Note: This post was written 30,000+ feet in the air while listening to My Chemical Romance and Childish Gambino, and editing photos. I’m really happy that I’m able to experience all of the things that I have been able to in my life. The ups and downs were key in making me who I am today.
I got up fairly early for this day. I was planning on hitting a lot more spots than I did yesterday, so breakfast was definitely on the agenda.
Driving in the city on the first night, I noticed a really cool looking diner called Mel’s Drive-In. After a quick search, I found that there was one a few blocks from my hotel and it looked like they had a pretty good breakfast selection.
My hotel was located in the Russian Hill area on Van Ness while the diner was in Cow Hollow. I got my blood pumping and prepared my stomach for a pretty decent meal all at one time with that walk. The city isn’t very big. It’s about 9 miles each way and so getting from place to place isn’t so bad.
There were a few key things that I noticed about this city. It’s very diverse. What I mean by that is that there are a high percentage of Asian and Hispanic people, but a very low one of Blacks. I saw maybe 10 black people per day that I’d been there.
It’s very compacted. There are very little houses and the ones that are there are smashed together or stacked on top of each other. The residential areas aren’t separated from the touristy and businesses areas, so you get to see the daily life of the average San Francisco resident. Also, the city is very aged. The buildings are all very old and distinct. It’s really refreshing to see a place that doesn’t look entirely the same. The colors are bright and warm on many of the buildings.
The people are extremely friendly. It’s a very casual and liberal city. Even in the high-class restaurant I went to that evening, had people in jeans. I think that’s the part that I enjoyed the most. I didn’t meet a single rude person during my entire stay, which was very different from my trip to New York a couple of years back.
Okay, back to the day.
After breakfast, I couldn’t help myself, so I ended up stopping by a local coffee shop called Eva’s Coffee. It was located on Lombard St. right before you get to Van Ness Avenue. I knew my goal of reviewing six food-type restaurants wouldn’t happen if I didn’t.
I ended up grabbing the car for the rest of my day. Even though San Francisco is fairly small, the Golden Gate Park was a bit farther than I was willing to walk. While there I visited the Conservatory of Flowers with the Butterfly room and the Japanese Tea Garden then went on to Ocean Beach.
To cut this particular post down, I’ve decided to link to separate blog posts for each of those places. I would like to mention that the Japanese Tea Garden accomplished exactly what I wanted to on this trip. Peace and Acceptance. I’ll go into more of that in the linked post.
Finally, I wrapped up my day with a short trip to Chinatown and dinner at Harris’ The San Francisco Steakhouse. The review of Harris’ is linked here so I won’t go into that, but Chinatown. Well…
That place is a major tourist trap. I hear that it’s the oldest one in the U.S. and that’s cool and all, but it did not meet my expectations. I did drop by Eastern Bakery and got an authentic melon cake. It tasted like uncooked sweet dough to me. I’m pretty sure it’s more an acquired taste kind of deal, but I wasn’t a fan. The best part about this place was the fact that I got some pretty cool photos.
Well, I know this was a fairly long post even though I tried to cut it down, but I’m glad you all took the time to read it. I really appreciate that. I know it takes a little bit of vanity to be a blogger to think that other people would want to read about your life and your thoughts.
Anyway, I want to thank you all again. I had a great time on this trip and it was a great way to wrap up 2013. I hope 2014 is even more exciting.
Peace & Love,