Leaving New York kind of sucked. After running late to the airport and the slowest crawl through security ever, I finally made my flight to SFO. Halfway through I was woken from a nap to find that the man sitting right next to me was having a seizure. There was a doctor on board but it lasted over 30 minutes and he couldn’t work out the cause. The pilot had no choice but to divert to Chicago, where an ambulance met us on the tarmac and took him away for tests.
I was a little rattled, having been pinned in the window seat all that time! And I could hardly believe that I had two ‘only in the movies’ flying experiences within one week. I’m a little ashamed to say it, but I spent the first entire day in San Francisco in a funk, wishing I was still in NYC. I didn’t even have a coffee, I didn’t eat, I didn’t leave the apartment. I sat on the balcony, skyped with a friend and waited for Denea to arrive.
It’s a very different experience exploring a new place solo vs with a friend. We had two days and no real plan. Our first stop was the Golden Gate Bridge – mostly covered in fog. The weather was also a surprise. The first day was clear and sunny, but then the weather turned chilly, windy and very foggy, which our host said happened every summer in the Bay.
Ferry Building Markets
If you haven’t already noticed, I loooove a farmers market. We were lucky enough to make it down to the Ferry Plaza Markets just before they shut up shop. After wandering around picking up some beautiful fresh produce (eggplants and okra for dinner), we definitely needed a coffee. I’d heard amazing things about the Blue Bottle Coffee Co, so I was thrilled to see their coffee cart outside, and also picked up a bag of coffee beans to bring home.
As everything started to close for the day we ventured inside to find a lot more deliciousness. Mushrooms from Far West Funghi, incredible artisan cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery, and the most delicious sandwich, the ‘Mess Piggy’ from Boccalone Salumeria, with pulled pork and spicy pickled peppers. Their tagline was ‘tasty salted pig parts’ – I mean how could we not!
Ferry Building Marketplace, 1 Sausalito – San Francisco Ferry Bldg, San Francisco, CA 94111, United States
The Mission District
Another awesome looking place we stumbled across was Dandelion Small Batch Chocolate, where we sampled a few boutique chocolates made from bean to bar locally and try some bitter raw cacao. It was very interesting to see a little more of the chocolate-making process.
Unfortunately the Pirate Store was (quite) closed. We loved this sign! Wise advice on the streets of the Mission District. Another thing I wished we’d got to do was try some Mexican food. I’ve heard it’s particularly amazing in this area.
I loved exploring the city with Denea and looking forward to visiting San Fran again one day soon. There is so much more to see – hopefully with slightly better weather next time! Stay tuned for the LA recap very soon xx