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Looong Just back Report Part 1

tracer | Nov 18, 200306:46 PM

Just got back today from a trip to SF. Gleaned this board before we went. Two co-workers in the food business to see Cirque du Soliel. So not in the highest income bracket but appreciate well prepared food sans the tablecloth and extra silverware!
Checked into the Parc 55 Renaissance on Saturday about 1pm. Then made our way to the ferry building just before all the action closed down. We had to do the rounds before we settled on a loaf of green onion bread from Acme and bowls of Manhatten clam chowder. The chowder came from a place that was inside but looked like a temporary booth. On the same side of Acme Bread. the bread had just come out of the oven and had a nice saltly crispness to it. It looked almost flat like a cross between a foccacia and a normal french bread. great crumb to it also. the chowder had nice chunks of clams, potatoes, celery and onion. not overcooked and mushy veggies as you would expect sitting in a warmer half the day. we preceded out the door with our bounty and found a bale a hay sat down and preceded to eat the whole thing. After that with the loaf of bread swelling in our bellies we had no room for the fresh fig and yogurt someone was making. I guess I will have to save that for my next trip.
Then we made our way through the Financial area to China town. Boy you guys weren't kidding about the snaking line down the street for GG bakery. Seems to me it would be a good spot for one of those entertainer/begger people! Skipped the GG as we didn't want to spend half our weekend in line! and wandered down to a place called "Sweet" something. Can't remember the whole name. And my travel pal experienced bubble tea. Have had them in Uwajimiya in Seattle. They did a good rendition. I think they are kinda fun to drink watching the black pearls shoot up the straw. They really don't have much flavour. I guess its one of those things that I never have a craving for but don't dislike if that makes sense.
After drinking our black chewie balls we sauntered down Columbus to Maras. Nice little coffee shoppe and had some tiramisu and espresso. Hey remember I come from an area where people are just beginning to be able to pronounce tiramisu. Tasted like real whip cream but didn't notice a hint of marscarpone. hmmm...maybe I scalded my tongue on the coffee?

Next door to Mara was an Italian place where a couple had just got there order of food. He had a huge patty of somekind of meat with piled spaghetti type noodles on top. We were trying to look real hard to figure out what the heck it was. maybe it was a sausage rolled around the plate. The noodles looked pretty plain like a carboanara or something of that nature. We were able to see it somewhat looking at the menu on the door. And looking at the regular menu and the special sheet I couldn't place it. Looked yummy. What is it I wonder?
We walked all that off going to coit tower. My legs still hurt. We got there just at dusk so you still could see by daylight and watch all the lights be turned on in the city. Fabulous. Too bad its not a restaurant up thier! After that we made our way down the Filbert Steps. Not the brightest thing I've ever done in the dark. But we made it unscathed back down to the Embarcadero and took the F line back to Powell.

Back at Powell we went to Bangkok Noodles and bought an order of Pad Thai to go. We devoured that in the room getting ready for the Cirque. Excellent with shrimp and chicken. They really did a nice job on this. It was tamer then the versions I've had in Thailand but what the heck if you want spice they have plenty on the side in little condiment containers for you. What a steal. Both of us couldn't finish one order. The menu stated 5.95 but the charged 6.95. Is it a habit to charge more for to go orders there? Or perhaps they charge tips on to go? Not that I'm squabbling about a buck but everyplace has its way of doing things. Didn't notice till I looked at the menu pricing back at the room. They had printed menus you could take. I knew I would be back for the flat rice noodles. While waiting for the noodles to go I was noticing all the dishes. I have this habit of staring at everyones food as they deliver it and trying to decifer what dish it is. Trying not to be to obiviuos like some freak or something. If they are sitting next to me I will ask. But I draw the line of walking across the room and annoying someone. Although I wouldn't mind someone asking me. I love to talk food!
Oh the cirque was great....see it. Watching it so food laden really made me groan seeing what they can do with thier bodies. Next stop Sunday!

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