I don’t get out much.


June 11, 2009


Vacations are expensive, Berlyn makes going places harder to plan, and I have that pesky fear of flying. So, the remedy is to sit on my couch and watch the travel channel. I pretend I’m in the South of France in a countryside pasture watching the cows graze while I’m wearing a kicky beret and eating a giant piece of French-cow cheese. It’s all very romantic, and it’s been working fine for the past few months. But now I’m getting restless, and I need to go somewhere where the couch isn’t stained with anal juice and salty cracker finger prints. 

And so we’re off on our Second Annual San Francisco trip with our amazing friends the Mattsons. 


It’s no French Countryside, but I’ll take it. 

Last year I focused on shopping and all things fancy and beautiful. We would spend most of our afternoons window shopping and while that was all well and good, I think this time I want to our sole focus on all things FOOD. 








And while I won’t be doing much of this…


I’ll make up for it by doing plenty of this.

So do you have any good food sugestions for San Francisco? Oh please don’t hold out on me, I’m a pregnant woman who needs to EAT!!


There’s an awesome Mexican Restaurant on Haight and Ashbury. It’s in the midst off all of the shops and it’s bright orange! Haha I don’t know what the name is, but it’s amazing.

And if you’re looking for authentically amazing Italian, check out
Firenze by Night Ristorante, it’s at 1429 Stockton St. The vegetable lasagna is to die for!

by Amy on June 11, 2009

If you are craving a good burger – go to Barneys. There are two of them in the city and oh, they are good burgers. I’d also give thumbs up for Firenze – the gnocchi are great.

by Dara on June 11, 2009

I don’t have any suggestions but I wanted to tell you that your hair is awesome.

by Miss Yvonne on June 11, 2009

Have so much fun my friend!

by Dena Lucas on June 11, 2009

Ok girl… I talked to my friend that lives in San Fran and here is her take:

Front Porch in the Mission- FINALLY just went. SOOOO good. Southern food. Get the Okra for an app, Fried Chicken and Brussel sprouts were amazing. It’s in this old Victorian house, funky, with a front porch and rocking chairs. They make great specialty drinks.
Bearded Papa- AWESOME cream puffs in Union Square Area
Slanted Door- at the Embarcadero GREAT Asian Fusion food
Kara’s Cupcakes- Ghiradelli Square
OMG- Bi-Rite (in the Mission at 16th and Dolores) probably the BEST ice cream I’ve ever had in my LIFE. I get the Roasted Banana and Salted Caramel together. They have the COOLEST, most yummy flavors. And if they want to do something cool, Bi-Rite has an awesome market one block away where you can get AMAZING specialty sandwiches (I recommend the Fidel), chips,drinks, fruit, stinky cheese, etc. and then walk back over to Dolores Park and have a picnic. It’s the best park in the city to people watch, I think! I love it. It reminds me of Europe on a hot summer night, EVERYONE comes out.
Luna Park- in the Mission
Monk’s Kettle- in the Mission, so many beers on tap
Le Zinc- this cute, SUPER GOOD restaurant in Noe Valley, about 2 blocks from my place actually.
Nopa is supposed to be amazing.
Asia de Cuba- in the Clift hotel, supposed to be awesome and the bar- the Redwood Room, is super trendy/pretty
Foreign Cinema- in the Mission, cool atmosphere
Delfina- Italian in the Mission

(I’m obviously partial to the Mission/places in my general area and neighborhood, and it’s the most up and coming area for restaurants and affordable fare, but she can also look up restaurants by area on Yelp and read reviews).

SF is the mini NYC, basically.

I know that was a lot… but looks like some great choices. Hope it helps and that you have a great and yummy time!

by Wendy Wilson on June 12, 2009

As if that was not enough info… here’s a few more 🙂

Oh sorry- Breakfast- Mama’s in Northbeach (the Italian area) is supposed to be awesome, haven’t made it yet. Gets SUPER crowded so go early. Chloe’s for breakfast in Noe Valley- amazing cooked with TLC.

OMG- wait NO!!!! I FORGOT THE BEST RESTAURANT EVER. This one is a MUST!!!! Burma Superstar. It’s in the Richmond and you have to go early, right when they open at 5pm. Like go at 4:45pm and line up. Because once people get sat, you have to wait for the second round so you’ll wait awhile. Get the tea leaf salad, the samosa (I think?) soup, and the coconut rice for sure. Basically everything they make is A-freakin-MAZING. Omg I’m so hungry after typing all of this. Time for dinner. Ha. 🙂

by Wendy Wilson on June 12, 2009

Go Vegan:)

by Jodie on June 14, 2009

Wow, Jodie has so many great suggestions and I’m kinda late to the game, but I do claim this town as my own, so let me see if I can come up with some options for you. Not sure how long you’re here…if you’re already gone, I suppose you can save this comment for next time.

North Beach – Pinnochio’s, Mona Lisa, or Bocce for Italian. Steps of Rome if you want to get hit on by imbiguous Italian waiters, not for the food.
Marina – Beetlenut (sushi) (WAIT, you probably can’t have raw fish. I Fail. Mental note for next non-pregnant time), Rose’s Cafe (bistro, super cute)
Ferry Bldg/Embarcadero Area – Perbacco (Italian/fancyish – across the street from my office…I could join you, but we’re totally blog strangers), Kokkari (meditteraean. Best. Lamb. Ever. Everything else frickin’ fantastic as well. Try the “flaming cheese.”), One Market (haven’t been, but all my bosses go there)
Sunset – Park Chow (Comfort Food; LOVE)

Non-food related: Go to the academy of sciences in Golden Gate Park if you have time. Best day I’ve ever had just wandering around and exploring the exhibits and animals and the FOUR-STORY RAIN FOREST. That’s right. A rain forest. Inside. But don’t worry, the monkeys are fake. And I don’t even like science. Enjoy the planetarium exhibit mid-day for a nice, dark, cool, seated rest. I swear, that wasn’t me napping in the back.

You should have my email info from this post – feel free to contact me if you want more suggestions. I’m a wealth of info on this fine, where-the-hell-is-the-sun, city.

by Bellacantare on June 16, 2009

oh yeah; desserts: While Kara’s is a great cupcake place; for the best italian cookies, eclairs and cream puffs (plus coffee, lattes, etc), definitely go by Stella’s on Columbus (@ Union St) in North Beach. It’s right next to the Wells Fargo. Small, so you might have to get your goodies to go, but it’s so worth it. I used to pass it every day on my way home. So much for walking for exercise. 🙂

by Bellacantare on June 16, 2009

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