San Francisco

Duration of Stay:         Thursday Afternoon – Sunday Afternoon

Distance Walked:         22 miles

Travel Companion:      Gal ❤ 

Neither Gal nor I are boastful people, but we’ll never deny our ability to effectively explore a city together. We will walk until our (my) legs give out, and then we will walk more, and more and mooooore.

For this trip we chose San Francisco because Gal had never been and I’d been only once before for a single night. The city is, as Gal puts it, paradise. The food, natural beauty, and diverse neighborhoods/districts make it an inspiring and tantalizing adventure.

We could’ve stayed for weeks and still not felt like we’d seen, done or eaten enough. If it hadn’t been for the in-flight cocktails and free movies (Boss Baby is A+) on the return leg, we would’ve pouted the whole flight home.

For the reasons above I felt compelled to write about our experience which ultimately made this a dual purpose post. (1) It’s my way of reliving our time there and, (2) It’s a list of personal recommendations from two people who will walk over a mile just to find the perfect restaurant. No, I’m not exaggerating.

Without further fuss and in no particular order, here’s a novice-certified conglomeration of activities, sights, restaurants and areas in the beautiful Bay Area.

San Francisco Bay Boat Cruise/Wine Tasting on the Bay.

An undeniable symmetry of cozy and sexy, this tour offers wine flights, small bites and riveting views of the Bay Area including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the San Francisco Bay Bridge and the AT&T Stadium.

Fisherman’s Wharf/Pier 39.

A benign tourist trap that’s actually worth the hype.

North Beach.

Little Italy. How much is that gooey, yet crispy, thought-provoking slice of pizza in the window?

Sotto Mare.

Seafood pasta. The end.

Baker Beach.

An unrivaled view of The Golden Gate Bridge. Clothing: optional.

Hook Fish Co.

Randomly situated in the zombie land of endless stucco houses that comprise the Sunset District, this place is a diamond in the rough. The fish and chips was fresher and crispier than transatlantic contenders I’ve tried (sorry, U.K.) and the grilled fish burrito was a more than noteworthy closer.

Painted Ladies.

You have to see them just to say you have. Or not. But really, the juxtaposition of the old Victorian/Edwardian homes against the modern cityscape makes for a unique view.

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Union Square.

A great place to rest your head at night. We stayed at Hotel Nikko and would stay there again. There are restaurants, shops and bars on every corner and anywhere else you’d want to go is walkable or a short Uber/Lyft ride away.

54 Mint Ristorante Italiano.

There is a piece of Rome in San Francisco and it goes by the name of 54 Mint Ristorante Italiano. I will never again look at tomato sauce the same.

Benjamin Cooper.

An intimate, low-lit bar with real burning candles. It feels glam watching the oddly pleasant bartenders shake the intricately designed craft cocktails while taking in blurry city hues from the second story windows.

Chinatown.

Heaven is subjective. Therein lies a slice of my version.

Chong Qing Xiao Mian.

Incredible noodles and flavors are not subjective. Proof is in the endless line at the door.

The Mission District.

Lively and walkable. Taquerias galore.

La Taqueria.

It turns out a burrito sans rice is better than a burrito with rice, who knew? Cash only.

Dolores Street.

If you’re into rolling hills and streets lined with gargantuan palm trees.

Lombard Street.

If you’re into motion sickness, zigzags and perfectly manicured hydrangeas.

Muir Woods.

18 miles out of the city is a serene, quiet and peaceful escape from the hurried stresses of everyday life. Being amongst the larger than life redwoods is exactly what you didn’t know you needed. Mother Nature is the ultimate elixir after all. Bonus points if you unknowingly make a wrong turn and find yourself on a predominantly incline trail.

San Francisco Bay Boat Cruise / Sotto Mare / Hook Fish Co. / Hotel Nikko /

54 Mint Ristorante ItalianoBenjamin Cooper / Chong Qing Xiao Man  / La Taqueria

This is not a sponsored post.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Gal says:

    Sounds like a pretty epic trip

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Erstey says:

    In awe of my best friend. The most talented girl in town. Props to you Cal for being so incredible👏👏👏👏👏

    Liked by 1 person

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