At the end of May, I spent a week with my family in San Francisco visiting my sister. She just moved out there earlier this year, and we decided this would be a great time to check out the west coast.
The trip started off with a wild twist that none of us was expecting. We rented a car and drove to Japantown in search of ramen because we hadn’t eaten for over six hours, and in our excitement for food, we foolishly left our backpacks in plain sight in the car. Upon returning to the car about an hour later, we found the window smashed in and our backpacks stolen. No more laptops, cameras, and I lost my wallet and passport.
Apparently, car break-ins are a rampant problem in SF. In fact, later that week, when my sister and I were walking to the Mission district, we saw a car that was freshly broken into. Moreover, during both of my visits with the San Francisco police department, I encountered multiple other groups whose cars were either broken into or entire cars were stolen.
It wasn’t the most ideal way to start a vacation, but I can safely say that after that, everything only got better.
We started off at Ramen Yamadaya. This was a great bowl of ramen. They use thinner noodles than the traditional ramen noodles, but it was just as delicious. The broth is rich and seasoned just right.
They let you choose from two different topping sets and four different broths. I chose to get the yamadaya topping, which includes more char siu pork, the pale gray slices on the bottom, than the kakuni pork, the orange pork on the top of my bowl. Personally, I prefer the char siu pork to the kakuni pork, but my dad and brother couldn’t stop raving about how good their kakuni pork was.
Later that day, after recovering from the whirlwind of phone calls cancelling cards and trips to the police station, we went to Liholiho Yacht Club. My sister was excited to bring us here, noting that she only got this reservation at the last minute because someone else dropped theirs. This was a cool Hawaiian-Californian place where the kitchen is openly accessible in the middle of the restaurant, so you can watch the chefs work while you dine.
First day of San Francisco: done. It may have started pretty poorly, but the great food and great company made up for it.
Note: these photos are all unedited.