
Thanh Long (Vietnamese restaurant)
Aziza (Moroccan restaurant)

Anyone out there have any other recommendations?

Jasper and I spent the day at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. It was fun despite the overcrowding; apparently every other child under six thought it was the place to be today, too. The heat broke this evening! Now it's back to just regular summer hot instead of Mars-like, brain-boiling hot. And we survived without any major blackouts despite record energy use. Phew!


shaunamama said...

Oh yes, go for the flowers! The last time I was there, I was nine. I remember my mother bought a tiny blue and white plate that I adored there. I guess I never outgrew my love of blue and white. You should see my kitchen. You know those cupboards I was talking about in my blog? & white crackle.
Have a wonderful trip. I'll be thinking of you as you're flying overhead!
Hugs to you three!

ticklethepear said...

It's really a shame that our visits didn't coincide!

I recommend:
The Asian Art Museum
the observation tower at the new DeYoung (I know it's on your list but the tower is in a different part of the museum from the galleries)
the Vietnamese resto in the Ferry Building - v. chichi, but you could probably manage lunch without blowing your budget
the Chinese Muslim restaurant in the outer Sunset - a slog to get to but delish! Email me if you'd like the info


Writermama said...

I lived there for one year and always enjoyed the following:

Hanging out on Haight Street: the upper Haight near Golden Gate Park, and the lower Haight. You can take the Haight Street bus down to 16th and Valencia in the Mission District. There is an excellent and cheap burrito place called La Cumbre (I've heard it's still there).

The Mission District itself is also very cool, although I've heard it's far more trendy since I lived there in 1987/88.

I also love Golden Gate Park.

ALSO, go to City Lights Books in North Beach, opened in the 50s by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti (who still runs it). There is also a new Beat Museum in that neighborhood. (Did you like the Beats?) While there, visit the 50 year old Italian coffee shop Caffe Trieste (is that the spelling?); they have opera on their juke box!

Janet M. Kincaid said...

You must, must, must, must, must go to Ti Couz. It's one of the best restaurants in all of San Francisco. It's in the Mission District across from the Roxie Theater. They don't take reservations, but it is TOTALLY worth the wait. They make fabulous crepes and wonderful salads. JaneAnne liked it so much, she licked her plate. It's plate lickin' good, it is. The exact address is 3108 16th Street (cross street is Valencia). It's the restaurant with the blue door.

Some favorites: The La Delice (bananas with nutella and fresh whipped cream); The Tod (apples and caramel); anything with seafood or with the mushroom sauce.

If seating is tight/the wait is long, see if you can get seats at the cooking bar. From there you can watch the crepes being made right before your eyes.

Or, go around 4:00 in the afternoon and you'll miss the crowds. It's so YUMMY and so worth it.

Can I come with you guys and carry your bags?? Please, please, please....

Anonymous said...

Guilty as charged. But in my defense, it was a dessert crepe with coffee ice cream and chocolate sauce--come on, wouldn't you have, too?

I think Jasper may be getting old enough to enjoy the Exploratorium (it's still there, isn't it?). And I hope very high on your list is a side jaunt to Portland!!!

Mary Ellen said...

I second the Ti Couz recommendation! Excellent savory & dessert crepes. I always get the seafood crepe with mushrooms and the tangy brown sauce. Plate-lickin' good.

There's also excellent Mexican food in the Mission District and it's a nice stroll (or a bus ride) from the Castro in case you want to take in the sing-along Sound of Music or catch the groovy vibe there. I LOVE the Castro.

Across the street and a little up from Ti Couz is Creativity Explored--a non-profit organization that displays and sells the work of developmentally diabled artists. Janet took me (us--with Robyn?) to Ti Couz and to an art sale at Creativity Explored and I was hooked.

Adriana Velez said...

Oh yeah, I remember hearing about the delirious experiences at Ti Couz. Hooray!

Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions.

Design Mom said...

Just returned from San Francisco. Ate at an amazing Bolivian restaurant called Pena Pacha Mama with good food and even better music. Not too expensive. My sister blogged about it here:

Also, I loved browsing every single shop in the Ferry Building. Have fun.