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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

94117, San Francisco


San Francisco's Holiday Wreath

Dear ——–,

As if one Thanksgiving dinner weren’t enough, we had two this past weekend. But all of it was good eating. On Thursday, Geoff and Steven got us an invitation to Becky and Dave’s Russian Hill apartment with a glittery view of Coit Tower. Becky and I discussed life after journalism as she served silky cheese from Cowgirl Creamery and roasted pears and cranberries on a cookie sheet. We started Saturday with lip-smacking pastries from Tartine and then got to cooking. Bryan and I decided to make truffle mac and cheese with parmesan and gruyere. We also wrapped basil leaves and prosciutto around dates. A swarm of other friends tended the turkey, braised brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes and tossed salad. We laughed a lot, drained several bottles of wine, and worked off maybe 1% of the calories by playing Wii at the end of the night. When we left, we were feeling thankful for good friends, good cheer and a good holiday.


Author: postmarkhere

I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

3 thoughts on “94117, San Francisco

  1. what a wonderful thanksgiving with friends… the way it should be!

  2. Ok, so I’m commenting a month after your post, but I just saw this after reading about your recent trip to SF to hobnob with the geophysicists. And heck, I ALWAYS have to comment on your posts that deal with food. Have you tried Cowgirl’s Mt. Tam and St. Pat’s cheeses? The latter is covered in nettle leaves. REALLY yummy. Oh, and the employees and the customers at the store in the Ferry Building sure know their cheese! I once stood in line behind a 10-year old girl who was there instructing her mother on the differences between cow’s milk, sheep’s milk, and goat’s milk cheeses, hard vs. soft cheeses, the different rinds, etc..

    • That’s hilarious about the well-informed toddlers at the Ferry Building. I don’t know what kind of Cowgirl Creamery cheese we had, but it was soooo good. It was worth taking Lactaid tablets for! Hope you got your fill during your stay in San Fran!

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