San Francisco Adventures Part 2

Thought we'd take a break from our favorite bagel places (Morning Fix and the Posh Bagel) and try somewhere new so we went to Café da la Presse for breakfast. 

My friend ordered the Oeufs en Meurette, which was poached eggs with mushrooms and lardons in red wine sauce as well as a pot of Earl Gray tea. I ordered my usual Oeufs à la Norvégienne (Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon and a side of potatoes) along with a cup of their famous latte. 

Beautiful presentation, but food was meh. Ambiance is 100%, but dishes are outrageously overpriced. Definitely a one time deal for us.

After breakfast, a friend from college who grew up in San Francisco came to pick us to take us around for the rest of the day. First stop was the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project.

 So creatively and wonderfully crafted. Notice how you reach the moon and sun as you climb closer to the top.

So creatively and wonderfully crafted. Notice how you reach the moon and sun as you climb closer to the top.

Our friend hustled us up the stairs to bring us to our first vantage point. 

Definitely worth the huffing and puffing. Here, rather just seeing the cliche Golden Gate Bridge, you'll also be able to see a view of almost all of SF's different neighborhoods. 

Next, we made a pitstop at my friend's favorite bubble tea shop.

San Francisco offers all sorts of crazy flavors when it comes to boba - any fruit you can think of, they'll have on their menu. One of my favorites has to be the passion fruit, but I'd also recommend black sesame if you can find a place that sells that flavor (we were only able to find one shop that did). 

Our friend insisted that we stop by San Tung Chinese Restaurant to try the best "crack wings" ever made. 

Damn straight they are. Order their dry fried chicken wings, just do it. Absolutely no regrets. 

Knowing my weakness for pastries, my friend also took us to Arizmendi Bakery, one of his childhood favorites for pizza. 

 Mad cute 

Mad cute 

My friend got the Berry Scone

I ordered the Raisin Oat Scone. 

Hands down one of the best scones I've ever had. Moist and crumbly - can barely taste the butter which I loved. 

Don't worry, you might think all we do is eat, but I do want to point out that we made a trip to the California Museum of Science, thank you very much. Our friend had a family membership so we were lucky enough to go for free, but in case you need to buy a ticket you can find prices here. Our friend then drove us across the Golden Gate Bridge to our second vantage point. 

 View from second vantage point. 

View from second vantage point. 

On our way back we stopped by the Palace of Fine Arts.

We decided to opt for a cookie break at Anthony's Cookies. 

 Oatmeal raisin 

Oatmeal raisin 

 Left: oatmeal raisin; Right: walnut chocolate chip

Left: oatmeal raisin; Right: walnut chocolate chip

Simple menu, amazing cookies. Soft, chewy and perfectly portioned - good destination to pick up something to bring back with you for your folks. 

We drove to my friend's favorite Mexican joint, Taqueria Guadalajara. 

  Carne Asada

Carne Asada

  Enchiladas

Enchiladas

 Order chips and pick your own dip flavors

Order chips and pick your own dip flavors

Well then, guess I can't eat Chipotle anymore. This place ain't about glitz and frills; they serve authentic Mexican food and you can take it or leave it. I advise taking it and getting seconds (if your stomach can handle such big portions) 

We were brought to one last destination before heading home and that was Bi-Rite Creamery. Had multiple people recommend this place to me so I figured it was a must go.

 Meyer Lemon with Ginger Snaps 

Meyer Lemon with Ginger Snaps 

 Blue Bottle Coffee & Banana 

Blue Bottle Coffee & Banana 

 Blue Bottle Coffee & Banana 

Blue Bottle Coffee & Banana 

Guess he decided to save the best for last. This place was definitely the highlight of my eating experience in SF. If you're visiting SF, pleaseeeee do me a favor and wait in line to get a scope of...well just about any flavor will do. They've got seasonal flavors like the Meyer Lemon with Ginger Snaps (I still drool thinking about it) whereas others like their Mint Chocolate Chip remain as one of their classics. They let you try the flavors before you make a final decision, but honestly you can't go wrong with any of them. Click here if you want to check out what they've got right now. 

Once our friend dropped us off at our hotel, we literally climbed into bed and passed out from our food coma. Indeed, a day well spent.