San Francisco Eats: By Land and By Sea

I took a weekend trip to visit my sister who lives in Australia. She was in San Francisco for a few days, and I hadn’t seen her in over a year. It wasn’t a long enough trip, but we did get in a few great food moments.

We stayed in a beautiful home in the Castro district, a short walk from Dolores Park. After gathering some picnic supplies, we headed to the park for an afternoon of people watching, and relaxing on the lawn.

A glass of wine is always better al fresco! Add to it a juicy apple, some freshly-sliced salami, funky cheeses, native requirement sourdough bread, and a hunk of something chocolate and you have the makings of a divine afternoon. In the California sunshine, no less!

At Fisherman’s Wharf the next day, we were on a quest for crab. There is no shortage of places to get a hot, steaming crustacean served with a token boiled potato or cole slaw. All along the streets were restaurants touting their crab specials…legs, lump, steamed, boiled, garlic flavored…you name it! Going in to Nick’s Lighthouse, we passed by men standing at large vats of boiling water cooking up the bugs, and deli counters with ready-to-go crab salad sandwiches and shrimp baskets. I secretly wished my stomach could hold it all. But, I did manage to destroy some Dungeness crab! The place was cramped, touristy, and on the expensive side. But, when in Rome…

Our trip ended there, and we were back on the plane early the next day headed for Detroit. I tried to stuff some California sunshine in my carry-on, but they made me take it out at security. Guess I’ll have to go back!