139. travelogue: san francisco

this past week i made the journey to san francisco, ca with one of my dearest friends. siu and i have been best friends for 20 years but have never traveled together before now. as it turns out, she is a great travel buddy and is one of my favorite people to travel with! 

we spent the week drinking amazing coffee every day, exploring the majestic red wood forest, eating taro root dumplings and standing under the awe-inspiring golden gate. there were so many moments and places that i loved about this trip but here is a short list of my top picks:

this historic fort is situated directly underneath the golden gate bridge. make sure to stop here before you make your way across the bridge because it will give you a unique and new perspective of this iconic bridge. definitely bring a few extra layers because it is windy!!


this restaurant serves american family style dishes like a tasting menu. this relatively new dinner spot is run by the same team as the well-known state bird provisions and is well worth the splurge. dinner in the dining room (as opposed to the bar) can run $60 and up per person at minimum however, it is delicious from start to finish. make sure to try the black cod toast, the grilled spring asparagus and lamb shank-flat noodle stir fry.

once a thriving salt water playground, the sutro baths now sit in ruins on the west side of the city. the structure was built in 1896 and operated until 1966 when the building burned to the ground. in it's heyday, there were multiple salt water pools and a fresh water pool for swimming. now all that is left standing are concrete walls, crumbling staircases and a tunnel carved into the side of the cliff on the coast. it's interesting to see how peaceful this once booming site has become. not to mention, the backdrop for photographs is breathtaking.

these two nature filled gems are located in the middle of golden gate park. it is incredible how extensive and well maintained the collection of worldly plants in both park areas are. after two hours of walking amongst gigantic ferns and thousands of succulents in the botanical garden, i was completely enamored with this spot. for those of you who know me, you know how much i love a good fern. these two sites are best visited on two different days if you are a serious nature lover and need time to appreciate them fully. admission is free for the botanical gardens on tuesdays and free for the japanese tea garden on wednesday mornings before 10:00 am!

last but not least, the coffee scene in san francisco is on point. siu and i visited a new coffee spot every day but my favorite was the mill in alamo square. not only is the coffee fantastic, their breakfast toast is worth the trip alone. the interior has a clean, airy and organic quality to it which makes for a nice morning breakfast date. menu items change seasonally but if they are offering the salmon and herbed cream cheese toast while you are there, grab it.

p.s. thank you to siu for capturing a few photographs of me on this incredible trip. great eye!

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