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14 Ross Alley

Ross Alley

Ross Alley
Ross Alley is officially the oldest alley in San Francisco. If we take a look to the wall to the side here, we can see something a bit curious for the street numbers, because they start off with number 30 down there, then jump up to 58, and then down again to 24 here. That's because the original Chinese residents, they just picked numbers they thought were lucky. They didn't care about the sequence, really. This is quite a tricky place to be a postman. Here in Ross Alley, you can find one of the best fortune cookie places in all Chinatown. They make these cookies the old-fashioned way here. Go inside. You'll see the machine in operation, churning out this little, flattened cookie dough pieces. And then two ladies in there manually fold them together while inserting the fortunes inside to create these little guys. These fortune cookies actually date back to the turn of the 20th century and are an American invention, not a Chinese invention. They never existed back in China. Now, there is some debate if the first person that invented one was a Japanese man is San Francisco or a Chinese man in Los Angeles. Well, the two ladies inside here can churn out about 20,000 of these fortune cookies every day, including a few of the special adult versions. Let's have a look inside. Oh, someone's telephone number? No, that's my lucky numbers, I guess. Oh, this coming Friday will be an exciting time for you. My luck’s coming!
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