San Franfrisky, but no whiskey (surprisingly)

I had the pleasure of taking a little vacation to San Francisco with Ethan earlier this week. I try to take a small trip and big trip every year- this would be my small trip with Spain being my big trip. I wanted to surprise Ethan with a little vacation to celebrate his birthday. Well I'm a silly person and spoiled the surprise (ask me later). However, I'm a bit glad I spoiled it because Ethan got to pick out places he really wanted to go to. I'd have to say, not surprising at all, this was truly a FOODIE trip. I think I looked forward to eating at unique restaurants rather than seeing the places (and besides seeing some good friends which was really the highlight of my trip). 

Check out the video (definitely inspired by fellow bloggers, Alex and Kristel) and some more photos and descriptions below!

Trippy hills, man. We are en route to  Lombard Street - the most crooked street.. ever. Also it was a steep hill so I used the excuse to take a picture just so I could rest lol.

Trippy hills, man. We are en route to Lombard Street- the most crooked street.. ever. Also it was a steep hill so I used the excuse to take a picture just so I could rest lol.

Beary cool. Lol this kid's like "She stole my shot!" Mwhahaha

Beary cool. Lol this kid's like "She stole my shot!" Mwhahaha

We walked around Little Italy and while there were a bunch of cute cafes, bistros and restaurants,  Il Casaro  caught my eye because they had a mozzarella bar. I knew they must have  mozzarella di bufala  (mozzarella cheese using buffalo milk). I think mozzarella di bufala is tastier than the whole (cow) milk mozzarellas. It's hard to find, so I grabbed Ethan and insisted we have a snack. Here you have the mozzarella di bufala, wild boar salami, arugula and plain pizza bread all drizzled with delicious olive oil. Molto bene!

We walked around Little Italy and while there were a bunch of cute cafes, bistros and restaurants, Il Casaro caught my eye because they had a mozzarella bar. I knew they must have mozzarella di bufala (mozzarella cheese using buffalo milk). I think mozzarella di bufala is tastier than the whole (cow) milk mozzarellas. It's hard to find, so I grabbed Ethan and insisted we have a snack. Here you have the mozzarella di bufala, wild boar salami, arugula and plain pizza bread all drizzled with delicious olive oil. Molto bene!

We trekked up stairs and hills to get to  Coit Tower ! You can see the view a bit, but I highly recommend you visit this place yourself to see it. In the meantime here are our faces with the San Franbrisky wind blowing our hair.

We trekked up stairs and hills to get to Coit Tower! You can see the view a bit, but I highly recommend you visit this place yourself to see it. In the meantime here are our faces with the San Franbrisky wind blowing our hair.

We went to this bar called  Smugglers Cove . So awesome! You will surely miss this place the first time or believe that it is closed- the windows are blacked out and I'm not even sure that there was a sign outside. From floor to ceiling, the bar is decked out with tropical props and decor, remnants of a pirate ship and novelties from a treasure chest. There are three floors; the bottom floor has a bar and sweet little laguna complete with water! I really enjoyed the drinks here. Tropical with a kick.

We went to this bar called Smugglers Cove. So awesome! You will surely miss this place the first time or believe that it is closed- the windows are blacked out and I'm not even sure that there was a sign outside. From floor to ceiling, the bar is decked out with tropical props and decor, remnants of a pirate ship and novelties from a treasure chest. There are three floors; the bottom floor has a bar and sweet little laguna complete with water! I really enjoyed the drinks here. Tropical with a kick.

There were several different recommendations given to me for breakfast/brunch. But since we were in San Fran during the weekdays it cut my list in half. So I decided to do a little more research and found out about Mymy Cafe. Very small and colorful inside. We just beat the rush at 9:30 a.m. Everyone came in an hour later. I had the Norwegian Benedict with smoked salmon on an english muffin, sauteed spinach, PERFECTLY poached egg, capers, micro sprouts and a chive hollandaise. The hollandaise was creamy, smooth, not too zesty (some places are heavy-handed with the lemon) and just a nice hint of chive. What I loved about this place is that they have several different kinds of benedictions. I guess someone could argue that it's a bad thing but I appreciate variety.  Ethan got the 6-hour corned beef hash and that was delicious too. The corned beef was tender and flavorful and I think he'll have to tell you about the rest. Each table had a little jar of home made jam too. Loved it!

Since I spilled the beans, Ethan let Chef at 99 Park know that we were headed to San Francisco. He suggested  State Bird Provisions  at first because that is where he staged (in the culinary world that means interned) but we decided to go to the sister restaurant right next door called  The Progress . They offer a beautifully crafted menu- seriously both in physical form and the dishes offered. The menu itself was letterpressed and dated (as in it had the day's date on it)- something you don't see at a lot of restaurants. In the bar you can order the menu a la carte but Ethan and I decided it was time to experience a tasting menu. We chose five savory dishes (served family style) and then two different desserts each. I think Ethan will talk about it more in  his blog . All I can say is that I experienced some weird food nirvana at the end of dinner. Definitely try it out. It's one of the more affordable tasting menus out there at $65 per person (not including gratuity or tax).

Since I spilled the beans, Ethan let Chef at 99 Park know that we were headed to San Francisco. He suggested State Bird Provisions at first because that is where he staged (in the culinary world that means interned) but we decided to go to the sister restaurant right next door called The Progress. They offer a beautifully crafted menu- seriously both in physical form and the dishes offered. The menu itself was letterpressed and dated (as in it had the day's date on it)- something you don't see at a lot of restaurants. In the bar you can order the menu a la carte but Ethan and I decided it was time to experience a tasting menu. We chose five savory dishes (served family style) and then two different desserts each. I think Ethan will talk about it more in his blog. All I can say is that I experienced some weird food nirvana at the end of dinner. Definitely try it out. It's one of the more affordable tasting menus out there at $65 per person (not including gratuity or tax).

Three things I love about SF:

  • The various neighborhoods such as China Town, Japan Town and Little Italy.
  • The weather: 60s-70s, sunny and breezy.
  • The architecture of major buildings and residential apartments.

Three things I hate about SF:

  • People walk way too slowly.
  • It's really dirty but yeah I know what you're going to say "No shit, it's an older city." But still.
  • Transit system did not seem very "approachable."

Such an amazing time and it was so easy to plan. I am already thinking about my next trip. Perhaps the east coast and definitely Vegas!

P.S. I'm surprised I didn't have any whiskey on my trip. Lots of wine which is fitting for the area.