15.01.2012 - 15.01.2012
Ever since we got to the States there has been one particular place Willl has been dying to eat at - The Cheesecake Factory. As he keeps reminding us regularly that we leave within a week, we decided today was going to be the day. We found there was one by Union Square so right in the heart of the downtown shopping area and as luck would have it (for me anyway!) it was at the top of a huge Macy's department store. We took our favorite F line street car down Market street and after a look around some gorgeous shops and once I'd managed to drag myself away from the Martha Stewart homewares line at Macy's, we headed up to the top floor and joined the crowds who also thought Sunday lunch at the Cheesecake Factory was a great idea. We had one advantage though - in my naievity I had no idea that we were meant to queue up, take a number and wait for an efficient looking person with a walkie talkie and armfuls of menus to usher us to our table. So when I saw a spare table I grabbed it and we subsequently ordered a delicious lunch followed by amazing cheesecake deserts. It was only as we started looking around when we were waiting for the food to arrive that it suddenly dawned on me that we were meant to wait for our turn. On the upside, I saved us probably a half an hour wait but the downside was that throughout the entire meal I was sure we were going to be revealed as massive queue jumpers!
We finished the afternoon with a look around Bloomingdales and Nike town - a massive 3 storey Nike shop. By this time it was freezing cold so we were happy to head back up Market Street to Castro and call it a day. Off to Alcatraz tomorrow!