I cannot say that by dinnertime I had worked up an appetite again, however I have discovered that when I am on a guided vacation with Trafalgar Tours it is essential for me to make room in my stomach for all of the meals, because each one always leaves me saying, “That was the best meal I have ever had.” From our hotel we took a cable car into Chinatown, which is the largest outside of Asia and one of the most popular tourist attractions in San Francisco. The history is incredibly fascinating, but the food is definitely the main attraction.
Every guided vacation includes at least one “hidden treasure” along the way. J.P. Smith, our incredible Travel Director, had two planned for us: one in Chinatown and the other somewhere in Napa Valley. Our first hidden gem was a quick stop at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookies Company. Open since 1962, they have been supplying fortune cookies locally, as well as worldwide, and specialize in making custom-made and adult-style fortunes. As you walk down Ross Alley, you may just pass the factory if you are not carefully looking for it, however most likely the delicious aroma of the freshly made cookies will draw you in. From the entrance you can see fortune cookies being made right in front of you.
Our candlelit six-course dinner was presented on fine china and I felt as though I was an Empress every time I was served.
San Francisco is a city that deserves more than a couple of days to really see and experience it. Unfortunately for us, our time with the City by the Bay had come to a quick end, although fortunately for us we would now be traveling to Napa Valley.