One of my absolute favorite things to do is spend an afternoon exploring the diverse culture and food in a neighborhood in the city. The boy and I have recently decided that we will pick one neighborhood a week to walk around and play tourists in. Then, at the end of the day, we’ll dine at a restaurant the neighborhood is known for. Not bad, right? This past Saturday, we were in the mood for dim sum, so we hopped on the 30 and made our way into Chinatown. And boy, did we pick a good weekend to go.
Chinatown was more crowded than usual due to Chinese New Year, so the streets were alive with fresh produce and plenty of people. Aside from that, the city was filled with delight and spirit in anticipation of Sunday’s 49er’s game. It was a sea of red and gold in the streets, buses rode around reminding pedestrians of the city’s best, and street artists painted beautiful murals all around. As it turns out, however, our dim sum plans were a bust. If you’re ever walking around Chinatown, don’t be fooled into the $5.99 all-you-can-eat-dim-sum spot. It is NOT the business, if you know what I mean. Leave it to us to walk into the worst dim sum spot in town. Yikes. Luckily, the day was made better when I finally got a taste of the golden goodies at Golden Gate Bakery. Warm, flakey crust with a soft, melt-in-your-mouth, buttery filling, Golden Gate Bakery is THE spot for egg tart custards. At $1.25 a pop or $15 a dozen, you can bet that the wait to get a taste of these pastries is going to be a while, especially when the owners are often on vacation and the bakery is seldom open. If you do go, be sure your pockets are filled with some cash monies, because this place doesn’t take plastic.
Oopsie – I forgot to add that I’m making my way down to LA next week! I will be there from Thurs to Mon and would love, love to meet up with my beautiful Los Angelenos! Feel free to email me or comment below if you will be in town. I’ll also be at the PoshMark party on Thurs evening, so that will be a great way to meet up and have fun!