It's been quite a few years since I've been back to San Francisco. Paul has family in San Anselmo which, if traffic is light, can be a quick drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and into the city. Yes, there is a ferry from Larkspur you can take in but we found it to be quite expensive for the three of us. We actually got to the gate with the intention to buy tickets but decided to just drive in instead. If you've never taken the ferry before, then I'd say do it. The cost of fuel, parking and the bridge toll adds up too. It's good fun taking the boat into the city and offering about the best view there is. You get dropped off right on The Embarcadero at the Ferry Building which is perfect when touring the city. Having done it a few times we agreed to skip it this time around. Lucky for us the traffic was cake.
First things first. Take Ellie for a drive down Lombard St. The steep, hairpin turn street that all the tourists want to see.
Today was no exception. Tourists abounded, but no matter. It was a beautifully sunny day to do it.
Now, onto the Ferry Building.
Being a Saturday, it was crowded. Luckily, lines weren't too bad and even if they were, we would've waited, because they're worth it!
The plan was to grab some food, take a cable car ride and grab more food. The first part went as planned with Boccalone being our main stop.
Any place that touts "tasty salted pig parts" lands high on the Schwab priority list. We've been here before. We know what we like. All three of us got the exact same thing!
Now, I easily could have opted to get the "meat cone" too, but not this day.
We had mortadella on our mind and it had to happen.
For simplicity's sake, it's one of the best hot dogs you'll ever have. It's flavorful, meaty and unique.
Pistachios in bologna. Sorta.
Before leaving the Ferry Building for the cable cars, we stopped at Humphry Slocombe.
Now, if you've never heard the name before and have no idea what it even is, you're probably not alone. I hadn't either until fairly recently. First hearing about them via this Thrillist "best" ice cream in America list. Then this Eater post on their Secret Breakfast Ice Cream.
The line was long. Which means it's good right?! Which means we wait...in said line, for whatever goodness is at the other end.
We rewarded ourselves by sharing the Tin Roof Sundae. Vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, frosted peanuts and Maldon sea salt. Definitely a winning combo.
Feeling satisfied with our food choices we moved on to play tourist. Planning to take a ride on the cable car. Unfortunately, the cable car costs way more than we planned. Especially for just a short ride up and then back down. Again, we opted for a less spendy option and took Ellie on the street car instead.
Our route went along the water via The Embarcadero. Pretty sure I contracted something on this ride but it was still fun while we were doing it! It took us down and through Fisherman's Wharf. Basically reiterating why we didn't want to go there. It's pretty touristy kitsch and not nearly as cool as the Ferry Building but the ride was a good experience for Ellie.
After the street car ride we stopped one last time in the Ferry Building to get a coffee from Blue Bottle.
They've gotten a lot bigger since the last time I was here. Going from a simple pour over shop to a multi-barista operation.
The New Orleans cold brew. Yep, that's my jam. This, I do not share. So you better get your own.
It was a simple and easy trip into the city for the basics. Places we love and don't often get to go to. When visiting here, don't be intimidated by the size of the city. You can't really go wrong no matter where you stop. It's amazing every time.
Back across the bridge we take a little siesta at the house. Then we end our day having a casual dinner in Fairfax at Sorella Caffe. Such a sweet little spot.
When busy, the noise level can be a little high depending on where you sit. Most tables have a nice window view of the park across the street. Massive wheels of parmesan shaved at the table served with crusty bread and olive oil.
The beauty of sharing food with Paul is that we are almost always on the same page. Rather than eat one of our own meals, we opt to split courses. That way we get to try more things and not get too full.
This evening we shared the insalata mista, butternut squash ravioli with garlic, butter and sage and the chicken piccatta.
Add a nice wine and good company and we were set. The meal ended with a little surprise. We were treated to a small glass of port along with dishes of gummy bears and animal crackers. An oddly tasty match.
Definitely a good food day.