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Stop Making New Oreos!

The perfect cookie exists, we can stop now.

Things America Does Really Well

At least there’s something.

Food Court with John Oliver

Order! Order! Food court is now in session! Watch as the honorable John Oliver presides over the case of British Cuisine v. The World!

After bar-hopping with Erik the night before, I was mildly hung over. Before leaving for a doctor’s appointment, Tim made me an omelette and an English muffin with butter and jam. Just what the doctor ordered. I also polished off some aloe vera juice I’d gotten from Gus’s Market, and then walked down to Flywheel Coffee again. There was some delay at the line, and while I was waiting, I spotted a cooler full of superjuices. I fished one out and opened it while in line. Ordered an affogato, which is a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream or gelato with two shots of hot espresso poured on top. It was so decadent and delicious.

Sat and read inside for a while. The patio was too hot this time.

I was still feeling a bit green, so I left the coffeehouse and went back to Alvord Lake, where I could lie down on the grass against the slight incline of a tree. Lots of big shady trees and birds singing. So peaceful. There’s a road nearby, but you can’t really see it. Took a video:

Drank my superjuice and read my book. Took a second video, this time on the phone so I could post it to FB:

By now I was feeling better, and went back to wander Haight again. Went back into Tibetan Gift Corner, and looked again for that statement ring I was hoping for. And in one of the glass cases, I found this ammonite ring. Ammonites are the fossil shells of extinct molluscs, similar to the nautilus. From the underside, you can see its opal-like flashes of color, and some translucency. I love it, and the price was right.

Pleased with my find, I went over to Hobson’s for a couple of light Mexican lagers – little hair of the dog. It was just what the doctor ordered. Read my book and people-watched. Got into a conversation with two locals about when to use apostrophes. I overheard them talking and couldn’t resist. Then I popped back into Gus’s and got another superjuice and randomly found some Mimolette in their impressive cheese selection. Mimolette is a sunny orange color and hard like Parmesan. Very transportable. And hard to find. Just a few years ago, it was banned in the US for a while because of some FDA bullshit re: pasturization. So I grabbed a slice of that as well to bring home.

Later, Tim was done with his business and we went back to Izumi in Japantown for sushi. Took the bus this time, two busses each way. Only once did the Clipper card work for me (the one and only time).

After dinner we wandered around the Japan Center shopping mall. And this time, the bonsai shop was open! Oh pray for me. Lots of simple and easy-to-care-for juniper bonsai, some more advanced acer maples, all with breathtaking price tags. Like $250 for a single tree. Like $680 for a forest-style grouping. But tucked in a corner in the back, there were shelves of bonsai pots, plus other assorted pottery pieces. I got this lovely texturized cup for only $6 bucks.

I was seriously tempted by these wee tillandsia earrings but ultimately passed. I have plenty of tills and know how fast they can grow.

I don’t regret passing on these cuties, but they are darling.

Tim picked out one of these tiny metal bird bells, and the displays had these bookmark-like wind catchers attached to the clapper. The lady pulled out a new (non-display) one still in its box, but Tim didn’t realize it was missing the wind flapper until we’d already left. More on this later.

I’ve had that identical bird bell for many years. It’s so charming. Here’s mine – I have it attached to the end of my desk lamp’s pull chain.

When we got home, Tim set about making banana bread with some browned bananas he’d been ripening. Of course, these things always take longer than anticipated. A quick visit to Gus’s was needed. I mainly stayed out of the way. By the time it was done, we were both pooped and called it a night.

Next post: Sausalito!

First full day of vacation. I had booked a spot on a guided walking tour of the Golden Gate Bridge. Three prior trips, and I’d still never gotten close to it. First, Tim & I walked the dogs down to Golden Gate Park and got Flywheel Roasters coffee at a little renovated park outbuilding and sat outside. Then we took an Uber to the bridge’s visitor center. Great views from there:

Alcatraz in the distance.

We met at the statue of Joseph Strauss, the chief engineer of the bridge’s construction.

The walking tour was more of a standing-around-in-the-sun tour, but it was informative. The bridge is the second most-recognized modern structure in the world, after the Eiffel Tower. The large cables are actually made up of thousands of smaller cables – here’s a cross-section they have outside:

I dressed warmly – it’s cold and windy there, even in the sun.

More views:

Inside the gift shop, they have the original scale model of a tower that they used to test in wind tunnels.

Then we walked over to another area where there was an interactive model of the bridge showing how suspension bridges flex and move:

More views from this spot:

And we’re walking, and we’re walking…

Fort Point is a popular surfing spot.
Fort Point, through the chain-link fencing that prevents thrill-seekers from accessing the cables.
Chrissy Field in the distance.
Getting closer to the south tower.

You can feel the vibration in the thin cables:

At the south tower, we heard a lot about suicides. Ugh. Our tour guide, who is a retired prosecutor and also hates bicyclists:

This hobbit-like access door:

There are 1.2 million rivets in the two towers alone.

View to the south from the south tower. You can see the new extension arms; they will support future suicide nets. Which seems stupid and unsightly, since jumpers could just jump onto the net, walk to the edge, and then jump from there.

We walked back and popped in at the Round House Cafe there and got fresh-squeezed orange juice (for me) and coffee (for Tim).

One last photo op:

You can see how windy it was there.

Before we left, I had to pop into the gift shop and get some swag. Got a t-shirt, a pen, a wee dish, and a replica rivet, which is probably my favorite souvenir of this trip. It makes a great paperweight.

Ubered to Japan Center for sushi train at Izumi Sushi. All aboard!

In the afternoon, I did some window-shopping on Haight Street. Wandered through the several Tibetan shops as well. I was hoping for a big statement ring, and those shops have lots of big chunky jewelry, but nothing spoke to me. I popped into Hobson’s Choice for a beer and read my book.

Later, Tim & I took the Muni train to get Chinese food at Chang’s. Alex asked Tim to bring certain orders back for him, and we ended up with an obscene amount of food. It was SO good.

In the evening, we watched the first episode of Julia, an HBO biopic series about Julia Child. It was delightful. David Hyde Pierce (Niles Crane on Frasier) stars as Paul Child, Bebe Neuwirth (Lillith on Cheers and Frasier) plays Childs’ best friend, and Isabella Rossellini (who needs no introduction) plays Childs’ co-author of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”

Next post: Aimless Wandering & Bar-Hopping!

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