Over the years, I've lived in and visited a lot of places, and it is hard not to get nostalgic about some of my favorites. So begins a series I am going to call "Five Things I miss about...", to give an outlet to my strolls down memory lane. This Friday evening, watching the Red Sox in Vermont, I am missing San Francisco, where I lived right after college. What do I miss the most about SF?
When I lived in San Francisco, Sundays went something like this: either get up, throw the surfboard in the back of the truck, and meet friends at Lindamar beach in Pacifica to attempt surfing (I never did get very good at all, but sure had fun trying); wake up, hang out with the roomies for a bit and go for a run in Golden Gate Park from our apartment in the Richmond down to Ocean Beach; or sleep late, wake up a bit rough around the edges from a fun night out and head to Perry's on Union Street for a big, hangover-helping brunch, complete with bloody marys. A little shopping around might follow, and then in the evening, my friend Minh had a great Sunday tradition of cooking a bunch of home-cooked Vietnamese (or other delicious) food for a small group of friends, and we'd follow his feasts by watching first-run Sex and the City episodes (this was round about Season 3 era). A better way to spend a Sunday I have never found. What I miss the very most about SF is my people there, and these memories include almost all of them, which make those Sundays in my mind extra sweet.
2) Moss Acupuncture
Jen Moss is a very gifted healer. Her Traditional Chinese Medicine practice is infused with her calm spirit and amazing style. Every time I have back pain, or a cold, or a bad mood, or anything just isn't quite right with me physically or mentally, I curse myself that I am 3000+ miles away from her needles. I would consider moving back to San Francisco for the sole purpose of being near to her healing services. If you are in the SF Bay Area and feeling at all out of whack, get yourself to Dr. Moss, stat.
3) Lululemon on Union Street
4) The Ferry Building Marketplace
Rancho Gordo beans, to Cowgirl Creamery cheeses, to truffle salt. The Imperial Tea Court sells an incredible Yunan Gold Tea that the husband loves, and one of my favorite afternoon-in-San-Francisco memories involves oysters and bubbly at the Hog Island Oyster Company. I would basically like to move into the Ferry Building and live there.
5) Sushi Ran
Best sushi outside of Japan. Period. And I have never been to Japan, but I am willing to wager that Sushi Ran could give many a Tokyo sushi spot a run for their money as well. Saketini + Ahi Poke = Heaven. Oh, Sushi Ran, I miss you so.
I can't wait to introduce the little guy to this wonderful city.
Cliche, I know, but I do believe I kind of left my heart there.