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Old 10-04-2013, 09:41 AM   #151
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A+ for food porn girl. I love me some dumplings as well and those egg custard tarts look deadly.
And now I'm replying on my thread to you- it's all Jenny, Jenny, Jenny today....

All was delicious, and I have to say thanks for noticing the pretty pics- the new and better camera (That was unfortunately wigging out half the time and wouldn't let me use flash when I wanted to) takes much, much clearer pics than my old one. VERY happy with the camera (except for that flas problem, which I have not had since CA, go figure!).


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Loving your trip report!

I live in central California and go to San Francisco at least 6 times a year and I had never heard about The Musee Mecanique or Yank Sing's dim sum lunch.

I'm adding both of them to my to do list! Which seems to be a never ending list. There's just too many great little surprises in that city.

I don't know if you're still in the city, but some of my favorite random bay area things are:
- Seward Street Slides (more info on yelp, super random, mostly just a fun excuse to explore the Castro)
- Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda (really weird location for a winery, but amazing view of the city from across the bay)
- All the little restaurants on Belden Place (It's a tiny alley off of Bush St between Kearny and Montgomery with at least 5 different, all delicious restaurants. At night with all the lights it looks like a scene out of a movie. Great food and a fabulous hidden away atmosphere. )
Thank you!! And no, I am unfortunately NOT still there, but I will be back someday- so glad I could come up with some stuff you haven't done! You will absolutely LOVE Yank Sing- INSANELY delicious....

And...THE SLIDES!!!!!! I had them on my list, but we never made it- I just KNEW they looked like fun! I mentioned them MONTHS ago to the tour guide we used, and he was not familiar with them, but said he would figure it out- but I believe he forgot, and I did not speak up about it during the tour because we were doing other things. But now, reading your comment, I am so bummed we didn't go!! I thought me boys would have loved it- oh well. I think we saw so much else with him (Holgar), and I could not figure out how to get there on my own, so we didn't. I will make note of the winery and restaurants for another time- when my hubby and I come back (which I know we will, because that city even impressed Pods, it is just so stunning! Lucky you, 6x a year!


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OMG! You ate at one of my favorite places EVER!!!! Didn't you just love it!!!?????

Totally, yes- we did just love it!

Ugh - now that I can't eat stupid gluten, I suppose I will never eat there again. GAH!!!!

Do they use wheat flour? Aren't the dumplings all made with rice flour? Couldn't you bring non-gluten soy sauce with you?

Still hoping to do the Cali trip next summer, but I am looking at furlough (I work for the lovely federal government) starting next week, so we'll see what effect that has!
That really STINKS- I hope you are not on un-planned vacation for too long.
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Old 10-04-2013, 01:35 PM   #152
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Wow! That is some SERIOUS food! LOVE all the photos and I made a note of the place, so when we finally make it to California we can pay it a visit.
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Old 10-04-2013, 10:34 PM   #153
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I'm lovin' your TR so far and it's only the beginning! I can't wait to read what's to come. So happy you enjoyed Yank Sing! It is definitely pricey, but now you are officially a dim sum snob. Some of their dishes are pretty hard to beat. I'm still not sure how they get that soup in those Shanghai dumplings. I also love how adventurous your boys are when it comes to trying new foods. You've taught them well.
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:55 PM   #154
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I want to tell you how reading this update went. Here are my responses.


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Stuffed Mushrooms-



Hello.

On the left, Stuffed Crab Claws Light and fluffy crab and shrimp mousse croquette encasing a whole snow crab claw, deep-fried until golden brown. On the right, spring rolls, cut in half-



Hello.

We got more of those crab claws, the boys LOVED them. Next- Shanghai Dumpling A Yank Sing signature dish of minced Kurobuta Pork, scallion and ginger wrapped and steamed in its own aromatic broth.

ummm, hello.



I think those were my favorite- I love soup dumplings. These were shrimp dumplings, they had bamboo shoots and waterchestnuts in them, I think-

Hello and hello my beloved water chestnuts.



We had a lot of seafood, go figure! This was walnut shrimp- I am salivating remembering those walnuts and perfectly cooked, sweet shrimp-

Hello. And hello scrumptious walnuts - glad you could make it!




Bacon wrapped shrimp- we got another order of this one as well, T&T are BIG bacon fans-


HELLO.


