I left my heart in San Francisco

August 22, 2010

San Francisco, oh my heart…I just love that city.

My husband and I attended a beautiful wedding in San Francisco last weekend.  I am just so in love with the vibe, the creativity, the people and the overall feel of that city.  There are so many different neighborhoods and areas, each with a unique personality, while permeating that California cool/San Francisco sophistication.  The only downside was that due to work schedules we had to make it a whirlwind two day trip.  Although I did have all day on Saturday to wander the city with one of my dearest friends, who now lives right in the middle of wonderful San Francisco.  I posted photos of her May wedding here.

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Although first off, thank goodness Steve and I had plans to hang out with separate friends that day, because look at this nerd alert.  Who decides to pack and wear the same shoes let alone both own them?  This nerdy, nerd couple.

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Here is a little photo diary of what we did one Saturday in San Francisco.  If you find yourself in the city wondering what to do, feel free to copy out little itinerary.  It was such fun, but wear your walking shoes, for those hills are deadly, but they will tone your butt!

Sarah & Alexandra’s day in San Francisco!

We started our morning at The Ferry Building, with coffee and breakfast, at Il Cane Rosso.  This is not your typical breakfast/sandwich/walk-up and order place.  The food is spectacular.

 

Now I am very particular about my scrambled eggs.  I can truly taste a difference between organic, cage free eggs and the normal big white ones found at most large chain grocery stores.  On top of that, most places cook their eggs so quickly and at such a high heat that they become a rubbery, yellow frisbee.  Yuck, yuck and yuck!  These eggs, however, were perfect!  Slow cooked with yummy cheese and pancetta.

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Olive oil fried egg sandwich with bacon and aged provolone.

Aside from the cool walk-up atmosphere and kraft paper/butcher shop feel,  they use the freshest, high quality ingredients.  I actually found this to be true of much of San Francisco.  They take pride in their food and from where the ingredients come.  It seemed like such a foodie city, and I was sad I didn’t have more time to eat my way through it. :)

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After breakfast we wandered about the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, where I saw shades of peppers and apples in colors I didn’t know existed,  flowers to die for, and vegetables I had never even heard of.  Words can’t even begin to do this market justice so I will let the photos do the talking.

Bok Choy

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Bitter melon

 

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Eggplants galore

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Apples of every kind – even perfect little “Twilight apples”

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I had never seen an apple like this before…it is called a Pink Pearl apple. The inside of the apple is bright pink and tastes extremely tart.  Practically like a sour patch kid candy!  I couldn’t even finish it, but the colors were gorgeous.  Although it kind of looks like a Vampire apple.  I think that is what I will call it, because Vampires are so hot right now. :)

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Oh, and seas of flowers.

 

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I love how this one vendor mixed edible leafy greens with flowers all in rustic galvanized buckets.  The kale looked like it could be for lunch or a center piece.

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I could have shopped and shot photographs all day long.

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Wishing I looked a chic as this couple with matching baskets…I’m off to market!

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Chinatown/Japantown

Alexandra and I were determined to get a little consignment/vintage shopping in as well, so we headed towards Nob Hill/Russian Hill, where there were a few on our recommendation list…meandering through Chinatown on our way, or perhaps it was more of the Japantown of the Chinatown district…I have no education on Chinese or Japanese characters, but these seem more Japanese to me….can anyone help me?  Sorry to be so ignorant of this.

I am drawn to the brightly colored Hello Kitty candy like a moth to a flame…or a 5 year old girl to pink Hello Kitty anything…

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At $78 a pound, the root must be some type of miracle cure all or potent aphrodisiac, that or it cleans your house and makes you dinner.  Can anyone ready these characters?

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More amazing fruits.  The colors on this one fruit is like a cartoon, but yet it is real!

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Even regular old Dole bananas hang differently in here.

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Consignment Shopping

So we had planned to scour the city for consignment shop finds and treasures but one step into Cris located at 2056 Polk St (between Pacific Ave & Broadway St), and well we really didn’t need to go anywhere else.  In hindsight I desperately wish I had taken more photos of the store, but I was too busy rifling through rack after rack and filling up my dressing room.  We are talking, Hermès trench coats, Lavin jackets and Valentino handbags.

These shoe were a work of art

 

Unfortunately, even at consignment shop prices many of these were still just a dream, but Alexandra found a super interesting hooded trench coat and I scored this dress/tunic piece from a New Zeland designer named Zambesi. The garment is a little wrinkled from travel, but I’ll show you how I style it once I get it back from the cleaners.

They even packaged our purchases with fresh flowers and ribbon.  The pies de la resistance!

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The super stylish Ms. Alexandra!

 

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As we wandered around Nob Hill and Russian Hill making our was towards the Marina District we stopped in an interior design shop called Fl!pp.  Fl!pp is an acronym for Fashionable Living in Petite Places.  Sounds like we could use a store like this for all the tiny apartments in Boston.  The store had tons of cool antique and vintage finds mixed with new pieces.  Out back was a tranquil little garden and outdoor seating area offering an oasis from the busy San Fran streets.    The store front is basically a showroom for their interior design services.

This wall of gold tone starburst and bleach wood mirrors has me wanting to add that feel to my more dark wood/silver toned home.  So warm and inviting.

 

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Tripod lamp in red with vintage base.

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I love this Rhino head wall mount made from pages of a book.

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Map valet trays


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After walking for hours we treated our selves to a late lunch at Chilyo Mexicano, like everywhere in San Francisco (it seems) the food was amazing.  They only use the freshest local, ingredients many of which come from their own farm in the Sonoma Vally.  I think San Francisco has made me quite the food snob.  I definitely let my heart and stomach in San Francisco.  I can not wait to go back and spend more time there.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Responses to “I left my heart in San Francisco”

  1. Martini said

    Awww! I feel like I was right there with you! I love SF, and usually go every few years. I’ll save your post for next time I venture over.

  2. Jessica said

    Beautiful! Looks like a perfect day in SF :)

  3. I felt like I was there with you too! Such great pictures. looks like such a great time and I have to say I’m most jealous that you had to wear jeans and a jacket. Oh, that feels so far away….

  4. julie said

    You captured all the things I love about SF. Especially the Ferry building – I can’t think of a place on earth I’d rather be.

  5. Michelle said

    Looks like a beautiful way to spend the day!

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