Chris and I spent Friday and Saturday in San Francisco partly for the West Coast Green conference and party for grins and giggles. We arrived in town late morning on Friday, checked into our hotel and headed over to Fort Mason on foot where the West Coast Green conference was being held.
We met up with out friend, Chris, who was there as an exhibitor from Chris' old wastewater company in Oregon. I've been to prior West Coast Green conferences in Sacramento, but this is the first time there's ever been a free organic beer and wine tasting.
We made plans to meet friend Chris for dinner after the show closed for the evening and then headed off to do a little sight seeing until then. We spent some time at Pier 39 which is full of shops and restaurants....and sea lions.
I wish this was a scratch and sniff photo you could enjoy the sweet, sweet aroma of these chubby beasts.
At 7:00 pm we met back up with Chris and his co-worker (and ex co-worker of my Chris) for dinner. We took them back to Pier 39 since there were dozens of restaurants to choose from. We settled at a place called Neptune's Palace for some really good seafood. I picked a shrimp risotto while Chris got his beloved cioppino (fish stew) and then we all shared an oyster platter appetizer.
We stayed there chatting and eating until 10:00 pm topping off the evening with a shared tiramisu. Our cold and foggy Saturday morning started around 8:00 am with a quick jaunt around the corner to a little bakery we'd spied the day before and shared a ham and cheese croissant and a chocolate croissant.
After breakfast we headed over to Ghirardeli Square to walk around and of course check out the chocolate.
Ghirardeli Square is a beautiful brick multi-level building full of cute little shops and of course the chocolate shop.
Everybody got a pumpkin spice chocolate square when they entered the shop. The first one's always free....
Walking back we checked out some of the other piers and the boats that were on display there.
Before we left we had to stop and have lunch on Fishermen's Wharf. How can you visit S.F. and not have some chowder and sourdough?
We had a great time and are already thinking about coming back for a longer weekend and maybe spending some time over in Golden Gate Park where there's lots of museums and gardens to visit.