Alien's Day Out

Alien’s Day Out in San Francisco (Pt 2)


So here’s the other half of my San Francisco trip recap! Our second full day was basically spent doing a bunch of touristy things, such as (re)seeing the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Union Square, etc.

I enjoyed the ferry building so much the day before that I went there a second time, just to catch the Thursday farmer’s market. I wish I could’ve gone to the Saturday market which would’ve been even better, but we were only there during the week.

I also made sure to stop by Pebbles Donuts, an entirely vegan, organic donut shop. Gosh, I can’t even imagine there being something like this in Seoul…. I just love all the colors and flavors. I couldn’t decide between the salted caramel or blueberry, but in the end went with the salted caramel donut. I found the cake part to be a little dry actually (perhaps they weren’t fresh), but it was still good, especially when enjoyed with some blue bottle coffee. :) The icing was delicious~ loved the crunchy bits of course sea salt!

More views from downtown.

We also did the obligatory visit to Fisherman’s Wharf. This was actually my third time going there. It’s such an artificial, touristy spot, but I don’t mind walking around for memory’s sake, and to see some of the views. We also stopped at Boudin, the sourdough bakery just because I like to be surrounded by bread.

Homemade sandwiches, fruit, and chocolate for lunch by Fort Mason’s grassy lawn.

Tadaaa~~ me and the one and only Golden Gate Bridge! On all the previous visits, I’d just seen it from a distance, but for the first time I actually walked on it.

It was so windy and I wasn’t dressed properly (my jacket was too thin and I was wearing flip flops!), but the views were fantastic and now I can say that I’ve been der, done dat.

Here are a few random meals and snacks eaten in SF. Granola and a nectarine for breakfast #1. Whole grain oat bread (from the Santa Monica farmer’s market) with almond butter and blackberry jam, and an orange for breakfast #2. More whole grain bread with the vegan chorizo from Rainbow market, carrots, and an orange for dinner. And a nectarine at Union Square.

For most of the time in SF, my sister and I just ate deli food and random snacks, but for our last meal in the city, we splurged and went to Gracias Madre! I’d heard so many good things about this restaurant from multiple sources that it was kind of a no brainer that I visit.

We started with a plate of the Totopos, ‘House made chips tossed in a creamy chipotle salsa verde topped with cashew crema and cilantro.’ These were finger-lickin’ good. The chips were thick and crunchy but soft in some spots too, and had a great toasted flavor. Every chip (not just the ones on the top) had some of the chipotle salsa verde on it, and the whole plate was perfect with a little squeeze of lemon. The portion was really large and we probably filled up on this more than we should’ve… it was just hard to stop eating these once we started! For the entree, we shared this Enchiladas con Mole:

Spicy mole enchiladas topped with mushrooms and cashew cheese, served with sautéed greens and beans.‘ The open-faced enchiladas were so good and you could really taste the freshness of the corn tortillas. The entire dish was a perfect blend of flavors and textures. My favorite part was the creamy mole sauce and mushrooms which were earthy and filled with so much flavor. The sauteed kale also had a nice bitterness and the black refried beans were creamy and filling. We were both so hungry before but walked out completely stuffed… it’s good we shared the portions because there’s no way I could’ve finished it on my own. How on earth am I going to be satisfied with Dos Tacos now??

So, that wraps up my visit within the city. After that, we stayed at a friend’s house closer to Berkeley where we did a few more fun things in Northern California. Hopefully I’ll get around the blogging about that soon!


  1. I love your photos! I’ve never been to Western USA, so for now these pictures will do ;)
    One day though, I’m definitely travelling there!

  2. I almost couldn’t finish reading this post it was so heartbreaking. If Portland can beat this as a vegan mecca I’ll be surprised.

  3. Hey! I’m veggie and I’ve been reading your blog for a long time but I’ve never writen you, arghhh!!
    I’m going to NY next week and I would love to know good vegans restaurants if you know any because maybe in your trip you are going to go over.
    Thank you so much! and thank you to have this kind of blog, I really love it and enjoy it!

  4. Aw I miss SF already. Will have to visit more often :) Enjoy Portland!! Can’t wait to see pics and hear about it

  5. Omg all that stuff looks amazing! America really does seem to have so many great vegan mecas!

  6. Ahhhh! My eyes snapped to that photo of your main course at Gracias Madre. Kale, my beloved! It looks so roasty-toasty with those nuts on top–yum, a great combination. I’m glad the weather was so sunny and gorgeous for you. San Francisco is such a beautiful place. For some reason, I don’t have a “feeling” for it and so it’s not necessarily one of my favorite places, but it is unique and wonderful. I love all the water surrounding it.

  7. I’m glad you were able to check out Gracias Madre because their mother company, Cafe Gratitude are shutting down locations all over the SF Bay area.

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