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Earlier this week Steve attended a conference in San Francisco, and I gladly tagged along. Even with the wind, rain and gloom, I love this city!
On Monday I met Martha Flynn for tea at Samovar in Yerba Buena Gardens. (Martha suggested this place before I got to San Fran. The menu was enticing, but it was her link to their tea porn blog that truly sealed the deal.) Martha ordered the Lapsang Souchong, “Zealously tarry, ancient and smoky. Delicious with milk and sugar” and I selected the Gui Fei Imperial Concubine, an Oolong described as “butterscotch and tree-ripened guava balanced with layers of wild rose, stewed cherries, and vanilla bean.” (It was AMAZING. At least when I wasn’t over-steeping it. Apparently the optimal steeping time is 20 seconds.) You can also see the cherry oat scones with Devonshire cream and preserves on the table.
Tuesday morning Steve and I set off on a long walk to Fisherman’s Wharf. (If you know San Fran at all, you know this was a very hilly walk.) The closer we got to the water, the more the wind and rain battered us. Here we are posing in front of a distant blob that I can assure you is Alcatraz.
After restoring ourselves with dim sum, we returned to our hotel room and changed clothes for an afternoon of shopping, of which there is plenty to be had downtown. All in all, a great trip — just wish I was having an easier time readjusting to Central time.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
[Cross-posted from Livejournal]