Saturday, April 10, 2010
After winning a bet as to the age of the light posts that line San Francisco's Grant Ave., we began to look for remnants of a long lost era. I am always in search of authenticity. We came upon Li-Po bar, a dimly lit, 80 some odd year old, dive bar that was once an opium den. Red vinyl chairs, layers of dust, a shrine to Buddha, and enormous dilapidated hanging silk lanterns, decorate this place. We asked for the Li Po Special Mai Tai, topped with a liquor from Hong Kong-at $9 a drink. We drank in our surroundings.
As we ventured back out onto the street to continue our shopping, our eyes adjusting to the light, a little tipsy, we felt we had found what we had been seeking: Chinatown