San Francisco Staycation


As I mentioned in this post, I took two weeks off before starting my new job. I knew it would be busy ramping up (I was right - thus the lack of posts lately!) and I’m so happy I took time off (something I’ve never done between jobs). 

My first thought was to plan a trip somewhere, but then I realized that we had Labor Day plans in Napa smack dab in the middle of my time off, and also realized that two weeks of no work also means two weeks of no paycheck (ha!). So it became the perfect excuse to stay put and enjoy a two week San Francisco staycation. Here’s what I did with my time off, in case you’re curious.
Eating + Drinking
Of course, I had to try to some new-to-me restaurants and coffee shops during my time off. 

Andytown Coffee Roasters: One day before work (for Ian) we made the trek to Andydown in the Outer Sunset. I tried the Snowy Plover, which is a delicious combination of iced Pellegrino with two shots of Andytown’s home-roasted espresso and a tiny small amount of brown-sugar-based syrup. Oh, and it’s topped off homemade whipped cream. 

I’ve been wanting to have breakfast at Plow since we moved to San Francisco, but the rumored long lines always scared me. Thinking about waiting in line before I’ve had my coffee? No thank you. My girlfriend Megan and I braved the wait on Labor Day and it was a solid hour and a half (we picked up coffee down the block). The verdict? It’s totally worth the hype. We both got the plow, which is two eggs (I had some of the best scrambled eggs of my life, and I’m an over easy gal) with house made pork sausage or Nuke’s bacon (Megan and I each got one and shared, obviously), two lemon ricotta pancakes (Plow’s famous for them) and Plow potatoes (simple but amazing). 

I finally made it to Tartine Manufactory, to have lunch - and champagne - with Alexa. The space is beautiful, the food is delicious, and there’s even an old school newsstand and Heath Ceramics on site. What more could you want? Pastries for the next day. Done.

Tackling the line at Swan Oyster Depot was right up there with Plow. It’s a San Francisco institution that has no website (the ones you’ll find online are fakes), has been around for 105 years, and seats just 20 at a counter. Ian took a half day so we could go for an early lunch. We showed up at 11am and had a dozen oysters, the Sicilian Sashimi and smoked salmon (we wanted to try to infamous crab back but just missed crab season). It was one of the best meals of my life - washed down with an Anchor Steam to make it truly San Francisco. Also, for such a famous spot that gets its fair share of tourists, the staff couldn’t be friendlier. Warning: It’s cash only. 

At some point I’ll write about the mindfulness and meditation course I just finished in detail, but for now I want to mention My Father’s Kitchen. The tiny spot serves up Vietnamese comfort food and was right near my class. Since it closes at 7pm it’s been hard to make it there after work, but my early class time (and time off) were the perfect opportunity. It was too hot for pho but we loved the marinated grilled pork and meatballs and chicken satay.

Honorable mentions for some old favorites I visited during my time off: Coffee at Sight Glass (the new space near our place on Divisadero is gorgeous) and Wrecking Ball; breakfast at Brenda’s and As Quoted; and lunch at Angelina’s.

I love to cook, but Ian’s typically home before me and is an amazing cook, so he usually comes up with dinner. I used the time off to make a favorite recipe to freeze for a later date (Ina Garten’s vegetable lasagna ftw) and try a few new recipes: favorites were Smitten Kitchen’s Classic Cobb Salad and Chicken Palau from my fav cookbook Small Victories.

Getting Active
I can get into a bit of a rut when it comes to workouts, running the same route and taking the same classes. During my time off, I went out of my comfort zone with a few classes at SALT (I’ve since become a regular at the Barre Fight and 7x7 classes; barre meets kickboxing and HIIT, respectively) and by finally trying Yoga at Grace Cathedral, which I so enjoyed. I also walked e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e.

Getting Sh*t Done
I was pretty productive during my time off, crossing a few things off my list to make for an easier transition into fall and a new workload. I picked up birthday cards + gifts for the next few months so I’m not left scrambling, which actually meant also getting ahead of a few Christmas gifts; I set price alerts and actually purchased holiday flights ahead of time; I cleaned out our closets and donated a bunch of items; I did a full bar cart cleaning and refrigerator overhaul and actually paid for professional carpet cleaning. I also did a few design-y projects like finding art for a big wall in our bedroom (will share more later!).

Solo Touristy Stuff
I had been wanting to check out the Degas exhibit at the Legion of Honor so one day during my staycation I purchased a ticket and checked it out for myself! September is our best weather, so I was also able to enjoy a few bona fide beach days at China Cove and Baker Beach and took our boxer to his favorite beaches - Chrissy Field and Ocean Beach - as few times as well.


Anonymous said...

What sites do you use for price alerts?

Short & Sweet Blog said...

Typically Kayak!