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 Amber November 28, 2012 at 1:36 am

    This might be the most superficial, fluffy comment ever β€” but I think your hair looks great! Those gusts of wind are working for you.

    x A

    • Reply Adrianna November 28, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Fluffy comments are my favorite. πŸ˜‰ Thank you!

  • Reply Mandy November 28, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Morreeeee SanFran pics please! Really nice, looks like you had a great time!

  • Reply little kitchie November 28, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Love all these pictures! Looks like such a fun trip. Oh — and I want that rad egg/muffin thing right.now.

  • Reply heather @ a sweet simple life November 28, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Can I just say this post is adorbs? And yes, the windy, blustery hair is working for you.
    Plus, salted chocolate ice cream? I might bypass the office and get on a plane to San Fran right now in search of it.

  • Reply Lea November 28, 2012 at 5:43 am

    You look absolutely beautiful, and I’m so jealous of your trip. The houses look so hauntingly melancholy, and the food looks amazing!

    Lea x

    It’s Such A Wonderful Life –

    Why not check out my Christmas Yankee Candle giveaway?

  • Reply Apollina November 28, 2012 at 6:01 am

    It’s so fun to see your pretty face! It looks like you had a blast, great pics! Oh, and I starred the dutch baby recipe, my husband LOVES them:)

    • Reply Adrianna November 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Thank you, miss. Hope you and him like that dutch baby. It was pretty awesome.

  • Reply Wanda @ My Sweet Zepol November 28, 2012 at 6:06 am

    I must say that I have never been to San Fransisco, but after reading your post it has made me want to visit so bad. Specially after being intrigued by that muffin with egg inside. Amazing!!!

  • Reply Allyn November 28, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Yay! So fun. Glad that you wound up liking Swan Oyster and Humphrey Slocombe! I’ll be saving your list for the next time we go. And thanks for making me crave an In-N-Out burger. Damn it. TN is too far!

    • Reply Adrianna November 28, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Yes ma’am. Swan Oyster was the best!

  • Reply IDK My BFF Jes November 28, 2012 at 7:18 am

    I love everything about this post! It makes me yearn to visit San Fran again.

    Also, love your jacket. Where did you get that?

    • Reply Adrianna November 28, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Forever 21, if you can believe that! πŸ™‚

  • Reply christin November 28, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I miss home so much! Happy to hear you went to Hapa! One of my friends, Ritchie, is the owner. He’s so talented. In-N-Out is a must!

    • Reply Adrianna November 28, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Oh you know we were recommended to Hapa by one of our friends, Brooke, who is friends (and cooks – sometimes) with Ritchie. We tried to say hi but missed him. His ramen was incredible and super interesting.

  • Reply Emily @ She Makes and Bakes November 28, 2012 at 8:04 am

    How fun! I love San Francisco, and it looks like you had an awesome time!

  • Reply erin @ yummy supper November 28, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Hey lady, you really did things right here in SF! It’s fun to see the city through your eyes.
    I haven’t even been to State Bird Provisions yet…. It sounds amazing.

    • Reply Adrianna November 28, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Erin, you must go!

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance November 28, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Next time you go you HAVE to try Yak Sing!! Best dim sum in the world!

    Love your varsity jacket, where did you get it from?

    • Reply Adrianna November 28, 2012 at 9:30 am


      • Reply Bella December 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm

        Glad you enjoyed SF! I’m a native San Franciscan and you experienced just the tip of the iceberg of what makes SF wonderful!

        Next time you’re up, definitely try: Outerlands, Plant, Kokkari, Benu, Koi Palace (best dim sum in the Bay Area), Sketch Ice Cream (Berkeley), Gather (Berkeley), Ike’s Place, Plaj, Fish (Sausalito), etc…

        One trip is not enough to thoroughly enjoy SF. Come on back and visit us!

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) November 28, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I totally agree–we should vacation more often. And this entire post made me long to go back to San Francisco. There are so many special spots–especially food related–in that city, and I have a built in place to stay, seeing that my sister lives there πŸ™‚

  • Reply Haley November 28, 2012 at 9:13 am

    this whole post was just dreamy! you’re making me crave a vacation out west…and lots, and lots of coffee πŸ™‚ it looks and sounds like you two had the nicest time!

  • Reply Ana November 28, 2012 at 9:14 am

    haha I live here and had no idea the fog had a name!

    • Reply Adrianna November 28, 2012 at 9:32 am

      I like that his name is Karl. Karl is a good name.

  • Reply NicoleD November 28, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Love this! So glad the family visit went well for you πŸ™‚ That ramen sounds craaaazy. Want!

  • Reply Lyndsey November 28, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Nice change of pace post! You’re adorable and take great photos. Glad you had a good time!

  • Reply laura @ glutton for nourishment November 28, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I have to say that most food bloggers’ vacation posts seem kind of self-absorbed and annoying to me, but I *loved* this one. Awesome photos and all that food looks incredible!

    • Reply Adrianna November 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Ha! This is funny.

  • Reply Kristen@Slender Kitchen November 28, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Now all I want to do is plan a trip to San Francisco…

  • Reply bonnie November 28, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Wow, you covered a lot of territory in a short time! I’ve lived in Marin for 20 yrs. & haven’t been to a lot of those places. Soon, tho’– thanks for reminding me!

  • Reply Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen November 28, 2012 at 11:27 am

    1. That messy hair is workin’ for you!

    2. I want that ramen! We have a ramen place here in DC now, so thank you for reminding me to try it!

    3. I like your dude’s beard. I sadly live in a city of hairless men, and totally dig his look.

    Glad you had a fun trip!

    • Reply Adrianna November 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      A city of hairless men!!! Hahahaha!!

  • Reply Vi November 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I literally just got back from San Francisco last night and thought I was satisfied with all the eating I did, but your post just immediately gave me such fomo! Can’t wait to get back and try everything that I missed.

  • Reply val November 28, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I miss SF everyday…….the food, views, and people. Nothing better.

  • Reply Jayne November 28, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I live vicariously through you travelling blogger people. Such great food and places you have there! My fav though was the muffin with a soft boil egg inside. How do they DO THAT?!?

  • Reply Pooja November 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    yum! this city does have awesome food! glad that you had a peachy thanksgiving…love your recipes!

  • Reply Danielle November 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Wow, what an awesome trip! I have never been to SF before, and I’m dying to see it now! What great food too! So glad the family visit went well. PS love your socks! : )


  • Reply Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks November 28, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    First off, I love In-N-Out with a passion. I have an In-N-Out key chain for my car keys. Secondly, I’m dying to go to San Francisco. It’s my dad’s old stompin’ ground and we have yet to make a trip out there to explore his old home and places he loved so much during the 70’s and 80’s. What a fun trip you had!

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition November 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I <3 San Francisco too πŸ™‚ I was born there! And only live <2 hours away, so I have no excuse for not visiting more often… You look like you fit in perfectly.

    I haven't heard of lots of the places you went, so I am definitely coming back here for ideas next time I have a SF weekend planned!

  • Reply Sarah November 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I have spent the last forever dreaming of a road trip up the coast of California, your photos make me want it even more. And some hot tips on where to go. Thanks!

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

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

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

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

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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/

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