A Trip to My Favorite City: San Fransisco
Guess who’s headed to San Francisco tomorrow…. me!!! I can’t wait. Jonathan and I are taking the dogs and headed up early in the morning. I love San Diego but I’m looking forward to getting away from here for a few days. Jonathan has family up there and my cousin lives there and I have tons of friends, so it’s always a good trip. Plus… I believe San Francisco has some of the best food. Ugh… can’t wait. I might break my no coffee commitment to enjoy just one cup of joe from Four Barrel coffee… love love love that place! But for sure sticking to the no-meat thing. It’s been going so well. I have something fun for you vegetarians out there that are looking to slim down a bit. After speaking with my super-fantastic-nutritionist friend Heather over at Conscious Nutrition, I’m going to try a 5 day lean out program… just for fun to see how it works. If all goes well, I’ll share we you all. Unfortunately it does include egg whites so for those you that don’t eat eggs… sorry. 🙁 Anyhow… we’ll see how it goes.
OK… it’s back to work for me but I’m going to leave you with some fun facts about my favorite city acquired from About.com… I hoping to be posting while in SF… can’t make any promises though… just know that I’ll be thinking about all you all!!! Much much much love!!!
– A city built on 43 hills will surely have steep, curving streets. Vermont Avenue between 22nd and 23rd is “crookedest,” and Filbert between Hyde and Leavenworth is steepest at 31.5 degrees, but my favorite is Lombard Street’s sexy curves.
– San Francisco outlawed burials in 1901, and the Presidio and Mission have the city’s only remaining cemeteries. The dead are in neighboring Colma, making it the world’s only incorporated city where the dead outnumber the living. Permanent residents of its 16 cemeteries include Wyatt Earp and Joe DiMaggio.
– San Francisco cable cars are the only moving National Historic Landmark, and 9.7 million people take a nine mile per hour ride on them each year. At the Cable Car Barn Museum, 500-horsepower electric motors turn the endless cable loops.
– San Francisco has 215 historic landmark buildings, ten historical districts and 14,000 Victorian homes. From Alamo Square, the city skyline is a modern contrast to Victorian “postcard row.”
– John C. Fremont named the San Francisco Bay’s entrance “Chrysopylae” (Golden Gate) because it resembled Istanbul’s Golden Horn. The Golden Gate Bridge, with 23 miles of ladders and 300,000 rivets in each tower, was the world’s longest span when it opened in 1937. Seventeen iron workers and 38 painters constantly fight rust and renew the international orange paint on its 1.7-mile span.
– The country’s first Chinese immigrants came to San Francisco in 1848. In an act typical of San Francisco’s mixing of cultures, the Japanese Hagiwara family invented “Chinese” fortune cookies at Golden Gate Park’s Tea Garden, and at Chinatown’s Ross Alley fortune cookie factory, a Rube Goldberg-like contraption turns them out by the dozens.