Late Thursday night two of my favorite fellas and I arrived in San Francisco. We were super hungry because everyone knows that flights always start before you’re hungry and end at just about the time you think you might have to eat 6 bags of mini pretzels in a row just to survive. My BFF Katie and her husband, Mark, picked us up and took us straight to In-N-Out. We got our burgers animal-style and now I know I should’ve gotten my root beer and fries animal-style too. Next time.
Friday morning we got up and walked to Rick and Ann’s for an assortment of goodness. I have a hard time passing up a mushroom and goat cheese omelette, so I went that route. I like any restaurant that doesn’t skimp on goat cheese, ya know?
Vacation calls for dessert after breakfast so we headed over to Elmwood Cafe for mochas in bowls and a chocolate croissant. I saw a sandwich pass by with a hard-boiled egg and mushrooms on it. I’ve been thinking about concocting something like it soon!
After shopping around town (I bought my dream hat!) we hopped on the bus for pizza. We didn’t realize that The Cheese Board makes one kind of pizza a day and that when you order it they hand it to you right then! Pretty cool! This pizza was zucchini, corn, feta, and cilantro pesto. The crust was perfectly crispy and I loved having those little sample slices on top! It makes it easy to try it secretly before your friends join you!
Later on that night we hit up The Trappist Provisions for some fancy brews before dinner. I chose the cutest beer, of course. If you like it, put a heart on it.
And then came ramen. Katie and I sipped Hitachino beers and chit-chatted until it was noodle o’clock. There were three options at The Ramen Shop and most of us opted for the salmon and pork bowl. We talked about the art of teasing the noodles just right and made sure to not let our eggs sink and be lost for good in the giant bowl! I really loved it! It was my first ramen experience!
After dinner I got to meet my boy, Billy and his boo, Steve! Totally made my day! We talked about our gentleman dogs, ya know?
Saturday we went to the ferry building and headed straight to Pepple’s Donuts. I might’ve bought 5: pumpkin, chocolate cookie, vanilla cookie, earl gray with bergamot, and salted caramel. But let’s be honest, the blueberry donut steals the show by being a major hottie, right?
We walked our legs off, shopped at Zara, and ended up at Zuni Cafe for a late lunch where we all ordered Cindy’s favorite burger, beers, and a mountain of shoe string fries. Those zucchini pickles and hot pink onions are as tasty as they are pretty. Now I wish I would’ve tried the caesar salad too though!
Later on that night we went to Bar Tartine, but we weren’t hungry since we late-lunched it. We tried a few small pickled items, but honestly, the menu seemed like it was out of a Portlandia episode. Rye porridge for dessert? Steamed celery root cake? Am I missing something? I bet their bread is good though! Sorry, hip and cool bearded waitstaff!
Sunday’s was all about hanging in the parks and eating everything we pass. After a quick breakfast of fresh herb and jack cheese scrambled eggs at Claremont Diner we popped on the Bart and headed into the city. We got breakfast dessert at Bi-Rite Creamery and then bought brews for sipping. This yuzu beer was super good. I loved it!
On our way to the painted ladies we might’ve picked up a snack at Hot Cookie and them immediately gotten creme brûlée from The Creme Brûlée Cart.They had so many flavors! Even s’mores! My lovely friend, Lauren, brought some Hell or High Watermelon beer for me to try. I’ve been wanting to taste it for years! I kinda loved it. I want to drink it on the hottest days in my backyard, for real.
Basically, we couldn’t decide what to have for dinner so we decided to have 3 dinners. Katie, Mark, and I shared that beautiful lobster roll at Woodhouse Fish Co. I could’ve eaten 4 though! It was SO good. Then we walked to Beretta in the Mission for second dinner that consisted of honey crisp hard cider, margarita burrata pizza, and hot salami pizza. There were so many kinds that looked good though! There was even a potato rosemary one! For third dinner we taco-ed it up at El Farolito Taqueria. By this point I was getting full so I had one taco, but I kinda wanted enchiladas, and quesadillas too. Anything with an avocado on top, ya know?
Monday morning, the party was over. My dude friends and I packed our bags, hugged Katie, Mark, and Penelope, and walked to Southie on the way to the airport train. I drank most of a giant latte and ate an awesome breakfast burrito with chorizo, eggs, avocado, and love.
I miss you already, San Francisco! Thanks for having the best parks, avocados, and hat shops!