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Weekend in San Francisco

Check it out, the last post on our trip to California in October! If you’ve read all of these posts (here, here, and here), and we’re not related, bless your kind soul.

While planning this trip, we intentionally decided to spend the first part of our trip in Napa so we could avoid the large crowds in the tasting rooms, and also so we could enjoy the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco on Saturday. It may sound weird to plan a trip to such a big city around a farmer’s market, but it truly is incredible. Between the Ferry Building and the plaza behind it, there are rows of booths with fresh produce, stores with candles and ceramic bowls, and lots of yummy food stands. We stocked up on a few picnic items for the afternoon and grabbed some delicious breakfast sandwiches.

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Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

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Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Since we were lucky enough to have visited San Francisco two other times, we decided to skip out on walking along the Embarcadero and instead check out a new part of the city we had never visited before: Golden Gate Park. Golden Gate Park covers over 1,000 acres and is one of the most visited parks in the U.S. You could easily spend an entire weekend exploring all parts of Golden Gate Park. Since we only had a few hours to spare that afternoon, we chose to focus on getting a boat to view the park from Stow Lake before visiting the de Young Museum.

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Golden Gate Park

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Personal boat rower at Golden Gate Park

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Golden Gate Park Japanese Tea Garden

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Golden Gate Park

After our time on the water, we walked over to the de Young Museum, where we had a picnic before checking out the exhibits.

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Outside the de Young Museum at Golden Gate Park

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Our picnic outside the de Young Museum

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Inside the de Young Museum

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Inside the de Young Museum

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Inside the de Young Museum

We left the de Young Museum and walked back to our car so we could drive by the bison paddock on our way out of the park. Yes, bison. It was a little strange to see these large animals in the middle of a large city, even if it was in a fenced off area.

As bookends on this trip, we would only get two dinner meals in San Francisco. On our first night, we had a (very late) dinner at Tacolicious. The other restaurant we love is Coqueta along the Embarcadero and we were so excited to get reservations there for Saturday night. The environment is a lot of fun, and their food is delicious. We sat up at the bar where we were able to watch the chefs in the kitchen. Warning: if you sit in this spot, you will be tempted to order every single thing you watch them prepare. We may have been convinced to order a few tapas because of this kitchen view, but they went perfectly with our paella dinner.

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Before drinks along the Embarcadero. Chip made fun of this vest when I first bought, but I still love it.

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Pre-dinner drinks

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Coqueta

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Coqueta

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Coqueta

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Delicious paella at Coqueta

To wrap up our night in San Francisco, we went to grab a drink and dessert at Ghirardelli Square.

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Chocolate martini at Ghirardelli Square

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Dessert at Ghirardelli Square

We had some time Sunday morning before our flights back to San Antonio. We decided to swing by Mama’s for a hearty breakfast. It doesn’t seem to matter how early we get there, there is always at least an hour wait. This was our second time there and I have to say, I don’t totally get the hype. Yes, the food is good, but not “wait in line for over an hour” good. If you have limited time in the city, there are a lot of other great small restaurants that won’t have as long of a wait. We had hoped to drive around a few neighborhoods and check out the Painted Ladies again, but we had to eat our food pretty quickly to get to the airport on time.

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Glad to see these Tai Chi classes are still going on across the street from Mama’s

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The view from breakfast

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Breakfast at Mama’s

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Driving to the airport

After a couple of flights, we were back in San Antonio to our sweet pup who was ready for some cuddle time. We loved our time in Napa and San Francisco and hope to be back again soon!

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San Francisco: Part Two

Thursday was our first full day in San Francisco. We had planned on having Thursday be our big exploring/walking day and wanted to check out the Financial District, Chinatown, the cable car museum, Russian Hill, and Nob Hill. Probably a little too ambitious in hindsight… this is usually my problem with a lot of things I plan.

We got Thursday started with breakfast at Mama’s after some reviews on Trip Advisor (of course) and some recommendations from our friends Jeff and Megan who went to San Francisco about a year ago. Mama’s was only about a mile and a half away from our hotel, so we thought it would be a lot of fun to walk to breakfast and enjoy the crisp weather, which was such a nice break from the Texas heat. We were so wrong about this being a relaxing walk. Like really really really wrong. It was just about a straight hike to breakfast thanks to those famous San Francisco hills; I’m pretty sure my Google maps app took us on the route that would work our glutes the most. After walking up a bunch of streets and climbing flights of stairs through a park, we eventually got to Mama’s to find a nice long line waiting outside.

