Wednesday, March 23, 2016

San Fran - Day 5

Friday was the only day that the weather wasn't great. It was drizzling and overcast and pretty chilly.  The sun did eventually come out and warmed us up a bit.  

Our Friday plans started off with a 3 hour walking food tour of North Beach/ Little Italy.  Our guide had lived in this area for over 30 years, and was extremely knowledgeable of the area, the food scene, and how it's changed over the years.  She was eccentric and funny and seemed to be friends with everyone that worked in every store and restaurant in Little Italy.  
Meet Blondina 

Our first stop was Caffe Roma, where we each got our choice of drink.  Kevin got a shot of expresso, and then we both ordered their hot chocolate and white chocolate.  The white chocolate was like a milkshake! So Good! 

Our next stop was Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store which did not sell cigars and we got a toasted meatball sandwich on focaccia bread which was fabulous.  The marinara sauce with red onions was really tasty!

We toured the Peter and Paul Catholic Church which was beautiful on the inside.  

We walked all over Little Italy.  She had information for pretty much everything that we passed.  Lots of time passed between when we ate the meatball sandwich to our next food stop.  We worked up quite the appetite walking all those steep hills.  

We stopped in Molinari Delicatessen for something savory.  This was like a typical Italian deli.  I loved looking around in here because they had a small section of Italian groceries for sale as well.  We were given a pesto salami sandwich with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, and it was delicious! This tour was great with picking some really good restaurants for us to try. 

Next we moved on to Z. Cioccolato.  It was such a fun and colorful candy and fudge shop. Here we got 3 pieces of fudge each.  I can't remember the names, but that one on the right was a peanut butter one that was my favorite.  The chocolate was a bit too rich so I only nibbled on that one, and gave the orange one to Kevin to finish off.  

More walking and sight seeing.  I thought this building was really neat.  

We passed this hair salon that had thousands of books for the clients to read while getting their hair cut.  

Towards the very end of the 3 hour tour we stopped at Viva Fine Italian Pizza.  We got this yummy pizza for us to all share.  There was another couple and their aunt on the tour with us.  Great pizza!

We ended the tour with a cannoli for dessert from Stella Pastry & Cafe.  I had never had a cannoli before, and can't say that I'll have another one.  It wasn't really my thing.  

All in all, we had a great experience on the Local Tastes of the City Tour.  

When we were booking our trip many months ago we decided to pick a late flight on Friday evening so we would have the whole day to tour San Fran.  At the time it sounded like a great idea, but by the time Friday rolled around I was wishing that we had chosen an earlier flight.  Don't get me wrong we had had a great trip and so much fun, but I was ready to get back and see the kids.  We weren't really sure how to spend the rest of the day.  We were both tired from all the walking all week, but still needed to waste several hours... or so we thought.

So after the Food Tour we drove over to the Ghirardelli Square and walked around for a bit.  We went in their shops and picked up a couple last minute souvenirs for the boys, and then found a little tasting room to have a some wine.  We were sitting outside listening to a street performer. We just so happened to be talking about how we wished we had picked an earlier flight when Kevin casually pulls up the airline info to see what gate we will be at when suddenly panic sets in.  Our flight had been moved up 3 hours early, and we had not received any information informing us of this change.  Our flight was suppose to be at 7:00, but the flight had been pushed up to 4:00.  It was 2:30.  We panicked and left our  half finished wine and took off running to our car.  Of course we were no where near the airport and San Fran is very similar to Houston when it comes to traffic.  I was busy using one phone to assist Kevin with directions and with the other hand was me on the phone with United.  We were told that if we didn't make the flight the next available flight to Houston wouldn't be until 11:30 that night.  Um, no.  That wasn't happening.  Kevin drove like a bat out of hell, we basically jumped out of the rental car while it was still moving when we eventually got to car place.  I'm sure those guys thought we were crazy, but we were panicking.  Spoiler Alert... we made it.  God was on our side because there was hardly anyone going through security.  So it was a crazy ending to our trip.  But, we were happy to be home 3 hours earlier.

We had a great week in California!! 

And, that's a wrap!

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