SF.

As promised, a recap of a recent long weekend in San Francisco. Though it torrentially down poured for the duration of our visit, friends and I still managed to love every sock-soaked minute of it, damp hair and all.

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Our first evening brought us to dinner at Starbelly, in the Castro. Despite the rain, we were able to sit in the eatery’s covered backyard garden, where string lights and heat lamps made for a perfect hideout for hungry travelers. We shared a quinoa salad pumped up with kale, avocado, marinated beets, and parmesan; grilled broccoli rabe with butter beans in tomato sauce; and a butternut squash / sage / pumpkin seed / goat cheese pizza, below.

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With morning came somewhat clearer skies and lovely views from our stellar Airbnb. (Seriously, check these guys out if you’re looking for a place to stay in SF. Airbnb ranks them as “superhosts.” Probably has something to do with the complimentary granola and Nespresso machine access they provided, as well as the glasses of wine they greeted us with at the door upon arrival. Swoon.)

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When it wasn’t monsoon-ing, we walked SF’s streets (or perhaps more accurately, mountains), stopping at coffee shops and lunch spots along the way…

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{ In the Castro }

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{ At Flywheel Coffee Roasters in Haight Ashbury }

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{ More in Haight Ashbury }

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{ More in Haight Ashbury – lunch of Vietnamese shrimp salad from Dragoneats }

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We also wandered over to the Mission, where authentic Mexican bakeries sat adjacent to hipster coffee shops, new-agey apothecaries, and upscale vintage clothing stores, as seen above + below.

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With SF’s major hills comes hunger. So after careful brunch research, we made our way to Beretta in the Mission. I went for a flavorful pesto frittata packed with veggies and paired with roasted potatoes, greens, and a slice of crispy, grilled bread. Friends opted for breakfast pizzas and burrata toast that were equally inhale-able.

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After finding out that SFMOMA was closed for renovation for the foreseeable future, we headed to the de Young Museum, located in the city’s famous Golden Gate Park. Our visit included a stop in to the viewpoint at the top of the museum’s observation tower, which offers 360-degree views of downtown SF, Golden Gate Park, the Bay, and the Marin headlands (weather permitting, of course).

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Anxious to see more during my last hours in the city, I walked my way through part of Golden Gate Park, where the lush greenery benefitted considerably from the consistent drizzle. I benefitted less; the steady rains eventually led me to (woefully) call an Uber to bring me the rest of the way back to my Airbnb.

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In some way I’m thankful for the unrelenting weather, as I have all the more reason to return for the activities I’d hoped to get to. I’m thinking a walk along the Embarcadero, a bike ride along the Golden Gate Bridge, and another brunch (or three) are in order.

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4 thoughts on “SF.

  1. ANTHEA,THIS IS THE PROFESSION YOU WERE MEANT FOR!!!! TRAVELER, COMMENTATOR, CRITIC, YOU ARE A NATURAL!!! I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR E-MAILS.XXXXOOOO GRANDMA

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