Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Asian-Pacific Heritage Street Fair and a Little Wine Tasting.

The street fair at Larkin Street between Grove and Ellis was part of the month-long celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Several street blocks of handicrafts to buy, jewelries to ogle, food and food trucks to sample, cooking demos, tai-chi demos, and other Asian martial art demos, several stage for performances, free health screening for hepatitis, wine tasting, etc, etc. It was the perfect end to our Asian immersion for the day with the Terracotta Warriors for appetizers and this street fair as dessert (yeah, if I could skip main course altogether, I would.)

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Let's go.

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Sampling of stalls.

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Loud and proud.

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Part of Tenderloin District - a high-crime neighborhood. It's not the place tourists see. It's getting cleaned up, I hope. 409 historic bldgs in 33 blocks!!!!

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Me want food.

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She's getting ready while I queue for my food.

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It was the last one on the list that I was lining up for.

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They were selling it.

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Nearby, I saw that I was too late for sugar cane juice.

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Asian musicians perform outside of Harrington Pub.

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A better look at the mural.

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Another mural.

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Jackie Chan's mural????

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Walked all the way to the end of the street fair and found a really cool Vietnamese sandwich store where we got a banh mi and two baguettes that were just coming out of the oven. We munched on the freshly baked french baguette - feeling European - while retracing our steps when I bumped into an ex-co-worker. We chatted a bit about life.

Too early to go home, our next target was to see the city hall. I haven't seen it in all the years I've lived here. But alas, it was closed on the weekends, sad.

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The Golden State Warriors (basketball team) flag was flying to acknowledge the achievements made by the team this season.

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One of these days, I'd take a day off and visit the city hall.

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Beautiful sunny day with blue skies and mid 60-degree temperature, what could be better?

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On the way to the parking lot (several blocks away) we saw kids from the Sikh community performing their ministry of serving meals one plate at a time. I told one of the boys what a fine job they're doing.

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One of the scenes we passed near UN Plaza. The TRUTH just grabbed me.

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Was standing on the curb waiting for the walk sign when a feeling of New Orleans overcame me and I snapped a photo because this reminded me of the Queen city of the South.

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No reason, just loved the mural that we passed by. Notice hubby carrying the still hot baguette like a jewel.

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Before leaving San Fran we thought we'd drive by Treasure Island to see if there is a weekend flea market.

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It used to be a naval station.

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No flea market that day, instead there was free wine tasting. It's fresh wine that we tasted. Donations are encouraged.

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The Bay Bridge - lesser known to sister Golden Gate Bridge.

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23 comments:

madretz said...

What I'd do for some of that asian bbq! Mouth watering!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a fabulous day you shared with us. I loved everything about it -- weather, food, people...a great street fair.

Ginnie said...

One of these days we want to visit San Fran, Maria. Astrid wants to spit off the Golden Gate Bridge. HA! But I wouldn't mind traipsing behind you on one of your grand adventures! :)

Steffi said...

Wonderful photos!And I agree with Ginnie´s comment!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, what a great day indeed!! And look at those blue, blue skies -- not a frequent sight for SF!! Terrific captures for the day!! Thanks for sharing the fun -- now when can we get some of that BBQ???? Have a lovely weekend!!

HansHB said...

Nice SWF post, well done!

mary kiss said...

I so like the t-shirt! In an event like this food is sooooo good!

Kim,USA

eileeninmd said...

Wow, what a fun day, so much going on there. I loved visiting San Francisco. Thanks for taking me along, I enjoyed all the photos.

Steve n Vickie said...

What a magnificent bridge. Happy swf.

Karen said...

Wow, what a great day out! Lovely series of shots! I could go for a glass of Fat Grape right now!

Al said...

That looks like a lot of fun. I can relate to this post - I drove across both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge just a couple of weeks ago. Also I do marshal arts (Aikido) and have a Korean wife!

Kusum Sanu said...

Street fairs are always fun!

Meghana Hassan said...

Looks like you had a wonderful day, lots to shop, eat and drink...Your pics are awesome...

Eki said...

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment on my first post in months. I do wish I'd be able to post more regulalrly now.

These photos bring back warm memories about some of the places in SF that visited some years ago.

Indrani said...

Interesting sights along the way.

ladyfi said...

Wonderful buildings and murals!

Pearl Maple said...

looks like a great day out with lots of things to see and experince and taste

JM said...

What a cool event! And what gorgeous entrance to the City Hall! Great shots.

Laura said...

looks so fun and festive!

don said...

A very impressive series that inform so well and are entertaining as well. Excellent.

Aleah said...

Love the Philippine flags! Hello Pinay indeed! I miss the banh mi. Vietnamese sandwiches are so good.

Hilda said...

I've so many things to say, the task of typing everything up is daunting. Let's just say that I loved everything about this post and of the street fair (and the terracotta warriors too). I'd love to see those 409 historic buildings when the neighborhood gets safer (and probably more expensive).

arabesque said...

i love the vibe here amidst the warning.
and the mural does look a bit like jackie chan /samo hung! ^0^
but the food,
ah, that's one thing i also looove! ^0^