It’s our first visit of Chinatown in San Francisco, 2 years Anniversary of the Pandemic. Wife and Son were excited. They’d been giving me hints the night before and that morning. I wasn’t as interested, but it is our Family Day.
Family Day isn’t just about me. It is about us.
Many restaurants have closed in San Francisco because of COVID. We don’t know which restaurants are still open. It was a gamble. Possible waste of time and Lyft ride money. But adventure is adventure, and we decided to enjoy whatever’s left of Chinatown and make the most of it.
Normally, Chinatown is busy on weekends. That has remarkably changed.
One can take as many pictures in the middle of the street as they want. Few Tourists. Nice that it wasn’t crowded, but bad for business and economic recovery.
Unusually empty for one of the most romantic, freest cities in the World. It’s setting to so many movies like recent Blockbuster Marvel’s Shang-Chi. Songs were made that make us fall in love with the city long before we saw it in person. Now, it’s needs us back. The City needs to love itself again.
The exciting, vibrant Energy of Chinatown is gone. Signs of fear from the Omicron the rest are treating as “mild” are evident. I didn’t say much of my observation. Just want the two to have a great day. They are there to have fun, and fun they will have.
Our favorite, Far Eastern Bakery for the best tasting Lotus Flower Seed Mooncake with Egg Yolk and Coconut Bun in the World has a table by the door entrance to stop customers from going in. Order is from outside. Take outs only. No special treatment. Guy in the front was very nice and helpful. Our order came out newly baked hot.
The Moon Cake cost $7, so three of us just shared it. OMG, it just melted inside my mouth. Every bite was a delicious experience.
We bought a dozen Coconut Bun, each cost $1.50. They were also hot when we ate some. The delightful creamy coconut filling was just the right sweetness and flavor that blended perfectly with the soft delicious bun.
Far Eastern Bakery gave us the right reasons to go back to Chinatown again because no other place makes their incredible food.
A woman passed by eating her Matcha Soft Ice Cream. Wife asked if it’s good. She said, “very.” So, before leaving Chinatown we all got our Matcha Soft Ice Cream. Wife got Matcha-Vanilla mix, I got the Red Bean-Matcha mix, Son got the Sundae Matcha with Bobba and jelly.
We visited several stores. Son got two Anime Funkos Figures.
Wife got two beautiful rings that looked so real. She kept saying she wanted to buy Chinatown jewelry and she did. Only cost $10, but she smiled happily like they were made of gold and diamonds.
Dinner was at Beach Chalet, Ocean Beach overlooking an amazing post Sunset skyline. The sky looked like it was on fire. Never seen it like that before in San Francisco.
Our first 2 years COVID Pandemic Anniversary and we celebrated it with made us overcome its madness, each other and doing what we love.
It was victory but it’s not the end of the many invincible battles yet to be won.
We can not exactly recreate what was lost the past 2 years, but we can begin to create the version of the now and the future however we want it.
That’s Power, Hope, Faith and Resilience. And they are enough inspiration to live again and rediscover what’s out there.