Saturday is nearing to a close and so is our trip. I just returned our rental car, we had it for two days, and noticed that I logged 300+ miles! Driving to Cupertino then Oakland, back to San Francisco, then to Napa Valley and back to San Francisco will do that.
First of all, the Apple Company Store looked like what ALL Apple Retail Stores should look like! They had everything a typical Apple Retail Store has, including iPods, MacBooks, iMacs and accessories. The main difference between the Company Store and the Retail Store is that that store at 1 Infinite Loop (Apple Headquarters) has official Apple gear! And being the Apple freak that I am, I felt like a kid in a candy store – much like those kids in Willy Wonka. I was overwhelmed, or should I say, iOverwhelmed. By the time I reached the checkout, it felt like I had one of everything. I practically did get one of everything. My trip to the mothership was definitely worth it. I can’t wait for the next visit!Â
Our fine dining selection for San Francisco included a trip to the highly rated Michael Mina Restaurant. All I have to say is: interesting flavors. Oh, and I had my first taste of foie gras. Definitely an eye opener. I don’t have a picture, but, Wikipedia does have a description:
Foie gras (pronounced /fwÉ‘ËËˆgrÉ‘Ë/ in English; French for “fat liver”) is “the liver of aduck or a goose that has been specially fattened by gavage” (as defined by French law).
Foie gras is one of the most popular and well-known delicacies in French cuisineand its flavour is described as rich, buttery, and delicate, unlike that of a regular duck or goose liver. Foie gras can be sold whole, or prepared into mousse, parfait, or pÃ¢tÃ© (the lowest quality), and is typically served as an accompaniment to another food item, such as toast or steak.
The technique of gavage dates as far back as 2500 BCE, when the ancient Egyptians began keeping birds for food and deliberately fattened the birds through force-feeding. Today, France is by far the largest producer and consumer of foie gras, though it is produced and consumed worldwide, particularly in other European nations, the United States, and China.
Gavage-based foie gras production is controversial, due to the force feeding procedure, and the possible health consequences of an enlarged liver, and a number of countries and other jurisdictions have laws against force feeding or the sale of foie gras due to how it is traditionally produced….
It took three bus transfers, but we got there. On our way there we visited Golden Gate Park which included the Japanese Tea Garden and the de Young Art Museum, then we headed to the Legion of Honor. It’s a good thing we didn’t follow the original plan and walk from Golden Gate Park to the Legion of Honor because that would have been an unbearable trek!
The Golden Gate Bridge was interesting, to say the least. Talk about grid lock traffic! Because of a head on collision, all cars on the bridge were not moving. People even turned their engines off, came out of their cars and enjoyed the view. And the view was indeed awesome. The structure itself is incredible. Huge is an understatement. It was definitely worth the trouble finding our way there!Â