California Travel Log | Fisherman’s Wharf

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This is the eighth post in my series covering my recent escapades and adventures in California. For more, check out Leslie’s California Travel Log.

There is so much to see and do in Fisherman’s Wharf! It is a definite must-see for all San Francisco visitors. I really enjoyed hanging out here and checking out the shops, vendors, and restaurants. Two things stand out from the evening we spent there: street musicians, and seafood galore. Plus, Ghirardelli, but I’m saving that for the next post!

STREET MUSIC

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Left: The beautiful steel drum music this man (played along with an accompaniment track) made us feel like we were in the Caribbean! So much fun. In the background of this picture you can see a hint of Alcatraz island and the tour boats like we rode on our first night in the city. Right: A one-man-band amazed us with his rhythmic skills. He was quite the entertainer. His getup reminded me of Coldplay’s butterflies-in-stomach video where Chris Martin dons a similar contraption, minus the bubbles and balloons. (Video included at bottom of post as your reward for reading my blog!)

SEAFOOD


Before settling on where to eat supper, we took a look around the multitude of street-side seafood vendors. The number of choices was overwhelming. A server tried to woo us into coming into his restaurant, but we resisted, not finished with our exploration. I planted myself in front of one vendor who I watched prepare a lobster from start to finish. Pretty simple stuff: grab lobster, dunk in hot (boiling?) water, remove, butterfly, serve. Bellissima! Talk about fresh.

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Seagulls say Hello, can I eat your dinner?

BOUDIN

Crab bisque breadbowl
Crab bisque breadbowl

Because it was on ‘the list’ and highly recommended, we made our final decision on dinner at Boudin. We also chose the indoor restaurant instead of the street vendors because the temperature had dropped so low and we wanted to be cozy inside after a long day of gallivanting outdoors.

Boudin - a bakery and restaurant (also located in the SF airport!)
Boudin – a bakery and restaurant (also located in the SF airport!)

To enter the restaurant at Boudin in Fisherman’s Wharf, you must first take a walk through their bakery and gift store on the first floor (this is the way the building is set up). It will make you hungry for dinner, guaranteed! Apparently, Boudin is a San Fran staple. Go here. They’re known for their fresh baked bread bowls that come with either clam chowder or crab bisque. Carb-alicious! And crab-alicious, too…

 

I wish I would’ve taken a picture of the dining area we were seated in, because it was beautiful. Dark wood and sparkling glass elements made up its major decor features. It looked ritzy, but prices weren’t too bad. Floor to ceiling windows spanning the west or bay side of the second story restaurant let in enough light to make all the glass glitter and the place seem to glow with aliveness. You could watch the blue of the ocean shimmer in the dusk. I loved getting to experience the sun setting on the bay through through the floor-to-ceiling windows not far from our table.

I’LL BE BACK

There was so much more we probably could’ve seen and done at Fisherman’s Wharf if we’d had time (i.e. Madame Tussaud’s!), but we were on the fast track to Yosemite National Park and more! The theme here is still, California: A Land of Variety and Contrast. Just so much to do, to see, and to fall in love with in the great Golden State.

I think that California is a place I shall return one day. Ghirardelli is up next!

Reward Video: COLDPLAY

A promise is a promise. Bubbles and balloons included!

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