First stop: Hayward’s Southland Mall. I’m pretty sure this place hasn’t quite progressed out of the 60s just yet, although Mervyn’s and Woolworth have been replaced by J. C. Penney, Sears and Macy’s, so I suppose that has to count for something. This first stop coincided with our first encounter of Hot Dog on a Stick, although why someone would choose anything over an Auntie Anne’s Jalapeño Cheese Pretzel Dog is, quite frankly, beyond me.
Stop two: the questionably named NewPark Mall in Newark, with the “new” part apparently meaning “from the 80s”. Obviously fifteen or so miles’ [from Southland Mall] is ample distance to warrant yet another Mervyn’s shell, J.C. Penney, Sears, Macy’s, and, yes, Hot Dog on a Stick. It is also, clearly, plenty of time to require some some shared Pretzel Nuggets.
Third stop: Westfield Oakridge Mall, San Jose. If you’re looking for the most horrendous parking garage
in the greater Bay Area known to mankind, this is your place. No Mervyn’s in sight, but RIP Montgomery Ward. We somehow missed the Hot Dog on a Stick, although the mall directory promises it’s there somewhere. This stop called for an order of Pretzel Dog Nuggets. (There may or may not have been a Jamba Juice detour thrown in for good measure.)
Last stop: The Shops at Tanforan in San Bruno. Despite the fact that we swore the internets told us this place was open until 10, alas, it closed at 9. It was a sad time for us, mainly because it meant the Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel eluded us.
Final thoughts: whatever, I’m a fan of cheese dip / Blababooth photo booths rock my world / dammit why did we settle for the generic photo booth at NewPark? / malls are depressing / Next Big Idea: Pretzel Field Trip?? / thank God for awesome friends who share my trashy taste in food / maybe The French Laundry and Auntie Anne’s are pretty much everything I need / I think I might be full.
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