Welcome to my first blog post from the United States of America. With only two destinations (SF & NY) left to blog, I’m actually going to miss writing these posts as they are my only connection to our amazing four month trip and to my love of travel. I guess I’ll have to start planning my next escape…Thailand, Argentina, New Zealand, Portugal??? Too many places to see and foods to eat…what a dilemma!
Also, apologies for the lack of posts. I have been extremely busy at le work and once I get home at night I fathom the idea of sitting in front of my laptop after hours of staring at a computer screen. I’ll have some good content coming soon though, on Saturday we will be venturing to the Good Food & Wine Show and I’m sure lunch, dinner or a cooking experiment will also occur at some point too.
And now, over to San Francisco….
Our visit to San Fran was short and sweet and not one that we had originally anticipated. Ana’s little sister had a Futsal competition in SF whilst we were planned to be in NY, so we flew over for three days to watch her play and spent the remainder of our time being tourists with Ana’s awesome parents who had also come over.
We so gangster… . . . . . .
Boudin Bakery – Pier 39
Down at Fisherman’s Wharf we strolled along the water and spotted Boudin Bakery (you won’t miss it). This place is a carb lovers dream and a bit of an empire. This is their first flagship location opening in 1849, they now have bakeries throughout the city. Downstairs is the bakery and cafe with a shop selling gourmet gifts and then upstairs you can find the restaurant, bistro and bar.
One of the specialties on the menu is the Sourdough Cob filled with Scrambled Eggs at breakfast time. If you’re there for lunch, you have to try the bread bowl with clam chowder, it’s a SF delicacy with most of the restaurants down on the wharves serving it.
160 Jefferson St, San Francisco, (Fisherman’s Wharf)
Ph: +1 415 928 1849
Butterfly – Pier 33
On our first day we had lunch at Butterfly which is also down at Fisherman’s Wharf and close to the hotel we were staying at. The menu is inspired by Asian cuisine with the dishes being influenced by flavours and ingredients from Vietnam, Thailand, China, Japan and Korea.
I choose the Ahi Sashimi Salad of Smoked Salmon, Shishito Peppers, Thai Black Rice, Avocado, Wasabi Coulis and Salmon Roe.
Ana goes with the Beef Cobb Salad with a Poached Egg, Prosciutto, Maytag Blue Cheese, Bacon and Avocado.
To finish…Banana Lumpia Rolls with Warm Banana Foster and Coconut Ice Cream…now this is my kind of dessert! I’m going through a big banana craze atm so this photo is looking extra yum right now.
Pier 33, Bay Street – The Embarcadero, San Francisco
Ph: +1 415 864 8999
We took a ferry to Sausalito one day and got to pass by the Alcatraz Jail. This was the number one touristy thing I wanted to visit during our stay, but since we were there over the weekend all tickets to visit were sold out :(. I will have to come back to SF and truly experience my childhood nostalgia after watching the movie Escape from Alcatraz with Clint Eastwood when I was about 12 (great movie, highly recommend).
San Francisco is known for its steep hills…proof.
My dream puppy…isn’t he adorable.
Poggio – Sausalito
Our day trip to Sausalito was a great way to see another part of SF. Just near the Northern end of the Golden Gate bridge, Sausalito reminded me of a little seaside village (that was full of tourists). We took the ferry there as we wanted to see Alcatraz at a closer range, but you can also hire bicycles and ride across the Golden Gate. We walked around, bought some salt water taffy and had an amazing wine & dine lunch at Poggio.
Aperitvo….Apperol Spritz whilst we waited for a table.
Our lunch consisted of ordering a whole lot of items from the anitpasti section to share. First up, the Roasted Octopus with Pork Belly Confit, Potato, Frisee and Poached Egg.
A touch of green and red, Fresh Mozzarella, Heirloom Tomatoes and Castelvetrano Olives.
My favourite, the Wood Fire Lamb Meatballs, Braised Chard, Tomato and Ricotta Salata.
Roasted Sardines with Avocado, Heirloom Tomato, Arugala and Onion.
777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, San Francisco
Ph: +1 415 332 7771
I’m not one for fast food, but we had to try an In-N-Out Burger.
We order the Cheeseburger to share and I must say its the best fast food burger I’ve ever eaten. Of course I would much rather a gourmet burger on aritsan bread with wagyu beef and gourmet cheese, but this definitely hit the spot as well.
We loved it so much we grabbed another one when we were in LA. I wonder if they will ever make it over the ocean to Australia.
Sorry to love you and leave you, but that is all I have from SF. Hope you liked the photos and the food, this is definitely a city I will visit and explore again.
Happy Weekend xxx