SnackFace and the City
Hello beauties! I have had an outstanding day! I’m bursting with excitement writing this. I was out of my house from 10 a.m. until 6:15 p.m. exploring downtown. If discovering San Francisco were a pedicure, I’ve only painted the pinky toenail. I have so much more to see, and I LOVE that! Let’s take a tour…
I jumped out of bed at 8:15 a.m. ready to conquer the city. With few groceries, my breakfast was definitely different than it normally is, but it was still lovely:
The Raw Revolution bar was great! It didn’t exactly taste like cookie dough, but it had wonderful surprises of chocolate chips and walnutty bites. Mmm. I spent an hour or so examining maps and figuring out public transportation schedules. I figured I’d take the Muni L line to downtown as soon as I could.
I dressed and got ready, packed my bag and headed out into the crisp and chilly ocean air. While I waited for the Muni I caught up with Muffin on the phone. Must remember these phone calls will cost a fortune! When the Muni pulled up, I was so excited to pay my $1.50 and be downtown in 30 minutes.
I tried not to look like a tourist and follow whatever the locals were doing. I couldn’t pretend to be nonchalant for long. A huge grin took over my face and didn’t leave for the rest of the day.
The Muni stopped and I climbed the stairs to the street. I had no idea where to go first!
The best way for me to feel at home in any city is to, surprise surprise, shop! Okay, I didn’t buy anything, but going into the gigantic, glamorous, glitzy Forever XXI put me at ease:
Before I found Forever XXI I walked in an enormous circle and stopped into H&M as well. I texted Matty Rich who then called me a b!tch. Haha he loves some good shopping, too. I roamed for a while in search of somewhere fun to eat. See, I only spend money on food (and necessities like toiletries) and really wanted something different.
I found Westfield San Francisco Centre, which is a giant mall filled with stores I longingly look into (I was VERY tempted to go into Herve Leger just to try on one of those uber-tight bandage dresses). It also has a Food Emporium, so I headed down there to find something. Most places were fast food-ish, which will be great other days, but I wanted to sit in a restaurant. Thankfully, there also was a restaurant down there called Out the Door.
After glancing at the menu, I knew what I wanted and was seated immediately. I ordered Vegetarian Spring Rolls:
The mint and cilantro made those babies sing. I loved them and the peanut dipping sauce! For another lunch component, I ordered the Green Papaya Salad. The waiter was so kind as to ask whether I was a vegetarian, as there was fish oil used in the salad. He said they could easily take care of that and make it vegetarian. I found that amazing–it wouldn’t have happened in Cinci, that’s for sure. Anyway, I enjoyed a phenomenal salad:
Oh my word! If I could figure out how to replicate this, I may eat it every day. Practicing my chop-stick skills, I ate every bite of this delightful lunch. It was pricey ($20 including tip), but the experience and the tastes were worth it. I also wasn’t weighed down at all by this meal. In fact, it made me energized to explore!
The following three hours were spent walking, observing, smiling, climbing:
I didn’t know where I was going at first, but I saw what I figured would be Chinatown, which may actually be Japantown, now that I’m reading this tour guide book:
Walking the bustling street was fascinating. There were so many scents I’d never smelled, I couldn’t understand the conversations going on around me, the streets were packed with locals vying for the best produce in the countless markets:
At one of the markets I spied a glorious sight:
I could make a wonderful dinner of one of those beauts. They were only $.49 a pound, too. Shoulda snagged some.
When walking around San Fran, there is a cable-wire ceiling:
But if you look closely, there’s something just beyond those wires:
Wait for it…
I was in awe. And if you’re closer to a different direction (south, I think), you get glimpses of this:
Throughout my wandering I found random things I wanted to take pictures of. Here is the Fairmont:
Then, as I was strolling up California Street, I happened to look up and see this:
I made a ridiculously long walk to another destination that always maked me feel at home:
I spent a half hour in there. It was so busy! Or so I thought. The cashier, Mikey, told me they were slow at the moment. That WF is the second busiest in the country, after the Times Square location. I picked up oat bran, a bar a man and I had a conversation about (he totally convinced me to get a Super Greens bar) and some other things. I decided to sit for a while to enjoy my snack:
Snack time was fab! It gave me the strength to walk miles back to the central part of downtown. I stopped into American Rag on my way back, but after that I hit some uncomfortable streets. The only fond memory I have of that is a grovelly-voiced man asking me if I was a movie star, “because [I] look like one.” Hahaha! Nope, definitely not!
What seemed like an hour later, I made it back to the safe, touristy area (AKA Gap and Forever XXI). I went to CB2 looking for hangers and walked out with two dessert/appetizer plates for under $4:
I talked to a staff member of CB2 to find where I could get hangers, and we got to talking about how he moved to San Fran from D.C. two years ago and assured me I would love the city (of course I told him I just moved here for the summer!). He also directed me to The Container Store, just down the street, where I bought 20 hangers and a laundry bag.
At 4 or 4:30, I got back on the Muni to head to 17th Street, where I saw a Safeway. I thought it was somewhat close to my apartment. Boy was I wrong. With pounds of groceries, I spent nearly an hour trying to find my way back home on foot. I seriously think I’ve walked at least 20 miles today.
Here is what I picked up today:
We have some veggies, fruit, crackers, lavash wrap, dressing, oat bran, but most importantly this ALMOND BUTTER I found at Whole Foods. Guess how much it cost! $2.79!!! Hell yes, Blue Diamond!
I made dinner as quickly as I could. All the walking had me starvin’. A quick fix:
In the wrap: Safeway garlic hummus, tomato, mushrooms. In the salad: perfumey Romaine (it tastes different here!), cukes, celery, Safeway Poppyseed and Roasted Onion dressing (sounds odd, doesn’t it?). This was yummy! Even yummier:
I measured the almond butter just because I was curious to see how much 1 tbsp. was. More than I would have given myself–good to know! This almond butter is DELICIOUS! I had Barney Butter in March or April and thought that was good, but now that I’ve had this, I realize it’s best without added sweetners. It’s divine on its own! (okay, mine has salt added, but whatevs).
Now I’m just chilling, getting ready for my first work day tomorrow! Ahhh! I’m a little nervous, but I think it’s going to be awesome.
If the pictures haven’t said it all, I am clearly starting to fall for my current city. I’m incredibly thankful I’m here, seeing, breathing, experiencing, living, tasting new life. This is going to be an unforgettable summer!
Ciao for now,
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