San Francisco Day 2 – The Evening

Because we were behind schedule, we didn’t get to eat at the vegan restaurant that we were considering for lunch called Seed and Salt. Instead we ate bars during our bike ride.

We headed back to our apartment to clean up and change. Miriam, the owner of the place where we were staying, told us a “trick” to getting free parking. We parked at Safeway and made a purchase (we got a bag of cookies) to get our parking ticket validated.

After changing clothes, wee set out to meet up with Rob and Chris in preparation of our business-related meeting with Jason. Initially we set out to the Moscone Convention Center but Rob later told us to meet at Holiday Inn at Fisherman’s Wharf. (Had we known that at the beginning, we could have just walked and saved ourselves $29 in parking fees. Oh, well.)

We all met up in the Holiday Inn lobby. We hadn’t seen Rob and Chris for quite a while. We met up with Jason and then walked down to Pier 39, the famous tourist trap. The streets are lined with shops filled with fun and interesting stuff. I had to take this picture for Lizzie.

Many Unique Hats. Click photo to view full size.
Many Unique Hats. Click photo to view full size.

Eventually Rob, Jason, and I sat down at Swiss Louis Italian & Seafood Restaurant. They ordered some drinks and we talked business for several hours. The time went well. Being able to meet in person was invaluable.

While we talked, the ladies wandered around Pier 39 looking at the many shops. Finally around 9 PM, we all met up. Jeri and I opted to go to a vegan restaurant for supper. (I had called to make sure that they were open late.) Rob and Chris decided to head home since they had a long drive ahead of them.

Here we are heading back to our car along the wharf. Notice Boudin Sourdough in the background on the right. They were making bread inside…just like at Disneyland.

Along Fisherman's Wharf. Click photo to view full size.
Along Fisherman’s Wharf. Click photo to view full size.

We pull out the GPS and head to the Herbivore Restaurant. When we finally arrive, we circle a bit looking for a parking space. In San Francisco, there is parallel parking everywhere. Not finding any place to park, we call the restaurant. They tell us about a paid parking lot not too far away. So we park there (for $11).

After perusing the menu, I initially planned to get a vegan cheese steak sandwich. However talking with the server, the quinoa “meatloaf” with mashed potatoes and gravy sounded good. I should have stuck with my first choice.

Jeri got the Phillo Dough Pie filled with spinach, tofu, cheese, mushrooms, onions, capers, artichoke hearts with roasted red pepper sauce and sauteed greens.

Jeri with the Phillo Dough Pie at Herbivore Restaurant. Click photo to view full size.
Jeri with the Phillo Dough Pie at Herbivore Restaurant. Click photo to view full size.

I got the Quinoa Cake with roasted red pepper sauce, mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy, sauteed greens and crostini.

Tim with Quinoa Cake at Herbivore Restaurant. Click photo to view full size.
Tim with Quinoa Cake at Herbivore Restaurant. Click photo to view full size.

Because they were closing at 10:30 PM, we didn’t have time to enjoy dessert there. We could have ordered something for take-out but that didn’t have the same appeal. Besides we already had chocolate/walnut cookies at home (from Safeway).

Finally we make it to the parking garage and walk back to our (still-chilly) place. By the time we are ready for bed, it is well past midnight.

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