By “rainy day”, I mean full on nonstop water drops tumbling on top of whether the roof of couple speedy cars’ engine or quietly standing still buildings, dripping down from the rear of the umbrellas or the water proof jackets walking in slow motion, and leaving little crystalized bubbles along those surfaces that held them back from gravity. After many cold showers, San Francisco in early spring has fresher air and cleaner streets. While once in a while the city would light up early at day time, reflective lights shaded an overly warm color on anything that leaves shadow. Far from a distance, I could see distinctively the light bulbs sign with Ghirardelli trademark on it.
Beautiful pieces of art that I could not miss as I approached the Ghirardelli Plaza. Centering the around the Fountain of Mermaids were restaurants against bars and greenery against bricks. I stood by a wet wooden bench that had yellow lights sitting on it watching time passing through Ghirardelli plaza, thinking to myself “What a historical name for a historical place”.
Tracing back to the 1850s Gold Rush, this light bulb sign of Ghirardelli has been a remarkable greeting to any sailor on the ships that passed through the Golden Gate. It works like a charm, almost as if no one can say no to chocolate. Even the one who do not fancy such would not resist to admire the beautiful figure of fresh formed Chocolate goods that rolled out from the first and original factory which name came after Italian founder Domingo Ghirardelli in 1852.
Unlike the feeling of seeing Ghirardelli’s product sitting on the shelves at a convenient store, witnessing Ghirardelli’s creation in form of tradition or its creative transformation would change the way you experience your next bite of those high quality cocoa bean products.
Another twist of similarity at Ghirardelli Original store was the fact that there is a menu, and it extends from the Chocolate itself to Ice-cream, Hot Fudge Sundae, Shakes and Floats. My favorite companions with these delicious and almost childish taste of sweetness would be the classical contrast from the bitterness of coffee bean beverage served on the side.
Experiencing the taste at where it was made allow you to explore any wonder you may have regarding its process of making and becoming. You may learn how Cocoa Beans were roasted inside the Nibs that shaped like the inside of a coal chamber, however stemmed a delicious aroma. The heat would melt down its solid form in order to deliver a rich and unsweetened liquid called “Chocolate liquor”. You would understand the formality in those transformative texture and the flavor that you have seen in pictures if you would visit this historical place.
Satisfied on a higher degree, I was almost brainwashed in a better and sweeter way. Ghirardelli’s and its history has remained mysteriously delicious through out the age of San Francisco, inviting more admiration and wondrous question to how it was first began and continuing to its existence.