February 27, 2012

a weekend in san francisco

The options for a weekend in San Francisco are endless. Our friend Betsy came to stay with us last weekend and we did some of my most favorite things. I started thinking some of you might be interested in a sample non-touristy SF itinerary, no?

Here are a few suggestions:

Friday night dinner at Bar Tartine in the Mission. This place is quickly becoming my favorite restaurant here. Get the brussel sprouts and fried potato bread with dill and sour cream.

Grab some quick breakfast and coffee on Saturday morning at the Ferry Building Farmers Market. Beautiful (expensive!) produce, food carts, and good people watching right on the water.

Head to wine country for the day. Before filling up on good wine, stop at the Fremont Diner for lunch. Get the basket of biscuits. I mean it.

We typically stay on the Sonoma side of wine country. When we have time, we go up to the Russian River Valley and visit Copain and Porter Creek.  This time, though, we were invited to the wine pick-up party at Scribe, which is a members-only vineyard just a short drive from the Fremont Diner. Scribe completely won us over; it was phenomenal. We sat on a beautiful hillside drinking their chardonnay and eating fresh dungeness crab. It just doesn't get much better than that.

A must-stop on the way back into the city is Ram's Gate Winery. Get the pinot and sit outside curled up with their monogrammed blankets, or inside by the fire if it's too cold.

When you get back to the city, you'll be too tired to do much else besides get a burrito from Gordo Taqueria and watch a movie in your PJs.

Sunday morning, get in line before 10:00 am. for brunch at Outerlands Cafe in the Outer Sunset. The word on the street is that the Dutch pancakes are amazing and worth the wait. If you need a second cup of coffee, walk a few doors down on Judah Street to Trouble Coffee & Coconut Bar, and pick up some pretty gifts at The General Store. Finish the weekend with a walk on Ocean Beach. I have a feeling you'll want to come back again soon.

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