My sister and mother are visiting this weekend. They got in last night after a bit of a nightmarish plane ride (skipping the grisly details, basically it was delayed flight, missed connection, lost luggage). So we take them to a good Mexican place that’s walking distance from home and the little motel/inn they’re staying at, and we all eat too much. Still no good random Mexican places in the DC area that we know of; taking suggestions. Although to be honest, for myself personally, when I’m visiting the DC area, I eat lots of Asian food, especially Chinese food, and I’m fine with that. And I don’t mean orange chicken, which is like Chinese American food, which is good in its own way but it’s not Chinese food.
Today, we BARTed to San Francisco and got tea lattes at Coffee Bean, cos of course, why wouldn’t I?! Then we rode the trolley which dude, it’s gone up in price: $5 one way now. I dunno though, it’s darned worth it for a visitor, I think. Okay, I live in the Bay Area, I’ve been on it multiple times, and I still enjoyed myself immensely. :) Then we walked to Pier 39 and had some clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl — not bad, not awesome, darned filling. Then we shopped for souvenirs and looked at the sea lions. Then we rode the bus to the Ferry Building (Pier 2 area) and walked all over, stopping at like every shop, bought some cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, ate some gelato. Then we get out of the Ferry Building and there’s stalls outside! So we walk all around them. Then finally back to Berkeley in time to get ready for dinner at Chez Panisse, always excellent. Aaaaaand by the way, all the shopping and dinner was my family’s treat. YESSSSSS! I mean, thanks guys. Oh and the weather was basically perfect all day. And we played a few rounds of a variation of Sevens called Jielong or as K and Pol like to call it, Jello. Actually I don’t know who made up the “Jello” name, but I first heard it from K and Pol, and now we all call it Jello if we’re not talking to the parents. And now I should get ready for bed cos we are going to walk around Berkeley tomorrow (well today now) and go to the farmers’ market, which knowing Leaf, means going up and down the block a whole bunch of times. Or at least definitely more than once. :)