The Parker House San Francisco

by Joanne on March 6, 2012

We did get to San Francisco but not without incident.  Our first flight was delayed 1 1/2 hours. Our second flight was delayed 1 hour due to airplane lavatory failure (we’re kind of glad they fixed that before leaving for a 4 hour flight).  When we arrived at San Francisco, the airplane gate operator could not be found and we spent another 25 minutes locked in a plane that just kept getting hotter.  But we made it and enjoyed a nice meal of Thai cuisine our first night in the fog city. I was so hungry and tired, photos were out of the question but it was good and the neighborhood we were in, The Castro District, was …. well…. interesting. 

At approximately 5:25 am, there was a 4.0 earthquake.  We were in bed an just looked at each other. “What was that?”   “I thought it was you"  “It wasn’t me. Maybe it was a train.”  “It wasn’t a train, there was no other noise. It was probably someone trying to get in or out downstairs.”    Forgotten…until breakfast when the B&B manager asked if it woke us up.   We thought it was just too cool.  An earthquake!  That’s just SOOO San Francisco.  Open-mouthed smile

We did get some exercise in before breakfast.  We walked 2 miles to the  Golden Gate Park where I had originally intended to run.  Instead, we kept walking and exploring until we came to the old Kezar Stadium with a beautiful big track.  I did a couple of easy paced miles around before my hands were about to freeze off.  In total, with the walking, I got in 6.7 miles.  As for the rest of the week, I’m taking it easy. There’s a little hip and hamstring pain going on so a couple days rest then I may hop on a treadmill somewhere for some speed work.  Any long run is doubtful until we get home.

The Parker House.


We are staying at The Parker House 521 Church Street in San Francisco. 


It’s beautiful and the staff is never seen without a smile. They offer the best toiletries!


Terra Pure Organic and Natural.  It felt so good on my hair and body… I could have stayed in the tub all day. But there were places to go and more things to eat…

We made our way on the F Line to Fisherman’s Wharf


A little shopping…


The sea lions



A little bit of “We’re so happy to be here”…




Window shopping and smelling the sourdough bread baking at Boudin



Lunch at Alioto’s


Pinot Noir and sour dough bread


Field green salad with blue cheese crumbles


Seafood stew, warming and delicious


On to Ghirardelli for chocolate heaven


A FREE caramel chocolate just for walking into the store!


We didn’t leave empty handed. We bought a good stash of assorted chocolate and bars to satisfy our cravings for days…weeks to come.

We had a wonderful day at the Wharf. It was cool and windy which was a good excuse for me to buy a bamboo scarf.  Since the sun was shining and my sunglasses were in the Denali at Syracuse airport, there was my excuse to buy a new pair of Ray Bans.  As I said, what a great day at Fisherman’s Wharf.


Dinner at Jake’s on Market



The beet salad with goat’s milk cheese


A rolled sole stuffed with crab and shrimp on top of sautéed water spinach


What a day. What a city.

Tomorrow we leave for Fresno but probably not the direct route.  Stay tuned for more California travels.

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  • At 2012.03.06 04:52, Sophie @ Love Live & Learn said:

    This all looks like the most wonderful trip! I would have been so nervous after the earthquake, I’ve never felt one before. Your hotel sounds just lovely.

    I wouldn’t have been able to resist the sourdough bread, I love the smell of bread baking! I definitely wouldn’t have been able to resist all of that chocolate either!! Your meals look delicious, I particularly like the look of the rolled sole stuffed with crab and shrimp 🙂

    Enjoy your travels!

    • At 2012.03.06 10:06, Julie said:

      Such a nice and wonderful place! I wish I ever had the chance to get there. I’ve never been in SF yet. Although that earthquake must have been really scary, I can’t picture myself what would I do in a situation like that.

      • At 2012.03.06 12:09, Nancy Jean said:

        OHMIGOD, i have to try to remember not to look at your blog right before lunch! Oh, my stomach is growling something fierce. The food looks amazing, especially the bread @ Boudin and the rolled sole. Absolutely love the close-up photo of you & Ted – – you look so well & happy! What fun, you’ve “survived” an earthquake and I do so enjoy looking at the pics of the sea lions – they’re wonderful.
        Hope the rest of the trip is as wonderful as this first full day! Can’t wait for more pics

        • At 2012.03.06 14:12, Girlie said:

          Holy cow… that foood looks so amazing. You’ve convinced me! I am heading to San Fran as soon as possible. 🙂 Hahaha.

          • At 2012.03.07 15:16, Heather said:

            You both look so happy!!!!
            Can’t wait for more updates – the pictures are beautiful!

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