San Francisco Part 2

Saturday was our biggest walking day of the trip, clocking in over 6 miles by foot and then also taking the trolly and cable cars. We started the morning out by hiking it to Little Skillet, a pop up food spot tucked away in a little ally in the China Basin district. They are known for their Chicken & Waffles and their Waffle Dog. Since we were there for breakfast, I got the Chicken & Waffles and hubby got the biscuits and gravy. Thinking about them makes my mouth water. The buttermilk-made-from-scratch-waffles are light and fluffy, with the chicken breaded lightly (no grease whatsoever) and topped with powdered sugar and hot sauce. Did I mention that Bon Appetit rated Little Skillet the best place in San Francisco for fried chicken? When no southern city is on the list, you know this shit is good.

After inhaling all those delicious calories we decided to walk to the Embarcadaro and up the waterfront.   We came upon an amazing, all organic out door market on the pier that was insane! So much great meat, produce, spices, herbs etc. There were probably 100 vendors all with the freshest ingredients. After seeing this we decided that if we were to ever relocate, San Francisco would be the place to do it. We browsed for a little bit before having lunch on the waterfront at Fog Harbor Fish House while overlooking the Sea Lions. They reminded me of big dogs and I was so tempted to go out there and pet them (not sure how well that would have gone over). Of course I had to get some oysters, and oysters I got. Baked with spinach, bacon and parmesan cheese. I seriously think I could have eaten 2 dozen of them. We also got steamed clams with roasted peppers, corn and chorizo butter (so good!) and Jan got the clam chowder in a bread bowl.

Today was the day I had been waiting for … it was ALCATRAZ day! I have wanted to go to Alcatraz ever since I saw “The Rock” like 15 years ago. I could not believe I was actually walking the grounds and prison where some of the most famous inmates had once lived. (Not to get into a history lesson here, but did you know that all the guards and staff lived on the island as well with their families? Children were raised on Alcatraz and even went to school there. So crazy). If you do one thing in San Francisco, make it this. We took a ferry over to the island and then after a very brief welcome by a tour guide, you are free to roam the prison/island at your own pace and then choose a ferry to get back on. You could stay on Alcatraz all day if you wanted to. There is even a free audio headphone tour that you can listen to (do it!) that tells all about the day to day lives of the prisoners, the 3 men that escaped and even when the prisoners took the guards hostage and the military had to come in (they point out where the grenades hit the floor during the stand off and the damage is still there). The audio tour was narrated by former inmates and guards from Alcatraz and it made it that much more real to hear them talk about this erie prison. A friend of mine had recommended taking the night tour but unfortunately they were sold out, and I even booked 3 weeks in advance. This tour definitely sells out fast. If we ever go back, I am definitely getting in on the night tour action.

After spending a few hours on the island and taking the ferry back, we decided to keep on trekking and hit up Tacolicious. We each loaded up on different tacos (my favorite was the House Made Chorizo and Potatoes), a tequila sampler and a classic margarita. You’ll notice in the picture below I am holding a menu, the front and back. Not for food, for tequila. Yes, their menu for tequila was that extensive. It felt so good sitting outside in the cool breeze (with no humidity) after walking so much. Even in sneakers, my feet were throbbing. We headed home relatively early since we had to be up early for our wine tour the next day! I still can’t believe this was only one day worth of activities. When we’re on vacation, we definitely like to fit in as much as possible. Last post of the trip coming soon 🙂

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