Away We Go

April 27, 2011 · 40 comments · Print This Post

in San Francisco


CK and I have some very big news to share. We’re moving to San Francisco! So yes, much like our families, friends, and respective workplaces you all realize that our now infamous “patient zero” trip back in February actually had driving purpose.

Our last day in Boston will be May 17th when we’ll hop aboard a Jet Blue flight and blow this popsicle stand — an apt metaphor I believe given the absurd winter we all barely survived on the East Coast.


CK takes a more philosophical view of our relocation on his blog. I’m mostly equal parts terrified and excited beyond all comprehension. This will be the hardest single thing that either of us has ever done. We’re leaving behind our families, friends, and the New England lifestyle that we both grew-up with, but the potential for personal and professional growth in San Francisco is immense and we’ve been merely treading water here for a very long time. There is still adventure to be had and I want in.

I also sincerely hope that all of you will continue to read about these new experiences both here and on my personal blog. Especially since I don’t know a soul in San Francisco and I’ll need someone to talk to while CK plays start-up king and I job hunt yet again.


I’d also love to solicit any tips on San Francisco you’d like to share. Do you have favorite bloggers who live there? A tried and true restaurant? The in on a fantastic farmers market? Or the perfect park to picnic in – I want to hear it all!

Finally, a special shout-out to my blog bestie of 10 years. I hope there’s room for two West Coast Erin’s in this hood!


{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy April 27, 2011 at 5:22 am

Exciting!! You just increased the chances by 1000% that we’ll actually meet – I get back to SF at least once a year (probably in July/August next).

For bloggers, there are tons. Probably easier to give you Twitter names to get started:!/101Cookbooks!/anitachu!/hedonia!/cookingwithamy!/egratto!/marriedwdinner

You’ll have to hit up Contigo as soon as you get there – tons of blog posts about it. I have a ton of friends, connections, and bloggers in SF. Email me what you need! 🙂


2 Adrienne April 27, 2011 at 6:31 am

Holy crap! Congratulations, my friend! We’ll have to have one last outing before you head west 🙂


3 julie April 27, 2011 at 8:09 am

Congratulations! Best of luck in your move! I will look for updates on here!


4 Whitney April 27, 2011 at 9:26 am

My favorite San Fran blogger is Nicole at

She writes magically and she grew up in the area. I would totally be her IRL friend if I didn’t live in Chicago.


5 The Hungry Crafter April 27, 2011 at 9:59 am

Congratulations — that is super exciting! I’d love to move out west but am too scared 😛 I look forward to reading about all you adventures — good luck!


6 Jade N April 27, 2011 at 10:15 am

Awesome! So exciting! Are the kitties making the trek with you guys?


7 Erin April 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Absolutely! We’re using a relocation service to get the furry fiends out here:


8 April 30, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Glad we are going to get to help you with Dexter and Watson’s big move to the West Coast!


9 April in CT April 27, 2011 at 10:28 am

Oh my GOODNESS!! We’re moving to San Francisco from CT in four weeks!!! I’m also equal parts terrified and excited. If I make it through this without making my husband insane with all my worrying it will be nothing short of a miracle. HA!! How fortunate you’re flying, we’ll be driving so that should be…interesting. I’ll get to see parts of the country I’ve never been to so that’s going to be fun. I’m so excited for you!! Good luck!


10 Abbey April 29, 2011 at 11:34 am

April –

You’ll like the drive! That’s what my husband and I did when we moved out here 9 years ago from Kentucky. Okay…Yes…it was LONG and some parts incredibly boring, but since then, Drew (the hubby) and I always tell everyone that it’s something that they should do once in their lives. It’s pretty cool!

Welcome to the West Coast! It’s a crazy and fun place to be!


11 April in CT April 29, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Thank you so much, Abbey!

I’ve never even visited CA, but everyone I talk to so far tells me I’ll love it. Definitely going to be an adventure! I really am looking forward to the drive. I realized after sorting through my very small supply of summer clothes I had to go shopping so I’d have a weeks worth of comfy outfits for the drive. So, it’s not all bad! LOL


12 Katy April 27, 2011 at 10:45 am

Ahhh, so fun! SO exciting to be making such a big move — I’ve never been to San Francisco (which is ridiculous!) but it’s an amazing foodie city!!! You will love it!


13 kate April 27, 2011 at 10:54 am

aw, before we got to meet in maine too! congrats and good luck; i’m sure you will feel right at home there- there’s ocean, mountains, cold weather, very new england-y without all that damn snow. 🙂


14 Elizabeth April 27, 2011 at 11:08 am

Congratulations Erin!!! Best of luck and I am excited to follow you out there while I start discovering Boston!


15 Emily April 27, 2011 at 11:36 am

Congrats on your move! I’ll be very interested to read about how you are liking San Francisco as I’ll probably be moving there with my boyfriend next year, too. I’ve never been there, but we’re planning to take a trip later this year to check it out. I hope the move goes smoothly for you!


16 Kathy - Panini Happy April 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Congrats – you will LOVE San Francisco! I grew up in the Bay Area and lived in the city for 4 years, I consider it home. Two words: Ferry Building!


