Perfect Pulled Pork

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How to make authentic Southern Pulled Pork.

This Perfect Pulled Pork is one of our oldest and most popular recipes of all time. It’s a great basic recipe that everyone should have in their arsenal. Our step-by-step guide explains each step (and why you should do them) to make your pulled pork come out perfect every single time.

This foolproof recipe a must-have at any summer BBQ or any occasion celebrated with friends and family.

Make it next weekend for the Fourth of July. You won’t be sorry! :)

How to make authentic Southern Pulled Pork.

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Perfect Pulled Pork

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Where to EAT in San Francisco!! A list of all the BEST places to eat in San Francisco for every meal of the day. Brunch spots, can't-miss dinners, unique lunches, and decadent sweets for an afternoon pick-me-up. Pin this if you are going to San Francisco!!

This is the post from San Francisco I know you guys have been waiting for! Earlier this week I shared our favorite sights and our favorite things to do in San Francisco, and today I’m sharing all of our favorite places to eat!! I’m covering breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and OF COURSE dessert!! ;) If you are planning a trip to San Francisco, pin or bookmark this post for ideas for sure! :)

Breakfast / Brunch

San Francisco takes brunch to a whole new level. San Francisco boasts numerous extremely popular brunch spots, and I, not one to shy away from a brunch challenge, tried to hit them all. Breakfast (and especially brunch) is my favorite meal of the day, so I was in heaven! While we were there, I conducted my own mini, unofficial French Toast tour. You guys know how obsessed I am with French Toast. We scoured the city for the best French Toast in San Francisco. Here’s what we found.

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No food tour of San Francisco is complete without brunch at Mama’s on Washington Square! They are open daily from 8am-3pm for breakfast and brunch. We heard this place was super popular and there was often a line out the door, so we got there at about 8:30 am on a Thursday morning. As you can see, there was already a decent-sized line, just on just a random Thursday! :)

We waited in line about 30 minutes before we made it inside. From there, you order at the counter and then they show you to a table, bring you your food, and wait on you. It’s hard to see the menu until you get right up to the register to order, and once we got there, I felt pressured to already know what I wanted and to order right away, since we’d been waiting in line so long and knew there are so many people waiting behind us. Although they didn’t make me feel that way or try to rush me at all, I just put that pressure on myself. :) I was just expecting to sit down and be handed a menu to order, so as someone who likes to pore over a menu, I was just thrown off a bit. :) So anyway, if you’re like me, you may want to check out their menu online before going. Although there is still a Daily Specials board (with items not on their online menu) that you can’t see until right as you get to the register anyway.

Now for the food! We heard Mama’s is famous for their crumb cake, so we had to get a piece. A brunch appetizer, if you will. :) Just look at that streusel!! Delicious. We ordered the original, but they had tons of fun flavors like blueberry, apple, carrot, and chocolate. Wish we could’ve tried them all!

I got the French Toast sampler, with three thick slices of Banana Bread, Cranberry Orange, and Swedish Cinnamon French toast. LOVED it. So, so good. Kevin got their Famous Monte Cristo.

Would highly recommend brunch at Mama’s! :)

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Chloe’s Cafe on Church St is also open daily for breakfast and brunch from 8am – 3pm. We got there right at 8am on a Friday morning, and we were the first ones in. It filled up quickly and stayed busy, but there was never a huge line. I got the Cinnamon Croissant French Toast with strawberries and Kevin got the Avocado And Jarlsberg Cheese Scrambled Eggs. Both were very good!

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Brenda’s French Soul Food was another one of our favorite brunches! They’re open daily for brunch at 8am. We got there at about 8:15am on the Tuesday morning after Memorial Day, and we were the first ones there. Brenda’s is also well known for having a lengthy line out the door, even on weekdays. Even the waitress commented on how lucky we were that we had the whole place to ourselves, so I definitely think this was a fluke. Maybe everyone was tired after a 3-day weekend. A few other people came in while we were there, but it never completely filled up.

