i had a nice mini vacay with my boyfriend this past weekend in good ol’ san francisco!
houses on haight (photo courtesy of kb | yoga)
the fact that the city is only about 45 mins away makes for a perfect weekend getaway. i packed my lulu, my eminence & my lumix lx3, left work and yoga behind and looked ahead to some well-deserved r & r. for the relatively small size of the city (approximately 7 mi x 7 mi), it is bursting at the seams with culture, shopping, and FOOD… ha, can you tell what we did for most of the weekend?
weekend digs c/o hotel vertigo | 940 sutter street sf
lobby at hotel vertigo (photo courtesy of kb | yoga)
now, i may not know SF the way some people know the city. but i like to think of exploring every nook and cranny of san francisco in the same way i approach my yoga practice: every day is different; i know what is familiar, but i am also are open to discovering something new & exciting.
i took jeff to a couple of my favorite spots, and we explored some new ones together, too!
ryoko’s | 619 taylor street
be prepared to wait…. wait for possibly a very long time. a dj spins on fridays. i’m sure saturdays, too. great vibe. fresh sushi. friendly staff.
thank you, yelp. the consierge at our hotel recommended another japanese restaurant, but when i looked it up, ryoko’s received a higher star rating and was also just down the block. score! i knew it had to be good if people were willing to wait 30-45 mins to get seated. they will serve you drinks while you wait. a party next to us ordered a pitcher of beer (nice). there is no lobby to wait. you wait on the stairs, as the restaurant is below grade.
sweetened latte à la farm: table (photo courtesy of kb | yoga)
farm: table | 754 post street
their menu changes daily. their coffee is divine. their dishes are full of flavor. be open to sharing a table – it’s communal seating.
farm: table (photo courtesy of kb | yoga)
jeff & i were here 2 mornings in a row. i found this spot thanks to yelp.com. it is literally a hole in a wall, but super cute! we met a young couple visiting from boston who were here without an itinerary, without a home to return to and a baby on the way – the epitome of living in the moment! the husband witnessed a dog outside the breakfast nook take a leak on a woman’s suitcase who was enjoying her farm: table meal outside. he was appalled – not because the dog pissed on the woman’s stuff, but because the owner didn’t apologize or even acknowledge the situation. being the good citizen that he was, he approached the owner to let him know, only to be told to “mind your own f*#%ing business.” wow… gotta really love those san franciscans.
mushroom quiche with mascarpone & greens (photo courtesy of kb | yoga)
i had to exploit my camera for a weekend. it’s been in hibernation for weeks. maybe months. we were originally planning on going to SF zoo and the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, but time was not on our side. we opted for the conservatory instead since it was closer.
san tung restaurant | 1031 irving street
be prepared to wait. must order: dried fried chicken wings & dried fried string beans
during our 25 minute wait, we managed to convince an indian family to wait for a table and suggested the dried fried chicken wings. when finally seated at our table, i noticed that everyone around us was ordering the same dishes (on top of other things): dried fried chicken & dried fried string beans. hungry bellies (that know wussup) think alike! i am glad i wore stretchy pants to this meal. i suggest the same to you! wish i had a picture… but i was too hungry to stop for photos!
that takes the cake | 2271 union street
my ultimate faves: prom queen, chocolamento & gentlemen prefer red. get there early or call ahead to reserve your favorite flavors! the popular ones sell like hotcakes! check the website for menu changes. they server certain flavors on certain days.
absolute decadence: (shown t-b/ l-r) orange zinger, chocolamento, over the rainbow, gentlemen prefer red, tuxedo & over the rainbow (photo courtesy of kb | yoga)
foreign cinema | 2534 mission street
original menu with cinematic theme (duh). menu changes daily. indoor and outdoor seating… if it’s nice out, ask to get seated outdoors. reservations are a MUST… at least a week in advance. later reservations in the evening (after 8pm in the summer) are also nicer since they play a film in the patio after dusk.
although it looks like it, we didn’t spend the entire weekend eating we also visited the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, the Haight & Union Square. the latest exhibit at the Conservatory was wicked plants, plants that cause death, but there are still 3 other green houses full of different kinds of plant life. orchids of the americas was another great one. my camera really got some good action here.
wicked plants at the conservatory (photo courtesy of kb | yoga)
deadly houseplants? eeps! (photo courtesy of kb | yoga)
"jellyfish" orchids (photo courtesy of kb | yoga)
…sadly, laying in bed saturday night catching up on my emails/fb/twitter/news, i found out that amy winehouse passed away… i will miss her soulful, sultry voice.
this one’s for you, amy winehouse. r i p.
photo courtesy of 7x7.com
til next time, san francisco, stay hip. stay retro. stay true. thanks for the fun times.