San Francisco Days
November 9, 2017
I’ve lived in California almost 6 years now and have only been to San Francisco once (about 3 years ago). Appalling, I know. When my boss asked if I’d be interested in helping him showcase his wine at the biannual San Francisco Vintner’s Market I couldn’t turn him down. What a perfect excuse to get my butt up there again and taste some delicious wine while at it. No brainer, right? I’m so glad I said yes. Eddie didn’t need much convincing to tag along and help so we booked our flights and were up there two weeks later. If you’ve never been to San Fran, be prepared to expect grey skies regardless of what the weatherman says. We were graced with both gorgeous blue skies and gloomy days amongst our trip. Nevertheless, we had a wonderful time as expected.
Warning: this post is a decently long one. I’ve had Chris Isaak’s ‘San Francisco Days’ stuck in my head while writing this post, so I’ll include it here for your listening pleasure while you read along.
Our first stop off the airplane was to get some food in our bellies. After some last-minute Yelping, we came across a highly rated restaurant for some dim sum. The vegetarian option was surprisingly delicious!
After dropping our bags off at our hotel (we stayed at the Marriott in the Fisherman’s Wharf to be close to the event), we went straight for the typical tourist stops. First up: the Painted Ladies. Friday was the gloomiest of all days we were there. It drizzled briefly once which was a tad disappointing as I came prepared with my new Everlane raincoat on ready to take it for a proper spin.
Nonetheless, it was great to piece together the Full House trailer with real life and have Eddie sing the song in my ear the whole time.
Sweater (similar here)
Side note about some pieces of my outfit: I’ve owned these Converse Chuck Taylors for years now. They are probably my go-to casual sneaker and they look brand new, right? Pop them in the wash and they come out looking like new time and time again!
I bought this sweater from Banana Republic years ago. It is still probably one of my favourite sweaters and I wear it all. the. time. I will definitely get 30+ wears out of it. Taking advantage of pieces I love in my wardrobe that were pre-revelation is still a great way to ensure I get plenty of use out of my clothes and not waste any purchases. I’ve put some great ethical alternatives below, however, that I would easily snatch up if I didn’t already have the one I own.
I haven’t owned a raincoat probably since I lived in England. I’m tempted to say it was one of those Gap ones that folded into itself and snapped shut. Anyone else own one of those? I got my hands on this Everlane beauty a few months back and was waiting for the perfect chance to break it in – I had my money on San Francisco. Whilst it didn’t rain like I thought it would, I wore it all afternoon to help protect from the gusts of wind that were trying to give me ear aches. It’s incredibly light, dead comfy, and functional. I’ll need to take it for a spin in torrential downpours in order to give you a review on it’s ability to keep me dry. *Plans trip to Florida*
Next stop was the Golden Gate Bridge. My last trip to San Francisco consisted of hotel rooms and trade show floors, so I missed out on the quintessential touristy pitstops. Last week was like making up for lost time. There was no one better to do that with than with this goofball. (He insisted I slip this picture in my blog – he’s rarely a ham so I happily agreed).
Whilst I was trying to capture the best pictures I could of the Golden Gate, I looked to my side and noticed Eddie was missing. I found him near the informational signs that covered how the bridge was held together. Some cool stats: The Golden Gate Bridge spans 4200 feet. There are 27,572 wires in each cable. 80,000 miles of wire were used in total.
We walked about halfway onto the bridge and turned around. Us babies couldn’t handle the gusting winds and wanted to huddle up in some warmth asap. Later that night we went to a restaurant we had been to on our previous trip. It’s called Nopa and it was just as incredible as we remembered it. Highly recommended! Make sure to get reservations if possible as they fill up pretty quickly. Of course, we didn’t get any pictures whilst there, but I can assure you everything was delicious, the vibe is incredible, and your experience overall will be an unforgettable one.
Saturday morning we popped to a contemporary patisserie called Craftsman & Wolves and slightly over-ordered. Everything was delicious and scoffed down relatively quickly, although, we did save some to take back to the hotel with us to enjoy later when we had the nibbles.
Quite the spread.
As I mentioned before, the reason we went to San Francisco was to help at the San Francisco Vintners Market. I’d willingly admit that Eddie and I are little wine snobs to some degree. We do, however, have an addiction with my favourite vinho verde Portuguese wine (called Gazela) which comes in at a whopping $5 at World Market. So, I was nervous to taste my boss’ wine and have to muster up a lie that I loved his wine. Boy was I proven wrong. So much so, that we definitely got high on our own supply. Every wine he had for tasting was absolutely delicious in their own way. My favourite was his 2007 Cabernet. I could’ve drank that all day. His wine label is called Platinum Crush if you’re on the market for trying a new wine.
The event was held at Fort Mason and this was a view I managed to capture once the clouds cleared a little.
Sunday morning was our last chance to squeeze in some additional sight-seeing before day 2 of the wine event and before we headed back to Los Angeles. My favourite thing about San Francisco is the multitude of colours staggering the slanted streets all throughout the city. The pastel colours are definitely my favourite.
Sweater (similar here)
Jeans (similar here)
I was equally excited to get use out of my peacoat in San Fran as I knew temperatures were already lower than Los Angeles. I got this J Crew coat about 3 years ago and wear it every winter.
Please ignore the white wristband I have on – we needed to have it for the event both days and, therefore, couldn’t take it off and apparently struggled to hide it under my jumper!
Our last stop on the sight-seeing tour was to visit Lombard Street. I’d been here before and remembered loving it, but winter had already attacked most flowers so they definitely weren’t as vibrant as they usually are.
Another place we’ve been threatening to go together since living in California is Napa Valley. Hopefully that will be our next trip in Northern California!