Date (San Francisco Version).
In lieu of our regular Tuesday date night, we had a full-on date day in San Francisco this week. Chock full of pretty cafes, dessert shops, handmade boutiques, design stores, and antique shops (i.e. my dream date).
Even though I grew up in the Bay, I never really explored SF the way I want to now. To me, SF was about hilly streets that made me carsick, fog, skinny houses with no yard space, and the typical touristy spots that my parents always dragged me around to. Kinda makes me want to kick myself for not taking advantage of the big city when I lived nearby, but what’s done is done. On the bright side, I get to visit SF every time I visit my parents, and a plus: I get to drag around my very gracious & selfless husband to all the places I want to see, taha :]
First stop was Tartine. Joy from Oh Joy Eats recently posted about their yummy almond croissants, so of course I had to try it. Along with their brioche bread pudding. And their rooibos and chamomile tea. Did not disappoint! The almond croissant was our favorite — so much, that we bought an extra to bring back for my mom, who is an avid pastry lover. Clearly I am my mother’s daughter.
Next stop: Hayes Valley. I don’t know all the names of the shops, but I’m pretty sure we walked into every single one. It’s a neat little district that’s supposed to be like a mini-NY. I loved the character & individuality of every shop, and the fact that a bunch of the products were handmade by local artists.
This children’s and women’s clothing store was actually one of my favorites, but I got busted after taking two pictures, so this is all I have to show. All of the little girls’ clothes were made of this soft linen cotton, in lots of neutral colors. I love it when kids are dressed like mini-adults — it’s the absolute cutest!
We spent a ton of time perusing a vintage shop called Zonal Home. It’s one man’s collection of salvaged late-19th century furniture & other goods. Tons of awesome furniture that we would have loved, but were out of our price range. And other little odds & ends stashed from floor to ceiling. We loved it all.
Popped into Paulette for one of their famous macarons. I debated between Rose & Earl Grey and settled on Earl Grey. It was so yummy & not too sweet (which is hard to come by in the world of macarons).
Last one I captured with my cam was a furniture/design store that I don’t know the name of. I loved all the unique decor ideas they had (many of which I’ve never seen before, even in the blogosphere). I particularly loved the prints of the airport acronyms. S loved this giant wooden chair they had that we unfortunately could not afford (he’s been really into wooden chairs ever since our recent trip to Room & Board).
After this packed day in SF, we finished off the night with How to Train Your Dragon. In 3D. IMAX. I had pretty much zero expectations, cause when I initially heard the title, I thought it was another Jackie Chan or Jet Li movie. Not my cup of tea. But it was a super sweet animation film about a friendship between a boy and a dragon that made me cry (happy tears) & there couldn’t have been a better end to our day together.