San Francisco, Part II

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My last day in San Francisco was definitely bittersweet. I’d had so much fun & I knew I didn’t want it to come to an end. Everything about the trip had been perfect – especially the weather. San Francisco is beautiful & it definitely holds a very special place in my heart.

We started out the day with a short & speedy run, then headed to Philz Coffee where I indulged in a mint mojito iced coffee.

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Did I mention I had the best coffee ever while in San Francisco? I’d heard Jonathan sing the praises of Philz over & over again, but I was skeptical. He’d taken me there on Saturday & it was love at first sip. While the mint mojito iced coffee was great, my heart belongs to the canopy of heaven. Philz completely & totally lived up to the hype. I’m an addict who has been feigning for more ever since.

Because I’m a 5 year-old, we headed to the San Francisco Zoo & nerded out with our cameras.

Giraffes. Naturally.

I’m pretty sure this guy wanted to eat us for lunch.

We locked eyes momentarily, he licked his lips & it kinda freaked me out. Like I said, I think in his mind I was lunch.

After the Zoo, I was starving & cranky & needed food ASAP.

You see, when I’m hungry… I tend to get quiet. Normally, I don’t shut up. If I’m quiet, you know its one of three things – I’m hungry, tired or pissed off. I was pretty much dead silent at this point due to hunger.

So of course, we went to In-N-Out Burger.

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Double double with fries? Yes, please. In-N-Out Burger is another West Coast fabled legend that us East Coasters only dream about. It’s a pop culture icon, so I had to try it while I was there. The burger? Was awesome. Kind of a Five Guys-style burger, but juicy & didn’t have that McDonalds frozen patty taste. The fries needed some improvement though.

Since we were in the neighborhood, we walked over to The Buena Vista for their famous Irish Coffee.

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When in Rome, right? I love how this has become their signature after the owner & a travel writer went on a mission to recreate the Irish Coffees served in the Dublin airport. I like the way those guys think.

Then there were cupcakes.

Kara’s Cupcakes. Carrot & Coconut to be precise. Fluffy, moist, dense, amazing.

For my last stop in San Francisco, we headed to Smuggler’s Cove, a cool little tiki bar that’s won tons of awards for being badass.

(This photo & the one of me making out with the giraffe by Jonathan. He puts me to photography shame, but he so sweetly taught me so many tips & tricks). 

Nothing says San Francisco like a mojito, right?! Yeah, I know. But it was a pretty awesome mojito.

& that is how I ate & drank my way through San Francisco & Sonoma. It was really fantastic & I was really sad to get on a plane & leave. For the record, red-eye flights from the West Coast suck.

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Devon Stiles

One Comment

  1. Gotta love San Francisco. I just wish we had more time without being sick last time. haha. Next time you must go to Muir Woods- you can hike and see the ocean! 🙂

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