There are certain experiences in life that just touch your heart. This day in San Francisco, California is one of them. One of the coolest parts about my job is meeting people all of over the world. Having friends in countless places means I always have someone to call when I’m on a layover.
My sweet friend, Hailey, recently moved to San Fran and immediately offered to scoop me up from my hotel to explore the city. Her aunt has also lived there since the 80s and took on the role of being our tour guide. Let me just say, she is the absolute coolest.
Oh, was it a spectacular day. We started our adventure with lunch at Delarosa. We sat outside in beautiful 70 degree weather sipping cocktails and catching up. The food was incredibly fresh and light, just the way I like it. I had a kale caesar salad and we all shared a margherita pizza.
We then jumped in the car and drove around to tons of major touristy spots. I slipped back to the glory days that are the 90s as we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge. I was patiently waiting for Danny or Becky to pop out… Full House is the best.
We made a pitstop at the Palace of Fine Arts and took selfies with swans. Normal.
Our next move was driving down San Fran’s most crooked street, Lombard Street. Let’s just say it’s a good thing I wasn’t the one behind the wheel. Those sharp turns! We stopped for a coffee to fuel up and hopped on a cable car to take us down to the marina area. We walked around for a bit and trekked back to the car for a final blast from the past… The Painted Ladies and the house used for the filming of Full House!
The Painted Ladies are just as cute as I hoped they would be. However, the disappointment resulting from the realization that the Full House home has been painted is just unspeakable. Kidding. Kind of.
We finished our day at quite possibly the most delicious restaurant I have ever been to, The Slanted Door. I realize that is saying a lot, but this restaurant alone is reason enough for me to make the visit back to the west coast. It is located on the water in a super cool old building (The Ferry Building) and has a wonderful atmosphere. The food was a fresh take on Vietnamese and absolutely delicious. It was also quite adventurous, eat first and ask questions later.