…and that crush is on the city of San Francisco.
I visited for about five days last week, and my goodness is that city my new favorite place! I’d been once before, back in high school, but this trip was totally different. Whereas previously my time had been spent taking in tourist attractions (you don’t have much say in itinerary when you’re on a high school church trip), this time was all about eating, drinking and wandering. My kind of trip.
I arrived on Thursday morning, and immediately met my longtime friend Drew at Naked Lunch. After a delicious lunch, he went back to work and I trekked to his place in the Marina. (Here’s a view of the Golden Gate Bridge from his neighborhood…lovely!)
I spent that afternoon doing a bit of work at his place, and exploring the area. That night, we went out for dinner at a taqueria (giant burritos, goodness gracious) in the Mission and drinks at Magnolia in Dogpatch. It was wonderful to meet lots of Drew’s friends, and this spot had great beer and atmosphere!
On Friday, while Drew worked from home in the morning, I went out shopping on Chestnut Street near his house. I bought a few fabulous things, made a few friends around Drew’s neighborhood and even got a job offer to be a nanny! That afternoon, we got in the car and drove to Mt. Tamalpais to attempt to hike (emphasis on attempt). It was too rainy and cold and windy and foggy…so we kept driving. We had stopped off earlier at the Marin Headlands so I could see the view of the Golden Gate Bridge, which was beautiful. We wound up heading to Muir Woods once the weather cleared, where we did a bit of walking and took in the beautiful redwoods.
That night, we went to a fun house party to celebrate Drew’s friend’s birthday. While I was there, I found out that the “Full House house” (aka one of the Painted Ladies) was just a few blocks away, so naturally I convinced someone to walk with me to check it out. (Thanks, Scott!)
The next day, Drew and I went to an event at Tank18 for wine and conversation with friends. Conversation wound up being tough, as the venue was crazy loud, so Drew and I headed out. We explored SoMa and eventually headed home to chill out and watch some Suits. That night, Drew had longstanding plans for drinks, so I met up with one of his friends I’d met a couple nights earlier for a drink at La Urbana. After that, we went with friends to dinner at Southpaw.
On Sunday, I woke up early and went to a solo breakfast at Home Plate in the Marina. I wound up having to sit with another solo diner, named Thor…let me just tell you, he might have been the most shallow, insipid person I have ever met. But the food was good! I then walked down to the Philz Coffee truck on the water and enjoyed some quiet time looking at the boats.
That afternoon, Drew and I explored North Beach! He showed me Coit Tower (awesome views of SF and crazy hills). We then went over to Hayes Valley so I could check out the Warby Parker store. We wound up spotting this awesome biergarten where we had a pint and pretzel, before hitting up Smitten for some ice cream. Finally, we went to the Warby Parker store (just had to) before heading out.
That night (my last night of the trip), Drew treated me to a meal at Trestle. It was absolutely wonderful and a great way to end the trip before I flew out on Monday morning.
I wish I would’ve taken more photos while I was in the city, but I was caught up in enjoying every single moment. Not a bad reason to miss out on photo ops!
All in all, I absolutely loved San Francisco. I would move there tomorrow if I could, but alas, the cost of living is astronomical. However, if anyone out there is reading this and thinking, “Man, I’d love to financially back a girl’s dream to live in the Bay Area for a while,” feel free to contact me! 😉