Monday, August 24, 2015

San Francisco Snapshots {Part Two}


We had to get to Golden Gate Park early, so breakfast was on-to-go: we picked up Starbucks.  I grabbed a pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant) and iced tea. (need my caffeine, cause duh)  Golden Gate Park in the morning is an exquisite sight.  This is the exterior of the Conservatory of Flowers, which opened at 10.  We did some exploring around the park first.


Walking through the gardens kicked us into "photography mode", so we whipped out our cameras and started snapping every pretty flower we could find.  It was amazing to see all the different breeds, colors, and kinds of beautiful plants and flowers they grow in the park.  


The conservatory opened at 10, so we went in and took a look at the exotic plants and flowers they grow in there.  I loved the orchids and tropical trees like the banana and cacao trees.  K made friends with an adorable puppy that became infatuated with her.  


We travelled back to Union Square and had lunch at the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus.  It was absolutely beautiful.  I enjoyed the Andean Dream Quinoa Pasta, which was a gluten free spaghetti with pecorino, snap peas, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, sprouts, and sunchokes.  It was quite possibly the best meal I had on the entire trip.  
I'll definitely be ordering this one again at the Mariposa restaurant in Newport when I'm home!  It was a healthier yet decadent pasta dish with a perfect flavor combination.


After lunch we boated off to Sausalito on a ferry.  Sausalito is a picturesque little town across the bay, and exploring it was a dream.  The views were amazing and the shops and homes were breathtaking.


Dinner was at The Trident, a restaurant right on the water with a spectacular view of the bay and Alcatraz in the distance.  I thoroughly enjoyed this quinoa and kale salad with feta and grapes (sans the almonds), and we shared a delicious assortment of roasted vegetables including baby zucchini, yellow squash, and broccoli.


A sweet treat- Lappert's Ice Cream!  I had this delicious scoop of no sugar added vanilla ice cream, which had vanilla bean flecks in it!  I was teased all night about how utterly boring I was for ordering vanilla, especially since they had flavors like Caramel Cashew Turtle Cluster, Java Lava, Coconut Macadamia Fudge, Salted Caramel, etc.  But hey, it's my favorite!  And it was delicious.  You can't go wrong with vanilla.


The ferry ride back to SF was chilly but gorgeous.  We saw the setting sun and the lit-up ferry building.  It was a gorgeous night and a great end to a great day.

P.S.  What do you all think of the new blog designs?  I'd love your opinions.

33 comments:

  1. Your pictures have me itching for a trip back! We never made it to Golden Gate park - so beautiful! xo, biana BlovedBoston

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    1. We almost didn't make it to Golden Gate Park too- our schedule was hectic!

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  2. I love San Francisco! It is a beautiful city and has so much to offer in terms of scenery and architecture. Your food looks delicious!

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  3. Gorgeous photos! I've been dying to visit SanFrancisco!
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  4. I love all of the flower shots! Everything looks so gorgeous.

    xo, Carly - soak and simmer

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  5. These pictures are just gorgeous! Kale and quinoa are two of my favorite foods, so that salad looks delicious! Love the flower shots, stunning! Happy Monday!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  6. This looks like so much fun! San Fran is definitely on my list of places I want to visit.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. If you ever do get a chance to visit, I hope you have fun!

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  7. beautiful photography! Looks like a great time! all that food look so good too!
    kelseybang.com

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  8. Gorg pictures makes me wanna travel soon :)
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    xo, kanchan

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  9. Love love love SF!! Everything looks beautiful in your photos!

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  10. Looks like a great trip! I haven't spent all that much time in SF, I'd love to visit again. I'll bookmark your post for next time!

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  11. Gorgeous photos, I love your captures of fresh blooms around the city.

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  12. Lovely photo shoot! Really must stop by there someday, looks so lovely.

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  13. The food looks great! I pinned some of your photos because I am obsessed with Dahlias, they're such a beautiful flower!

    Natalia | Lindifique

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  14. These pictures are gorgeous!!! The food looks so yummy! Love all of them!

    Danielle
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    1. Thank you Danielle! And congrats again on getting married!

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  15. Gorgeous photos! And all the food looks AMAZING!

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    1. Thank you Kelly! The food might have been my favorite part of the trip... ;-)

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  16. Great blog!
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