Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New Year's Day Walking 'Chocolate' Tour in San Francisco

The best way to do this is with a plan - not so much to follow it as to at least choose a direction.  I researched the best chocolate places in SF and then mapped out a nearly ten-mile walking loop to get to them.  Of course, doing it on New Year's Day meant that 75% of them were closed, but we had a great day anyway, checking out flavored olive oil, beignets, and Chinese food in lieu of chocolate.  We also did find the most amazing chocolate truffles - the one store that was open was also highly recommended by our neighbor, a chef.  They are ranked among the top four chocolatiers in the country, so our nibble of their chocolates was very worthwhile.

We started at the Ferry Building.  The first two, Dandelion chocolate and Recchuiti chocolate, were both closed.  Not a surprise! Next time...

True to the nature of our adventures, we found other spots of interest at the Ferry Building:  olive oil tasting and tiny cheesecakes (cheese quakes). The olive oil was interesting; the cheese cake forgettable.

Along Fisherman's Wharf, a stop so that everyone could taste a beignet

Quick visit to these historic video arcades.  Surprising lack of interest from our party...

Going to Ghirardelli is always festive; everyone got a bite of chocolate

This was our third closed location, about five and a half miles into the walk.  Looked good from the outside, but we will have to save it for another day.

Long walk back, with a huge hill, but finally we got to the top of the crooked part of Lombard street.  This is our photo before descending

At XOX Truffles, an amazing find of extraordinary chocolate
Outside the tiny storefront of this amazing truffle shop.

Another favorite - ice cream sandwiches.  Note Jeff and son in front, A and G in middle, and A and K in rear

Cool photo of open "books" as lights I'd never seen before.

Of course we had to 

Not a favorite for me, but definitely something others loved.  Mediocre and overpriced in my opinion, but fun to see everyone loving it so.  And after basically having just small samples all day, everyone was hungry.

A bit of backtracking to go to Stella's amazing Italian desserts on Columbus

And a cable car finish!  

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