Tuesday, November 16, 2010

11/16 Gratitude: The Embarcadero

The Embarcadero is the waterfront and roadway on the eastern part of San Francisco that spans from the Giants Stadium to Fisherman's Wharf.

Before the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the Embarcadero Freeway obstructed the bay views and that part of town was one of the more impoverished parts of the city. But the earthquake damaged the freeway so badly that it had to be torn down. A major blessing in disguise because the boulevard was reborn into a beautiful waterfont with amazing views of downtown San Francisco...

the Bay Bridge, Treasure Island and across the bay to Oakland.

A major destination on The Embarcadero is the Ferry Building. The Ferry Building opened in 1898 and survived the 1906 earthquake as well as the 1989 earthquake. It had fallen out of the limelight with the double decker freeway at its front door blocking the view of the grand terminal building, but with the demolition of the freeway, the Ferry Building became attractive again.

Now it's a foodie's dream. In 2003, it became an upscale gourmet marketplace with dozens of different food vendors to buy anything from artisan cheese to steamed pork buns. It's a great place to grab a bite to eat during your lunch break and shop for your next culinary adventures in your own kitchen. In 2004, my cousin worked nearby and several times when I would come up to to the city to have lunch with her, this was our destination. How lucky that I live within walking distance of this gourmet mecca now.

Just a few steps from the Ferry Building is Pier 14. It's unassuming and most people pass it by without ever wandering down it. That's a shame because the views from this small pier are spectacular. Since we moved here just 2 months ago, we've been there at least 6 times and take all of our visitors there so they can enjoy "our" pier.

It's definitely a spot to be grateful for. If you come visit, I promise to take you there, too.

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