First, let’s talk about the beignets. I love brunch, but you know what makes brunch even more fun? Brunch appetizers. You have to get these brunch appetizers from Brenda’s. They are famous for these beignets. They have plain, chocolate (with warm, melty Ghirardelli chocolate), Granny Smith Apple (with cinnamon honey butter) and Crawfish beignets on the menu. You can also get a sampler platter with one of each. They were huge beignets, so definitely big enough for 2 people to share and try some of each. They were fantastic. We loved the chocolate and crawfish beignets!

Now onto the main course. I had taken a look at the menu online before we got there, and had my heart set on the Cinnamon Brioche French Toast with Butter Pecan Sauce. But when we got there, I saw the daily special: S’mores Pancakes. How could I possibly chose between the two?? After several agonizing minutes, I decided YOLO, ya’ll. We ended up ordering both. They were amazing. Kevin got the Shrimp and Grits and he loved it.

Would highly recommend brunch at Brenda’s French Soul Food next time you are in San Francisco!

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We went to Mission Beach Cafe on a Sunday, our last day in San Francisco. They are open every weekday for breakfast at 7am, and at 9am on the weekends. We got there at about 8:30am and were the first ones there. Everyone else started showing up at 8:40, and by 9am, when they opened, there was a massive line down the street. So if you don’t want to wait on the weekends, get there at least 20 minutes before they open!

I got the Brioche French Toast with Brown Sugar Whipped Cream and their special homemade syrup. Kevin got the pancakes with vanilla cream, fresh fruit, and homemade syrup. Both were delicious, and we would totally order again, but the real star of the show was the Caramelized Pepper Bacon. I can honestly say it was worth the wait for that bacon alone. We could NOT stop eating it!! I wanted to order a second plate. Do not go to San Francisco without getting the Caramelized Pepper Bacon from Mission Beach Cafe!! :)

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Oh mama. We went to Nopa for brunch on Saturday. They serve brunch from 11:00 am – 2:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday only. Although they don’t start serving until 11am, they open their doors (and the bar) and start taking names for the waiting list at 10:30am. We didn’t know this, so we showed up right at 11am. There was already an hour wait for two people by 11am! Fortunately, we were not starving (we had stopped by the Farmers Market that morning) and they also said they could take our cellphone number and call us when our table was ready. Nopa is in a really great neighborhood and less than 5 minutes from Alamo Square and the Painted Ladies. So we just walked around and explored until our table was ready. The time flew by and they ended up calling us after only about 45 minutes anyway.

I knew exactly what I had to get. The Custard French Toast. Oh my gosh. You guys. It was… surreal. I close my eyes just thinking about it. It was like a little pillow from heaven. It was perfectly crisp on the outside, but SO decadently soft on the inside. I don’t even know what Kevin got, because all I could think about was this Custard French Toast.

Would highly recommend brunch at Nopa!! Next time we are in San Francisco I want to go here for dinner, too.

Bakeries / Sweets

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I don’t think it’s possible for a food blogger to go to San Francisco and not go to Tartine! :) Tartine is a French-style bakery with mouth-watering pastries. They are most famous for their morning bun, pictured above. Tartine opens early every morning (7:30 or 8am on most mornings) and they usually sell out of the morning bun by the afternoon. But if you get there early, you might get one hot out of the oven.

We got there at 11am on a Friday morning, and I was afraid they might already be sold out. Of course there was a line, and we couldn’t tell if they still had morning buns left, but we took a chance and stood in line anyway. We only had to wait about 30 minutes before we got to counter, and much to my relief, they still had plenty of morning buns left. So, so good!! Wish I had another one of these right now.

Tartine is also famous for their pain au chocolat, and I really wish I’d gotten one of those as well. Next time for sure.

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Right down the street from Tartine is Bi-Rite Creamery — without a doubt they are THE most famous ice cream shop in San Francisco! They are probably most famous for their Salted Caramel Ice Cream. I honestly think they started the whole salted caramel craze! :) I got a scoop of the salted caramel and Ricanelas, a cinnamon ice cream with snickerdoodle chunks. Both were fabulous. I would highly recommend them both. But if you can’t decide, they were so great about giving samples and letting us try as many flavors as we wanted. Also, if you get your ice cream in a cup, they might give you a wooden spoon, but they have plastic spoons they are happy to give you if you ask. This is great news for someone with a major wooden spoon aversion like me. ;)

Usually there is a line out the door for Bi-Rite, but we got there at about 1pm on a Friday afternoon and there was no line.

