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We are fortunate enough to be spending 2 weeks in San Francisco. I thought I would pass along some of our adventures for those interested. As you may know, I am kind of into food, so there will be more emphasis on this than other areas :o)

We have come to San Francisco during the winter months for the past 3 trips and while having a wonderful time, the weather always left a lot to be desired. So this trip, we thought we would try for a time frame that would provide a chance for better weather [ no rain, sun and milder temps]. We also picked this time as we will be celebrating DH's birthday while here.

DH rode his new motorcyle [Triumph Tiger 800XC] from our home in NM while I flew out. He left 5 days before me, and took a scenic route through Utah, Nevada, Yosemite and then spent a night in Half Moon Bay before heading into SF to meet me. He was able to call me before I left home to assure me that the condo was every bit as nice as the pictures and also the report we got from a local Fodorite , who was kind enough to check the place out for us.

We are staying in a lovely condo in Duboce Triangle that we found through airbnb. It is a perfect location that will enable us to really feel like locals as we frequent neighborhood haunts.

I arrived via Southwest at OAK and took BART into the city. DH met me at the station at 16th and Mission. I had made dinner reservations at a little french place, just up the block from the condo - L'ardoise. We had a great meal [I had a wonderfully crisped char and DH had coq au vin. We split an order of Boeuf Bourguignon ravioli for an appetizer]. We shopped for some breakfast basics and we were set for the night.

Saturday was a busy one - started with a trip [via motorcycle] to the Ferry Building so that we could stock up on produce. We were eating a Roli Roti Porchetta Sandwich [no lines!] by 8:30. Picked up romaine, basil, Mt Tam triple creme cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, some peaches and pears and baguette and rye bread from Acme and some wonderful little flavor packed tomatoes.

Quickly put the groceries away and onto our next event - a special City Guides tour. We love these tours, such a great way to see the city from the viewpoint of the guides who take such pride in their city. Each May and October, they offer special tours, so we are trying to get to see some of them this trip. We always try to do lots of these tours as the price is right and there is such a wide variety of tours.

This tour was Sutro Forest Hike:
"Explore the legacy of Adolph Sutro's Arbor Day celebrations (and discover the remains of Ishi's 'cave'), stroll a city reservoir, and more. A steep, long, strenuous walk, but taken at an easy pace and rewarded with spectacular views!".

We had never heard of Ishi, but it was a fascination piece of history that we will be delving into to learn more. This was a pretty arduous tour, more than any other we've done. We were told it was 2 hours, but as we were approaching the 2.5 hour mark, with what seemed to be at least another half hour to go, we had to duck out so we could make our lunch reservation.

We had a great HUGE brunch at Brunch Drunk Love on Mission. This is a pretty interesting set up. They only do brunch and they do it at what is normally a night club called Brunos. This is an venture of Ryan Scott, a rising star from "Top Chef" show.

I had bought a Groupon that was a real deal. We ordered deviled eggs [6 deviled egg halves ]and the frisée salad, with pancetta, poached egg, and whole grain mustard dressing. Too many eggs so we took most home. Salad was nice with the richness of the egg cut by that tangy dressing and bite of the frisee.

Mains- maple + bacon pancakes with bourbon-glazed bananas. 3 nice sized pancakes and the bananas were reminiscent of bananas foster. Pancakes could have been hotter. DH had duck hash cakes, poached eggs, summer succotash, salsa verde which was tasty.

Dessert was breakfast cereal panna cotta, frosted flakes + berries served in a small mason jar. The panna cotta was soft more like pudding and was a pretty nice, simple finish.

We headed to Trader Joes for some wine and coffee and called it a day. We did stroll out and about The Castro after dinner at home.

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