Painted Ladies and Frozen Treats

Today I visited Alamo Square, the park made famous by the opening credits of the show Full House – for those of you unfamiliar, click here.


The park was dog-friendly and full of people having a picnic on the grass while kids played in the playground, and offered a great view of the city behind the famous ‘Painted Ladies’ – a term used to describe some of the 48,000 Victorian and Edwardian houses built in San Francisco between 1848 and 1915 painted in bright colours to enhance their architectural details. Unfortunately due to earthquakes, the salty sea-air and the ravages of time their numbers are dwindling and many are past their best but there are still a number if examples around the famous square.



I then wandered to the San Francisco Ice-cream Mecca – Bi-Rite Creamery.


In the attached market you can buy their famous ice-cream by the pint.


But here’s where the action was.


Staff were very generous with the tastings and I think I must have tried nearly all of the flavours (including Balsamic Strawberry, Honey Lavender and Coffee Toffee) before deciding on the compulsory Salted Caramel which they are renowned for, as well as Malted Vanilla with Peanut Butter and Chocolate – yum!


On the way back to the Hostel I visited another famous Ice-Creamery – Smitten.


One of the innovators of Liquid Nitrogen ice-cream, the business started out as a mobile ice-cream cart but now occupies a little shed on the corner of a parking lot next door to a rockin’ Biergarten (Beer Garden) on Octavia St.


They use their patented Smitten Brrr machines to make the ice-cream to order and change their flavours daily (today’s novelty was Olive Oil flavour). Here you can see the machines in action.




Tomorrow I plan on doing a little bit of shopping to top-up my case and hopefully try some more of the food on offer in San Francisco before heading home on Friday.



  1. Sounds like you are working hard at filling up that suitcase – and your belly!
    Enjoy the last few days of sunshine. It is positively icy in Melbourne today 😦

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