My cousins are staying with us this week, and they’ve traveled all the way from Tucson, Arizona. Of course, we had to show them a spectacular day in San Francisco. Despite the typical fog, it was a great day to be in the City by the Bay. What’s better than clam chowder and crab at Fisherman’s Wharf, a Columbus Day parade, a Blue Angels show, and ending your day with some Ghirardelli chocolate ? Dungeness crab season has almost begun, so there was no shortage of great seafood dining in the northern part of the City.
Take a tour of the City with me and experience some San Francisco hospitality.
After viewing the beginnings of the Columbus Day Parade, our stomachs were growling, so we headed to Pier 39 to visit some favorite shops, and grab some great seafood.
We reserved a table at the Pier Market Seafood Restaurant for its views and award winning clam chowder. Here is my definition of the perfect SF foodie feast. Clam chowder, great sourdough, and a crab cocktail. Add a spicy Bloody Mary and some Sonoma Riesling and Mr. CG and I are in heaven.
Ooooooh. Crab cakes with rémoulade. Double yum.
We also shared the most AH-MAY-ZING crab melt sandwich. Best ever.
But on a foggy day, there’s nothing like great sourdough from the neighboring Boudin Bakery with a hot cup of clam chowder.
You can even buy Boudin Bakery’s bread online.
Once we digested, I headed out to some of my favorite shops.
For good crepes
I loved how this jewelry shop was seasonally displaying their glass bead necklaces.
My little guy can’t be bothered with shops. He prefers to chase pigeons.
This shot is so San Francisco to me.
A seagull taking off toward the foggy skyline.
Here’s the famous Pier 39 sea lion colony jostling for sunning space.
A walk down this pier gave us a great view of the air show.
It was loud, and magnificent. I loved it just as much as my nephews.
We got quite a red, white, and blue show from these daredevils.
Here are the Blue Angels in formation over Alcatraz.
Cruising over the SF Bay
We made our way around Fisherman’s Wharf and made friends with some friendly seafood retailers.
What a motto
“Hey, yoooou. You look hungry. C’mon in an have some crab and chowda, y’know what I’m sayin’ ?”
We ended our day a few blocks away at the famous Ghirardelli Square to indulge in some decadent chocolate. I’ve written about Ghirardelli Square before, and it is a ‘Don’t Miss’ for any tourist. We nibbled dark chocolates and listened to some good jazz.
It was a such great day in the big city that the kids all fell asleep on the ride home, with full bellies and smiles on their faces.
Have you ever visited the City by the Bay ? Ever tasted our famous San Francisco Dungeness crab and our delicious sourdough? Ever witnessed the dynamic Blue Angels ? Do tell !
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