My San Francisco trip was so awesome and packed with yummy eats and amazing sights, that I need to split it into two parts. I’m only going to be able to share a small portion of all my photos! I just have to say… I love San Francisco. It’s my kind of city~~ Fairly small in size, but packed with tons of activity, amazing culture, cool people, accessible public transportation, and ofcourse, delicious vegan eats. If I could move to the US, SF just might be my top choice.
This was my third time visiting SF but my first time driving there. It wasn’t that long of a drive… about 6.5 hours, including a few bathroom breaks and lunch. We could’ve gone the scenic route on highway 1, but that would’ve taken way too long, so we just took the speedy way on 5. We still got to see some nice scenery… dry hills, wind turbines, and a ton of cows grazing and stinking up the air. haha.
In addition to snacks, we packed lunch consisting of pb & apple butter sandwiches, fruit salad, and doritos, and enjoyed it at one of the rest stop picnic areas. The fruit salad included some of my favorites: mango, papaya, nectarines, strawberries, and blueberries.
Along the way, we popped into Green Earth Cafe & Bakery and shared a soy coffee and cherry scone. The scone had more of a healthy, dense, muffin-like texture, and it didn’t feel oily to the touch like most other scones. Quite nice! I would’ve loved to visit Cinnaholic too but we couldn’t stay long because of the parking meter~
We didn’t do a whole lot that evening, but for dinner my sister and I shared a vegan tofu curry pie and a side salad at Mission Pie. The pie crust was buttery and crispy-crunchy along the edge, and the filling was delicious. Loved the curry flavor– different from the usual pot pie. I haven’t had a pot pie since I was an omni!
We were actually only in the city for 2 full days (and then another day further north) so we tried to pack in as much as we could. We wanted to do a good mix of touristy but also more local stuff, and I think we struck a good balance between the two in the end. Most of our first full day was spent hanging around the Mission neighborhood, perhaps my favorite part of the city! So many veg-friendly markets, restaurants and cafes… not that the rest of SF isn’t, but it’s just got good vibes.
My sister wanted to go to the ever-so-popular Tartine Bakery (completely unrelated to the Tartine bakery in Seoul) so we walked there in the morning because it was close to where we were staying. She got a morning bun and soy coffee. There didn’t seem to be anything vegan so I didn’t get anything, but just sipped on some of my sister’s coffee. I really loved the ambiance of the bakery, even though it was crazy packed inside, and had a line almost going out the door. :)
After that, we walked next door and checked out BiRite market, which several of you readers recommended. :) Man, what an awesome shop. It wasn’t that large in size, but there were so many cool things to see and admire. We picked up a few things from the deli and headed to Dolores Park for a picnic lunch.
We shared the Mediterranean wrap and a curried lentil salad. The wrap was a little drippy, but still tasted good. I especially loved the curried lentils and plan on making something similar when I go back. It was also so nice to hang out at Dolores Park, get some sun, read a book, and people-watch.
Next, I dragged my sister to Rainbow Grocery, the huge health food market and worker-owned coop! Yes, one of my tourist destinations was a supermarket. Don’t laugh– i know some of you do the same! My sister is a definitely a trooper for following me to all of my vegan food spots. The market was so huge and they had absolutely everything, not just food, although I did spend the majority of my time in the food section. I was especially in awe of all the vegan cheese! I was going to buy a package of Daiya, but then realized that it would be in my bag for the rest of the hot day and probably get all melty, so I decided to just get it later in LA.
I wanted to buy the whole store out, but in the end I came away with some primal vegan jerky strips, Justin’s peanut butter cups, dark chocolate orange bar, a package of vegan vanilla pudding mix, and sweet potato chips. :) A lady was serving samples of vegan chorizo on chips. It was really tasty and on sale so I bought one. hehe. She got me.
Being the coffee addicts that my sister and I are, we also went to Blue Bottle! This was quite possibly the best vegan latte I’ve had ever (along with Intelligentsia’s). So delicious and also beautiful to look at. I now understand why so many of you recommended I try it.
Well, that just about sums up the first half our our san francisco trip. There’s plenty more photos to come, including those from my dinner at Gracias Madre. Stay tuned!