What I ate in the SF Bay Area

It took me a while to get this post together, but last weekend I was lucky enough to enjoy a super fun weekend getaway to beautiful SAN FRANCISCO! It was only my second time visiting the bay area, and this time I had the pleasure of exploring the city with two of my very favorite gal pals who know their way around the place… So I was well-equipped for an epic whirlwind tour of nothing but the best stuff.

We joked that some of this stuff doesn’t belong on a dietitian’s blog, but let’s be real. If you ask me, it’s only natural that vacation eating be a little more indulgent than the everyday. Personally, I’m addicted to checking out foodie trip reports before I visit a new place… So if that’s your kind of thing too, read on for my take!

When we woke up Saturday morning in Berkeley, I was instantly sold on the place. So gorgeous and unique that it made me want to drop everything and move in. We set out for a walk downtown to Philz Coffee – their mint mojito iced coffee is spiked with fresh mint leaves and it’s DREAMILY creamy. I really wish I had another one right now.

Then we strolled over to Cinnaholic, which is apparently run by some kind of magicians, because they claim to be vegan and I can’t imagine any other way that they could make cinnamon rolls taste this amazing without butter unless it’s magic. Mine is the maple-blackberry number on the right, and it changed my life. So good!

Cinnaholic
Fueled and caffeinated, we then made our way to the city and started with a walk through Chinatown for some fun sightseeing and souvenir shopping (sadly we were still too full from dessert-breakfast to eat there). A quick BART ride and another walk (I really dig the no-car-necessary lifestyle up there!) made our lunch pilgrimage to SOMA StrEat Food Park. Very cool place! The park is a permanent fixture, and the trucks are on rotation so you get a variety of different vendors every day. I couldn’t resist the aromas coming from the Bob Cha Korean truck, and this taco with chicken bulgogi, bacon fried rice and kimchi did not disappoint.

StrEat Food Park
Our next stop was the Embarcadero area. The marketplace in the ferry building is something that I never would have known about without my smarty-pants traveling companions, and now it’s my number one recommendation. It’s like a one-stop-shop to drool over the various artisanal food offerings from all around the bay area – think Cowgirl Creamery cheeses, Rancho Gordo beans, Acme bread, etc. We treated ourselves to ice cream from Humphrey Slocombe, whose Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee flavor is IMPOSSIBLY good. Seriously, the best coffee ice cream of my entire life.

Humphrey Slocombe
Not pictured: the deliciously nerdy literary-themed cocktails that we enjoyed later at Novela SF. Too busy having fun to pull out the camera. Try the Douglas Spaulding!

On Sunday, the weather was a little rainy so we stuck around the east bay area. We started off with lunch at Cafe Colucci in Oakland – my first time eating Ethiopian food! I can’t think of another time that I’ve seen so many things that I’ve never tasted on one plate!

Cafe Colucci
We stuffed ourselves, and then spent the day perusing some cool bookstores and other fun shops around Berkeley. I couldn’t go home to Grant empty-handed after eating so much good food all weekend, so I picked up a gift of some really beautiful candy from Chocolatier Blue. Lots of unique flavors and very handmade – they were well-received!

I unfortunately didn’t take any photos of our last dinner from Taste of the Himalayas in Berkeley, so you’ll have to take my word for how delicious it was (very!). Amazing Nepalese and Indian food – order extra momos! I feel like I need another whole weekend just to eat at every other restaurant in the Gourmet Ghetto… not to mention every other neighborhood!

I’m definitely already fantasizing about my next trip… let me know in the comments if you have any other must-eats for next time!

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