Tuesday, February 9, 2010

San Francisco, February 2010, Day 3

Mabel and I both had our last interviews on Thursday (2/4). She had to start earlier so I had a bit of time to kill in the morning. I remembered that the seat of my pants felt a bit funny walking uphill the previous day, so I checked my pants and sure enough there was a split in them.

Now, it wasn't a huge split, and it wasn't enough to show off my boxers, but there it was and it was likely to get larger. I was very disappointed with Mr. Ned. For a split second I thought I might get away without fixing it, but I figured I should do something about it. So I went off on a little walking tour of the Cole Valley.

I first started looking for a drugstore to buy a sewing kit, but the local CVS opened at 8 AM. So I googled drycleaners on my iPhone and found Art Cleaners.


It was run by a nice Korean couple, but more importantly they did tailoring in house. I sat in their changing room while they fixed my pants. I also got my suit pressed while I was there.

It's times like these when you realize how much you take for granted. When things don't go your way, you can always be glad that you don't have a split in your pants. Anyway, I was in a super good mood after that.

I still had time to relax so I picked up a cup of coffee at Tully's Coffee on the walk back to the hotel.


I don't remember ever seeing a Tully's coffee shop. They're a chain I think is associated with Green Mountain Coffee. The cup of coffee was decent.

So I had a great start to my day. I had no split in my pants, a freshly pressed suit, and I was all coffeed up.

For dinner, we met up with Ben and Azusa at Firefly.


It was very rainy. The restaurant is in the middle of a residential neighborhood without that many other restaurants around, and it is a very cute place.

I liked this little sculptural assemblage of bunnies and crownless people.


The food was well done. We all got their $35 3-course prix fixe and ordered brussels sprouts, dumplings, a blue cheese souffle, and pork terrine to start.


I am a fan of the blue cheese souffle.

Mabel and Azusa ordered scallops which I think were the best of the main dishes we got.


Ben's dessert was the best, but I forget what it was. All I remember is what it looked like:


And that it was really good. Just like the rest of the day.

Art Cleaners
1200 Cole St (btn Alma St and Rivoli St)
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 564-5300

Tully's Coffee
919 Cole St (btn Carl St and Parnassus Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 753-2287

Firefly
4288 24th St (btn Diamond and Douglass St)
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 821-7652

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