10 November 2007

Indonesian Food and Vesuvio

My friends visiting from Tampa were back in San Francisco tonight, so we went to an amazing Indonesian restaurant in Nob Hill called Borobudur, where we had an amazing dinner and dessert. The desserts there were especially good-- Eric had a banana covered in chocolate syrup, condensed milk, and shredded cheddar cheese that, while it sounds disgusting, was really one of the best desserts I have ever tasted. My dessert was shredded ice over a bed of condensed milk and candied fruits, then covered in raspberry and chocolate syrup!

Afterwards we headed up to North Beach, also known as Little Italy. We watched a small band play on a street corner for a few minutes, then made our way to Vesuvio, the famous bar that was the home of the Beat culture of the late '50s and early '60s and hangout of Alan Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Bob Dylan. They serve a drink called the Bohemian Coffee, which is brandy, amaretto, and a twist of lemon... not to everyone's taste, but I enjoyed it. On the side of the building is this mural:

The mural reads:
"When the shadow of the grasshopper
Falls across the trail of the field mouse
On green and slimey grass as a red sun rises
Above the western horizon silhouetting
A gaunt and tautly muscled Indian warrior
Perched with bow and arrow cocked and aimed
Straight at you it's time for another martini"

1 comment:

Jarred, Angela, and Nathan said...

Didn't Jack Kerouac retire in St. Petersburg? Why haven't we visited his home there?