one of my oldest and best friends from high school mrC came up to the city on Sunday from the south bay. I ask him where he wants to go for lunch, and since we happen to be in the Fisherman’s Wharf/Ghiradelli Square area, he says he wants Irish Coffee from:
Buena Vista Cafe
It’s been an San Francisco establishment since 1886, and is known for their Irish coffees which they began serving in 1952, sometimes up to 2,000 a day. Every single person in the cafe is drinking one!
| Fill glass with very hot water to pre-heat, then
| Pour hot coffee into hot glass until it is about
three-quarters full. Drop in two cocktail sugar
| Stir until the sugar is thoroughly
| Add full jigger of Irish Whiskey for proper
taste and body.
| Top with a collar of lightly whipped whipping
cream by pouring gently over a spoon.
|Enjoy it while piping hot.|
Okay..so, I’m the one that lives in SF, and I’ve neither heard of this place, nor had I ever heard of Irish coffees either. thanks mrC for introducing me.
by the way, we have a running joke where we call each other ‘tu bao zi’, loosely translated from Mandarin meaning country bumpkin. whenever we happen to chat about something that the other doesn’t know, we claim that we are ‘tu’ and don’t get out much. so far, i’m the ‘tu’ one..and apparently the tourist.
We end up sharing a table with a few older folks…such a fun time chatting it up with them! They were so friendly and it was as if we’d known them for years. I was thinking the whole time, I can only wish I have their energy when I’m their age! Even our server was a delight and full of personality. I have to say, the Irish Coffee was definitely something new for me. I’m not a big whiskey drinker, so it took a little getting used to the taste. After lunch, we bid farewell to our new friends, and head out…where to go now? what to do? somehow, mrC mentions ‘Billionaire’s Row’ in Pacific Heights.
me: what’s that?
mrC: you’ve never heard of it? it’s where people like Larry Ellison, the Gettys, etc have homes in San Francisco
me: oh. well, i don’t really ever have a reason to go to Pac Heights! There’re no restaurants or stores or anything which would bring me there.
mrC: let’s go check it out
(i know this is a food blog, but today, i digress!)
mrC drives us over. parks the car outside of this house. okay..it looks like its a nice house, contemporary for the neighborhood and almost modest in size in comparison to some of the ginormous homes. and so, our walking tour begins with Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s house:
across the street:
walking towards the end of the block and down the steps, we come to:
i’ve never walked around this area, and it was interesting to see how one of kind each home is…