MORE shrimp! This one was Phoenix Tailed Shrimp Whole plump shrimp, with a shrimp mousse croquette encasing, lightly battered and deep-fried until golden brown; served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce.

More? Hello.


When we went in, the kids were pretty confused about what was going on- they knew we were going in for Chinese, but that they would NOT be having any chicken and broccoli today, so they were a bit leary. After the first plate, they were SOLD! Dim Sum had touched their hearts for sure!

Hello Ellen's boys. You won the parent lottery, do you know? LUCKY YOU GUYS.



Pork Sui Mye Hand-chopped shrimp and pork filling, hand-wrapped in fresh pasta skin and hand-formed into a fluted 'basket.'

Hello.



And the last one- no idea at this point, but it was great like the rest, I am sure! I think it was vegetarian.

Who cares what it is? Hello.



Well, my dinner is pretty much going to suck now. I'll think I'll have rum for dinner instead.

Gorgeous shots, Ellen.

Oh boy, I would love to just pop in there. I have dim sum in walking distance. I should just go count my change.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:04 PM   #155
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That all looks so heavenly! I love asian food, and especially some dumplings! Thank goodness we have a little chinese place in town that makes homemade dumplings!
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:47 PM   #156
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Yum! Love Dim Sum. I have not had it in a while, NY Chinatown is so small and so crowded.
That meal looked delicious.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:30 AM   #157
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Oh my, I think I gained 5 pounds just looking at your dim sum pics! Seriously, though, that redwood forest is absolutely breathtaking! Can't wait to see and read more.

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Old 10-07-2013, 09:34 AM   #158
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Loving your TR-as usual!! We are trying to decide between a West Coast trip and Hawaii for summer of 2015. I love reading about your adventures and getting ideas for some of our own!
Thanks for sharing!
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:37 PM   #159
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Fabulous photos (as usual!!)-- love the moody Golden Gate bridge shot.

But OMG, the dim sum! I adore that stuff. Suddenly my leftovers aren't looking so appealing for dinner tonight!
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:34 AM   #160
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Talking **** UMMMMM DuDE........UM.....WELLlllllll......

....I've got '1700 more hours' ta go
before I leave for the Rose Bowl & my SO CAL Adventure.......



I am living vicariously thru ya and ......


well..........


YA LEFT US HANGING!!!!!




Um.......we ALL MISS YA & Hope ya crank dis here bugger back up.

Hmmmmm.....have u been MONKEE KISSIN' AGAIN??? IS THAT THE REASON 4 THE DELAY??


Details!! We wanna details!!




P.S. I am now at a 72 pound weight loss!! Details on my ongoing weight loss journey can be found on my SAN FRAN, ROSE BOWL trip report listed below in my signature. (starting on posting #68 forward).


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Old 10-22-2013, 11:49 PM   #161
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....I've got '1700 more hours' ta go
before I leave for the Rose Bowl & my SO CAL Adventure.......


I thought it said 17hrs I was gonna be all have fun lol


Um.......we ALL MISS YA & Hope ya crank dis here bugger back up.

Hmmmmm.....have u been MONKEE KISSIN' AGAIN??? IS THAT THE REASON 4 THE DELAY??

well she was just in St Thomas.... whos knows LOL


P.S. I am now at a 72 pound weight loss!! Details on my ongoing weight loss journey can be found on my SAN FRAN, ROSE BOWL trip report listed below in my signature. (starting on posting #68 forward).
that is AWESOME congrats..... I need to get my rearS (ya plural LOL) in gear and get back to the gym... maybe Monday LMAO
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:56 AM   #162
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That is (almost) exactly right! I was in St John in the USVI for a week with Pods and 5 other couples- our friends Janie & Kevin were renewing their vows after 25 years of wedded bliss. They rented a HUGE villa and invited us to come- it was wonderful! We are so lucky to have such generous friends! Since coming back I have been busy playing with the photos I took at the wedding, and working on my travel Agent endeavor- not to mention doing the usual volunteer stuff....well, anyway, I promise I haven't deserted you, I just have had too much other stuff happening this month!!

I'll be back in a few with an update and replies.....

