One of David’s favorite places on earth is San Francisco, so when we visited his parents this weekend in Sacramento, we couldn’t not go there when it was only 1.5 hours away.
I love San Francisco also; in fact, I decided this past weekend that it reminds me of Sydney, Australia and that’s why I like it. P.S. I have to think that Sydney is one of the best cities in the world, but I may be biased. Anyways, when we got to San Francisco, we headed straight to the farmer’s market and we were in for a treat (or lots of treats). I loved seeing so many people running and walking around and eating organic foods! It made my heart happy. I purchased some dried white nectarines. If you have a food dehydrator, I highly recommend drying white nectarines out. You will not be disappointed. I’m pretty sure this is my favorite dried fruit, which is a big statement for me.
There were tons of great produce stands obviously, but there were also great food trucks and not so obvious stands (such as the stand with specialty sugar and spices). For lunch, we opted for some tamales. David and I shared the chicken chili tamale that came with really good black refried beans of some sort and steamed potatoes and other veggies. We also bought some lavender lemonade from the happy girl kitchen. I loved it!
We went to Union Square and walked around there for a while and shopped at Macy’s, Niketown and a few other shops. It was like NYC’s 5th Avenue with tons of shopping!
Next on the agenda was Ghiradelli Square for some chocolate. I’ve been to San Francisco a handful of times and never have gotten chocolate from here. I had to this time. There were obviously walls of chocolate of all their flavors as well as a cafe that you could order sundaes and other fun treats with their chocolate. We hadn’t had dinner yet, so I didn’t order one, but I did purchase a peppermint chocolate bar and 72% cocoa. I love dark chocolate, but I’m the only one that does of the people I was with. I was a little disappointed that you had to buy the big chocolate bars instead of the little square ones that are for sale everywhere else that sells their chocolate. If you want a HUGE chocolate bar, then by all means, go to this store and buy one, but if you want an assortment of little bits and don’t want a whole gift bag, then I would wait and go to a convenience store around there and buy them there. I would have preferred 2 little bars instead the big bars, since I am irresponsible with large amounts of sugar.
After our adventure to Ghiradelli, we went to Pier 39, which is a very touristy part of San Francisco. They have tons of restaurants, street performers, shops and it’s obviously right near the water. We opted to go to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. for dinner. It was packed, but our wait was only 20 minutes, which was perfect for sunning ourselves in the perfect San Fransicsco sun. I must say, we did get the best seat in the house with views of the bay on both sides of the table. There were hundreds of sailboats going by; it was very picturesque.
I ordered a plain mojito, but it was very good and David got the mango mojito and it was also excellent (hardly any alcohol, but tasted refreshing). I couldn’t come to San Fransisco and not order seafood, so I got the shrimp kabobs with onions and zucchini over rice with a lemon sauce on the side and David got the good ol’ fried chicken and mashed potatoes.
We were so exhausted and full after this meal so we decided our time in San Fran was over and we headed back to Sacramento. I have narcolepsy in the car, so I obviously fell asleep about half way home. I cannot stay awake when driving in the car over about 1 hour.