Shot from the Embarcadero, reached via 280, which now takes you onto King Street at the beginning of the waterfront roadway (Embarcadero). Very convenient. Slow going to make your way up the Embarcadero to Battery Street, though. Stop light after stop light. But scenic, with people in suits waiting at light-rail stops, pedestrians and joggers using the wide sidewalk by the water, a fire department on the water with fire-fighting ships docked in front, palm trees lining the meridian, piers with interesting stores and restaurants in them, small, grassy parks, the Exploritorium museum.
The Bay Bridge
Dinner at Piperade on Battery Street (which is near the foot of the amazing Telegraph Hill, in Levi Plaza):
Calamari in red pepper sauce. Fragrance of lemons, strong lemon flavor mixed with red (bell, not hot) pepper and tender calamari. Very good.
Braised seafood, fish and shellfish. Very tasty. Couldn’t eat it all — strategy: eat the shell fish, take the regular fish home in a box.
There’s always room for dessert though. Yogurt “cake” more like a custard. Sweet and tart. Apricots very intense, also sweet and tart and a smooth cream to balance the tartness. Excellent.
A beautiful chandelier made with wine bottles.
My only complaint was cost/value ratio. We paid as much as we did in Paris at L’Opera Garnier and that was with a TravelZoo voucher we had purchased.
I had a really nice time, but next time, I’ll pack a picnic and spread a blanket out on the Marina Green.