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My friend Shelly from Cookies and Cups told us we HAD to get the Pot de Creme from Bi-Rite! It’s located in the refrigerated case right as you walk in. If you even remotely like chocolate, this is what you NEED to get at Bi-Rite! It was so impossibly chocolaty and creamy. So, so good. It will knock your socks off.

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Miette is the cutest little candy shop / cupcake bakery in San Francisco! In addition to cupcakes and french macarons, they had tons of European candy that I’ve never seen anywhere else in the States. And believe me, I’ve looked. One is the Chunky Peanut Butter Kit Kat bars. Anytime I got to Europe I always have to bring some of these back for Kevin. They are his favorite ever!! And see those little gold-wrapped chocolates? You may remember I brought some back from Paris last year. They are so, so good, but they come at a price! Miette sells these for $1 a piece, and they’re about the size of my thumb. I decided to pass this time, but it’s nice to know I can get them in the States! :) It’s worth popping into this cute bakery if you’re nearby.

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B. Patisserie is another French-style bakery in San Francisco. I put them on my must-try list because they have kouign amann. There are only a handful of bakeries in the US that make kouign amann, and if you are ever in a bakery that has it, GET IT.  Like seriously, get it. Your life will be changed. Kouign amann (pronounced Queen Aman) is OUT of this world. It’s like nothing you’ve ever had before. It’s probably my favorite pastry ever. Of course you can’t get it anywhere near where I live.

Kouign amann is like a super buttery, flaky croissant, with a light spinkling of sugar between the layers. When it’s baked, the sugar caramelizes for the most perfectly sweet, crispy, chewy, flaky, gooey texture everrrrrrr. It’s phenomenal. Do yourself a favor and get the kouign amann from B. Patisserie ASAP! :)

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Of course we couldn’t leave out Ghirardelli Square!! :) San Francisco is COLD in the summer so I warmed up with their Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. It was to DIE for. I wanted to go back every night. We did end up going back back a second time because I couldn’t leave San Francisco without one more mug!! I also tried their Decadent Drinking Chocolate because I love thick hot chocolate, but it didn’t even come close to the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. Definitely put it on your must-try list in San Francisco!

Kevin is got the Mint Bliss Sundae with mint chocolate chip and chocolate ice cream, layered with freshly homemade dark chocolate hot fudge and topped with whipped cream. Very good and fudgy.

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Anthony’s Cookies came highly recommended, and since they are close to Tartine, we decided to check them out. I’ll be honest — I wasn’t super impressed. We got there right at 10am when they opened, and the cookies were obviously not fresh out of the oven. They were kinda dry and crispy. Crispy cookies aren’t my thing. I’ll take a warm, gooey, fresh-out-of-the-oven cookie any day of the week!

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Now THIS is what I’m talking about! :) This collage is actually a mash-up of two bakeries that are right next door to each other: Dandelion Chocolate and Craftsman and Wolves. They gooey cookie you see at the top is the Brown Butter Nutella Cookie from Dandelion Chocolate. It’s a warm, soft, brown butter cookie stuffed with gooey homemade Nutella and lightly sprinkled with flaky sea salt. Quite possibly the best cookie in San Francisco. Make sure they heat it up for you! We also got the Frozen Hot Chocolate. It’s not anything like the Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity, but still pretty good. There were so many fun things on the menu at Dandelion Chocolate. I would definitely go back here to try more!

The other cookie and the chocolate pastry were from Craftsman and Wolves. They were good, but kinda got overshadowed by the gooey Nutella cookie. :)

Ferry Building Farmer’s Market

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On Saturday morning we went to the farmer’s market at the San Francisco Ferry Building. The farmer’s market is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am – 2pm, and on Saturdays from 8am – 2pm.

