Sunday, October 28, 2012

Star-Spangled Journey: A Taste of San Francisco

Food tripping in San Francisco with our all-around guides Tina and Eli Africa.


This chocolate and ice cream shop was the brainchild of Domingo Ghirardelli, an Italian who migrated to the United States during the Gold Rush. It has been serving the public since 1852.

Starting our day by choosing from among the many sinfully delicious treats at the Ghirardelli shop.

How to say Ghirardelli right.

Since it was too early in the day to have the earth-shattering The Earthquake (eight scoops of ice cream with eight toppings, bananas, whipped cream, almonds, chocolate chips and cherries), we decided to order the Mint Bliss Intense Dark Sundae and the Rocky Road Sundae.

Mint Bliss Intense Dark Sundae: a scoop each of mint chip ice cream and
chocolate ice cream with dark chocolate hot fudge, whipped cream and
Midnight Reverie 86% chocolate on top.

Rocky Road Sundae: triple scoops of rocky road, chocolate chip and chocolate ice cream with whipped cream, marshmallows, hot fudge, almonds, Ghirardelli Squares Milk Chocolate and a cherry on top.

Ghirardelli Squares  Milk Chocolate

Here's how they make their chocolate:

First, the outer shell of the bean is removed to reveal the nib which is then roasted.

Next, the nibs are melted into chocolate liquor through grinding and frictional heat using the three-tiered mills.

Then, the chocolate liquor is mixed with selected ingredients such as whole milk powder, vanilla, sugar and cocoa butter with the help of these huge granite rollers.

Finally, the chocolate is aerated and smoothened in what is called the process of conching.

Tartine Bakery and Cafe

This place is a favorite of Tina. She told me how people would line up just to have their croissant, cakes and other pastries.

On its menu, it says that Tartine uses organic stuff in making its pastries and other cafe offerings.

Art work on the walls of the bakery


While at the Fisherman's Wharf, we decided to have clam chowder in sourdough bread bowl.

The bread in Boudin comes in different shapes and sizes.

Souvenir items for sale at the shop

Hook and Cook

We were walking the long stretch of Pier 39. By the time we felt the need to have the midday grub, we looked around for a nice place to dine in. And at random, we chose Hook and Cook.

Bangkok Noodles and Thai BBQ

And lastly, we were shoeholics for a couple of hours at the Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW). When it was already lunch time, we headed to this Thai resto just across the store. It was packed and there was a long line. But it was worth the wait. 

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