I took my camera and walked down the Embarcadero today. The Embarcadero is the name of the waterfront that runs North/South by the Bay Bridge. It was too nice of a day and I needed a walk. I work down by AT&T Park, where the Giants play. There was a game going on today, and while I'm love the fervor of the Giants and all it brings, I wanted to head to the Ferry Building, and check out the weekly farmer's market.
But before I got there, I passed Red's, a local hot spot. Always a favorite watering hole before ballgames.
And walking to the Ferry Building, you have to walk under The Bay Bridge. The bridge connects San Francisco to the East Bay, where Berkeley and Oakland are. It's a beautiful bridge, that is, to look at. Commuting to the city is another story. Brutal at times, especially when there's a construction hiccup on the Bridge, which isn't an infrequent event.
In 1989 I worked in Berkeley and lived in San Francisco, when at 5:04 p.m, the Loma Prieta earthquake hit. I was working for a publishing firm, and we were in a 2-story building. The building shook for some 15 seconds, which doesn't sound like long until you realize it's being shook with a 7.0 magnitude on the Richter Scale. It was violent. I think of this every time I drive over the Bay Bridge, since there's a 50-foot plank that fell from the upper deck of the bridge to the lower deck, and rested there on a 45-degree angle. I know exactly where that spot is to this day. The pavement color is slightly different from the rest of bridge. There isn't a time that I drive over it that I don't think of wild period. So when I look at the Bay Bridge, I'm in aw of it and a bit intimidated by it, all at once.
If you head north on the Embarcadero on the west side of the road, you'll walk on a manicured walkway and pass a lovely grassy knoll. That's Rincon Park. A great luncheon spot for your take out or brown-bag lunch. Standing some 135 feet tall, give or take, smack in the middle of the knoll is one of the city's most well-known pieces of art called Cupid's Span, created by artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. It's hard to miss. People either love it, or well, not.
On Thursdays, the Ferry Building is always a buzz between the regular luncheon madness and the weekly farmer's market.
Scream Sorbet was really tempting. Chocolate Peanut Butter. Yum.
Even the sauerkraut looked tempting. I love how they display this.
I love the subtlety of this sign. They don't mince words. I'm coming back here for a cheeseburger. Just not today.
If you haven't heard of Blue Bottle coffee, give it time. I'm guessing you will. It ranks pretty high on the "must try" list. Yes, this is a line just for coffee. And if you were come back here tomorrow, the line would be just as long.
I almost got out of there without buckling. Miette is a favorite of mine. Besides the delicate tastes of their sweets, I love the way they package their goods as well as display them.
The Ferry Building is worth a trip even on non-Farmer's Market days. It was renovated many years ago. It's beautiful.
On the way back I passed one of my favorite restaurants, Boulevard. If you're up for a special-occasion meal, this could be the place.
The Muni, the name of our city transportation system, has these terrific streetcars that run the length of the Embarcadero, from Fisherman's Wharf down to the ballpark and the train station.
But it was this last picture that I took that I thought was the sweetest. This table in front of Perry's with it's blue-checked tablecloths, just made me want to pull up, sit down, and order a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs. I didn't, but I'll be back. How inviting.