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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Notes From The City - St. Patrick's Day


Here is a picture tour of our St Patrick's day wanderings in San Francisco

We started out with a full Irish Breakfast at 9:30 in the morning, at a pub called O'Reillys in the North Beach (largely Italian) section of the city, accompanied by black and tans. (Guiness beer for the black, and a pale ale for the tan). And it was already crowded with people drinking when we got there.
This is coit tower which we viewed here from Washington Square Park. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day. Coit tower was built in 1933. It was funded primarily by Lillie Hitchcock Coit who left a third of her fortune to have something built to beautify the city that she loved. She also love firefighters and firefighting. She eventually became an honorary member, after supporting them for years. The tower resembles a firehose nozzle, and is one of the most recognizeable landmarks in the city.

Green lanterns at O'Reillys pub.

Well, it's not orange juice!
Passed by Ghirardelli Square down by Fisherman's Wharf. Yes you can buy the chocolate everywhere, but it's not the same!


We were a bit drowsy after that big breakfast and beer so we found ourselves down by the Wharf at The Buena Vista for coffee. Oh c'mon, it was St. paddy's Day. We all had Irish Coffees. Picture down below.

This is the place where Irish Coffee originated in the States. In 1952, Jack Koeppler, then-owner of the Buena Vista, challenged international travel writer Stanton Delaplane to help re-create a highly touted "Irish Coffee" served at the Shannon Airport in Ireland. ( Oddly enough, it was said to have been created for some American travelers in the 40's who ended up in Ireland at the airport on a particularly cold and dreary night, and the bartender added some whiskey to their coffee to help warm them up. When they asked what it was he came up with the name Irish Coffee on the spot.)  Anyway, Stan Accepted Jack’s invitation, and the pair began to experiment. They eventually came up with a recipe - of coffee, Irish Whiskey, sugar, and cream. The cream was what tripped them up for awhile because it wouldn't float like the Irish version. They figured out if they aged the cream for a period of time it would work. Of course, it goes to the breed of cow and how rich their milk is, but we won't get into that here.

Here's the Irish Coffee. Oh. So. Good.


We passed a lot of Irish pubs on our wanderings,
as well as the Cannery, which was once the largest peach cannery in the world. Now it holds restaurants, shops, and clubs.

View of the Golden Gate Bridge and sailboats in the Bay
Birds eye view of the Buena Vista. They've served something like 30 million Irish Coffees. Upside - a classic, and part of SF history. Downside - very crowded and touristy.

Real cable cars...as opposed to the fake ones that are really just buses that you see in most movies.

More Irish pubs

We eventually ended up back at the pub we where we went for breakfast. We had to pick up our car and we were hot and tired from all that walking! Plus they closed off the street and had Irish music.

And everyone was quite festive looking. And it was quite a hot spot for people watching. And can I say how many good looking men there are in San Francisco. In skirts or pants...

We also passed a lot of Dungeness!

The end.

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