27.12.2015 - 27.12.2015
The days are flying by. The weather in San Francisco has been a mixed bag of rain, sunshine, clouds, wind, chilly and downright cold. This Queensland girl is enjoying the cooler weather but looking forward to some serious beach time when I return in a couple of weeks.
Wednesday evening was a fun night. We entertained a friend of Lucy's for her birthday along with other guests. Have to say the meal was a huge success. Fresh seared salmon with lemon and dill risotto and fresh asparagus. Lucy made a fabulous birthday cake. Mira was suitable delighted and impressed.
My first Saturday here when Lucy was finally on vacation, we decided to go down to the Ferry Building to the markets. There were not the usual crowds there but it was busy enough. I love these markets. So full of good produce. We bought a beautiful fresh wreath for the front door. A slab of home-made pancetta was purchased for our Christmas morning breakfast. Long queues of people lining up for coffee, food and other goodies. I've said before these guys love to line up for things. It astounds me that they are prepared to wait so long to purchase something. I guess they're used to it!
Saturday night saw us entertaining friends of Lucy's for dinner. A very lively conversation around the dinner table ensued with lots of laughter. It's good to see these young people so passionate about life.
On Monday night Lucy had a pottery class, which I went to also. It was fascinating to watch everyone at work. The kid is a natural. She has made some really cool stuff for a beginner. It's good that she is so passionate about it. I painted a design on one of her creations. Hopefully we will have it back from the kiln before I return to Australia. It makes me instantly want to sign up for a pottery class. I think I will sometime in the future. I want to first get a few ducks in a row when I get back. There are some crazy talented people in this world. Everywhere I've been I've really enjoyed looking at the local artwork and pottery etc. I still think the Sunshine Coast has some of the world's best potters though. Their style seems to be totally different from what I've seen here.
We bought a beautiful Christmas tree. $25 for a magnificent fresh pine tree which was great to decorate. It smells so good! You can't beat a fresh tree! We played Christmas carols while we decorated. Just me and Lucy. It was nice.
I walked uptown to have lunch at a little place called "Toast". Absolutely nothing modern about this place at all but it was simply great. I ordered a Reuben sandwich with fries with a cup of coffee. I swear it took no longer than 6 minutes from the time I ordered to receive my meal and it was great. One of the best Reuben's I've eaten.
On Tuesday we went into the city for the day just to walk around and look at the big stores and their Christmas decorations. We stopped in at the Disney store and I picked up a few things for the grandkids. Everything is so inexpensive there - I mean, ridiculously cheap - and Lucy gets a 50% discount because she works at Pixar so what we got was a real bargain. I know the kids will be very excited.
Wednesday saw us getting organised with some baking and more food shopping. Food costs have definitely increased since I was here last time. Being Winter, most fruit and vegetables are brought in from Mexico. The quality is good. We've been eating mango, which is great because I'm missing out on most of mango season in Aus. Persimmons are big here. They are SO delicious. I don't know why we don't eat more of them back home. I will definitely be searching for them locally. The avocados are huge (from Mexico) and are great quality. Dirt cheap too.
We haven't really been out to eat yet anywhere exciting. Just up to the main street of Noe Valley where we've stopped in at La Boulangerie a couple of times. They have quite good pastries and the biggest bowl of coffee I've ever seen. Literally two huge mugs of coffee in one bowl for $4.50. I am hoping we can get to Tartine pretty soon. I was blown away by what they serve last time I visited.
Christmas Eve was spent with Lucy and I running around doing last minute things. A bit of baking and wrapping a few gifts. Lucy's Dad arrived at SF Airport around 10:30 p.m. We had wine and food waiting for him. We all sat up chatting until the wee hours and finally opted for some sleep. Lucy warned us not to wake her before 8 a.m. on Christmas Day, or suffer the consequences.