Fishermans Wharf and Pier 39

by - 9/13/2012

The second day we were there, Kevin and I went down to Fisherman's Wharf because I just absolutely had to eat at Scomas. Ever since I saw it on TV, I knew I needed to eat cioppino. In a sense, it is a lot like saimin in Hawaii. It was a meal born from different cultures sharing different foods together. Cioppino comes from the phrase "chip in," as the fishermen would all chip in a little something into the pot.

I knew that Fisherman's Wharf and the areas around it were going to be touristy, but I honestly didn't think it was going to be THAT touristy. Every shop was a tourist shop. There was nothing that really had any character or charm. 

Our main mode of transportation
There's nothing really remarkable about the decor of this restaurant. It's not fancy, it doesn't have a spectacular view. But it is extremely popular because the food is good! When we got there, we luckily did not have to wait (it was in the afternoon). We were served bread and breadsticks to start with, and of course I ordered the cioppino. I don't even know what Kevin ordered, I think it was a completely uninterseting sandwich. 

When my cioppino came, I did not expect it to be so big! The bowl was massive. I looked around the restaurant, and I noticed an old couple had ordered the same thing, but also got two bowls and shared it. If Kevin ate seafood, I would have suggested that. But I was on my own to tackle this beast! 

I confess I only made it about halfway. It was extremely delicious; I can't even describe how nice it was. There was such great flavor and seafood, I still dream about this cioppino. 

After lunch, we had to walk off all the calories, so we wandered over to the chocolate place and down by the water.

My favorite picture of the bridge
Some crazy lady swimming in the frigid water!
We made our way down to Pier 39. I heard there was a left handed store there, so I wanted to check it out (being left handed). 

Coit Tower in the distance

When we got to Pier 39, I decided that I didn't want to go there. It was full of people, and it just looked like more touristy shops and chain restaurants. I was completely uninterseted in that, and frankly, I was kind of disappointed. We went to look at the sea lions instead..

There were tons of platforms for the seals to lay around on, but there was only a small cluster of them in the middle. I heard that the sea lions have been leaving and not coming back, and I don't know where they have been going. It might be because of climate change or for some other reasons, but it was sad seeing the empty sea lion-less platforms.

Overall, the highlight of my day was eating at Scomas. There was, really, nothing all that exciting about the other things that we saw. Extremely touristy, not much character, tons of chains. 

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