I absolutely hate Tony Bennett.
Not his songs. No. I just hate that he was and still is right: People do leave their hearts in San Francisco after all.
I left Mexico 5 years ago to come to San Francisco and attend school. I had been several times in the US before and had visited “the city by the bay” earlier, so I knew more or less how things worked, or so I thought. Ahh!!! the sweet and stupid age of 21. You think you know everything. You think you can handle anything and nothing can surprise you. Lets put it politely, San Francisco surprised the fuck out of me and It still does. (Now that I think of it, any age bracket is guilty of that)
The famous foggy city is a surprise in every single way. Geographically, Historically, Politically, Socially and last but not least, Gastronomically. Many people interestingly enough, take those nice little “surprises” and turn them into negatives.
San Francisco is a city that has and still is misunderstood. A great friend told me once that we never let ourselves be misunderstood. We always want people to understand what we do and what we think. Who doesn’t fear rejection after all? But this city thrives in rejection, thrives in crazy, thrives in weird and innovative ideas. That is what makes the 415 area code beautifully flawed.
San Francisco then becomes like that moody lover, the one that always will find a way to charm you, a way to make you inhale, exhale and feel ALIVE. I can confidently say that I am one of the thousands that have stepped into this enigmatic city and at this very moment of inevitable department, there is some sort of sharp emptiness in my stomach.
No, I am not hungry. The emptiness in my stomach is similar to leaving a loved one. I have learned only after 5 years that San Francisco is a city of ALL or NOTHING. A city that will give you everything and will take everything from you (your money is a good example.) But in all seriousness, San Francisco will take your breath away, will take your sanity away, will take your comfort zone and push it. Will expose you to crazy people, intelligent people but mostly, very passionate people. From all around the globe. From all backgrounds and interests.
Ironically it was San Francisco that taught me about enjoying food, talking about food and sharing my experience. Mexicanfoodporn might be a blog about Mexican culture and gastronomy but all its roots are in San Francisco. San Francisco was the catalyst and my San Franciscan experience will always be in this blog.
So this post is for all the people who have lived, are living, or will be living in that amazing city. Thank you SF for an amazing roller coaster. Time and space will change you of course, but ill remember you as one of the best and most memorable moments of my life.
I will see you again. Ill make sure I do.
Thank you all very much for viewing and reading.