|I loved the church architecture in San Fran.|
During my travels I am always fond of cities that I cannot pin down. Perhaps, one could argue, that every city is impossible to truly ever figure out, however, I feel as though cities or towns like Vicenza, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Seattle etc., all have a certain character that I recognize each time I return. They are familiar and change only slightly upon each visit, but their original character (that I first experienced) is still relatively in tact.
|Kerouac Street with a fellow traveler|
A few months later I found out that Chinatown has an ugly side. I was watching Wild Justice and there were officers rummaging through these shops in San Francisco’s Chinatown to find illegal products made of endangered animals, such as tiger bones. While this episode left me feeling uneasy about my fond memories of Chinatown, I still must recommend that you explore this area. Many businesses are legitimate are do not support the use of illegal animal substances, which the shop failed to reflect upon.
|Our selection of Tea|
Our helpful tea guru directed us towards a popular Dim Sum restaurant called New Asia, not far from Kerouac Street. We took a number and waited among hungry locals. There were only a couple of tables with tourists, which you can tell by the perplexed faces and confusion of what to order and how to order a drink.
|A Tea Wonderland!|
We took a seat in the banquet style restaurant after our number was called through a muffled microphone by a woman with an equally muffled throat and thick Chinese accent. As soon as we sat down water was brought to our table, and I do believe water was the only beverage they served besides Green tea, which I had already got my fill of from the tea shop. Right after the water was served by a water boy never to be seen again, a pushcart was brought to us where we pointed to what we wanted or thought looked good. The woman pushing the cart immediately set every plate down that we looked at let alone pointed to. Lobster noodles, pork buns, steamed pork dumplings, sweat and sour duck, all just the first course.
|New Asia Kitchen|
The second pushcart came around soon after and I just had to get the steamed pork buns, which were amazing. I topped them with a spicy jelly sauce, this is when I wished I could have ordered something other than water to calm my taste buds. Still, even the spice tasted great.
|Our leftovers – Pork Buns were my favourite while the texture
of the lobster noodles were slightly gelatinous.
Collected Poems of Allen Ginsberg 1947-1997
This is San Francisco – A children’s book by Miroslav Sasek
San Francisco Stories: Great Writers On The City Edited by John Miller
Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery by M. Louisa Locke