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Christmas Shopping on Union Square

San Francisco
Nov. 23, 2005

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It's an (almost) annual tradition, our Christmas shopping visit to The City to see the store displays and lights in Union Square. This year, it was still warm enough to sit out on the square in the late afternoon and enjoy a beer or hot chocolate -- whatever your preference -- even in the shade.

We wrapped up the day with moules frites at Ploof, in the alley off Post street, by my office building. Em proudly finished off 50 mussels, but she had to keep fending off the wait staff who kept wanting to clear her tower of shells. She wanted the prize of seeing her vanquished victims stacked 50 high.