Dearest San Francisco, you make me smile, become giddy with the thought of getting lost with my husband and camera documenting our adventure, finding hidden treasures and visiting good friends. Although I loveLOVElove Chico a piece of my heart lives in San Francisco. On a recent trip Milan and I made it a point to explore Chinatown. Our original plan was to stay a few hours there and then make our way to Japantown. We were so enthralled with Chinatown that 8+ hours went by and we never made it to Japantown.
Lunchtime. After walking a bit seeing what would be the best place to eat, we found this place, which was packed with people. We figured this was a good sign and went in. What you see in the photo below is Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce and was a big hit with Milan.
If anyone has any idea what the piece of paper says below I would love to know.
My goal when doing street photography is to not be seen and be discreet, however, these two caught me
After crossing the street to take a closer look at an interesting building and store, I look again to see a very small shop with a sign for tea. Milan is a huge tea fan so I waved him over and we went in. It was such a delight to look at all the different and exotic teas.
But the delight at looking at all the teas was soon topped by us sitting down at the bar to do a tea tasting. The man behind the counter is Kenny and Kenny transported us to what felt like another world. He told stories of his life, of tea, of having a shop in Chinatown, taking friends back to China to try dishes without telling them what is in it and scolding me for putting sugar in my tea. Kenny was bigger than life and before we knew it, 16 small cups of tea and 2 hours later we left with overwhelming happiness and the joy of accidental finds.