Alright, this will be the last post in my three-post ode to San Francisco (at least until next time I visit and feel super nostalgic again). Obviously, I have a thing for this city. It helps that I became a real person here, pushed my career forward, lived in my first real apartment (like, one that had some semblance of a cohesive design effort and was actually clean maybe three, four, or even five days out of the week).
Living in a city comes with certain challenges that force you to adjust. Not having a car, for instance... totally a new one for me. It may sound silly, but learning how to get myself around, handle my daily commute, and achieve things like big grocery shopping trips actually affirmed how independent and capable I can be. It's things like this that really made me feel attached to the core of city life.
My good friend, Angela, is a fellow lover of city life (and she's also one of my favorite things about San Francisco). When I lived in SF, we used to get together for mini-adventures around the city. We would both take our cameras and play tourist, visiting our favorite places, trying new places, or just wandering until we found something interesting and good (not hard to do in SF). On my second day in the city, we met up for yet another adventure together.
Looking for LOTS of color? And amazing murals? And adorable murals? And politically charged murals? Clarion Alley is probably your thing then. I love this photo of Angela because a) it is very San Francisco and she is very San Francisco, and b) it captures her sunny, full-of-energy-at-all-times personality.
Bi-Rite: one of my favorite markets, ever. Worth it for the flowers alone. Also, they run the most amazing ice cream shop, Bi-Rite Creamery across the street. You'll wait in line, but it will be worth it. Especially if you go for the honey lavender ice cream in a cone.
When it comes to bakeries, Angela knows her stuff. She wanted us to try Tartine, so I of course followed her lead. How did I live here for two years and NEVER try this place?! For people with a sweet tooth, it's absolute heaven: a huge case filled with the most gorgeous pastries you've ever seen plus good coffee.
My favorite desert is a lemon bar, and I've had so many that I am slightly jaded and particular about them now. All I have to say is… well done, Tartine. Well. Done.
We like to take pictures of each other taking pictures. #meta
Mission Dolores is quite the stunner— absolutely worth a visit just to see the outside, but the interior is pretty exquisite also.
One does what one can to find some color… like pose in front of a laundromat.