As the second heat wave hits Sacramento and valley towns alike, I’ve been searching for something to cool off with. Instead of another iced recipe, I ventured to the Bay Area hoping for a foggy and cool day. I know it may seem strange to want cooler weather when summer is full of time outdoors, swimsuits, and sunshine, but the crisp air that I love is one of the reasons why Seattle became my home and why I’ve always loved San Francisco. I mean, what is there not to like about Northern California’s go-to city? Fresh produce & fish, acclaimed restaurants, stunning views AND my new personal hotel. Maybe more along the lines of a sleeping bag on the floor of my brother’s studio, but hey a girl can dream!
Especially with the best friend in the passenger seat and Giants tickets bought, the night away from the dry heat was welcomed with open arms. After a typical Whole Foods panic attack (it’s just not possible to walk in and out in five minutes), breaks almost giving out on a city hill and an older angry pedestrian, we finally made it to Nob Hill and ate our over priced lunches atop a beautiful rooftop. I didn’t even mind that my soup was horribly watered down, because this view just took the prize. Although the fog burned off quickly, the cool weather stayed, making me one happy girl.
We took a walk around the neighborhood, leading us into the renowned Chinatown, where there is ample amounts of dried fish. cheap vendors and an entire micro-culture. Most importantly, my brother stumbled upon the delicious sixty cent pork bun. Come on, sixty cents for a soft white bread bun with slow cooked pork inside?! That’s definitely a perk of living in walking distance. Living only two hours away from the city for most of my life, I’ve visited a fair amount. An absolute favorite if you’re in the Union Square area is Kuleto’s for a classy and traditional Italian dinner, or their more casual counterpart Bar Norcini for a delicious cafe latte and margarita pizza (above). When in doubt, ROAM Artisan Burgers fills the tank with self-created American food and hand crafted sodas and fries. Of course there are hundreds of other amazing food stops in the wonderful bay city, so these are just a few of my staples.
There’s endless amounts of things to do and see when in the gorgeous Bay Area. I can never cross back over the Bay Bridge during Giants season without a ticket stub in my back pocket. We bought a couple of $15 bleacher seats on left field and brought the mitts in case a ball made it to home run zone. Cheering loud and sharing the delectable (and sinful) fudgey Ghirardelli sundae between the four of us made for a fantastic Monday night. A quick stop at Uncle Vito’s pizza for a late night dinner ended a long day on a delicious note. Even if cable car dings woke us up early in the morning, San Francisco still remains one of the best cities to visit for the day or more.
Where do you love to drive for a quick getaway? Leave a comment and some tips!