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A Weekend With Saint Francis

Posted by vmsalama on February 12, 2012

I have a new love. His name is Francisco. I just returned from San Francisco a few days ago and was quite taken by the place – namely the weather. The sun was shining, the birds were a singin’. It was a lovely getaway overall. This, from a New Yorker who has, essentially, been trained from birth to assume her coast is superior. Did you know that the “Chinese” fortune cooking was invented in San Francisco – by a Japanese family?! I kid you not. The country’s first Chinese immigrants came to San Francisco in 1848. The Japanese Hagiwara family invented “Chinese” fortune cookies at Golden Gate Park’s Tea Garden, and at Chinatown’s Ross Alley fortune cookie factory, a funny looking contraption churned them out by the dozens. Who knew?! PS — San Francisco cable cars are the only moving National Historic Landmark.

Golden Gate

San Francisco's Golden Gate (Photo by Vivian Salama)


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