California in August 2015. Horace and I got to go on a trip sans kids for about a week. We drank so much coffee (woke up to Blue Bottle in my hand one morning), ate so much amazing food and took so many photos. We flew into San Francisco, drove down to LA and then ended in San Diego. I was thinking of writing it all out, but decided that bullet points are my favorite way of remembering our trips:) For San Francisco, we stayed at Hotel Whitcomb (cool old hotel, right downtown, we would stay further north next time) and we got an awesome deal on a rental car from Alamo, just fyi. I'll share the Pacific Coast Highway, LA and San Diego another day!
- Blue Bottle all day every day. We went to a few locations and loved how simple they have their setup. Everything is very low key and basic. Simple really great espresso. No flavors. No craziness. And the friendliest baristas we've ever met.
- Alta CA - Beef Tendon puffs | Gin and Tonic (house made citrusy tonic)
- Deli across the street from Hotel Whitcomb | Delicious sausage and egg breakfast sandwich
- Muir Woods
- Foreign Cinema - Brunch was amazing - Goat cheese with figs, ham and cheese sandwich, smoked tuna on greens, beautiful restaurant
- We took the afternoon to do some photography galleries and managed to see a few before closing time. SF Camerawork was sweet and the Book and Job Gallery had a great exhibit.
- Twin Peaks - Highest point on SF. We drove through really cute neighborhoods and loved seeing the city at moonrise.
- Ino Vino - tiny Italian wine bar/pizza. We happened upon this place coming down form Twin Peaks and we loved it. A cheese plate with big pieces of cheese! Great pizzas and bruschetta.
- Alice's Restaurant- We visited Horace's cousin in Palo Alto and he and some friends took us up this crazy drive to Alice's at the top of a mountain. Great beer and hearty road food.
- Pescadero beach - Amazing cliffs and perfect beach.
- Philz Coffee - This place was kind of a pour over coffee bar without any pretension? It was SO good.
-Alamo Square - Beautiful view of the city and who doesn't want to see the Full House Houses, amiright? This whole area was just gorgeous at sunset.
p.s. we got our film developed at Citizens Photo, our recent favorite. To see more photos of the restaurants we visited and the stupid amount of succulents we came across, head over here :)
Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles and San Diego coming up next!