I started my wandering early again, but finally ended up at the sfMOMA and the Yerba Buena area again. It was time to check out Samovar. My early lunch was the Tea Soup with braised tofu, and a pot of Golden Phoenix tea. It was surprisingly tasty. Surprisingly because the tea soup didn’t look like much when I got it (though the veggies were a beautiful vibrant colour,) but it turned to be a really pleasant flavourful soup. I wasn’t really conscious of the tea flavour, but there were subtle notes that were really appealing.
I learned quickly that I should not steep good tea for very long. I forgot about my Golden Phoenix tea for a while while it was steeping got the full power of the tea, plus the added over-steeped bitterness. But all future cups (I steeped about 10) were lovely, with a hint of peach and apricot.
My first stop was the Conservatory of Flowers, they have a beautiful collection and a great flower garden outside.
The de Young Museum is right across from the California Academy of Science. Right now the special exhibit at the de Young are pieces from the Musee D’Orsay, including impressionist works by Van Goug. I experienced yet another humbling moment of being in a room with the works and history of great artists. The other nice thing about the de Young Museum is that there is an Observation tower (that is free to go up) where you can see great views of San Francisco.