Friday, September 21, 2012

Good Travels - Golden days in San Francisco

A short visit to San Francisco. 



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San Francisco (lovingly called SF by locals) has the most restaurants per capita than any other American city, including New York City. It's pretty understandable when you consider the accessibility of fresh produce, free-range meats and seafood year-round. Did I also mention Californian wines?

Brunch. The best portmanteau in the English language.
We went to Zazie based on a recommendation from a SF local. It was delightful.

M. ordered an amazing looking eggs benny. I opted for a sandwich - and it was an insanewich. It was topped with roasted Cali figs with goat cheese, Zazie's own prosicutto on levain bread. Absolutely heavenly. The only problem was trying to take a bite of the sammy without looking exclaiming how delicious it was at the same time.

Zazie's

Breakfast of Champions

Fig 1

Fig 2

Golden Gate Park


This "park" is the size of a small town. Be prepared to spend the entire day here. You may want to see the Japanese tea garden, the botanical garden, Strawberry Hill, the De Young museum (Jean Paul Gaulthier was the feature exhibit at the time, eek!) ... to name only a few attractions.
Golden Gate Park
Japanese Tea Garden

The Ferry Building Market in San Francisco

The Ferry Building houses Miette, a charming bakery that sells divine macarons. Miette's claim to fame is that Alton Brown has named their gingerbread cupcake as the "Best Cupcake in America". Big title. I was too engrossed in the hand-crafted caramels and macarons to notice.

Home-made ice cream sandwiches. I scream!
Melt-in-your-mouth pistachio macaroon
Alcatraz is one of the must-do activities in San Francisco. Which is of course, why we didn't go... It requires purchasing tour tickets weeks in advance! So do it! Otherwise, you will be looking it the island from across the pier.
Alcatraz from afar
Haight - Ashbury
Haight-Ashbury 
Haight-Ashbury is the SF district is known as the centre of the hippie movement in the 60s. Now, it's a pretty eclectic mix of smoke shops, vintage stores and independent music stores. It's a fab walk full of beautiful painted lady houses and history. The Grateful Dead lived in a house on Ashbury street in the 60s!

You must also visit Tartine Bakery in SF. There will be a wait but it will be worth it. The sandwiches looked divine but I had already ordered 3 croissants, morning buns, scones and cake aux olives for breakfast.
I dream about owning this
I feel like I only scratched the surface in SF and am extremely excited to return. Let me know if you have any other tips on the must-do San Francisco tour!

View from Lombard street - the crookedest street in SF

Just hanging out in SF

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