… continuing from where I left off, my blur girlfriend’s 2am wake up call.
Somehow we still managed to get a good rest – I guess it’s because any bed would feel extremely comfortable after you’ve not laid on one (and on your back) for 18-20 hours! The flight from HKG to SFO took 14 hours and it was BACK BREAKING.
We were slightly behind schedule (just 30 mins!) but still managed to score a good seat in Home Plate, which was along Lombard – we left all the dining choices to Mag because I trust her to hunt down the best food joints for all of us : p Thank you, Magmag!
(Before we get started, let me apologize about the quality of the pictures. I have some resizing issues on WordPress and it’s annoying the heck out of me. My pictures are not crisp because it’s 1000 px and the max is 700 px. And I already had a bunch of pics edited so the next batch will be better!)
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Home Plate SF – homeplatesf.com
Reservations: (415) 922-4663
2274 Lombard St
(between Steiner St & United States Highway 101)
San Francisco, CA 94123
Neighbourhood: Marina/Cow Hollow
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The place was pretty nondescript – If I needed to find a word for it it would be… Homely? It was the typical American Diner decor!
We got a seat after waiting for barely 5 minutes! We lucked out cos… right after we got seated a line formed outside and it was reallllyyy long!
Pretty Mag & I while waiting for our food to be served!
Their home made scones came first (on the house as long as you’ve ordered something, I believe), and it was absolutely delicious! It could be that I was super hungry, though. But we all agreed it was fantastic and couldn’t stop dipping it in the strawberry / pear jam that we were provided!
Yes, I finished every morsel of mine! I had to stop myself from asking for more because I needed some space for breakfast!
The food soon arrived and we got all excited… taking photos. Hahaha. The husbands knew better and let us finish taking photos before tucking in.
Top: Yang’s meal, Ham & Cheese Omelette I believe, and the Home Run Special, with Buttermilk Pancakes, Sausages and Omelette! Interestingly, their sausages are flat, and their hash browns are not the ones you’re used to in McDees. It was like rostis – flat!
Bottom: Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, and THAT CANADIAN BACON YOU MUST ORDER. It’s served with maple syrup. OH MY GOD it IS HEAVENLY. And it should be just like $4.90 USD! #affordable
Now that we’re all filled up with awesome food (we kindda over ordered : x), we were ready for our trip to Lombard, the crookedest street in the world! We took a cab since there were 4 of us and it was just further down by a little bit – it made more sense as any bus trip / tram trip was 2 USD.
Behold, the crookedest street in the world!
In case you were wondering how is it crooked… well… it was a MAJOR S Course, DOWNHILL!
First of all, SF is already known to be extremely hilly. The slopes are like 45 to 65 degrees and you probably cannot stop yourself from rolling if you were pushed down a steep hill. It was that scary! It made me heave a sigh of relief for not opting to drive / or even think about driving through this S course.
Here’s a red line showing you how curved it was. NOT exaggerating here.
I saw a car hesitate before going down – I would too lor! The driver spent like an entire minute deliberating (could see he was regretting it already) while others waited behind. Finally someone honked him and he finally went forward… I do wonder how it is like at the bottom of the hill though. You could also pay a taxi cab to bring you down instead, if you’d like to at least experience going down once!
The road was both STEEP and CURVY… and this was what was captured with Olympus. I loved the view – can you see the Golden Gate Bridge? And also, the pretty pink hydrangeas at the side!
The husband looks EXTREMELY dorky here. And somewhat satisfied, I’m not sure with what.
Tried taking some OOTDs but sort of failed because cars were threatening to knock me down hahahah and also people were crossing every other minute! I was actually really smiling at someone on the other side of the road as they were patiently waiting for me to cross and after this shot I beckoned them over and called it a day *blush*
After Lombard, we took a trolley (they call it the cable car!) to Fisherman’s Wharf, which was just right down the (steep) street!
These people, they were going upslope and could stand like that AND take pictures. Thank god our trolley down was a little less crowded and we got a seat. I have height phobia and was super afraid of dropping off the trolley, especially since my butt was already sliding down the seat!
You can find out more information about the cable car lines and cost of the rides here. To be frank though, some people didn’t even know that you have to pay. I’m serious. It seems like no one really bothers… until checked.
We had a small window for photo opps after the trolley stopped and we badgered the guys to take pictures for us hahaha. Make our fares worthwhile, you know!
So lucky that we got a rather pretty trolley in the colors of Christmas! Of course, I badgered the slightly unwilling husband to get a photo with me hahaha. It ended up being one of my favorite photos! Sorry for my messy hair – I have naturally wavy hair and I didn’t get a chance to blow it straight, cos I was too tired.
Walking down to Fisherman’s Wharf
I didn’t want to cover Fisherman’s Wharf because Mag and her husband Lips had already covered it the day before, so instead, we skipped to Ferry Building Marketplace (okay, we took a bus there. It was a looong 15-20mins walk down, and time (and also leg power) is precious while you’re on a holiday!)
… But not before getting some pressed pennies first! The guys rolled their eyes at us but eh it’s a good keepsake ok! I have it flattened proper and tucked away safely in one of the photoalbums April gave me, which contains all our memories for this trip!
