Call me crazy, but Saturday morning I hopped into the car again and drove off to San Fransisco. This time, Hubby Dearest came along for the fun. Our purpose was two-fold; to escape the heat, at least for one day, and to visit with our “old” German exchange student son and his friend. First, we met at the Four Seasons, in Chinatown, for Dim Sum.
Sigh, not a flattering picture of me, but at least you get the idea of our surroundings. For the un-initiated, Dim Sum is variety of Chinese foods served in small pieces/portions with tea. The servers walk around with trays of assorted goodies and you get to pcik which ones you want to try. They charge you by the plate, with charges usually ranging from $2.50-$5.00 per plate. Foods can be savory or sweet. Yum.
After we were stuffed full we strolled down the road toward Union Square. There are a number of fun/interesting sculptures on the sidewalk in Chinatown.
How many monkeys?
I did a very little bit of shopping as we walked. I bought a package of Chinese Oolong tea. It was cheap, as in $2.95 for a half pound of tea! I made a pot last night…delicious! Wonderful full leaf, or at least large pieces, which when steeped for three minutes produced a lovely shade of light greenish-brown liquid with a very pleasant aroma, too.
My only other purchase was an aqua blue Pashmina scarf. $10…..nuff said!
We finished off our afternoon in The City with tea/coffee/champagne and carrot cake at the top of the I don’t recall Hotel. It was probably a Hyatt or something like that. Very hoity-toity, but the service was extremely poor. The tea was a bag of Awake from Tazo, and a pot of mostly-hot water way too big for one tea bag! Ah well, I’m sure it was really all about the view. The top is 36 stories off the ground, and yes, the view was spectacular. However, as we didn’t have window seats, we didn’t get a picture from the “good” side of the building.
Not the “good” side
One last thing to share with you all…
The fountain on the steps to the hotel was quite unique.
A close-up of the wall