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San
Francisco
Sea breeze blowing, boats
coming in,
I’ve been waiting, where have they been?”
Peggy Lee is a famous country
singer who
sang about the sea breezes of San Francisco Bay. She wondered how the
wind’s
might affect the “good catch (of a) good day” in her song, “Fisherman’s
Wharf.” But Peggy wasn’t the first to cast her song upon the San
Francisco
Bay waters. Since the 1800’s, San Francisco Bay has been a port of call
and the home of the Pacific whale fishery. Early sea shanty songs such
as “Go to Sea No More” mention “Frisco Bay” as a stop for “a whaling
ship”
where a sailor laments, “me money alas, I spent it fast.”
And San Francisco was just the
place to
do it! Once gold was discovered “in them there hills,” San Francisco
picked
up pace as fast as the miners picked up gold. In 1859, silver replaced
gold as the strike-it-rich phenomenon sent miners into the hills once
again.
This time, the transformation for the city was widespread, as San
Francisco
became a center for the business of high rollers. Speculators and
investors
in Parisian-made suits flooded into San Francisco, and the town
responded
by building splendid hotels and restaurants to house them.  It
wasn’t
long before San Francisco was known as a city of romance and dreams.That San Franciscan romanticism
of the
late 1800’s gave the city Telegraph and Nob Hills where there are
extravagant
mansions built by the wealthy “nobs” of  that period. Perched high
above the water, these mansions blend the culture of the past with the
ever-present draw of the water.
M.H. de Young Memorial Museum is
another
reminder of the attempt by the cultured to soften San Francisco’s wild
beginnings. Built by San Francisco Chronicle publisher M.H. de Young,
the
Golden Gate Park museum is filled with artifacts from Africa, Asia
Minor,
and early America.  Many of John D. Rockefeller III’s private
collectibles
were donated to the museum before his death.
San Francisco’s Chinatown is one
of the
largest Chinese communities outside of Asia. Bedecked with bright
colors,
the authentic shops and restaurants make Chinatown a popular and unique
tourist attraction.
Always the symbol of the
beautiful and
the dreamer, the Golden Gate Bridge still invites the visitor to come
into
its city. The bridge seems to inspire ingenuity – and even courage.
Jeannette
MacDonald will always be remembered as the girl who stood in the ruins
and sang, “San Francisco open your golden gates.” MacDonald’s musical
reference
was to the 1906 earthquake that destroyed a great part of the city,
including
its central business district. But the city was rebuilt and the gates
did
open again.  It is said that if a traveler begins the song “I Left
My Heart in San Francisco” at one end of the Golden Gate Bridge and
drives
the speed limit, the song will end at the exact time he or she reaches
the other side. But there’s more! It’s also been said that the traveler
can smell the baking of sourdough bread by the time he or she reaches
the
middle of the bridge!
San
Francisco’s Monte Cristo Sandwich
The Monte Cristo
Sandwich
was a San Francisco creation of the 1950’s. When people visit San
Francisco,
they usually want to have one! Or you can make your own at home to get
acquainted with the flavor of San Francisco.Assemble the
following ingredients:
6 thin slices of
white bread
4 tablespoon
mayonnaise
4 thin slices turkey
breast
sandwich meat
4 thin slices ham
sandwich
meat
2 thin slices
American cheese
3 eggs2 tablespoons milk2 tablespoons
vegetable
oil

Remove crust from
bread.
Lightly spread 2 slices of bread with mayo. Top with 2 slices turkey.
Trim
any overhang of meat. Take 1 more slice of bread and spread mayo on
both
sides. Place on top of the turkey. Add one slice cheese and 2 slices
ham.
Again, trim any overhang. Repeat this process. Spread last 2 bread
slices
with mayo, but only on one side. Press these slices on the outsides of
the sandwich, mayo side to the inside of sandwich. Cut into 4 triangles.

Mix eggs and milk
in small
bowl. Heat oil in skillet. Dip each triangle into egg mixture. Then
fry,
turning to cook all sides evenly until golden brown. Follow the same
procedure
with all four segments. You may have to add more oil to coat skillet
and
prevent sticking.

Serve with sour
cream and
strawberry jam that may be spread on sandwiches according to individual
taste.

 

Sourdough
Bread

 

In “mining”
terminology,
a sourdough was a highly experienced miner who had been on the job many
years. Baking sourdough bread requires time and patience as well. If
you
want to give it a try, here’s a web site that will get you
started:

Recipe for making
your own
sourdough bread: http://joejaworski.com/bread1.htm

 

San
Francisco Golden Gate Burger

 

Assemble:

1 pound ground beef

1/3 cup crumbled
Feta cheese
1/3 cup sun-dried
tomatoes,
chopped
½ teaspoon
garlic
salt
sourdough buns

fresh spinach salad
leaves

Mix uncooked
ground beef
with Feta cheese, tomatoes, and garlic salt. Shape into 4 patties.
Grill.
Serve in sourdough buns. Use spinach leaves as you would the lettuce
that
is commonly used on burgers Garnish with catsup and onion.

 

Historical
Trivia 

 

Nickname
Although
abhorred by native San Franciscans, the term “Frisco” is still heard
today
in songs and poems that refer to the bay city.

Geography
On a peninsula,
on San Francisco Bay. Has hills, including Twin Peaks, Mt. Davison, Nob
Hill, and Mt. Sutro. The island of Alcatraz, (which the U.S. gained
from
the Spanish in 1851) was used as a U.S. military prison from 1859 until
1933, when it became a federal prison. It closed in 1963 and has been a
part of the Golden Gate National Recreation area since 1972.

Education
– Boasts
several universities and colleges, including Berkeley and Stanford.

Born in 1859 – Sir
Arthur
Conan Doyle
(British author of Sherlock Holmes books; Billy the
Kid
(American west outlaw) and Pierre Curie who, with his
wife,
Marie, worked in  nuclear physics and chemistry research. Together
they were awarded half of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903.

The entire 19th
Century is
known as “The Romantic Music Period. Musicians alive in 1859
include:
Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner, Adolphe Sax, Clara Schumann, and
Pyotr’Ilyich
Tchaikovsky to name but a few.

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