Friday, January 27, 2012

Food Friday: Golden Goodies

Golden Gate Bakery 1029 Grant Ave

One of my absolute favorite things to do is spend an afternoon exploring the diverse culture and food in a neighborhood in the city. The boy and I have recently decided that we will pick one neighborhood a week to walk around and play tourists in. Then, at the end of the day, we'll dine at a restaurant the neighborhood is known for. Not bad, right? This past Saturday, we were in the mood for dim sum, so we hopped on the 30 and made our way into Chinatown. And boy, did we pick a good weekend to go.

Chinatown was more crowded than usual due to Chinese New Year, so the streets were alive with fresh produce and plenty of people. Aside from that, the city was filled with delight and spirit in anticipation of Sunday's 49er's game. It was a sea of red and gold in the streets, buses rode around reminding pedestrians of the city's best, and street artists painted beautiful murals all around. As it turns out, however, our dim sum plans were a bust. If you're ever walking around Chinatown, don't be fooled into the $5.99 all-you-can-eat-dim-sum spot. It is NOT the business, if you know what I mean. Leave it to us to walk into the worst dim sum spot in town. Yikes. Luckily, the day was made better when I finally got a taste of the golden goodies at Golden Gate Bakery. Warm, flakey crust with a soft, melt-in-your-mouth, buttery filling, Golden Gate Bakery is THE spot for egg tart custards. At $1.25 a pop or $15 a dozen, you can bet that the wait to get a taste of these pastries is going to be a while, especially when the owners are often on vacation and the bakery is seldom open. If you do go, be sure your pockets are filled with some cash monies, because this place doesn't take plastic.

Oopsie - I forgot to add that I'm making my way down to LA next week! I will be there from Thurs to Mon and would love, love to meet up with my beautiful Los Angelenos! Feel free to email me or comment below if you will be in town. I'll also be at the PoshMark party on Thurs evening, so that will be a great way to meet up and have fun!

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Anonymous plumsintheicebox said...

looks delish!!! also, the pictures here are gorgeous....totally pinnable!

January 27, 2012 at 5:15 AM  
Anonymous Arden said...

This looks amazing, and the food looks so delicious! xx

January 27, 2012 at 6:17 AM  
Anonymous Britt+Whit said...

i love this! so fun! i love seeing amazing shots of San Francisco! 


love from San Francisco,


January 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Bethany said...

Awesome photos!

January 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Estherina's World said...

Gorgeous pictures! You're making me miss San Francisco so much! I'm now following you  on Bloglovin'! :)

Step into Estherina's World

January 27, 2012 at 7:06 PM  
Anonymous simplychic08 said...

great pictures!!! i love chinatown. last time i was there i ate r&g lounge. YUM! 

January 27, 2012 at 10:27 PM  
Anonymous andrea said...

such lovely photographs, your blog is just lovellyyyyy by the ways, i will be visiting it again hehe :)

January 28, 2012 at 5:01 AM  
Anonymous Eli said...

You know, Chinatown is one of the few places I really havent explored much and would love to! ps There is a dumpling place in the outer richmond called Shanghai Dumpling King that we go to all the time that is BOMB! I highly recommend.

January 28, 2012 at 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Cindy Aparbal said...

Its wonderful when you can find so much culture i few mins away from you!!! Great post

January 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Will have to check out this bakery next time I am in town. Love that you are exploring new parts of the city! Might go to the event, not sure yet!

January 29, 2012 at 2:25 PM  

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