San Francisco: Eating our way through Union Square and the Mission

We spent 4 wonderful fun-filled days in San Francisco to bring in 2017. We were accompanied by our partners-in-crime, B and J.

In brief, here are daily descriptions of what we did (Days 1-2)!

Day 1 UNION SQUARE: Landed at SFO. Lunch at Hogwash in Union Square (because not much else was open on that day for some reason, some veggie appetizers were a good way to start off our trip and get us through our hangry jetlag).Walked and shopped around Union square, girls went to boba at Asha Tea House (oh so good! the matcha latte rocks.) and rejoined the guys at SF-legendary Blue Bottle Coffee (apparently the soy cappuccino has converted Alex, no more cow secretions for him!) where it was fun to take a load off our feet and just hang out. We checked in to the super busy but wonderful Hilton in Union Square where we got upgraded to some seriously beautiful views. Highly recommend this hotel for the location and our great experience. We rounded out dinner with our friends E^2 at at a great Thai place, Lao Table. Alex enjoyed the coconut drink very much. The night ended on a stealthy note as we hit up a speakeasy where you must have reservations and are emailed the address and password to say at the door. The drink menu was so extensive and they incorporated some great historical drinks as well; Bourbon and Branch is definitely worth a visit (we were personally impressed with ourselves staying out this late with the time difference, welcome to our 30s).

Lunch at Hogwash (pretzel = heaven)
Boba heaven
Exploring Union Station
Shopping amidst Union Station
Alex’s preferred beverage
Ready to enter a speakeasy…

Day 2 THE MISSION: Woke up early due to being on Eastern Standard Time. Got to the famous Tartine bakery  early and the line was not too bad (definitely advise getting here 9 am or earlier). The morning bun is the die for. Our amazing host, A, showed us around the colorful neighborhood. There is the coolest alley on Valencia St. that is home to so much fun art (cue photo shoot). Valencia Street is also a great place to spend a few hours shopping and browsing all the eclectic stores. We also had some great chai at Samovar Tea. Lunch was divine at Gracias Madres (all vegan) and we had fun sitting outside with the heat lamps on. It’s hard to believe but we also fit in an ice cream run to Bi-rite Creamery. We ended the night at the restaurant in the SF MOMA, In Situ. It has a cool concept of having a “museum of famous dishes” from chefs all the world that they rotate. I personally loved my vegetarian entree called “The Forest” which is from Chef Mauro Colagreco’s restaurant in Menton, France. Not everyone loved the meal though, and it is pricey. We walked off some calories and enjoyed the holiday lights. Also stopped by another happening and very well rated cocktail place: Pacific Cocktail Haven. I had a mocktail which was good and the guys had some really enjoyable and creative drinks. (Stay tuned for Days 3 and 4!)

SF sunrise
Spread at Tartine
Yum personified
Colorful murals off Valencia


Alex enjoying our tacos and tortas at Gracias Madre
In Situ
The Forest- a umami explosion


So this is what December looks like in California…

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