The warmest and most beautiful day of all was also the last of its kind - the weather turned slightly colder (now we have highs of 65 instead of 75 and lows of 40 instead of 50) and alas! we even have had some rain, with more in the immediate forecast. But on a perfect 75 degree Saturday, the first in a long while without football, I had no excuses to stay inside. Dave had other plans, so I was on my own. What a great day for a walk and a bucket list adventure!
I texted my good friend and former roommate Lindsey to see whether she would be interested in a walk and a sandwich, and thankfully she enthusiastically said yes. I walked from my place in North Beach to her apartment (my old place of 4 years) in Cow Hollow, and dressed in appropriate Marina mom attire of yoga pants and workout tops (since I guess I'm a cougar anyway), we headed to Lucca Delicatessen on Chestnut Street in the Marina.
So why was I sad at Lucca because of this? Because like most renown Italian delis, Lucca specialized in meats, particularly cured meats like salami, which I LOVE. I could have (and in retrospect wish I had) ordered their vegetarian sandwich, which sounded amazing and was confirmed so by Lindsey, usually a carnivore, who ordered it herself. But I thought that because this was a bucket list item, and because Lucca is known for their meats, I should order something with meat. I opted for the turkey sandwich, because I am slightly less concerned about the treatment of fowl than I am of say, pigs and cows, and because it came with cranberry sauce and avocado, my favorites.
When we finally got to Crissy Field, it was nearly 3 PM and we were starving! We found a nice patch of grass to sit down and enjoy the beautiful day and gorgeous close up view of the Golden Gate Bridge, and to finally eat the sandwiches that had been calling our names.
Here is where I really regret not getting the vegetarian sandwich - Lindsey seemed in raptures about hers, and mine was good, but nothing really special, as I had been hoping. It needed some sort of additional seasoning - I didn't get cheese, which may have helped, or maybe some sort of jalapeño or garlic spread could have livened it up. I think if I had gotten the hot salami I would have been in heaven, and again, the veggie sandwich sounded so good, with marinated artichokes, havarti, and avocado on a rosemary focaccia roll. Basically I cheated myself by going middle of the road with turkey - I should have gone all-meat or no meat. Either way, it was still quite tasty and the beautiful surroundings made for quite a lovely picnic.
The verdict: The walk to Crissy Field was just lovely and I recommend it to anybody, local or tourist. As for Lucca, I want to say thumbs up on selection and the general awe it inspired in this foodie, but I was a little bummed about my sandwich. I definitely need to try it again, this time either going whole hog (pun intended!) with salami or skipping the meat altogether. Just a tip: if you try Lucca, which you should, skip the turkey.