{sf} the infinite mirror maze

December 17, 2017

Pier 30 is a super touristy place I don’t often like to go there because it’s just so ridiculous. The Aquarium is of course nice and I love taking my students there on field trips. There’s other nice establishments there, too. Recently, I found out that they have a mirror maze there and for just $5, I thought it would be a great adventure. Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze is on the second level at Pier 39 and turned out to be well worth the $5 because they let you go though the maze as many times as you want. All the darkness and neon lights really make the mirror maze a challenge and even the second time through I got just (if not more) lost than the first! Your senses really do get all messed up because you have no idea which direction anything is coming from anymore. Plus, it’s a great place to get mirror pictures … mine weren’t that great … even if still fun to take!


Look at those lights!

All those mirrors

It’s so confusing in here!


{sf} el porteño empanadas

December 16, 2017

When I traveled around Argentina almost decade ago now (right after college), I remember eating cheap meals off on the side of the street. Many of these meals included traditional Argentinean empanadas made by local vendors. I remember these empanadas because not only were they quite delicious, they were the absolute cheapest meals and I could try all kinds of local flavors.

Now back to San Francisco. I’ve walked around the Ferry Building many times, but I recently noticed a newer establishment called El Porteño. I’m not entirely sure how new this place it, but I can’t imagine I’ve just never noticed it before … but maybe?!? I hope I’m not that oblivious. Anyway,  I just had to give this place a try and was quite impressed with all the different kinds of stuffing they had for their empanadas. Since I was only looking for a snack, I bought one eggplant one (on the specials menu that day) but will definitely be back for more. Yum! This place is my new Ferry Building favorite!


Argentinian empanadas

Eggplant special

Earlier this week, my class went on an epic field trip to Downtown San Francisco’s Civic Center. We were invited to (actually got tickets that we requested) for the San Francisco Symphony’s Deck the Halls Community Day concert. The kids were so excited to ride the MUNI bus to and from what they had labeled to be a “big music class”. Once we got there, they were excited to see the dressed up gingerbread man, Frosty the snowman, and even Santa Claus. During the concert, we quickly found out that the San Francisco Ballet Institute had dancers perform acts from the Nutcracker and there were even singers, too. It was quite the show!

After the concert, we did a quick tour of the San Francisco Public Library (main branch, which is always huge and impressive). Then we checked out some street art before eating a picnic lunch and then ending our day with a self-guided tour of City Hall. Of course, before getting back on the MUNI bus, we took one last picture with Santa. What fun!