We need to talk about the Fried Angel Biscuits from Biscuit Bender. First of all, Biscuit Bender is not actually part of the farmer’s market, so they are open every day inside the ferry building. They’re located on the left just as you walk inside the main entrance. The fried angel biscuits are heavenly!! And totally indescribable. I’ve never had anything like one. You totally need to try it. It’s like a super fluffy biscuit on the inside, with a crispy fried shell, then rolled in powdered sugar like a beignet. It was amazing. Would highly recommend.

We spent a leisurely morning just strolling through the farmer’s market. We weren’t originally planning on eating anything (since we were going to Nopa later for brunch) but we stopped dead in our tracks and HAD to get this sausage, egg, and grilled cheese sandwich from The Farmer’s Wife. I still cannot get over that perfectly crispy bread. It was the perfect grilled cheese bread. I am still dreaming about this sandwich!

Next time I want to come back for some of that roast chicken and crispy potatoes from Roli Roti Gourmet Rotisserie!

Little Italy / North Beach Food Tour

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On Thursday afternoon, we took a walking food tour of North Beach / Little Italy with Local Tastes of the City Tours. We were the only two who happened to sign up that day, so it was like having our own private tour! Our guide had lived in this area for over 30 years, and was extremely knowledgable of the area, the food scene, and how it’s changed over the years. It was a great experience. There was SO much food included on the tour! Our first stop was Caffe Roma, where we each got our choice of drink. They are most famous for roasting their own coffee, but we are not huge coffee people, so we chose the hot chocolate and the white hot chocolate. The white hot chocolate was like a milkshake! So good! They will also mix the two together for you. We ended up trying that, and that was our favorite. If you love hot chocolate definitely check out Caffe Roma and get them to mix the chocolate and white chocolate for you!! :)

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Our next stop was the Italian French Bakery. This place is very old-school and unassuming. We learned most of the restaurants in San Francisco get their bread from here! They have their own brick oven in the back where they bake bread daily. We got to sample the bread, biscotti, and macaroons. I am not the biggest fan of biscotti or macaroons, but these were actually really good. The biscotti was soft! I guess I’ve just never had really good macaroons or biscotti!

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Next we moved on to Z. Cioccolato. Such a fun and colorful candy and fudge shop. Here we got 3 pieces of fudge each. I can’t even remember the names, but that one on the left was a peanut butter, oreo, caramel fluffernutter fudge. Seriously outrageous.

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For something savory, we got a sandwich from Molinari Delicatessen. This was like a typical Italian deli. I loved looking around in here because they had a small section of Italian groceries for sale as well. For dessert, we had cannoli from Stella Pastry & Cafe.

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Our final stop (and where the tour starts) was Cinecitta for pizza. We got the margherita pizza, and even though we were STUFFED from the tour, I couldn’t stop eating it. I would highly recommend Cinecitta if you are looking for authentic Italian pizza in San Francisco!

All in all, we had a great experience on our Local Tastes of the City Tour. I would highly recommend them if you are interested in a walking tour of San Francisco.

Dinner

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We had several very nice dinners in San Francisco. I mentioned the Fog Harbor Fish House in my Things to Do in San Francisco post. The photo above is from Locanda. Reservations are recommended and can be made online. We ordered their famous Pizza Bianca for an appetizer, which as you can see, is bread with olive oil and sea salt. I had the Rigatoni alla Carbonara and Kevin had the Berkshire Pork Saltimbocca with crispy sage. The bacon in my carbonara was amazing! A very nice meal.

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My favorite dinner in San Francisco was at Zero Zero. We had the Castro pizza with pepperoni, house made sausage, mozzarella, and basil. So good!! For dessert, you HAVE to get their homemade soft-serve ice cream!! They bring you out a little menu card and you can customize your ice cream with toppings and sides. Everything is made in house with local ingredients. I got vanilla soft serve with caramel, marshmallow sauce, and salted caramel fudge cookie pieces. SO SO good!! Kevin got the chocolate/vanilla swirl with  Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Butter. The name is kind of confusing, but it ended up being like a chocolate/peanut butter/Biscoff magic shell. It was incredible. I would LOVE to go back and try the Olive Oil and Sea Salt!!

I would highly recommend dinner at Zero Zero!

