Day 1 of my mini San Fran visit was pretty much a Tuesday pow wow date with Nadia. And let me tell ya, if you want to cram 3 days worth of adventures in 1 day, a random weekday is the way to go. No crowds, no traffic, no lines! Huzzah!
Tuesday's randomness with Nadia, in a nutshell, looked like this the second I arrived that morning:
Girl with a Pearl Earring exhibit at the de Young Museum (getting cultured for free thanks to Nadia's membership pass!), lunch gastronomy adventures at the museum cafe, epic tea time at the Japanese Tea Garden (many cliche poses of zen-like meditation and owling commenced, as well as stalking down a very elusive duck), Matcha green tea hunt at Japantown (read digression below), Shabu Shabu mid-afternoon snack at Cafe Mum's (while fawning over the spoils of our green tea loot), quick sweater shopping through Union Square, fine sushi dining at Sushi Sho in Berkeley. Aaand capping the night off with a commanding panoramic view of SF's city lights from Kim + Wes' Berkeley home atop a rocky hill. Imagine falling asleep to that.
With that all said, if ya saw 2 girls zipping their way through SF, laughing and singing on a random April Tuesday afternoon, that was us. Or shamelessly filling up a grocery basket with Matcha green tea anything at the Nijiya Market while shouting out glees of joy, that was us, too. Had a Pocky salesman visiting from Japan round the corner to see what the commotion was all about, only to find a couple of gals taking apart the whole green tea display! Which led him to get all kinds of quizzical, asking questions of why we love green tea. For health benefits? Taste? Color? All of the above, d'uh!
"But ... you know ... Matcha green tea ... has bitter taste."
"Yah we know! And we love it! Thanks for the warning!"
Never seen anyone walk away with such dumbfounded surprise, shaking his head in an approving manner while repeatedly saying, in the most Japanese fashion, mind you, "OHH! ... OHHHH! ... OHHHHHHH!"
Should've taken a picture of the salesman-dude's reaction in hindsight. Hah! Muchas gracias, Nadia, for taking such good care of me with thoughtful big sister hospitality. You know I like you when I'm willing to share a box or 2 of my Matcha green tea Pocky finds. Gnah! ;-) Miss the candid sister talks, the rambunctious laughs, the comical random adventures. Love ya!
besos ... jin.