Wow, is Ghirardelli Square ever lame. Holy shit. The restaurant and shopping area at the San Leandro BART station is La Rambla in comparison. The "Square" is basically a few levels of a strip mall, with the candy company at the center. Walking into it you are greeted warmly by a teenager holding a basket of chocolate squares; farther in there are more smiley youngsters, although the girls manning the sundae bar were about as enthusiastic to be there as Rachel Jeantel on the witness stand. You walk through a gauntlet of chocolate if you go through the main entrance, and as I stood there I counted about 10 different people going "Whoa!" after they came in, which might explain some of the staff's apathy.... More >>>