Detail of a Margaret Kilgallen
We woke up early today to meet our next host. We are staying with another friend, Jacob, who lives in the Mission District. We had to meet him before work, so we hurried over. Jacob is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. After he left, we went and got breakfast sandwiches at a restaurant right down the street. Their apartment is street level, so when you open the door, you are right in the middle of it all. It is funny to think that I have to fly across the country to get to a big city when all they have to do is walk out the front door. It is like entering another world. After breakfast, we rode our bikes to the SFMOMA. This is my favorite art museum that I have been to. Today, the exhibits were nothing short of amazing. What was very exciting was a Robert Arneson exhibition. Arneson was a pioneer in making ceramics accepted in the fine art world. He made many self portraits that dealt with West Coast life and politics. Seeing some of his most famous works in person was a real treat! There was a room full of work from the Mission School Movement. It had work by Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen and Chris Johanson. These are three of my favorite artists and all originated in the Bay Area. It is cool to see that they place an emphasis on local artists. There was an exhibit on Buckmister Fuller and innovative architecture at the time. There were some really cool community projects included. I could have spent the entire day in the museum, but we had things to see. We were starving, so we headed to China Town. We wanted to get dim sum, so we looked up reviews on Derek's phone. We found a place on a side street that had everything written in Chinese. I get nervous when ordering as it is, so I rambled on and on and ended getting 12 pieces of dim sum for us. It turned out to be perfect because each piece was better than the next! It was amazing, but the best was pork and peanuts with vegetables. The perfect texture. I need more... We ate at the beginning of an alley which turned out to house the popular fortune cookie factory. We were notified of this when a huge walking tour passed us. They looked so funny, but like Derek said, it would be fun. Derek wanted to get a shirt in China Town since they are only $2, but they were so bad it wasn't even worth it. Next up, the MASH SF Transit Store. This is a bike shop I have been wanting to see for a while. When we got there though, it was closed. We could see inside and I am bummed because it looked great. Next time I guess. We rode to where else but Tartine! We had to get more. It is so cool to be able to ride a bike in a big city. It is so easy to get around and everything is much more exciting! We walked down Valencia St to go into some of the stores and who did we run into but Team Canada!!! We couldn't believe it. This was fate. We hung out with them for a little while and said our final good byes. It is a small world when you ride a bike across the country. Once Jacob got off of work, we set off to dinner. He took us to a Mexican restaurant with excellent tacos and Mexican Cokes. Perfect. After that, we went to BI-RITE CREAMERY for ice cream. Locally made ice cream is always the best. We had a great time talking and asking what it was like to live in SF full time. I can't imagine it, it is a whole different beast. We had a great time in San Francisco and tomorrow we are off to Yosemite! I wish we had more time, but there is always next time.