Postcard from San Francisco

January 23, 2011 in Postcards

Growing up two hours from “the city” means I treat it more like an upgrade from Sacramento than a tourist destination.  It’s where we go for good shopping, the hottest clubs, classy restaurants and winning sports teams (Helllooooo World Series Champions!).  I can’t remember the last time I visited Alcatraz, rode a cable car or walked up Lombard Street (although my mother assures me that I’ve done all of them).

I Heart Your Smile with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge

It’s also the go-to city for recent college graduates in Northern California, which means I’ve spent quite a few weekends splurging on drinks and crashing on couches.  Last weekend, when the sun came out and the ever-present fog failed to appear, my friends and I decided to cure our hangovers with a view of the Golden Gate and a sourdough bread bowl. It was a good reminder why San Francisco is one of the world’s top places to visit.

Alcatraz on a sunny day in January

Sailing by Alcatraz.

Tourists riding bikes on a sunny day in San Francisco

Many tourists were taking advantage of the beautiful weather to cycle along the bay.

Crab and corn chowder in a sourdough bread bowl

The Dungeoness Crab and Corn Chowder in a sourdough bread bowl at Blue Mermaid.

San Francisco cable car

The iconic San Francisco cable cars.

Girl on a sunny day in San Francisco with view of Golden Gate Bridge

Did I mention that all of these photos were taken in January? Yup, it was tank top weather in the city by the bay.

  • http://www.allisonsuterphotography.com Allison Suter

    Yay! I was there last weekend (for the first time ever), fell madly in love, and can’t wait to go back. Maybe forever. I appreciate that the weather was not normal, but as a displaced Vancouverite, I can deal with grey and dreary if, every so often, you get days like last Saturday. AH-MA-ZING.

  • http://www.MyBeautifulAdventures.com/ Andi Perullo

    Lovely pics of a lovely city!

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  • http://travelerahoy.wordpress.com Alouise

    San Fransisco looks like such a great city. I love the idea of being able to bike anywhere in January, and not have to go through snow.

  • Joya

    I’m so glad you had a great time in my hometown! I’ve lived here all my life and am still experiencing things here for the first time, like Alcatraz. I love the new web design by the way.

  • http://twitter.com/OverYonderlust Erica Kuschel

    I was in SF in September and had to sport a jacket. I’m sad I didn’t get to experience the lovely tank top weather.

  • http://www.fabuleuxdestinbrenna.com Fabuleuxdestinbrenna

    I just went to SF for the first time for my grad gift. Such an amazing city! I love your new blog header and format!

  • http://twitter.com/ashleegadd Ashlee Gadd

    Look at your cute new banner! Love it! You sure lucked out on a sunny day in SF…I am going to have to visit soon to get a breadbowl, yum.

  • Anonymous

    While San Francisco is pretty bike-friendly, you have to remember those hills! There’s no snow, but there’s plenty of inclines once you get off the bay :)

  • Anonymous

    While San Francisco is pretty bike-friendly, you have to remember those hills! There’s no snow, but there’s plenty of inclines once you get off the bay :)

  • Anonymous

    That’s so funny–as my friends and I were walking around, we were looking at all the tourists and talking about how they totally lucked out! Especially if they were coming from someplace cold, they must have been amazed by the great, clear, sunny weather–believe me, it’s not usually like that–especially not in January! Glad you picked a great weekend to visit!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks lady!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks lady!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much! Growing up in Sacramento with family in Daly City, I’ve made plenty of trips to San Francisco. It’s fun now with lots of friends living there–we can explore different neighborhoods, restaurants, etc. and still do the touristy stuff! It’s an awesome city–wouldn’t be surprised if I settle down there one day!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much! Growing up in Sacramento with family in Daly City, I’ve made plenty of trips to San Francisco. It’s fun now with lots of friends living there–we can explore different neighborhoods, restaurants, etc. and still do the touristy stuff! It’s an awesome city–wouldn’t be surprised if I settle down there one day!

  • Anonymous

    I have the WORST luck when it comes to SF weather predictions. Any time I think it’s going to be warm (i.e. in summer) it’s always freezing. And then when I come prepared with a jacket, scarf, gloves, etc.–it’s always ridiculously warm! I even got sunburnt at a Giants game in April once! These last few weeks in SF have been a fluke, but it’s been glorious :)

  • Anonymous

    I have the WORST luck when it comes to SF weather predictions. Any time I think it’s going to be warm (i.e. in summer) it’s always freezing. And then when I come prepared with a jacket, scarf, gloves, etc.–it’s always ridiculously warm! I even got sunburnt at a Giants game in April once! These last few weeks in SF have been a fluke, but it’s been glorious :)

  • Anonymous

    Merci beaucoup! Everyone says it’s the most “European” city in America, so if you love France, I’m not surprised you enjoyed it! If you ever decide to come back, I found a great little French restaurant right by the shopping centers–worth a try if you’re missing France!

  • Anonymous

    You HAVE to go to the Blue Mermaid. It’s super close to the water in this adorable little courtyard, and the Dungeoness Crab & Corn Chowder was to die for. I’ll cross my fingers you luck out on the weather too :)

  • http://marisawilliams.com risamay

    I’d don’t know that I’d go so far as breaking out a tank top, but it is warmer (tank tops are for mid-70s and hotter, in my book). Finally. I was getting *so* sick of the cold. Low to mid-60s is welcome warm weather, indeed.

    And I’ve never understood why people say this is the most European city in America. I really don’t get that. I’ve always thought NYC, Boston, and various East Coast spots are far more Old World, both in terms of architecture and culture.

    If you’re in town and you miss France, head over to Café de la Presse or Café Claude, or any of the spots on Belden Place. And if you miss Europe in general, or Italy specifically, nothing beats North Beach (aka Little Italy).

    http://www.cafedelapresse.com/

    http://www.cafeclaude.com/

    http://www.belden-place.com/

    http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/northbeach/

    http://www.sftravel.com/beach.html

    And when all else fails, stop by a Boulange. Nearly as delicious as if it were really French macarons and pastries from Paris.

    http://laboulangebakery.com/

  • http://twitter.com/conniehum Connie Hum

    San Francisco is the ONE city I always take for granted. I think growing up outside of SF just left me with the impression that it will always be there. I never fully realize how much I love and miss SF until I’m back there for a visit. It really is a wonderful city and I wish I had appreciated my time there more.

  • Anonymous

    Crab and corn chowder looks .. gorgeous!

  • Anonymous

    I just went to Cafe Claude a few weeks ago with my Francophile parents–it was delicious! And my friend lives right by a La Boulange in the Marina, so that’s our breakfast stop–the chai tea latte was fabulous! Great recommendations!

  • Anonymous

    It was ah-maaaaazing. Seriously, probably the best meal I’ve had so far this year!

  • Anonymous

    I always wonder if I’m making a huge mistake by not choosing to live there while I’m young–all my friends absolutely love it! But I figure I know that I love SF and the Bay Area–so I can always come back to it if I don’t find a city I love better :)

  • Audrey

    I love San Francisco, it’s one of the coolest cities. It think it was in April or May that I visited. Everyone was saying it gets quite cool there, you better bring a warmer jacket. I ended up getting sun burnt! I still remember my sore calf muscles from hiking up the hills.

  • Anonymous

    The weather there is so unpredictable! I made sure to bring extra layers for a Giants game in April–and then ended up getting sunburnt too! Then again, I’ve gone in the dead of summer and been absolutely freezing. Glad you enjoyed your trip!

  • http://michimichimichi3.wordpress.com/ Michi

    One of my favorite cities! :)

  • Anonymous

    Mine too! Glad you liked it!

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