9:00 am: uber pool with Andrew over to the Mission. 1) uber pool is life changing ($7 for anywhere around the city). 2) the Mission district has incredible graffiti and mural art all throughout the city.
9:17 am: mosey on over the Craftsman and Wolves, because dammit I'm in the Mission and imma bout to eat enough sugar and dough to last me for a month. Craftsman and Wolves is a beautiful shop with tons of modern accents. While everything looked amazing, we had to go with the famous Rebel Within and a matcha snickerdoodle. A savory for Andrew, a sweet for me. But really we shared everything all day.
The Rebel Within comes with a teeny vial of Tabasco salt, which was everything. Also soft boiled eggs are making me change my stance on boiled eggs.
9:35 am: walk a couple blocks over to Tartine bakery, which had a little line but we didn't wait too long at all. You walk into this shop and bam you are hit with smells of freshly baked croissants and your eyes dart over to the cases that are filled with cakes, tarts, rochers, croissants, grougeres, everything you ever dreamed of eating. Andrew and I liked our little 1 savory, 1 sweet idea from C&W so we did the same here. A savory cheesy grougere and a classic morning bun. Plus a little cacao nib rocher which was the surprising frontrunner as our favorite item of the trio. But really everything was perfect.
10:00 am: walk back to Valencia Street, where next door to Craftsman and Wolves is a beautiful small batch chocolate shop called Dandelion Chocolate. Industrial decor that took my breath away, and cocoa smells that I wish I could bottle up as perfume. Andrew and I got a s'mores and a nutella stuffed chocolate chip cookie. And water, because at this point our brains were in a sugar coma. But no regrets.
... we actually came back later to kill time before dinner and got sipping chocolate with homemade marshmallows (pictures of that experience below). Because nothing says pre-dinner like velvety dark chocolate with fragrant, fluffy square marshmallows.
11:00 am: walking over to Dolores Park and going bezerk over the gorgeous flowers at Bi-Rite. I love the Mission guys. So visually stimulating. The cornflowers were my favorite, that blue is something else.
11:30 am: Dolores Park, sunshine, and incredible views
12:00 pm: walk over to Castro, right next to the Mission. Giggle at the signs because Castro has a fantastic sense of humor.
1:35 pm: meet up with Romina, Dan, and Aly at Pier 39. I was so happy to see friends and laugh and drink wine with them! Pier 39 is cute with all the tourist-y shops and ocean view.
3:00 pm: walk on over to Buena Vista for some Irish coffees (coffee + whiskey + cream). I expected to dislike it because I'm not a huge whiskey fan, but I was surprised once I took a sip from Andrew's. Way better than I expected. Also, the waiters there are pros. Fastest service I've had, and hilarious too.
Aren't these guys so good looking?!
4:30 pm: Tartine's bread comes out fresh around 4:30 pm, so Andrew and I came back to buy a loaf for Charles and Sierra. Not mad, because I'm kind of in love with this bakery now. Oh yeah and we split a lemon cream tart because I guess I'm trying real hard to make pre-dinner a thing and for some reason a lemon cream tart just made sense. It might not be logical but I'm over it.
6:00 pm: walking around the Mission (considering how much we ate that day, we needed the exercise), and dinner at Lolo Cevicheria with my cousin Young. I've never had ceviche before but I was in love with the acidity of the dishes. If you love Mexican food, ceviches, tapas, this is definitely a place to check out.
7:30 pm: Andrew heads back to Belmont with family, and I watch Shark Tank with cousins and food coma my way to blissful sleep.
I think I did day 2 just fine *okaysignemoji*
Tune in tomorrow for more SF 'ventures :)