Thank God it was Friday yesterday and it was one very good one indeed! I met up with 2 friends, Kym, my friend from Malaysia, whom I haven’t seen in ages since I left HP in Manila and Karen, who just got back from her trip to Manila.
Kym and I met up over at Pier 39 and of course she was still gorgeous as always. I can’t believe it’s been almost 3 years since I left my job and Manila to venture out into a new world for myself! We exchanged stories, updated each other with what’s been happening and it was really good for me to see a good friend from my “past life”. It’s even so funny how we met up yesterday, neither of us knew that we were both in town. I just moved to San Francisco just a little over 2 months ago and she was here for a quick vacation with her mom. As I was going through my Facebook 3 days ago, I saw her post a picture of Fisherman’s Wharf and said this is she in town? So I sent her a quick message and we were able to meet up yesterday. So I guess TGIF is also for Thank God its Facebook? That didn’t sound quite as catchy as I thought it would be. But hey, meeting up with old friends is really wonderful.
After meeting up with Kym I met up with Karen for dinner. Karen is a friend of mine who goes way back in college student council days. A few years ago as I was preparing for my application for my MBA I found out that she was going to take up her masters in UC Berkley (yes, she’s really smart aside from being pretty!) and I never thought our paths would cross since I was in the midwest and she was out in California. Last year, we met up in Chicago while she was supposed to be en route somewhere to the north-east for work, so since the work part got canceled we just ate our way through the Windy City. Anyway, suffice to say things happened, doors opened, now I am in San Francisco and we met up again after months.
It was a night full of laughs and stories. Stories, which will not be included here But what made our night even more great was the great food that we had. Karen got a groupon for Zuppa, an Italian restaurant along the South of Market neighborhood and we decided to go for it. We started with Prosciutto, which had a perfect flavor of salt and wasn’t as hard/ dry as other Prosciutto that I’ve had before. Perfect starter. Then came in our Pizza Vongole, I saw the group beside us ordering it and I was curious about it because I’ve never seen clams with their shells on a pizza before. And most definitely, it was great choice! Clams were fresh, the crust was thin and had a smokey flavor from the wood-fired oven . Amazingly we finished all of it and still had room for the pasta. The “delicate” pasta as it was named on the menu had Dungeness crab meat and toasted bread crumbs on top. It was perfectly seasoned, nothing too overpowering, usually I like my food to be doused with Tabasco sauce for the kick and spice, but this pasta was absolutely meant to be eaten as is.
It was a perfect Friday. Weekend, friends and food are always the best mix! The only thing that could have made it better was if Safeway sold individual ice cream bars/ sandwiches, because I was craving for an ice cream sandwich and had to settle for a cup! But nevertheless, its TGIF!