Making it Feel Like Summer in San Francisco


I knew May would fly by, since we began the month on vacation in Bali and ended it with Memorial Weekend in Big Sur. Both travel bookends were the highest of the highs, but the in-between weeks were the lowest of the low, between changes at work, some family health issues, and personal issues I hinted at in this post

But it’s June! A fresh new month with the official start of summer on the horizon (June 21, and my dad’s birthday). It’s shaping up to be a busy month, starting with ECS’s CHEFS Gala this week (more to come but it’s a cause close to my heart and I’ve taken on marketing efforts for the event as a side project), a wedding in Mexico, friends visiting, and a trip to see my parents at the end of the month. 

Despite all of our plans, my real goal is to enjoy the summer even though we don’t experience summery weather in San Francisco (it hits us in September). Here are a few things on my to-do list. 

  1. Coffee date before work. It feels like a cheat day to slide into the office at 9:30 or even 10am after a coffee date with Ian or a girlfriend. Today I’m trying As Quoted with Jessica from My Style Vita (super excited to meet her finally and to try this new-to-me spot!).
  2. Long Friday lunches. I know it seems like I am trying to just escape the office but hear me out: there’s no better way to get into a summer state of mind than actually taking a lunch, as opposed to eating a salad at your desk while working. Bonus points for having a chilled glass of wine or cold beer.
  3. Eat all of the summer foods. Now it’s seeming like my list is all food-related, but I feel like it’s an easy way to get into the summertime frame of mind. I want to walk to Bi Rite for ice-cream one night after dinner when it’s still light out, eat bbq at 4505 Meats down the street, and have oysters for dinner at Hog Island in the Ferry Building.
  4. We go hiking in Marin year-round, but it’s considerably warmer on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge in the summer. We haven’t even scratched the surface of hiking in Marin and Angel Island is still on my list.
  5. Go camping! I am kind go cheating on this once since we just booked a 4th of July camping trip with friends, but sometime’s it’s easier to stick to a list when you have a head start, right?
What's on your summer to-do list? I'd love to know.

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