I ♥ San Francisco


This is how I looked most of my time in San Francisco: messy hair (‘cuz of the gusty wind), ten layers of clothes, Converse, warm coffee in hand (always), and a smiling face.

San Francisco, I love you.

I turned a long Thanksgiving weekend into a week-long, overdue vacation with the boy I like.

I saw a lot of cute stuff. I consumed a ridiculous amount of coffee, snacks and fun dinners. I met his family (as you know).

(And P.S. I think they liked me, I didn’t make a pie, I made stuffing instead and I liked them back. YAY!)

We drove north through the Grapevine and stopped to run up a pretty hill and stare at how beautiful California is. And then we almost died from being out of breath.

San Francisco is predictably gloomy and foggy. And the fog is apparently called “Karl the Fog.” Did you know this?! I had no idea. And apparently Karl The Fog has his own Instagram account, too.

What’d up, Karl!

A stop at The Ferry Building is a must. Lunch was at Boulette Larder.

They have a beautiful open kitchen with pretty copper pots lining the hood above. The food is fresh and delicious.

I stopped by Omnivore Books to read old cookbooks and thumbed through new ones. This place is pretty special.

I drank a lot of coffee in San Francisco. Coffee in the morning. And cappuccinos in the afternoon. A San Francisco Treat!

(Did you just get my Rice-A-Roni joke? I’M SORRY!)

This particular capp was at Sight Glass.

I ate dinner at State Bird Provisions. The food is beyond special, but the concept is really what blew me away.

The food comes around dim-sum-style: on a cart or on a tray. You pick and choose what you like and it’s tallied on your bill. So fun!

I loved everything about this place – from the food and vibe to the super lovely owner who chatted with us.

Annnnd there were ice cream sandwiches. Done.

Rainy days in San Francisco call for rain boots and ramen from Hapa Ramen off a cart on the sidewalk in front of The Ferry Building.

This isn’t your traditional ramen.

There’s tuna bottarga, schmaltz, crazy amounts of black pepper, a thick broth that’s rich and flavorful accompanied by perfectly cooked noodles. Amen.

And then we did one of those weird looking fast-walks – Olympic walker marathon-style – in the rain a few buildings down to visit Tcho Chocolate Factory. It’s like the artisinal version of Willy Wonka.

My hair got all frizzy and large because of the rain and I was sort of bummed out so I got a hot chocolate. It was rich and delicious.

It made me feel better…sorta.

The entire week we were driving this Acura ILX.

They let me borrow it for a week and I have to say, while I’m not in the market for a new car, this car is pretty solid. I’m frugal when it comes to everything besides food and shoes, so it being a hybrid is pretty cool.

We used it all over the city and we filled it up only once the entire time.

One weird thing about a hybrid is I can never tell when the car is actually on. Is that bad? Nah. My car just sounds and feels like a race car and makes funny noises so it’s VERY obvious it’s on. The car is roomy.

The navigation system helped a lot. It made it so we didn’t have to look at our phones and simultaneously drive. The navigation system voice was with an American accent, which I liked. I hate it when I’m in America and robotic voices have Australian or English accents. It’s exploitive! (Not really.)

Back to San Francisco!

I ate this crazy thang from Craftsman and Wolves.

There’s a soft boiled egg INSIDE A MUFFIN. Insane.

One afternoon was spent in the Outer Sunset.

The vibe is super beachy and sleepy. There was a visit to The General Store.

The store is full of pretty things and they have a rad backyard.

There was shopping at Pot + Pantry. I mean, look at how cute that stove is.

And ‘zine shopping at Needles and Pens. I can read ‘zines all day like it’s 1996. I love ’em.

The beautiful houses and buildings in San Francisco make you look up constantly.

We walked a lot because it’s such a pretty place to do just that.

Swan Oyster Depot is a fun place. It’s freezing inside, the fishmongers yell a lot, the fish is fresh, simple and delicious. We took it to-go and ate it on someone’s stoop – we hoped they were at work.

You can’t NOT go to San Francisco and not get ice cream at Bi-Rite or Humphrey Slocombe.

These two cute things below are from the latter.

Salty Chocolate Ice Cream and Cinnamon Brittle Swirl. Yes!

Dinner was at Bar Agricole. We sat at the bar and drank and ate and talked a lot.

And then Thanksgiving happened. I made stuffing and helped with the Turkey.

I wore kitten socks the entire day in celebration of being an adult.

The next day we got coffee in San Jose at Bar2 Coffee.

I liked their hanging lights, coffee and nice attitudes.

And then there was the drive back to Los Angeles.

The best road-trip food ever was consumed: In-n-Out.

Vacations are fun. We should ALL do them more often.

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  • Reply Lis April 4, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    How can you not love San Francisco? I have called it home for the last 15 years and can’t imagine living elsewhere. State Bird was interesting, their second shop is opening soon. We made it to State Bird shortly after they opened and I think now that they have settled a bit it is time to revisit: http://www.eatdrinktravelrepeat.com/state-bird-provisions/

  • Reply Karl the Fog March 12, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Nice to meet you too. I’ve mist you ever since you left.

    • Reply Adrianna March 12, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Nice pun! Thanks!

  • Reply Teena January 22, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Run into your blog and this post made me miss SF all the more πŸ™ I lived there for 22 years but moved back to the Philippines 1 1/2 year ago to get married. I used to work 5 minutes walk from the Ferry Building and had lots of wonderful “lunch time” memories there with friends and co-workers. Hopefully, I can visit SF again with my hubby this time. Thanks for posting the wonderful pics πŸ™‚

  • Reply Joelle (on a pink typewriter) December 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Ahhh, I love SF. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. And vacations in general are fantastic, esp when they include In-N-Out. (If only we had them on the east coast!)

  • Reply Dina December 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    your pics are great! i want to try the egg in the muffin. that looks sooo good!

  • Reply Jessica L. December 1, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I love everything about this post. It looks like you had an amazing time! I’ve only been to San Fran once, but I’m dying to go back.

  • Reply Danijela December 1, 2012 at 3:58 am

    I am glad you had so much fun. And these pictures are just too beautiful. Fantastic post Adrianna!

  • Reply Let Me Eat Cake November 30, 2012 at 10:10 am

    i loved every moment of your trip so perfect! <3

  • Reply Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen November 30, 2012 at 6:53 am

    My favorites are the copper pots, ice cream, and those burgers!

    And I can totally relate to the frizzy hair…

  • Reply Amber November 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Great post! Would love to see more of these personal journeys. Your voice and tone makes me happy happy.

    • Reply Adrianna November 29, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      Hi Amber, YAY! So good to hear. Will do them in the future for sure!

  • Reply Anais November 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I’m gonna try and do all these things when I head up for Christmas!

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