Years ago when I visited San Francisco’s famed Pier 39 I was greeted by barking sea lions, breezes ripe with the aroma of fish, and tourists waiting in line for hot loaves of sourdough.
Today, Pier 39 has transformed into an entertainment complex with a two-story merry-go-round, movie theaters and games. Of course, the boats are still there and the sea lions still bark in protest when they’re disturbed. Now reminiscent of a two-story arcade-style boardwalk enclosed on either side and blocked to views of the bay, Pier 39 has become a haven for tourists looking to buy San Francisco and Alcatraz tee shirts, oysters containing tiny pearls, and other boardwalk-y treats. Not exactly my gourmet cup of tea. But, when in Rome . . . .
Walking a breezy boardwalk to the sounds of laughing children makes everyone think of snacking. And I’m not talking organic, healthy snacking on carrots and hummus. I’m talking bring-back-the-summer-memories, fried in grease, truly bad for you snacking. And yes, it’s hard to resist that kind of temptation.
We indulged. My decadent splurge? A mini-bag filled with hot-from-the-oil donuts shaken with cinnamon and sugar at Trish’s Donuts. Delicious! My husband’s splurge? A banana and whipped cream crepe
from the Crepe Cafe.
Go ahead. Have some boardwalk fun!