Sunday, March 02, 2008

Pied-a-Terre contiues

It was time for breakfast and decisions needed to be made. Our hotel offered buffets starting at $14 per person and Starbucks were everywhere nearby. We didn’t even give those a thought. We were near two neighborhoods that offer some of San Francisco finest morning treats. Would it be coffee and more in North Beach or dim sum in Chinatown? It was a difficult choice.

We opted for dim sum. We walked a block up Washington Street searching for an old haunt, but it was no more. There at eight thirty in the morning was The Great Oriental Restaurant serving dim sum and jammed with locals. I took that to be sign of good things to come. Sure enough, we gorged ourselves on tasty fried eggplant with shrimp, lotus leaf sticky rice, pork dumplings, shrimp dumplings, and baked pork buns. The price was $16 but would have been cheaper if our eyes hadn’t been bigger than our stomachs.
The Great Oriental Restaurant
848 Washington
San Francisco,Ca.

Saturday Ferry Plaza farmers’ market was calling and we needed the exercise to burn some calories indulged in at breakfast. As we neared the market about every hundred feet there were young ladies wearing pink handing out free samples of Special K Bliss bars. We smiled and accepted; free is always good.

We needed to replenish our supply of Rancho Gordo beans so we dodged the crowd to purchase our supply. I never thought one dried bean would be better than another but once you’ve had RG you’re not going back to the supermarket stuff.

Lunchtime was at hand but appetites lagged, so we enjoyed a picnic in the park like setting of the Embarcadero Center. A perfect orange and a free breakfast bar. The orange was good and bar overly sweet.
Emabarcadero Center

After watching a depressing but well reviewed foreign film at the Embarcadero Cinema, we had our fill of lies, deception and man’s inhumanity to man. It was back to the hotel for a nap.

Early evening and North Beach was busy. So many restaurants to choose from and we decided to return to Macaroni Sciue Sciue. If you’re living in the neighborhood you have to have a spot to call your own. I love this place!


Rev. Biggles said...

Dang, I was railroaded right out of the food forum at Craigslist for using the word oriental. That was such a nightmare. Apologies, didn't matter, I was lower than a slug's you know whut. Was accused of being from Texas! Then the Texans got all bent out of shape.


xo, Biggles

Greg said...

It's hard to be PC Biggs. Just when you got it right the rules change