Last week we dined in San Francisco during SF Restaurant Week, when restaurants offer discounted, fixed-price meals. We rode the train to the City and walked along the Embarcadero, taking in views of the bay. San Francisco is getting ready for the Super Bowl and Chinese New Year.
Shown above, the San Francisco Embarcadero is named for the many piers used to embark on voyages when San Francisco was a port. The wooden piers require fire boats in case of fire. Most of the piers are gone, and the fire boat is still needed. Today the Embarcadero is a great promenade. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge stretches toward Yerba Buena Island.
We enjoyed a 3-course lunch at One Market, at the foot of Market Street and the Ferry Building. Great Caesar salad (whole, inner leaves of romaine with an undertone of anchovy in the dressing), seafood pasta and service for a wonderful price ($25/person), but the view through the picture windows was obscured by construction.
Shown below, the plaza outside is the site of the 2016 Super Bowl City, the center for Super Bowl festivities. A week and a half before the Super Bowl, construction workers are busy. btw, the Super Bowl will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, 45 miles south of San Francisco and the Super Bowl City. The Ferry Building, with the white tower through the trees, is normally the most prominent feature of the plaza, but the Super Bowl preparations overshadow it.
We caught a bus to Chinatown to buy fortune cookies. Parking on Stockton Street has been replaced by street vendors. This vendor is selling red envelopes. From wikipedia, “Red envelopes are gifts presented at social and family gatherings such as weddings or holidays such as Chinese New Year. The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits.” “During the Chinese New Year, mainly in Southern China, red envelopes are typically given by the married to the unmarried, most of whom are children.”
This vendor had a broad assortment of red envelopes, and business was brisk. Chinese New Year is in a week and a half. This year, the Super Bowl is on the same day as Chinese New Year’s Eve, an occasion for family to prepare for the new year by gathering and eating together.