June 9th, 2006


Gelateria Naia

The North Beach location of Gelateria Naia, about a block from where I live, is finally open!!!

Chip, Alex and I have been eagerly anticipating its opening for months. Chip's girlfriend had been to one of the other locations, and said that it's at least as good to Perque No in Florence, which is her favourite gelato place in the world.

Anyway, we all decided to walk in together today and (soon after I blurted, "When is the fucking gelato place going to open?") peeked in and it was open! And we got to taste stuff and it really is incredibly good. *weeps* Especially the fruit stuff, because they use fresh fruit in their sorbets and you can really tell.

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When I paid for my gelato (I got canteloupe and stracciatella, which is basically chocolate chip), we found out that we were the first customers! Woo!!!

Good food makes me really happy!!! Eating is one of my hobbies, haha, and I say that seriously. I'm from a country where eating is our national pasttime and everyone loves eating! Any hour of the day, you'll see people eating. Every now and then my dad would go out after dinner and buy essentially another full meal for the family because we felt like it. And I remember going to the hawker centre with my friends in the afternoon to eat lots of chicken wings. Mmm.

When we'd go to Ipoh (my mom's hometown in Malaysia), we'd eat like 5 meals a day cos' they have really good hawker food there. Unfortunately, that was while I was still in my "most things make me throw up" phase so I didn't get to enjoy. Oh well.

New Orleans is probably the only place I've been to in the US that has a comparable culture and I looooooooved it there. There's good restaurants in San Francisco of course, but I think in New Orleans the focus is on flavour, and everything else comes second. I'm thinking of the sweet potato catfish from the Red Fish Grill right now and like, all wistful and stuff. :P
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