Day 2 – Sunday, April 24, 2016

First full day. Weather was sunny, cold, and windy. Here’s the view from the living room (aka my temporary bedroom) window. It’s remarkably quiet back there. People have the loveliest little backyard garden oases, shaded by huge mature pine and fig trees:

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Walked to the Haight Street Market with Tim for pour-over drip coffee, then took Moby to the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park to do his business. Back home, Tim set about mixing buttermilk pancake batter while I wrote out the postcards I’d gotten the evening before in the Castro. I poured and flipped pancakes while Tim worked on a special (top secret) project of his own:

We all scarfed pancakes while watching an episode of Bob’s Burgers. Hilarious show.

Left the boys to get some work done while I walked down to the Lower Haight neighborhood to explore.

Gorgeous church.

Gorgeous church.

church lower haight1

Wandered into an Irish soccer bar and had a couple of beers. All the waitstaff were redheads. Locals watched a soccer game playing on the TV. Felt like home at Bluefoot. They had this great old English phone box by the garden patio in the back:

english phone booth

Went as far east as Filmore, then turned south for a couple of blocks, and caught the N train back to Cole Valley. Also right by that station, is the Ice Cream Bar Soda Fountain, which I got to visit last time, but wanted to return to. I ordered their “Gold Standard” cocktail, made with Cocchi Americano, Cardamaro, Vino Amaro, lemon juice, pineapple shrub, black cardamom tincture, turbinado syrup, and garnished with a lemon twist.

A few of the tincture bottles:

The final product. It was DIVINE.

So refreshing.

So refreshing.

More from the Ice Cream Bar:

Antique cash register and a solid block of ice for chipping.

Antique cash register and a solid block of ice for chipping.

The ceiling.

The ceiling.

Handmade marshmallows.

Handmade marshmallows.

ice cream bar-jarred herbs spices

Jarred herbs and spices for making tinctures.

The soda fountain.

The soda fountain.

Some random architecture:

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Popped into a few shops on Upper Haight, including Decades of Fashion, almost directly across the street from Tim’s on the corner of Belvedere and Haight. Found a pair of vintage white leather driving gloves to replace my rotting old pair in the car. They have a strict no-pictures policy, but were kind enough, when I asked nicely, to let me get a shot of this utterly ridiculous sparkly green full-body latex antediluvian peacock outfit:

Okaaayyy, but WHERE would you wear it?

Okaaayyy, but WHERE would you wear it? Stop; never mind, I don’t want to know.

Some random street art:

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For dinner, Tim & Alex made roast chicken with asparagus and some amazing garlic potatoes. We’d been expecting Gio to come by so we could all watch the first episode of the latest season of Game of Thrones, but she couldn’t make it. More food for us. Alex made homemade cookies from scratch with chocolate chips, toasted pecans, and toffee pieces. They were to DIE for. We devoured them, still warm and soft and gooey, washed down with wine, while watching Sideways. Great buddy/road trip/drinking movie.

Next post: Day 3 (part 1) – Japanese Garden at Golden Gate Park

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