Tuesday Travels – San Francisco Summer

A couple weeks back I made a quick trip to San Francisco. It may have been a bit crazy on my part, only 24 hours in the foggy bay, but just enough time to explore my friend’s new (ish) digs and her neck of the woods.  Since I went to school near the bay, I had traveled to all the touristy spots, so no Pier 39 this time around.

Here’s a little look at our schedule and some neat spots to put on your next itinerary 🙂

IMG_5823Best way to start the day is a hike and some java.  Stop by one of the hipster spots or find yourself at Blue Bottle Coffee, a fresh take on the brew that happened to start in Oakland.  Their coffee has such a strong flavor and is perfect brewed into a latte or chilled into their popular cold brew.

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I recently learned that it’s best to drink your caffeine four afters after you work out so a little pre-hike java was just what the doctor ordered.

IMG_5863So, whether you like to drink your coffee right away or later in the day, I highly recommend taking a walk, hike, or jog along the city streets or local hills.

IMG_5953While I sure lucked out with the weather (note my desire to get use out of my summer gear…that doesn’t get used in the air-conditioned office), we couldn’t escape Mr. SF Fog (fun fact: named Karl the Frog).  You should be able to see the Golden Gate Bridge in the background but it’s there.  Just take my word for it 🙂

IMG_5840See, I wasn’t pulling your leg.  There it is, out in the distance.  Now, if you happen to find yourself in the city on a clear day, take a walk on the bridge or beach and check out the true bold color. It’s absolutely breathtaking. 

IMG_5874_FotorIf only architecture everywhere was this gorgeous.  Don’t you just love the colors and design?  Maybe it’s just my love for the sea and blue palate that caught my eye. 

IMG_5828CHINATOWN

A San Francisco classic and oh so much fun during Chinese New Year.  There are tons of great places to eat and it’s even worth stopping by for fresh fortune cookies at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.

Laura took me to the Eastern Bakery where we split a coconut bun with the most wonderful filling and still warm from the oven (for a whopping $0.75!  Sure can’t beat those prices).  If you really want to be one of the locals, ask for a moon cake and I’m sure you will be glad you did.

Eastern Bakery
720 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

SF - ChinatownAnd how about those hills? Sure, I was used to running these sorts of hills back in the day, but they are totally nonexistent in New York.  Hills + stairs make for the perfect lower body workout.

SF Scenery - Hiking

From COIT TOWER down the hill to the FERRY BUILDING

Ferry Building

A day is not complete without some ice cream.  Your best bets are Ghiradelli’s, Bi-Rite Creamery, or Humphry Slocombe’s Ice Cream.   Since I have been to the first two a few times, Humphry’s it was.

Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream
Named after two main characters from the British 1970’s sitcom “Are You Being Served”.  More importantly and interestingly, they make all their own ice cream, sorbets, and toppings with all the best ingredients.  Here’s to the best bold flavors for your pleasure!

SF Ice Cream Flavors“Secret Breakfast” – one of its more popular flavors (condensed milk, kosher salt, and vanilla beans, mixed with bourbon and crunchy cornflake cookies)

~ Limoncello ~ Tahitian Vanilla ~ Black Sesame ~Jesus Juice (red wine + cola) ~ Brown Sugar Fennel ~Vietnamese Coffee ~ POG Sorbet (one of my favorite!!)

Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream 1

After sampling our fair share of the flavors, we selected the horchata and Harvey Milk & Honey Graham.  If you still are wavering between flavors, check out Serious-Eat’s take on the ice cream.  Our eyes may have been bigger than our stomachs but we finished the heaping two-scoop treat and were full for hours.

From hiking to eating to hiking, it was a perfect whirlwind of a trip.

IMG_5966One last look at the city in the bay and certainly a unique view at that. You can even spot the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, still covered by Karl the Fog.

“San Francisco is a world to explore. It is a place where the heart can go on a delightful adventure. It is a city in which the spirit can know refreshment every day.” – William Saroyan

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18 thoughts on “Tuesday Travels – San Francisco Summer

  1. I love how much you travel. You always give me a thousand places to add to my list of where we’re going sooner rather than later 🙂 I have an older brother who lives out near San Fran, so I’m not sure why we haven’t gone yet (prob because we’re poor and plane tickets are expensive…and the whole academy thing), but we’re definitely going at some point. I want to see all of this and more 🙂

  2. So obviously this post made me even more excited about moving!! I’ll definitely have to check out that bakery, and some of our friends also recommended all of the hiking. Can’t wait!

  3. I would loooove to visit San Fran! Looks amazing, I LOVE those stairs! Freaking gorgeous. That fog reminds me of here…Thick fog until mid afternoon? Typical Nova Scotia weather. I’m glad you had a good trip, even if it was quick!

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