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Here’s one more collage of a breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert day in San Francisco. Starting at top left and going clockwise…

  1. Dessert – Cookie sandwiches at Susie Cakes!! SO good! I love Susie Cakes!!
  2. Dinner – Burger at Wayfare Tavern. Very nice meal. Would love to go back.
  3. Breakfast – Challah French Toast with orange cinnamon batter from Zazie. Another famous brunch spot in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Get there early to avoid the line!! :)
  4. Lunch – BBQ, Cheddar, Fried Chicken, Honey Mustard, Pepper Jack, Honey, and Swiss cheese sandwich from Ike’s Place. This place has insane sandwiches and there’s always a line out the door! I knew it’d be packed, so we got there around 4pm, thinking it would be on off-time. No luck. There was a huge line. However, it was Memorial Day, so that may have had something to do with the crowd. We waited in line for about 45 minutes before we placed our order. There’s no tables or anything at Ike’s Place, but there is a large bench that wraps around the small storefront. Fortunately we found a place to sit, and waited about 15 more minutes before they called our name indicating our sandwiches were ready. Ironically enough, when we got our sandwiches around 5pm, there was no line at all. It was a very good sandwich if you can catch them at a time when there isn’t a huge line!! Also be sure and get some of the Voodoo chips!! Amazing!!

AT&T Park / Giants Stadium

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Finally, one of our favorite things we did (and one of our favorite culinary experiences!) in San Francisco was a Giants baseball game at AT&T park. The San Francisco Giants have partnered with Bon Appétit Management Company to bring fans an extraordinary ballpark dining experience. It’s WAY beyond hot dogs and popcorn. Together they opened the Garden at AT&T Park, a year-round herb and vegetable garden built into the outfield. The harvest from the garden is used not only in the bistros where you can order fresh, healthy fare, but also to teach kids about healthy food and cooking. We got a flat bread made with cauliflower from the garden, olive oil, parmesan cheese, chive mascarpone, and truffle oil. So good!!

And of course we had to try the Giants famous Crazy Crab Sandwich, with dungeness crab sandwiched between slices of garlic butter sourdough and the much-acclaimed Garlic Fries. They were SO crazy good. I could not stop eating those fries!!

No food tour of San Francisco is complete without a visit to the Garden and AT&T Park! :)

Getting Around in San Francisco

We loved walking, biking, and taking the cable cars everywhere we could, but sometimes you just need a taxi. We’ve started using Uber to quickly call our own private car service. Have you heard of Uber?? It’s your own personal, private driver for usually cheaper than a taxi. When you open the Uber app, it will show you where drivers are near you, and tell you how long it will take for a car to get to you. Just click Set Pick Up Location and your private car is on it’s way. You can even watch it on the map as it gets closer to your location. It will send you an alert when your car gets close so you know when to go outside. No more waiting outside in the freezing cold or rain for a taxi! You add a credit card or Paypal account to your Uber account, and you never to worry about paying the driver. It’s all done through the app. You get in the car, the driver takes you to your location, and you get out. No fumbling with paying, you can just get out and leave! You don’t even have to tip! It says so on their webpage — it’s built into the price of the service. Uber is seriously the fastest and best way to get where ever you need to go!

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Where to Stay

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Our last 3 nights in San Francisco we stayed at the Kensington Park Hotel, a Personality Hotel in Union Square. It’s conveniently located on the Powell Street Cable Car Line.

Our room was elegant and the bed was divine. But my FAVORITE thing ever about this hotel was the SHOWER!! Oh my gosh, it was heaven!! I love a good, powerful shower and this was honestly the best shower I have ever had in my entire life. I am seriously considering moving in. I am still dreaming about it!! I would die to have this shower at home!! If a good shower is important to you, the Kensington Park Hotel is the place to be!!

Thanks so much for following along on our San Francisco trip! Here are all our San Francisco posts in case you missed any. Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Francisco?? :)

Favorite Sights in San Francisco
Things to Do in San Francisco
Where to Eat in San Francisco


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Best Things to do in San Francisco, including biking the Golden Gate Bridge, best places to get pictures of the bridge, and hiking the redwood forest at Muir Woods. Pin this if you are going to San Francisco!!

