Tuesday, January 21, 2014

San Francisco Day 2: I do the most embarrassing thing ever, then have doughnuts and crab for lunch.

This happened.

That's right, bitch. It's a segway tour!

Sometimes you make sacrifices for the people you love. This was one of those times. To see Doug smiling and enjoying himself made it all worth it, of course.

Of course, the embarrassment is not worth it when he's stroking poses like this: 

I admit the Segway Tour was actually really fun - I enjoyed it much more than I expected to. Our tour guide was awesome, as most tour guides usually are. They list the specific sites we see on their website, but our guide also pointed out this gem - a house (it's the wood one in the center), made of recycled materials (the insulation is made from used jean pants) that SOLD FOR OVER 8 MILLION DOLLARS. Yes. Eight mill. No sweat. 

Q: If you had 8mil, would you buy this?

A: Fuck yeah! (Maybe helmet too tight?)

A few shots from the tour: 

Palace of Fine Arts

Palace of Fine Doug. 

Golden Gate Bridge

Wave Organ - big giant instrument

Also, we go to check out this little hidden (under bird shit) gem. 

They've actually been writing about this in the Sac Bee. The proposed restaurant to take the place of a boarded up shitty (literally) shack is just too much for the multi-million dollar homes across the street. 

Houses across the street, with their view apparently already jacked up
with an open-air gym. BTW, I'm totally jealous of this free open-air gym. Way cool. 

Oh! We also learned that the homes in the Marina Blvd district are built on a former landfill, thus, they cannot obtain earthquake insurance. No earthquake insurance... in San Francisco. I guess if you have 8 mill to buy a house you don't really care if an earthquake devastates it? Whatever. Let's watch an action shot of Doug: 

Because we knew we'd just be standing (a la Segway) for several hours, we decided to walk the three miles from the studio down to Pier 39 for the Segway shop. Snagged a coffee and we were on our way! It was a beautiful, warm walk, and it was great for sight seeing. I loved looking at the architecture (as everyone does here, I'm sure) and all the little boutiques in the multitude of neighborhoods we walked through on our way there. 

Beautiful morning. And a million wires for the Muni, which we took. $2 - what a steal!

Pretty glad we didn't' walk down that hill...

Selfie, SF style. 

We spotted an Amazon Fresh truck! Then we found free bags of food
to snack on w/ AF logos on the doorstep in front of this truck! Weird!

We also stumbled upon a parklet. I do not like parklets. First, they're usually in an area that's, like, two blocks away from a huge beautiful clean city park so they seem unnecessary, second, always in a higher-income neighborhood (so in lower income neighborhoods, where access to outdoor space would actually be in greater demand, they are absent), third, they take up valuable parking spots in a city that's horrible hard to park in, and fourth, they just seem obnoxiously hipster. 

Parklet not quite ready for the day yet. 

Lunch we decided spontaneously to try a smorgasbord of touristy Pier 39 foods. Hey, we just got off a three hour tour, a three hour tour, Segway style - so it seemed appropriate. 

Blob of crab, not bad!


Trish's doughnuts. Tough decisions. 

I had to carry that damn kleen kanteen all day! So annoying.
Reducing garbage output sucks sometimes. 

Ghiradelli's - a chocolate peanut butter sundae (I think?). 

At this point I was starting to feel a little bit full... Or maybe the
crab-doughnut-ice cream combination isn't all it's cracked up to be?

We were too tired and/or too full to walk back so we took the bus. 

Doug, happy to be riding public transportation. 

Riding the bus totally sucks no matter what city you're in, but for $2 it makes a cab/Lyft/Uber seem like an 8 million dollar house! Or maybe we're just looking to spend our money on higher quality things (like sugared doughnuts and crab-meat-to-go). Only one person shoved me out of the way (literally on their way out), so I considered it a fairly normal ride. 

After a nap/rest/quiet time back at the studio, we headed back out for dinner at Nopalitos. After reading online about the ability to call "two hours ahead of time to put your name on the wait list" we decided, foolishly, that we would ignore that opportunity - it's Monday night after all! We were rewarded with a 1.5 hour estimate of wait time. Yeah... we're in San Francisco. My bad. 

So we decided to tough it out (friend's recommendation and Yelp assisted with that). Scoped out the market and deli next door, grabbed some coffee/teas, cruised up Divisidero and checked out some of the boutiques, eyed the desserts at Bi-Rite Creamery two blocks over, and got our text to return back for grub. I hate when people take pictures of their food, yet I am the biggest offender of my own annoyance. To compensate I try not to ever use the flash, so once again I've documented a meal with crappy cell phone camera in the dark. 

Panucho de Pollo al Pibil ($5.50)
Black bean stuffed tortilla, citrus-achiote chicken, cabbage, pickled red onion and salsa habanera: This was our favorite thing of the entire meal. Absolutely amazing. The worst pic of the bunch, which is too bad. This was one of those dishes where every single bite was meant to be - each component complementing the dish - when you tasted separately it was fine, but all together - delish. 

Panucho de Pollo al Pibil

Huarache con Pato Confitado y Chorizo ($9.50)
Black bean stuffed oval tortilla, duck confit, chorizo, crema, queso fresco, cilantro and salsa de serranos y tomatillos. This, too, was amazing. I'm not sure I could really distinguish between the duck and chorizo, but it was spicy and really tasty. The corn tortilla stuffed with black beans was similar to the dish above. 

Huarache con Pato Confitado y Chorizo

Carnitas 17.00
Braised pork, orange, bay leaf, milk, cinnamon, beer cabbage salad, pickled jalapeƱo and salsa de tomatillo: This dish came at the recomendation of our server. She said it was their most popular item on the menu. Unfortuantly, after the first two appetizers that blew our minds, this dish was a little disappointing. It was delicious still, but it was a little dry, the meat wasn't fatty enough for carnitas, and it was just a little underwhelming. Good, but after two home runs this one was a bit of a let down. 


The price for the food was hella good, though - $35 bucks for a nice dinner for two in SF? Done. Although I'll say the super long wait was a wake up call for us - we had plans to hit up several other smaller restaurants in SF (Mamas, Zazie's, Mission Chinese Food, etc.), but after that experience we Yelp'd around and are just not sure we're in for 1-2 hour wait times. 

So what about you? Ever ride a segway? Is a 1.5 hour wait on a Monday night ridiculous, or is it just me? Thoughts on Parklets and how stupid they are? 

1 comment:

  1. I don't know why you're hating parklets. Why not focus on space for people rather than space for cars? And enjoy time outside in San Francisco? They are not all in the "expensive" neighborhoods, as you say. As you could see by the limited size of SF restaurants, they give you more options for seating. Of course you don't need them in places like Sacramento, where they have block-sized restaurants with a huge patio as well. But for those cozy little neighborhood hangouts, it gives you a place to hang out that's not a Starbucks, and doesn't make you feel like you're taking up valuable space in the teeny cafe, since it's a public space.