You know that feeling you get at the very beginning of a trip? The excitement when you step off the plane, the air that always feels and smells so different from home. I love that first drive through a new town, the anticipation churning in my belly and this persistent pull towards our destination—our new home for a few days.
We’ve visited San Francisco many times, especially since Roy’s sister moved to the bay area a few years ago. But it’s always a fun city to travel back to. Every trip I feel like we discover a new part of Northern California. We’ve seen Marin and Tomales Bay, spent a week in the middle of the Financial District and made a trip to Yosemite. These places have all been big cornerstones for F2B.
My trip to Marin for my cousin’s wedding, was where I first decided on making this blog a real thing. Our time in Tomales Bay was documented with this lemon yogurt cake and some tales of oyster eating and horse riding. The week we stayed in the Financial District, I visited St. Holmes Bakeshop and was inspired to make my own cruffins—one of the blog’s most popular recipes. Yosemite was just about one year ago, where I was crazy enough to bring a cake with us on the drive from Los Angeles. I brought it into the forest, the early morning ground lightly dusted with snow. I remember steam billowing from my mouth as I darted around in search of pine cones and leaves as the cake just about froze while sitting on a tree stump. This Gingerbread Cake was my first attempt at a naked cake, and was actually featured on Food52 last year.
This time, I came prepared with a long list of recommendations (thanks Alana!), which was frankly a little intimidating because we only had 3 days! For the most part, we went all over the bay area and only spent about a day in the city. I can’t quite grasp what inspiration I drew from our trip this time around, but I’ll get back to you on that next month. I’m thinking it’ll involve cake and Christmas??
Day One // Croissants for Breakfast & Oakland
Tartine – We tried the croissant, a Morning Bun, and the lemon cream tart. Everything was delicious, but the Morning Bun for me was on some other level of breakfast pastry. I’m quite sure it was one of the most delicious things I’ve ordered from a bakery. Luckily, we went on a Friday afternoon and there wasn’t much of a line at all. When we passed by on Saturday, there was a line wrapped around the block!
Burma Superstar – The pumpkin stew with coconut rice was my favorite thing we tried. Coconut rice with anything would probably be my favorite thing. My other favorite was also the platha, almost reminiscent of a korean pancake without the veggies.
Temescal Alley – We found this neat little street a little farther down from Burma Superstar. My favorite store was Walrus, a tiny little shop that felt like a tiny little Scandinavian home with a yellow door. I kind of wanted to live there.
Oakland Warriors vs. Chicago Bulls @ the Oracle – Do you guys like watching basketball? I played sports in high school, but I just can’t seem to enjoy watching sports games on TV like every other guy I know on the planet does. Seeing a game in person is way more entertaining, and we had so much fun seeing the Warriors play. The energy in the crowd was contagious and by the end of the game I was on the edge of my seat, hoping the Warriors would win.
Day Two // More San Francisco sights and bites
Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous – Whoaaaaa guys. This ice cream might just be the best ever. They have flavors for everyone! Roy’s favorite was cookies and cream, cause he can be a little boring 😀 but I loved the Banana Rum and Strawberry Lemonande. SO FLIPPIN GOOD.
Smokestack – We didn’t really get a chance to try the food here (we were so full from all the ice cream), but man did this place look awesome!!! I felt like we went back in time to an old pub in Belgium or Germany. It was dark and brooding and I absolutely loved everything about it.
Renegade Craft Fair @ The Fort Mason Center – The Renegade Craft fair is a biannual event held in London, LA, San Francisco, Seattle, and more. I’ve been to the Los Angeles one several times, and the SF had a few vendors I’d seen from before, but it’s always really fun to look at all the artisan crafts and knick knacks. Beware though, your money might start flying out the window here!
Night Nation Run – So. This was an experience. We basically ran a 5K with music stages around every corner. Though I was a bit nervous about how this event was gonna go (think night time, cold, a thousand other people), Night Nation Run is a proud supporter of Stand Up to Cancer, and we all really did have a fun time. I’d say that this experience was a win!
Day Three // Hedgehog Buns and A Pug Outing
Panda Dumpling – It’s a tiny hole in the wall restaurant, but they have the cutest hedgehog buns filled with red bean and some pretty good Xiao Long Bao.
Romolo’s Cannoli – I won’t pretend to know a whole lot about Cannoli but Nicole said they’re some of the best she’s ever had. They’re crunchy and flakey and you can get yours stuffed with ice cream or ricotta. Both were excellent.
Half Moon Bay – I wish we could’ve made a day trip here if we’d had more time. We walked around the Ritz Carlton, which had an absolutely gorgeous view of the ocean. The drive from San Mateo was so picturesque. We passed by a few Christmas tree groves and what looked like the last of a pumpkin patch. Out of all the places we visited, Half Moon Bay felt the most refreshing.
I also wanted to mention that last week I was featured in a post from the lovely, Claire from The Simple Sweet Life! Claire collected some tips from a few fellow bloggers about what we’ve learned with taking food photos. Check out the post here!
Hoping all of you are having an exciting/slightly shorter week! I’m getting super pumped for Thanksgiving and ready to eat my weight in stuffing. Mia says bye for now!!! ↓↓↓↓
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