Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

A Birthday Getaway

Yesterday was Rene's birthday, and to celebrate, I wanted a departure from the Asian cultural themes that have become so pervasive in our lives in recent months. So I decided to put together a Classical Greek/Egyptian adventure.

Thursday afternoon, we took Highway 1 down to Pacifica, just south of San Francisco, where we stayed in a nice little room with an ocean view. Thursday evening, we went down to the beach to watch the sunset, then out for a simple little sushi dinner right there in town. (I know, I know, it was supposed to be all Greek and Egyptian, but we couldn't resist. We were tired from our drive, and the Japanese restaurant was right across the highway from our hotel.)

The next day, Friday, we drove down to San Jose and visited the Rosicrucian Museum of Egyptian artifacts. What a wonderful experience. There's a full-scale replica of an Egyptian tomb, and they even had several real mummies on display, along with hundreds of everyday household items from Egyptian civilization that are over 3000 years old. Amazing.

Friday evening, we went out for a Middle Eastern dinner at Pasha in San Francisco. We had Fatoosh, Seafood Bastilla, Rack of Lamb and Shrimp Brochette. We sat on a cushioned banquette at a low, brass tray table, and enjoyed a belly dancing show while we dined. A truly delightful experience.

Saturday, we went back down to the beach in Pacifica for a little picnic lunch, and while we were enjoying the sea breeze and the sound of the waves, Rene spotted three whales swimming just offshore. We could see the spray from their blow holes, followed by the curve of their humps as they surfaced and plunged back into the deep. Rene had even remembered to bring along his binoculars, so we got a really good look at them. It was a first for both of us.

Afterwards, on our way into the city, we drove up to Twin Peaks for the most spectacular view there is of the San Francisco Bay Area. It was a perfectly clear afternoon, albeit windy, and the whole city was laid out at our feet. Fantastic!

To wrap up our little getaway, we went to a Greek Food Festival out in the Noe Valley district of San Francisco. It was held in the courtyard of the Greek Orthodox church on Valencia Street. We ate Grilled Lamb Chops, Souvlaki, Spanikopita, Dolmas, and Roast Chicken. We also got lots of other Greek goodies to go, including several yummy desserts.

We picked up Will on our way back through American Canyon and returned home to find all safe and sound. A truly wonderful weekend for a guy who definitely deserves to be spoiled on his birthday.

And now...back to work on my Suriyothai Dinner & a Movie!