san fran getaway

Thursday, April 18, 2013

DP and I took a much-needed getaway this past weekend to San Francisco! Living in LA, we're not very far away and yet hardly ever visit. That needs to change. SF is so cool! We decided (and I'm sure we're not the first ones) that if New York City and Los Angeles had a baby, it'd be San Fran for sure.

We spent a ton of time in the Hayes Valley area. Such great strolling and shopping and restaurants. This gourmet charcuterie place, Fatted Calf was gorgeous inside.......

Inside Ritual Coffee:

Other noteworthy Hayes Valley places:

Gimme Shoes for a killer selection of (expensive but amazing) Fiorentini + Baker boots
Blue Bottle Coffee in a darling alley
Smitten Ice Cream for crazy delicious, gourmet frozen treats
This chain-link enclosed beer garden for a yummy pint during bustling happy hour
Cisco Home, our fave furniture store has an outpost there too so we stopped in to do some couch-testing:

Our very cool hotel was across the street from the Ferry Building, a beautiful indoor gourmet marketplace:

Another Blue Bottle outpost:

David ordered me a decadent, double-chocolate cake from the darling confectioner Miette! (And yes, I'm still accepting Birthday gifts 6 weeks after, FYI.)

We saw some old friends, Eric and Megan for lunch:)

...walked by this beautiful church...

...and rode a streetcar (!)

(This is one of 4, 562 pictures I took from inside. Obsessed, much?)

On Saturday night, our friends Stephanie and Trey took us to their favorite neighborhood Italian place, Piccino...

...and then to the San Francisco Symphony, where Trey performs as a bad-ass percussionist! So fun to see him up there doing his thing. David thought the sides of the auditorium looked like Legos:

Our last morning we lounged on our hotel's rooftop terrace (recovering from all we ate and drank the whole weekend)...

So much water- and Bay Bridge-gazing...

A couple other things that happened:

Great pre-dinner drinks at Wine Jar
A Decadent dinner at Spruce
Really fun clothes shopping at Scotch & Soda

Can't wait to go back...send me your suggestions if you know SF!

P.S. A bunch of these pictures were taken by David Pagani:)
P.P.S. Thanks, Stephanie, for the picture of the four of us! I can't believe how great we all look considering the impatient/irritated waitress who took it:)


  1. Great post! If I didn't already live here, I'd consider moving :).

  2. This is funny to me because i did the opposite this past weekend! I live in SF and ventured to LA (mainly for Coachella ect).
    Next time you in SF youve got to:
    A)people watch at Dolores Park
    B)Tartine Bakery
    and C)Francis - reservations are months out though so plan ahead!

  3. I love Miette! And I believe in celebrating one's birthday as long as possible!!


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