Friday, September 17, 2010

Girls Getaway to San Francisco - Chinatown, Waterbar, Cable Car, Lombard Street & Golden Gate Bridge

The next day was our first (and only) full day in the city. We started with a walk to Chinatown where we shopped and took it all in. We then walked to the waterfront to the Ferry Building, then along the Embarcadero to Waterbar ( where we had lunch. Our favorite was the Lobster BLT, which was one of the best BLTs I have ever eaten.

After lunch, we cabbed it to Powell Street where we jumped on a cable car. Many thanks to James for teaching me how to operate the car. This will be a great addition to my resume! We rode the car to the end, which was the perfect place to disembark and begin the hike up the steeper-than-we-thought Lombard Street. As we hiked up the road, we could see the famous area on the street that makes it the Crookedest Street and a must-see during your stay in San Fran. In addition to it being crooked, it also provides a great view from the top. After Lombard, we made our way to the Golden Gate Bridge only to find fog covering the top portion of the bridge. Fog in San Francisco...go figure!

Dinner that evening was at Straits Restaurant (, which reflects the cuisine one would find in Singapore that features a Malaysian/Indonesian, Chinese, Indian and Nonya combination. Straits is located in the Westfield shopping center. Although the location puts this restaurant off-the-beaten path, it is the perfect place to re-fuel during your San Fran shopping spree. It provides a fun atmosphere, complete with a DJ and a great cocktail list. Although we sampled a lot of food, my favorite was the Chicken Curry (and I’m typically not a fan of curry).

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