My mom and my sister had been planning a trip to San Francisco for a couple of months and a week before they left I invited myself to tag along. Really though, they love me enough to let me crash their party. They were specifically going for a Vermeer exhibit at the deYoung Museum, but after I got invited we had to make a few mandatory foodie destination stops as well.
Our first morning in the city we grabbed breakfast at the famous Dottie's. It's an adorable little restaurant with some really fabulous breakfast food. Because we weren't the only ones who were dying to try it we had to wait in line to get in for almost an hour.
Luckily the food was worth the wait!
Riding the trolley cars was one of my favorite things. They were so fun, creaking up and down big hills and usually packed full of people. It was a cool way to see the city.
We made our way to Lombard street to see the famous crooked hill, and were surprised by such a beautiful view of the city.
After wandering around for a bit we decided it was time for some food. At school we had a day where we Boudin Bakery, and what makes their sour dough so good. Since then I have wanted to visit the "bakers hall" and of course get a taste of the world famous sour dough bread.
While there we took a tour of the bake shop and watched the dough get mixed and shaped.
For dinner we ate a lot of bread. I got clam chowder in a sour dough bread bowl, my mom got a salad with a side of bread and my sister got a grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough. We were thoroughly carbo-loaded.
As if that wasn't enough after we left Fisherman's Wharf we walked over to Ghirardelli Square, birthplace of Ghirardelli chocolate, and indulged on the gloriousness.
We got the best cookie that ever existed and some ice cream treats. At this point we were completely filled with all things delicious.
The next morning we met up with a life long friend who's currently living in San Francisco with her husband and adorable baby boy. She showed us her favorite view of the city and took us to an awesome breakfast spot.
Me and best friend Tess - San Fran's most awesome resident!
After the pretty view, a hearty french toast breakfast, and the amazing deYoung exhibit we found ourselves lounging in Alamo square park, munching on peanut butter m&m's, taking in some vitamin d, and trying to remember the theme song of Full House ("Everywhere you look...something, something, something...").
The Painted Ladies, were quite beautiful.
We left the park to check out a pretty great view of Golden Gate Bridge.
And finished our day with some of the most amazing ice cream I've ever had. Salted caramel, snicker doodle, and lavender honey were the flavors we sampled.
Our last day in San Fran consisted of farmers market, ferry boats, Sausalito, and China Town. It was the perfect way to end our trip.
This farmers market was one of the largest and most amazing I've ever been to. Tent after tent filled with fresh and tasty looking things to eat.
We hung out on the Pier for a while snacking on our purchases and listening to live local music.
After we were through at the farmers market we road the ferry boat to Sausalito, a little beach side community on the other side of the bay.
On our way back to the hotel we made a pit stop in China Town and snapped a few more pictures.
San Francisco was a cool city, I'm really glad I got the chance to go with my mom and my sister - we ate way too many cookies, shopped way too much and had a ball.
Now I'm home again with no plans to go anywhere anytime soon.
Adam's pretty glad about that.