Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Cruising The Bay

The other day a woman who used to work in my building returned to visit. Some time ago she had quit work and embarked on a journey to explore Europe. No itinerary, no travel companion and no preconceptions. I asked about her travels and she told me about Paris, Spain, and Corsica. She had saved money to finance the journey and was traveling as free as a bird. Just in town for a visit and back to Europe. Jealous much? Oh yeah!

The time and money syndrome had me singing the blues. Got no money, got no time, man I’m blue. Hey wait a minute! I live thirty minutes from San Francisco. Tourists flock here from all over the world. It was time for a cruise. A bay cruise to the Ferry Plaza Marketplace.
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The first Golden Gate Ferry leaves Larkspur at 940 on weekends. It has been a while since I had been on the boat. I had forgotten how majestic Mt. Tamalpais appears watching over the valley. As the boat entered the channel several crewing teams were practicing. They remind me of water bugs slipping across the calm water. We pass San Quentin Prison and it looks almost beautiful for a place that holds so much sadness. On the bay birds dive and sea lions pop up on buoys. We pass Angel Island, The Golden Gate Bridge, and Alacatraz. They say it’s the journey and not the destination. In this case the destination shines.
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This being a Sunday, the Ferry Building is not quite as hectic as Saturday. We arrive about 1030 and begin to explore. A number of the shops had not opened so we decided to cross the street to the Hyatt Regency for an adult beverage. This hotel has great holiday decorations at Christmas. Even when it’s not a holiday the lobby is beautiful and they serve a great bloody mary. It helps to take the sting off the fact that the Niners are being pummeled by the Redskins.
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Back to the Ferry Building we cruise the aisles of Sur La Table. I thought we had every piece of culinary equipment known to mankind. I was wrong. We purchase some silicone cupcake molds and our collection is complete until our next visit.

We lunch at the Delica rf1, a Japanese Deli. It was a delicious repast. A stop at Acme Bread and our trip is complete. Paris eat your heart out.
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spicy chicken salad
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Autumn Bento Box
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Acme Bread


Jennifer said...

Great post, Greg! You are SO right that we have incredible beauty all around us! People travel all over the world to see the Bay Area, and sometimes we forget how good we have it. We don't have to go very far to "get away"...

cookiecrumb said...

Wow! We're doing the same thing this weekend, before the weather gets too inhospitable.
Darn, Greg. You skunked me. I'll never be able to do a post of my experience with such nice pix.

Greg said...

Thanks all. The Ferry Building is so photogenic it's almost point and shoot.We should have some kind of Bay Area Food Blogger event there.