Kevin and I went nonstop in San Francisco! On average we walked about 11 miles every single day. One day, in addition to our 11 miles walking, we also biked 8 miles over the Golden Gate Bridge. On Monday I shared our favorite sights in San Francisco, as well as tips for getting around. Today I’ll be sharing some of our favorite things we did, like biking over the bridge and hiking Muir Woods. And be sure to check back on Friday for an entire post dedicated to all our favorite places to EAT in San Francisco!! :)

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We rented bikes from Bay City Bike Rentals. We took the Self Guided Tour from their shop in Fisherman’s Wharf across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. We had a comfort hybrid bike and it was very easy to ride. As I mentioned on Monday, San Francisco has a TON of hills, but the route from the shop to Sausalito is fairly easy. And it’s mostly on bike paths, so you don’t have to worry about being on the street with cars. I did have to get off my bike and push it up one particularly steep hill. But once you make it to the bridge, it’s all downhill from there. :)

I was also super impressed with how comfy the bike seat was. We rode for 8 miles and I was never sore or uncomfortable, not even the next day.

We also went ahead and purchased our return ferry tickets from Sausalito back to Fisherman’s Wharf from the shop when we picked up our bikes.

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We made TONS of stops along the way for photos. :) Here we are at Crissy Field East Beach.

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This was my favorite overlook and spot for a photo with the Golden Gate Bridge! Here’s a link to the exact location on Google Maps. This was right on the way from Bay City Bikes to the Bridge.

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The bikes are equipped with a small pouch (just big enough for a phone, wallet, and small camera, probably not a DSLR) and a map with the route from the shop to Sausalito. Helmets are optional but included. I have this awesome Bike Phone Mount for my bike at home that I REALLY wish I’d remembered to bring!!

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Almost over the bridge!

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We had amazing weather this day. Not too hot, not too cold!

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We finally made it to Sausalito!

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After combined walking and biking 19 miles we had worked up a SERIOUS appetite! We had an amazing lunch at Napa Valley Burger Co. There were so many delicious-sounding burgers on the menu I had a hard time choosing just one. After much deliberation, I finally decided on the Baja Burger, with guacamole, jalapeños, cheddar, applewood bacon, and chipotle aioli. It was delicious. Would highly recommend. And if you go, you HAVE to get the cheesy tater tots!! They were seriously the best!!

After lunch, we treated ourselves to a giant ice cream cone across the street at Lappert’s Ice Cream. I got the Hawaiian Sea Salt Caramel and Cookie Dough. Amazing!

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The next morning we got up bright and early to explore Muir Woods! We rented a car and got there right at 8am when they opened. Muir Woods can get crazy crowded, even on weekdays, since a lot of tour buses go there. The buses start arriving between 9-10am, so if you don’t like crowds, plan to arrive before then. We got there right at 8am, hiked around for about 2 hours and never saw another soul until we left at 10am, when all the buses were arriving.

Kevin loved hiking among the giant redwood trees. I couldn’t get over ALL THE CLOVER everywhere! It literally covered the forest floor. It was eve-ry-where. I thought FOR SURE we would see a four leaf clover, but I looked and looked and no luck. Kevin told me he’s NEVER seen a four leaf clover before. I really wanted to find one for our 13th (unlucky??!) anniversary!! :)

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After about a four-mile hike in the forest, we drove down to the little town of Mill Valley for breakfast. We stopped at Kitchen Sunnyside for their famous Millionaire’s Bacon, Dixie Bacon (deep fried bacon), and Deep Fried French Toast. Kevin got the breakfast tacos, which were phenomenal. I got the Deep Fried French Toast, of course, and it was amazing. It was like a beignet, but super soft on the inside.

If you’re not going to be all the way out in Mill Valley, Sweet Maple in San Francisco is owned by the same owner and offers the same menu. Everything we ordered at Kitchen Sunnyside can be ordered at Sweet Maple.

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After brunch we drove back up the mountain to Mount Tamalpais East Peak. From the parking area it’s about a 1/2 mile hike to the top with some gorgeous views along the way!

