Every time I am in San Francisco I make it a point to spend a few hours wandering the streets of Chinatown and enjoy the vibrant culture of this neighborhood. On my first visit I learned from my friend who was showing me around the place that it is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside Asia. This didn’t come as a surprise to me as we both managed to get lost for about an hour and but also ended up eating the best Chinese food I have ever had. I can’t exactly recall the name of the restaurant but I remember there was this really nice older man beckoning us to come eat at his restaurant. Hailing it as the most authentic food in the entire city. Assuming it was just a good sales pitch, we followed him through a small market and up some back stairs to his restaurant that appeared to be his living room more than a restaurant. To make a long story short, we ate until it became physically impossible to eat even one more bite. We paid the guy, thanked him for our meal and slowly trudged our stuffed bodies back out to the street where it had become dark at this point. This is when Chinatown really becomes a wondrous place as there are red lamps everywhere with bustling people and traffic in the road, you really feel like you could be in China. Everything about Chinatown will amaze you because it is as close to an authentic Chinese neighborhood as one can get without actually being in China and I love it.