A day in San Francisco

Not only did I visit San Jose (blog post on what I did here), I visited San Francisco which is farther up north. The summary of my day in SF:

1) The Presidio. I had no idea a place like this existed in SF. It’s one of the few places in the city that you’ll see untouched stretches of trees. If you’ve been in SF for more than a month and haven’t gone, you have to go. It’s an amazing “escape” from the city

2) Spire by Andy Goldsworthy. A sculpture made of cypress trunks. Scroll down for photos.

3) Chinese restaurant San Tung lives up to the hype.

4) Each time I go to San Francisco, it seems to be better and better. I’ve only been there 4 times, for about 48 hours max each time and every glimpse I get, I see it in a different way.

First on the agenda was the Lyon Street Steps. Finding parking around Lyon St/Broadway St was no problem. It was lovely looking at the eclectic row of homes lining the streets. You can immediately sense that this is a wealthy neighborhood, something I’d liken to the vibes of the Upper East Side in New York. The gates and statues in front of the houses look like they cost thousands of dollars and the quiet of the neighborhood is very safe and residential, compared to say, the financial district in SF. After the first series of steps, you get to this:

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You’ll pass a handful of runners going up and down the stairs. The air smells fresh and clean here. The sun shines on the bushes and makes them glow a lime green. Once you’re at the top you’ll see this to your right. The gate is open, inviting you to come in.IMG_4410

Follow the path and cross a main road and you’ll find Wood Line. This is an Andy Goldsworthy sculpture which weaves throughout the empty space between the trees. I wanted to walk on the tree trunks all the way down, but didn’t have the time.IMG_4416  You can choose to go right to Lover’s Lane or go left towards the edge of The Presidio.IMG_4418We went left to go towards the Spire.

We passed by a baseball field, a children’s playground, and patches of trees that looked like this. It smelled like fresh cut wood. Hard to believe just beside this are rows and rows of homes all living different lives.

IMG_4420After walking about 20-30 minutes, you see the Presidio Golf Course. There’s a trail next to it to the right. Go that way and you see the Spire peeking out.

IMG_4423 Here, Andy Goldsworthy took 38 cypress tree trunks and fastened them together. The Spire reaches more than 90 feet to the sky. You can see that there are trees planted right by the Spire. These young trees will slowly outgrow and obscure the sculpture over time.

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Walk past the Spire and you find yourself in the woods. It’s a surreal feeling. You don’t know where you are exactly and don’t really know where you’re going. You just follow the path that feels right. The trees reach so far into the sky it’s like they’re watching out for you. The best part is that you’re not in the middle of nowhere. A main road, the golf club and civilization is just a few minutes away.IMG_4435Here’s a random pair of shoes we came across. I thought it was another art installation haha.IMG_4438 IMG_4439 IMG_4440 IMG_4441 IMG_4444

We followed the path that seemed to lead out and ended up walking alongside the highway/main road, which led us to Inspiration Point.IMG_4445 IMG_4446 IMG_4447 IMG_4449

It wasn’t as amazing as I thought it would be but the picture shows a nice juxtaposition of the trees with the water and the homes.

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The Wood Line looked even better than it did when I first saw it. The light streamed on it so gracefully. When I’m back in SF I’ll have to walk the line.IMG_4452

On the way back to the Lyon Street Steps I wandered off track to get a glimpse of this view:IMG_4455

It was a perfect day for outdoor activity. Sun and a cool breeze. Karl the Fog wasn’t out and the sky was clear enough for me to see Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.IMG_4456

Next Stop: San Tung

I had heard about this place before and read the many reviews on yelp. Anything with a lot of hype makes me want to avoid it. Until that day. I was staaaaaaarving and it was only 15 minutes away so it seemed like a good idea.

We ended up in what felt like a residential Chinatown. No idea what the area is called but it felt like home seeing korean characters and signs displaying Asian food. I was intrigued by how the menu had both chinese and korean characters.

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We ordered the Original Dry Fried Chicken (12 pieces)(What they’re known for), the seafood noodle soup (since we wanted noodles and a soup and this was the perfect combo of both), and the dry sauteed string beans. The pickled cabbage came as a complimentary side dish. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste- it tasted exactly like good kimchi. I’ve been missing my mom’s home cooked meals and this meal was so good. I was so happy. Tasted like home. Needless to say, we ate everything. Not a bite was left behind.

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Then we headed towards financial district to meet up with a friend. Then for dinnertime we went to Samovar Tea Lounge. It feels very zen from the moment you walk in. We got the duck sandwich and Japanese service with smoked duck, which was a food and tea pairing. The tea that came with the brown rice, seaweed salad and seasonal veggies was the Ryokucha Green Tea. If you’re hungry and you like tea, this is a perfect place for you. IMG_4465IMG_4469 IMG_4470

For dessert: the chia pudding. I usually don’t like bubbly texture but this was a perfect blend of textures and sweetness. The raisins were also some of the best (and biggest) I’ve ever eaten.IMG_4472

After that, we strolled around the Yerba Buena Gardens and enjoyed the view of the city at night. It felt like I was in New York again, but on the opposite coast.

Thanks for a wonderful day, SF.  Lovely to see you again.

On my to do list: go up/down the PCH and do the scenic drive from SF to LA.

I’ll definitely blog about it when it happens of course.

Seriously though, if you haven’t gone to any of these places in SF, you should 🙂

Any recommendations for the next time i visit?

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