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To our left we could see San Quentin…

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And to our right was San Francisco! This was all we could see of San Francisco through the fog, lol! :)

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On our way back, we stopped at the Battery Spencer overlook of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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And then made our way down to this lesser-known view at Baker Beach. This was probably my second favorite spot for pictures.

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That night we had an amazing dinner at Fog Harbor Fish House. This was our gorgeous view of Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz! We split the crab cakes for an appetizer, and I had the Alaskan Halibut served over quinoa with toasted pine nuts, arugula, dried cranberries, cilantro, and basil toped with a citrus beurre blanc. Seriously fabulous. And Kevin loved his cioppino! If you go, you HAVE to get the Blondie dessert topped with vanilla ice cream and a warm Biscoff drizzle. SO good!! You can’t go wrong with the Strawberry Shortcake either!

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Speaking of Biscoff, right across from the restaurant on Pier 39 is the cutest little Biscoff Coffee shop. You can get all your Biscoff needs here, from spreads to cookies. Also be sure to pick up The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook written by my friend Katrina Bahl from In Katrina’s Kitchen! Katrina created the Biscoff cookbook when she went on the hunt to find the perfect peanut butter alternative so she could pass down her family’s famous Buckeye recipe to her son with a peanut allergy. I seriously want to make every single thing in this gorgeous book!

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We ended another action-packed day with a romantic sunset cruise of the bay with Adventure Cat Sailing Charters. We went all around the bay — past Alcatraz, under the Golden Gate Bridge, and right by the city shoreline at dusk as all the buildings were lighting up the skyline.

The catamaran held about 30 people, and the cruise lasted about an hour and a half. There places to sit inside (where it was warmer) and outside with the sea and the wind in your hair. It was a bit chilly, but the cruise offered plenty of heavy jackets to wear. The cruise also came with snacks and 2 free drinks. Although we couldn’t possibly eat anything after our huge meal at Fog Harbor Fish House! :)

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We got back to the dock right at sunset. The staff and crew were great, very friendly, funny, and knowledgable. They were always offering to take pictures. The atmosphere on the boat was totally chill, with lots of fun sailing-themed music. At one point the Titanic theme song came on, and everyone wanted to go up to the bow of the boat for pictures, lol! :)

Getting Around in San Francisco

We loved walking, biking, and taking the cable cars everywhere we could, but sometimes you just need a taxi. We’ve started using Uber to quickly call our own private car service. Have you heard of Uber?? It’s your own personal, private driver for usually cheaper than a taxi. When you open the Uber app, it will show you where drivers are near you, and tell you how long it will take for a car to get to you. Just click Set Pick Up Location and your private car is on it’s way. You can even watch it on the map as it gets closer to your location. It will send you an alert when your car gets close so you know when to go outside. No more waiting outside in the freezing cold or rain for a taxi! You add a credit card or Paypal account to your Uber account, and you never to worry about paying the driver. It’s all done through the app. You get in the car, the driver takes you to your location, and you get out. No fumbling with paying, you can just get out and leave! You don’t even have to tip! It says so on their webpage — it’s built into the price of the service. Uber is seriously the fastest and best way to get where ever you need to go!

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Our second two nights in San Francisco we spent at the Hotel Monaco in Union Square. It’s in a great location right on a cable car line. I LOVE staying in Kimpton Hotels. They are always so fun and colorful!! Our room was ultra spacious and comfortable. We literally melted into this bed.

And Hotel Monaco is pet-friendly!! Hotel Monaco accepts any number of pets without size or weight restrictions and for no extra charge. No pet fees!!!

For dogs, they also provide the following to use during your stay:

  • A copy of The Dog Lover’s Companion to the Bay Area
  • Luxury dog bed (S, M or L)
  • Designer water and food bowl set on a decorative mat
  • A few “clean-up” bags
  • A dog toy that you’re welcome to take home as a souvenir
  • Bone Appétit menus are also available for Fluffy or Fido.

How fun is that??! I would love to bring Miley and Howie back here!

Stay tuned for the next post on all our favorite places to EAT in San Francisco! :) Have a great day!


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