Saturday, September 12, 2009

San Francisco, Executions, and Creola

On a whim, we headed out to San Francisco for the day. We started off at Sophie's Crepes in Japantown. When we arrived at around 11:30, it had not yet opened. This was strange, so we poked around Kunokuniya, the Japanese bookstore nearby, for a bit. Eventually, the crepe place opened its doors about half an hour later, and we munched on some of their goods.

I then had a craving for some seafood cocktails, so off we went to Fisherman's Wharf. After having some crab and shrimp cocktail from one of the many seafood stands, we checked out Musée Mécanique, which was this odd museum of old school coin-op machines. It was here that I ran into an old high school friend who just happened to be visiting the area... crazy randomness, really.

Anyway, the museum was pretty strange. One thing I noticed in particular was that there were three different coin-op machines that showed off executions; two were British, and one was French. I was curious enough to pay a quarter to watch the French Execution. Let's just say that it was not worth it at all. Here's a picture of the three execution machines, and a video of the French execution. I mean, seriously, couldn't they have extended the show a bit?

After the very short execution, we hit up a bar called Ireland's 32, and it was nice. Since it was mid-afternoon, the place was a bit empty, but the bartender was good and it seemed like it would be a pretty happening place during prime time.

Of course, we could not miss out on some O'Keeffe's, which I posted about in the past. That was a good time, just like the last time. We shot some pool, played Liar's Dice with the bartender, and had a few drinks. Definitely a place to check out if you're ever in the area. Too bad we live nowhere near.

We then tried to get some Korean food over at the well-known and respected Brothers restaurant, but when we got there the wait was too much for us to handle. So, we opted to go to a place I had been in the past out in San Carlos called CreoLa. The food was as good as I had remembered. I felt that my dish could have used a few additional garnishes to make it more pleasing to the eye, but as far as taste goes, there was no complaint. One thing though was that the kitchen was a bit slow, but at least the service was good.

I'll stop here, but before I close this out, here are some pictures from dinner.

Fried Green Tomatoes with Gulf Shrimp

Crab Cake

Blackened Redfish with Dijon Mustard

Pork Tenderloin

Peanut Butter Mousse and Lite Chocolate Mousse on a Vanilla Wafer Crust

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