A number of the sites in the neighborhoods of San Francisco I was visiting in 2016 were closed on Saturdays. Most of these, unsurprisingly, were downtown, in and around the Financial District. I knew I’d be heading back to full-time work shortly, after having taken about a year off. So for 3 days in a row in September, I checked out these weekday-only sites.
Francisco and I had breakfast at the Pier 39 outlet of Boudin Bakery. Boudin has been around since Gold Rush times and is famous for its sourdough bread. Breakfast was terrible (not unexpected for Pier 39 dining). I had sourdough French toast with cinnamon, sugar, whipper butter, and syrup served with season fruit. The French toast tasted reheated. I got a chocolate croissant because it really good in the case. With tax and tip, it cost $5 and it was lousy.
We got a taste of Fisherman’s Wharf along the Barbary Coast Trail. On Day 6, it’s full immersion. San Francisco locals scorn Fisherman’s Wharf as being a tourist trap to be shunned at any and all times. But San Franciscans have never done Fisherman’s Wharf Billy-style. My friend Francisco accompanied me, so he can vouch for the experience.
Hey, I made some money off of all this! But it wasn’t my blog that brought the money in. At least not at first anyway. It was my Instagram account. Jeff, founder and CEO of new travel website walkli.com, somehow stumbled across my Instagram account and liked what he saw. From my Instagram profile, Jeff linked to my blog and the liking continuing. Soon, Jeff was in touch with me, [Read more…]