Our view of the city while making our way to breakfast

Our view of the city while making our way to breakfast

Line for breakfast

Line for breakfast

Mama's

Mama’s

Put my new duck boots to good use

Put my new duck boots to good use

The view from Mama's

The view from Mama’s

The street to Mama's

The street to Mama’s

Lots of rave reviews

Lots of rave reviews

Waiting outside for breakfast

Waiting outside for breakfast

Thankfully we only had to wait about 25 minutes or so before we finally got in to order some food. In the meantime, we had shed our sweater layers and eventually cooled back down following our morning cardio hike. Once we got inside the restaurant, I ordered the Dungeness Crab Benedict and Chip got a scrambled egg plate. And since this was vacation, we ordered some French Toast to split, too. The food was good, especially that French Toast which turned out to be our favorite part. I liked my Crab Benedict plate, but to be totally honest, I preferred the one I had in Maine at our awesome bed and breakfast.

Just call us the plaid family

Just call us the plaid family

After breakfast, we walked over to Chinatown to take in the sights and sounds. It was pretty crazy and there were lots of tourists around!

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

We then walked to the cable car museum, which was a lot smaller than I had expected, but it was still pretty cool to see the giant cable pulleys that actually operate the cars. Unfortunately, I was starting to feel pretty crummy at this point in the day; I think we had just done too much that morning while I was still getting over that pesky cold, so we went through the museum pretty quickly before leaving to catch a cable car. I had read that the Powell-Hyde cable car had the best views, so we waited around a few blocks away from the museum until that car came by. We paid our $12 and hopped on! The conductor on the cable car saw us with our camera and gave us a great spot on the edge of the car so we could lean out and see the views of the streets as we drove by and even helped point out Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.

The cable car pulleys at the museum

The cable car pulleys at the museum

View from the beginning of the ride

View from the beginning of the ride

View from the cable car

View from the cable car

Driving past Lombard Street

Driving past Lombard Street

If you look closely, you can see Alcatraz in the background

If you look closely, you can see Alcatraz in the background

The cable car took us to Fisherman’s Wharf so we spent some time walking around until I had to call it quits for the afternoon. I was pretty frustrated that I wasn’t feeling well and that we had to put a pause on our sightseeing, but I felt drained and clammy and knew some rest was needed. We took a quick cab ride to the hotel where I quickly passed out for three hours. If you know me well, you know I don’t really take naps very often at all and anything over 45 minutes is super long for me. So a three hour deep-sleep nap is pretty crazy. But I thankfully felt so much better when I woke up later in the afternoon!

We took a bus to North Beach where we would be having dinner at Cotogna. Since we didn’t get lunch earlier in the day because of my epic snoozefest, we were hungry and actually showed up at Cotogna a little before our 5:00 reservations and got started on a great dinner there. Cotogna was one of my favorite restaurants during our trip; I loved their take on rustic Italian food and also appreciated their very friendly staff who answered all of our questions about the menu written predominantly in Italian. Also, as a bit of a nerd, I liked how they encouraged people to Instagram pictures of their food with a certain hashtag. Way to know your audience, Cotogna.

Chip and I had a fancy ravioli appetizer and then split a delicious buffalo mozzerella margherita pizza. We finished dinner with a great gelato and then walked back over to Fisherman’s Wharf to explore a bit. We stopped by the Exploratorium gift shop and eventually walked down to Ghiradelli Square where we had some yummy after dinner drinks before calling it a day.

Cotogna

Cotogna

Can't have a great Italian dinner without some wine

Can’t have a great Italian dinner without some wine

Dinner time

Dinner time

We love pizza

We love pizza

Celebrating our two (and a half) year anniversary

Celebrating our two (and a half) year anniversary

Our view from Fisherman's Wharf

Our view from Fisherman’s Wharf

A cool mirror at the Exploratorium

A cool mirror at the Exploratorium

Exploratorium gift shop

Exploratorium gift shop

Having a childhood flashback to time spent at the Gem and Mineral Show

Having a childhood flashback to time spent at the Gem and Mineral Show

Chip really enjoyed the gift shop

Chip really enjoyed the gift shop

Ghiradelli Square

Ghiradelli Square

Chocolate cocktail and mojito to end the day

Chocolate cocktail and mojito to end the day

Stay tuned for our Friday spent in the wine country!