I just bought a new DSLR camera, which I'm super psyched about. I've always wanted to explore photography, but it was also important to me to bring more real photos of the healthy TCM lifestyle we preach, straight to you. Though I'm certainly no pro yet, I shot a couple of scenic pictures of the city and surrounding areas this past week that I'm excited to share with all of you. Below each picture is a descriptor of where it was taken. Plus, I've let you all in on some of my fave food spots - whether you're looking for brunch, a snack or just a little guilt-free (gluten-free) treat. Hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think!
GET TO KNOW SAN FRANCISCO
BEST BRUNCH SPOT(S):
Chloe's or Mama's [Brenda's is a close third]
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Chloe's is classic San Francisco: quintessential breakfast items, from omelets to pancakes, a quaint spot (that fills up quickly) and friendly staff.
Mama's on Washington Park is often chalked up as one of the best brunches in San Francisco. Visitors love glossing over the display of fresh fruits and breads, visible through the interior glass window. I especially loved their
Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes and Cranberry Walnut Bread, served with homemade raspberry jam. (Yes, I was off my typical diet this week.) Be prepared to wait. A long, long time.
FAVORITE GLUTEN-FREE BAKERY:
Mariposa (in the Ferry Building)
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Mariposa makes being gluten-free a borderline blessing. Everything is good and fresh here, though I especially dig their fruit danishes, bagels and cinnamon buns. Just beware: the products are worth it, but their prices are steep.
Hog Island Oyster
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Hog Island Oyster is involved in every step of their process - from cultivating the oysters to beautifully presenting them at table. Though the brand has several locations, I particularly enjoyed dining in their Ferry Building Marketplace location, boasting beautiful views of the water.
FAVORITE FARMER'S MARKET STOP:
Hayes Street Grill (also serving up Vicolo Pizza)
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Nothing will disappoint here - from the Oyster Po' Boy sandwich (decked out with house made tartar sauce, cole slaw and buttermilk-dredged fried oysters) to the Salmon BLT (with Hobb's Bacon, cooked to crispy perfection.) I especially love the Salmon BLT, though in a seemingly sacrilegious act, I skip the bacon. Pick up a Vicolo pizza while you're there and leave equipped with one of San Francisco's original cornmeal crusts.
Blue Bottle (at the Hayes Valley alley location)
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Despite loving Blue Bottle coffee, the company's Hayes Valley Kiosk, originally opened in the friend of the brand's garage in 2005, has become a staple, urban pleasure. I love their New Orleans-style iced coffee with chicory, though their drip coffee is always a welcome pick-me-up.