Started out the day lazily–coffee and conversation. It’s very chilly here. It was completely foggy until around 1:00 in the afternoon with temps in the 50’s.
We drove into the city around that time to go to the Richard Avedon show at the SFMOMA.
The building is quite impressive as you walk to it through Yerba Buena Park. I thoroughly enjoyed the extensive show of powerful portraits through his career, displayed very purely. Lots of people were there to see it. I also walked through the Georgia O’Keeffe and Robert Frank rooms but was already on art overload so that was just a perfunctory walk-through.
After, we sat in the sidewalk cafe, having some coffee and doing some fantastic people watching. What a difference between the people in Tallahassee and those in SF!
Next stop–the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. We had to hurry because “last entry” there is at 4:30. The room where they usually have the full on flower display was dedicated to edible plants–like bananas, coffee, pineapples–no big thrill. But the other rooms were chock full of gorgeousness. I took a lot of photos. This bromeliad was especially pretty to me:
And the “bat flowers” were something I had never seen before:
It’s been fun watching Kathryn and Michael enjoy each others company.
Next we went to A16 for an early dinner. We were seated in the small, quiet, back room which was nice because we had it to ourselves for most of the meal. The food…
Well, I’d have to say “uneven”. I was most impressed with the zucchini salad, actually. Ribbons of fresh zucchini, marinated in a light dressins, served with pecorino and mint made a refreshing combination. We all shared everything. The cod, scallops and mussels in a tomato based “acqua pazza” were very good. The pastas were just fine. Nothing really knocked my socks off except the side order of canellini beans with abundant garlic, which came with the seafood dish. We drank a very delicious Cannonau (?) from Sardegna. We shared three desserts–I loved the bitter almond semifreddo with a cornmeal cake–it reminded me of something Gina De Palma would make. The other two were again, we all agreed, just so so.
Came back here, stuffed to the proverbial gills, talked and went to bed.


San Francisco — 2 Comments

  1. I love your flower photos!
    I would LOVE some of that fog! Really hot here in SoCal – fog would be a definite improvement.