Thanks for being so patient and hangin' in!
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:49 AM   #163
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After that AMAZING lunch was over, I called Holgar at Silver Lion Tours- http://www.silverlionservice.com/. I had read VERY VERY good reviews on both TA and Yelp, and had booked him probably 6 months prior to our tour. He was very flexible on the time, and very flexible on what we would do. I had mentioned ahead of time what I had planned on our other days in SF so as not to overlap and see things twice. The BIG reason I wanted to book this tour was I wanted to cover alot of ground in a 4 hour time slot- and Holgar turned out to be the perfect choice! So....based on our lunch location, Holgar suggested we walk down to the Ferry Building where he would soon pick us up to start our afternoon. On our walk......



We took a seat and waited-



And once Holgar had made it through the traffic, we were on our way! We started by taking a trip over the nearly-completed Bay Bridge, for a quick visit to Treasure Island-



Some nice views from over there of the city-





Hi Honey!



You can see from this quick vid just how CRAZY windy it was there-
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Back over the bridge, this time on the upper level (East bound you go lower level, Westbound you go upper).



Next, we went in search of some SF hills, and Lombard Street. This was one of many times hiring Holgar paid off- we were in a minivan, so had access to all areas of the city (larger tours are prohibited from driving in many areas of SF). And not only that, but Holgar made the MOST of EVERY hill in that car- he whipped that minivan around like it was a mini-cooper!



Looking down to Alcatraz and the Wharf-



Like riding a rollercoaster- complete with San Fran themed music for the full effect, lol!



click to play (Lombard St)








He did time this really well- if you are doing it on your own, I suggest doing what he did, which is make a right onto the top of the curvy part of Lombard. After we had driven down, he dropped us at the top so we could walk down, then he met us at the bottom.











Next up was the Cable Car Museum, which is a free attraction in the city. This is where all the cables meet to pull all the cable cars up hill in SF- when the trolleys go downhill, as Holgar explained, it is all gravity and brakes.



OOPS! I need to upload pics! I thought I had the whole day on there already- ok, back in a few....

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Ok! The cable car museum-











On our way out, I asked the boys to sit in this car for a pic. As I was getting ready to take their photo, this lady sat down with them. Oooo-kaaaaayyyyyy......





Our next stop was Chinatown, but on the way, please meet the Tour Monkey-

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Once again, we were dropped off to explore, and were met up with at the end of the area.



What the heck is THIS thing?







There is alot to see in Chinatown, being that it is the largest chinatown in the US, but more in-depth activity here will have to wait for another trip- my boys just aren't into it (FYI- there are walking tours which are also foodie tours, and I think I would love to do that with Pods sometime).

Our next stop- Coit Tower. Thank GOD we were dropped off on the top, NOT at the bottom, while the Tour Monkey went looking for a place to park-



Yes, that's a statue of Christopher Columbus. Why? Just 'cuz it's San Francisco and why not. The Coit Tower was built in 1933 at the top of Telegraph Hill with money bequethed to the city by Lillie Coit, a wealthy socialite who had a lifelong affinity for the fire dept. The tower is often said to resemble a firehose, it is also often said it does not. Why? Because this is San Francisco, and that's how it goes, we were told.



The GG Bridge in the distance-



Inside are murals which were commissioned by the New Deal.







After we decided NOT to wait in line for an hour to go to the top, we went back outside to enjoy the gorgeous views from terra firma instead.



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Holgar took our photos...









And we scoped out the tower a bit more-





Then it was time to hit the steps- Holgar told us where to walk, and said he'd be waiting for us at the bottom (with snacks and drinks, which he had been offering us all day). These were the Filbert Steps, and WOW were we glad we were only walking down them and not also walking up! Along the steps are many homes, some of which are only accessible by these steps, as well as beautiful gardens, which are maintained by the people who live in these homes. It was VERY cool!





Ok, I know these aren't steps, but this is just the beginning....



In-between the buildings of course there is a gorgeous view....





All of the homes were architecturally interesting-













So cool, right? A couple of times I passed people who were coming up with groceries- I did NOT admire ANY of them no matter how cool this place was!



Yea, that's right- it's a street sign in a garden on some steps. In case your lost. Or walking alone because you take too many pictures and your family is MEN who DON'T and have left you in the dust.





And then...more steps!



Can you believe this stuff is in the middle of a CITY????



I have read there are feral parrots here, too. San Francisco is a trip, man!



LOVE this tree-





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