San Francisco Sights
My boyfriend had to travel out last minute for work to the Genentech work campus down in San Francisco. At the time, I was traveling back to our home in Portland. I switched up my flight plans for us to rendezvous at SFO airport. This was all part of my one-month, one-way flight purchasing spree I detailed in my previous blog post.
A spontaneous meetup paved the way for us to solidly enjoy a dedicated work trip. Knowing our habits when traveling alone, we both often prefer opting out of dinners and nightlife and usually end up getting takeout and watching mainstream TV channels in our respective hotel rooms.
This trip happened to be much different for the both of us.
Red and White Fleet Bay Tour
We went on a bay tour the first full day we were in town. We both opted to close out our work days early and take the 4:15 boat out for the Golden Gate Bay Tour. It was perfect, because we had amazing sunset views of the Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.
A bakery where the baked goods warrant this company to generate its own cookbook so that others might make their best stab at recreating the perfection at home. The cases contain perfect stacks of voluptuous croissants and tarts, all the same size and shape. A magnificent feat in and of itself in the baking world.
I sat here and journaled my thoughts on my recent travels and ate lemon clouds. The whipped texture of the lemon meringue cake slice was a dream.
No wifi. No outlets. The door was propped open to let in the early spring breeze. People just sat and had their coffee and perfect pastries. No laptops. No work. Just relaxing. I journaled my day and thoughts in a fresh notebook. I could not have felt more content in life.
Montesacro Pinseria Romana
The atmosphere was energetic and the waitstaff were very friendly. Having spent the day walking and working in and out of coffee shops, the comfort food was more than welcome. The pinsa was baked to perfection and the ingredient combinations were delicious and authentic.
A great early evening snack shared with my boyfriend at Fisherman’s Wharf only a few hours before heading to dinner.
You really can’t go to San Francisco without eating at least one slice of sourdough bread.
I found this via an Eater article listing out the 38 essential restaurants in San Francisco as of early 2020. A winner of the James Beard Award in …., this restaurant was a great dinner out. It featured an inventive menu and some of the best sparkling mineral water I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking. (However, it’s near impossible to buy.)
Our dinner included the most amazing kiwi and burrata salad, a plate of decadent green garlic and ricotta cappalletti and a buttery filet of local black cold. Our dessert was a slice of chocolate olive oil cake (which we were not entirely ‘wowed’ by) and a shot of peanut milk (which was delicious).
Unfortunately, we were so focused on eating, that taking high quality photos were entirely out of mind.
Bernal Heights Park
The last area of note, was viewing the sunset at Bernal Heights Park. It’s a favorite local spot for an evening hike. (I’d count myself lucky to be one of the homeowners right next door.) The mosquitoes were eager, but I was more entranced by the sunset and the 360-degree panoramic view of the city lights at dusk.
I stumbled across the park by accident in swiping through Google Maps. A definite gem at sunset and I felt so accomplished in reaching the top of the staircases and steep hills. I was only there for a short while to see the sunset before making the trek back to grab dinner downtown.
This trip could not have been more of a dream….
If you’ve ever visited any of these places, or have recommendations of your own, please feel free to share! I’ve dedicated a favorites list on my phone in my Google Maps, including these and other spots.