Love + Haight
The worst part of having good friends move away is pretty much everything. But the best part is having an excuse to visit a new city! Ryan and I just got back from a weekend spent having too much fun in San Francisco. We stayed with our recently-engaged friends Bonney and Lou in Cole Valley, a really idyllic, laid back neighborhood near Haight-Ashbury.
For the most part we skipped the touristy stuff in favor of getting to spend as much quality time as possible with Bonney, Lou and the other Frannies (as Ryan likes to call them). But we did get to stop by Alamo Square, go on an amazing tour of Anchor Steam Brewing Co., do some shopping in Haight-Ashbury, and check out Alcatraz.
Foodwise, we scarfed down a delicious brunch at Zazie on Sunday morning (so worth the 45-minute line!), a group dinner at King of Thai Noodle and Bar in North Beach, grilled cheese and tomato soup at The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen in SoMa, and drunk pizza at Golden Boy. We also stopped by a couple of decent bars: Gold Cane Cocktail Lounge, a relaxed dive in Haight-Ashbury, and Tope in North Beach, which we just wandered into and ended up staying at for hours.
There is so much more to explore in SF and I can't wait to go back. Especially to do some more shopping. I did manage to snag a couple of items that I can't wait to wear, like a hat that I bought at X Generation 2, a store that I fell in love with in the Haight.
As is common with me these days though, visiting new cities just makes me fall more in love with San Diego. Which is why I've made it a resolution to travel to at least three new places this year: if I didn't, I'd never want to leave. One down, two to go!