The penny presses are available everywhere I believe – I saw it in Vegas but didn’t want the husband rolling my eyes at me hahaha. You could choose from 4 different penny designs and roll it yourself! Pretty entertaining for a first timer (and kids).
Taking a leisurely stroll from Pier 33 to Pier 35. Lips & Mag in matching white pants lol
Was amused by the parking meters – did you know that it can cost anything between $30 – $60 for parking?! Gosh! And I guess that explains the Visa card acceptance on the machine. SO. EXPENSIVE.
*luckily we didn’t drive*
We went to Pier 35, which was the place to get our tickets for Alcatraz (which I didn’t visit in the end due to a scheduling conflict… I’ll explain later!) and also the pick up point for the ferry to Alcatraz.
I shall just be satisfied with having looked at the miniature replica of the Alcatraz then ._.
(the pictures will be better from now on)
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Ferry Building Marketplace – ferrybuildingmarketplace.com
Ferry Building Marketplace
One Ferry Building
San Francisco, California 94111
“The Ferry Building Marketplace is located along the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street. It is the center of a transit hub that connects all of San Francisco’s neighborhoods and the surrounding bay communities. The marketplace is accessible by MUNI, BART and Ferry Boat. The historic trolley cars (Line F Market) stop directly in front of the Ferry Building.”
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First stop was Blue Bottle Coffee for them – I don’t drink coffee, so I quenched my thirst with a bottle of water for 99 cents at one of the stalls! The stores near the Alcatraz ticketing booth were selling it for like $3. No way!!!
Mag, way too much sugar!!!
// Blue Bottle Coffee also have coffee beans for sale!
I wandered around the place and took some random snaps!
Biscuit Bender, with very pretty bakes located at one of the entrances to the market
Annnndddd more cake shops… Miette Patisserie, an absolute delight to look at with the pink and green decor!
Cupcakes. Cupcakes everywhere!
The grocery store where I got my water – they were also selling fresh produce – so much organic stuff for sale readily available in SFO, I’m kicking myself for not bringing anything back.
Passed by a store with the loveliest scents ever! Okay, maybe just at that point of time. But I was really in love with the Lavender scent! Wish I took at least one back but the husband was eyeballing me already : x (He doesn’t share my slight obsession with aromatherapy) The shop, McEnvoy Ranch (website here), also sells body care – soap, lotions and creams ;)
We searched for a place to enjoy our drinks and take a breather before deciding on the best place / way to view the Golden Gate Bridge, and found one right across a lovely book store, just by an exit near the pier! We stayed inside of course, away from the seagull droppings.
Disturbing the husband while he was looking at the maps. THIS was the only day I bothered to draw my eyeliner. Or maybe one of the two days.
And taking selfies with the pretty girlfriend again : D
The lady sitting opposite us with her two kids and husband were really friendly, and asked us if we needed help – and we asked her for the best place to view the Golden Gate Bridge!
“Best kept secret of San Francisco… Uber!”
After advising us on a few possible locations which were quite out of the way and had a lack of cabs, she whispered to us and said, “Let me tell you about the best kept secret of San Francisco… Uber!”
Yes, Uber the Get-A-Taxi company! My husband was dying to try it out on this trip because unlike Singapore which only has the Uber Black service available, SFO has all the Uber services available – and we had a $10 credit coupon! And indeed, it was a god-sent at places where there were not much cabs available!
You simply open your app, and you can get 3 kinds of drivers:
- Taxi-cab drivers who are on Uber (and have their cabs rented from the taxi cab company).
- Uber drivers who rent their cars from Uber
- Drivers who are using their own cars and using Uber to earn cash on the side
It was really interesting, because this means you’ll almost never have to wait too long for a taxicab (unless they get lost), because you can see where the uber drivers are on your phone and even a profile to recognize them (and vice versa, they can see how you look like).
We once met a female Uber driver, and I was really curious about her safety and all, so I asked “Isn’t it dangerous for a lady to be driving and picking up passengers?” (She’s rather pretty too!) And she said, “Nah… I have no money for them to steal!”
And that’s because Uber uses your credit card details – this means a cashless transaction, which also means, no tips! No physical monies are being exchanged – the driver gets paid when you get off the cab.
Most shockingly, we asked one hunky driver why he chose to join Uber (handsome and very nice physique okay! hahaha) and he simply said it’s cheaper than driving a taxi cab – Uber costs only $2000 USD a month to rent and they even give you a car (a brand new Toyota Prius, too!) to drive, as opposed to taxi-cab rentals which costs $6,000 USD a month, not including fuel costs for either option! I WAS SHOCKED!
FYI, trips in SFO cost us $12 – $15 USD on average. Like say, from Powell to Chinatown – $12.
Nah this is not a paid advertorial about Uber lah – I don’t think I’ll ever use Uber in Singapore unless I’m in a real need of cab (and stay in say, Bukit Panjang or Punggol on RAINY MORNINGS where it’s super, duper, extremely hard to grab a cab or even book one on call). But it is definitely an interesting service to explore while you’re overseas!
Aviators from Shopunk! (@shopunk on instagram!) ; ) And also where we’re headed next after viewing the Golden Gate Bridge… Haight-Ashbury!
More on the Golden Gate Bridge, Haight-Ashbury, and dinner at Zuni’s on Day 01, Part 2: SFO coming up soon! Good grief I HAVE SO MANY PICTURES and so much to say!