Family friend flew out for a visit and one of the places on her wish list was San Francisco. So we
drove down there early one weekend morning. First stop was Chinatown for a dim sim breakfast.
Chinatown was starting to stir by the time we had finished stuffing ourselves and onto the
main drag of Chinatown (Grant Avenue) to check the shops out.
Over the years, large ginseng farms in the Wisconsin area have ramped up the production of
ginseng and prices have dropped significantly.
Nothing much has changed in Chinatown except for the turnover of the shops and restaurants largely
due to the rent increase when the term of a lease expires.
Since it was approaching the Chinese New Year, the shops had New Year-related items on display
The Chinatown supermarkets were piled high with fresh Asian produce from the San Joaquin valley in California.
One can detect the whiff of a dried-goods market in the air a short distance away. The aroma of
the dried fish and other seafood is especially distinct from that of the dried vegetables.
One can find imported foodstuffs from around the world. In Chinatown, the food imports
from the Asia-Pacific countries dominate.