About two years ago, maybe more, Marna visited me during another JavaOne. One that was back-to-back with a week-long IBM conference at which I was presenting, and one that ws back-to-back with a week-long sales conference. Since I was going to be in San Francisco for three weeks, she flew in for a while and stayed with me. During that time, while I was in meetings, one of the things she did was take a self-guided tour of Chinatown.
She found a fantastic little fortune cookie factory in a little alley in one of the back streets. While she was there she was asked by a worker if she wanted to buy "funny" cookies. Marna said "sure" but when she got back to the hotel, rather than "funny" the fortunes were particularly lewd. I've always teased her about it since.
This trip while out on another adventure, Marna suggested that we go see the little fortune cookie factory. She looked it up in our trusty guide book, and it turned out to be not too far away from the path of our current adventure. I'll be the first to admit that I was skeptical that going off the track for a silly factory would be worth it. Once we got there however, it really proved to be one of the best parts of the entire visit.
If you're ever in San Francisco, and looking for a fantastic little jaunt into Chinatown, I highly recommend the San Francisco Fortune Cookie Company. It's hard to find, but most guidebooks will have it listed. And don't settle for immitations either. There's just something about this location that really makes this particular factory the best. Tip the workers a few bucks for your pictures, and you'll get rewarded with a pile of "flat" cookies for the road. And of course, the bags of cookies themselves are only three bucks.