High Five Friday: San Francisco Part 3

This is part 3 of 3 of my trip to the Bay Area and constitutes Easter Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

HIGH FIVE for Easter Sunday dim sum at Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood.

I don’t like dim sum, but it was on the water.

We sat at home to relax with David’s roommate then ventured out again. It was overcast and started to rain so we headed to the Oakland Museum of California. We saw the art and history exhibits.

We wanted Nepalese food, but it was closed so we walked down the road for Indian food at the Chaat Cafe. I got the chicken tandoori. The chicken was okay and the garlic naan was too crispy. 😦

HIGH FIVE hot yoga at Yoga to the People. The space is much bigger than the Vinyasa studio and I was able to shower there.

I got home, did the dishes, vacuumed, and ate some shirataki noodles with some spaghetti sauce in the fridge, all without knowing that David’s roommate was home. Good thing he slept through the noise.

HIGH FIVE for tarte Asian yogurt for breakfast. The nutrition label looks identical to Greek yogurt.

HIGH FIVE the Mission District. First stop, Tartine Bakery. The line was out the door. Instead of sweets, which wasn’t impressive actually, I got the open-faced croque monsieur with turkey and asparagus. The bread still managed to be crunchy even with the bechamel. Not the best I’ve ever had though.

Down the street is the Bi-Rite Market that is crammed with goodies.

I walked across the street for famous Bi-Rite Creamery.


HIGH FIVE for ricanelas ice cream with cinnamon and snickerdoodles.

I walked up to Dolores Park with my ice cream. The view here was gorgeous.

The Mission District was by far the nicest neighborhood I encountered in San Francisco.

HIGH FIVE more ice cream at Humphry Slocombe. This is the secret breakfast, bourbon and cornflakes. There was definitely more bourbon than cornflakes. I didn’t like it as much because it was super soft.

Philz Coffee does single drip coffee. They have nice, spacious divey spot in the Mission.

I stopped by the Civic Center while searching for a bus.

I quickly headed to the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio in order to get back to the house on time.

I stopped by San Francisco CrossFit to get my coach a shirt. The box is big and has tons of equipment. Ours is pretty large too though.

That evening, David had to film a magician for the Coast Guard so I went to Yoga to the People again and finally tried Nepalese food.

So Nepalese food is pretty much Indian food. I went to Taste of the Himalayas in downtown Berkeley.
Vegetable momos, which David polished off when he got home.

HIGH FIVE for chicken tandoori again, but this was huge and cooked so well that it was buttery. Even the plain naan was amazing! The leftovers constituted breakfast on Tuesday.

Afterwards, I hung out with George and Dave, and by hanging out, I mean we sat around on our laptops. George played a game and Dave watched sport highlights.

HIGH FIVE for George who took me to the train station and I carried 30 pounds of luggage to the Embarcadero again. I picked up baked goods to take home:

Macarons from Miette
Gluten-free cinnamon roll from Mariposa Baking

My second stop was the 24th and Mission and then walked to Dynamo Donuts and Coffee. It was closed yesterday! They have a spot to sit inside thankfully because I was super tired.

HIGH FIVE for maple bacon apple, apricot cardamom (favorite!), orange ginger, and peanut butter banana, which ended up being my least favorite. They were so good as was the coffee. I’ve had lots of coffee in the Bay Area and this was the best.

I got to the airport an hour early and checked my e-mails – I have to make some adjustments to an assignment. 😦 By the time I got home and did some grocery shopping, I had some time to finish up my assignment and realized how crappy my day will be tomorrow:

  • 6-7AM – CrossFit
  • 8-12PM – Job #3
  • 1-9AM – Job #2

So I didn’t quit Job #2 yet because I haven’t been there since I took an extension in Job #1, and I suppose I need to work there at least an extra week or two to replenish funds.

HIGH FIVE for a great trip. I explored all the neighborhoods of San Francisco/Berkeley/Oakland, ate tons of good food intuitively, walked many miles, and fell in love with the Bay Area. If only it wasn’t so expensive to live there.

What’s your favorite American city? San Francisco has taken over my love for Atlanta.
If you’ve been to the Bay Area, what do you like/dislike about it?

WIAW: San Francisco Part 2

This is part 2 of my vacation in the Bay Area on Friday and Saturday last week. I saw San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland.

I slept in on Friday and walked to Yoga to the People.

Store reminded me of David. He loves cats.

The studio was in downtown Berkeley and small. I love the instructor though and the view to outside.

David met up with me at Sliver for lunch. I had one slice of the daily special. They only make one kind of vegetarian pizza everyday.

David’s friend Joseph met up with us and took us on a tour of UC Berkeley.

They had smoothies as I waited at CREAM (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me) for an ice cream sandwich to share.

I bought a new shirt.
David was tired and hungover so I was on my own to Lake Merritt in Oakland.

We went to dinner at Turkish Kitchen.

I ordered chicken and lamb kabobs with a salad and passed on the rice.

On Saturday, I woke up early to walk to Berkeley CrossFit.

The class was free and there were 2 coaches and only 2 people so I got to do CrossFit Games 13.4, a ladder of clean and jerks and toes to bar. I modified with knee raises.

I showered and David and I headed to Haight-Ashbury, the hippie district in San Francisco.

Vintage stores that label clothes by decade and style

Open-face sandwiches from Whole Foods on Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park

We took the ferry from San Francisco to Oakland

Beer Revolution for a beer

Pizza and 2 beers at Jupiter

View from Jupiter’s

Then I went to see David at work at Albatross Pub. I drank way too much and talked to everyone including an (South) Indian guy named Juan? Cool.
Only 2 days of drinking and I was fortunate not to be hungover the second time.
How much do you drink on vacation?

MIMM: San Francisco Part 1

Spring break came early for me. I left for San Francisco on Wednesday. This is part 1 of my recap – Wednesday and Thursday in Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco.

David met me at the airport then we proceeded to a couple of bars, the Ruby Room and Merchant’s Saloon in Oakland.

Ruby Room was a dark dive bar where I had a couple of dark and stormys.

I made a couple of friends at Merchant’s Saloon.

Thursday, we headed to the Ferry Building. Dreamy.
Fancy Pepple‘s donuts

We shared a grilled cheese with turkey from Cowgirl Creamery. It soaked up all the alcohol.

The F-Train
Love the inside!

I love sea lions!

Pier 39 of Fisherman’s Wharf where I had a seafood cocktail and tried David’s clam chowder.

Great overcast day

David faking out birds

On our walk to Berkeley Bowl West, a dreamy local health market

David made albondigas soup. I helped make meatballs.
David went to a rave, but I was still hungover and stayed home instead. I played with David’s roommates’ workout stuff.

Have you been to Fisherman’s Wharf or the Ferry Building?