Weekending: San Francisco

Joe and I planned a weekend trip to San Francisco to escape this chilly, rainy spring in New York and to visit one of my best friends, Lulu, who just moved there. When Lulu got engaged the week before our trip, what began as a impromptu using up of the credit card points sort of trip turned into a fun and food-filled celebration weekend. I’ll take any excuse to celebrate but one of my closest friends getting engaged to the guy of her dreams (hey Frank!) is a particularly good one. Here are some places we ate and things we did along the way!

Jane. My favorite breakfast spot in San Francisco. From toasts made with their incredible homemade nut and seed bread, to chia pudding with crunchy muesli, breakfast salads and spicy baked eggs, everything at Jane is absolutely delicious and satisfying but still feels like a wholesome start to the day. They have three locations in San Francisco, so you are never too far from a Jane morning.

Cavallo Point. Built on Fort Baker, a former US Army post in the shadow of the Golden Gate bridge, Cavallo Point is a hotel and restaurant with stunning views and an idyllic, relaxed feel. We rented bikes at Fort Mason in San Francisco and rode them across the Golden Gate Bridge and down the windy roads of Sausalito to Cavallo Point. Lunch on the porch over looking the bridge we had just ridden over was the perfect reward for our somewhat terrifying bike ride.

Burrata with eggplant caponata at Cavallo Point. Washed down with rosé from Scribe Winery.

Million dollar views on the ferry from Sausalito to San Francisco.

Zuni Cafe. The late Judy Rodgers’ roast chicken is legendary, and for good reason. The “Judy Bird” is dry-brined, then roasted at a high temperature for perfectly seasoned meat and heavenly, crispy skin. It’s served with a bread salad and mustard greens and the whole thing- along with a glass of dry white wine- might just be the perfect meal. Zuni Cafe is my  “do-not-miss” for San Francisco.

View from the trails at Fort Cronkhite in Marin County. Lulu and her sister Martha, who are both seasoned hikers led us through the trails Nothing too steep or scary, and incredibly beautiful views.

Joinery. Lulu and Martha brought us here for a big post-hike lunch. I think my favorite part of hiking might be working up an appetite for a giant meal afterwards. Did I mention I’m not a big hiker? Anyway,  Joinery is a restaurant/beer hall right on the water in Sausalito. The fried chicken sandwich and butternut squash hummus were top-notch.

Flour and Water.

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