17 Marisa April 27, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Dang it! This means that we’re not going to manage to meet before you leave the east coast. 🙁


18 Holly April 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Sooo excited for you and for another excuse to go out there and visit! Good luck, sweetie! New England will miss you!


19 jenny April 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Good luck! If you ever make it down the coast then you’ve always got a friend down here in san diego! I hope the move goes smoothly!


20 carrie April 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm

you know I’m positively thrilled for you both!!! the food possibilities alone gives me tingles!

so so happy for you! So!! SO!!! HAPPY!!!


21 Michelle April 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Congrats! Doubt I’ll meet you in person before you go (dang-scheduling-conflicts-with-YA Book Club!) but will continue to follow your blogs. Woo!


22 Bee April 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I am SO jealous!! My boyfriend and I joke about moving to Cali allll the time but there’s definitely a hopeful truth to it–we just can’t right now. I can’t wait to hear all about it! Good luck!


23 nicole April 28, 2011 at 7:12 am

that is so exciting for the both of you! Enjoy yourselves on the West Coast. I look forward to reading about your adventures there


24 Holli April 28, 2011 at 10:19 am

I’m from CA and my mom lived in the City for 12 years….. you’ll love it! I’m partial to North Beach and the fun shops and bars in that part of town and I also love Pacific Heights. Noe Valley is super relaxed and fun… more family oriented area of town and Sea Cliff is GORGEOUS. I used to love SOMA (South of Market) in my 20’s… fun places to go out…. and you can’t beat Union Square for shopping.

Have fun!!


25 Erin April 28, 2011 at 11:55 am

You don’t know how incredibly happy this makes me. :] Not only for selfish reasons (We WILL meet SOON – I swear it!) but because I love SF so much and I think you and CK will be so happy there. I can’t wait to read about all your adventures! xoxo


26 Kelly April 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Congrats on the big move. SF has always held a dear place in my heart so I am equal parts excited and jealous for you. I’m sure you’ll have a gaggle of friends in no time. When I moved here to Chicago I was pleasantly surprised how inviting the local food blogger community was. They were among the first people I met and made me feel at home in no time. Between that and some awesome Meetup groups it was easy to find my footing and I am sure you will soon as well.


27 Kasey April 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Congrats on the big move, Erin! You’ll love SF (I’ve been here for over 6 years now and can hardly imagine living anywhere else). Drop me a note when you’re out here!


28 Jacki April 28, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Congrats, Erin! Best of luck out West. And if you get a chance, you must try Frances, Yum!


29 Shelby @ Lady Gouda April 29, 2011 at 7:03 am

WOW!!! What exciting news. Best of luck and I can’t wait to read about your adventures on this blog!


30 Abbey April 29, 2011 at 11:39 am


It’s a hard thing to do…move across the country so far from home and family/friends. I won’t lie…it was tough…but well worth it. Drew and I are an even stronger couple from it and I feel like I have become the person I truly wanted to be. Which can be hard to do when surrounded by friends and family influencing you on a daily basis.

As much as I miss my KY and family, moving out here was the best move I could have made. You’ll love it!

One of my personal fave SF Bloggers:
And this is THE place for amazing food…I mean Wow! We’ll have to make some dinner dates once you’re settled in!

Good luck on the move!


31 Jess Mann April 29, 2011 at 8:28 pm

1. Congratulations. You and your lovely man are way overdue for an adventure, and i am not shocked you would want to move to the pacific northwest, it’s a hell of a lot like all the good bits of new england amplified and softened.
2. I hear(from excellent sources) now is the time to be going to the city. The economy is on the rebound. Huzzah!
3. Anything you want foodie wise, you bloody well got it! I overfloweth with recommendations and sneaky treaty tricks for not only the thick of wallet but the thin of purse.
4. Seriously now I get to be SO CRAZY JEALOUS. Having just returned from my diamond in the rough, my temptress and the only place where I’ve felt absolutely at home, I wish I could hide in one of your moving boxes.
Much love, and please please please keep in touch!


32 Millie April 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Hi Erin! My husband and I live in San Jose, about an hour south of SF. We moved here about 6 years ago, and I’m sure you will love it as much as we do =) We don’t get up to the city too often, so I don’t have any recommendations for you there, but you should definitely check out The Cheeseboard in Berkeley. It’s AMAZING! Good luck on the move!


33 Lisa May 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Oh my, I can’t even begin to describe how jealous I am! SF is my dream city, wow, you’re so lucky! If you don’t go to Cyrill Magnus St. to have the Lemon Chicken I’ll be so mad 🙂


34 Alejandra May 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Amazing! Wishing you all the best during this big change–I’m sure you will love it! What a great town for food (and bloggers!).


35 LimeCake May 5, 2011 at 12:30 am

Man, looking at these gorgeous photos make me miss the bay area so much! The farmers markets are my favourite places! Lucky you!


36 [email protected] May 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Very, very exciting news. It’s a wonderful experience to start fresh somewhere new. Enjoy – but don’t forget us Mainers!


37 kaet May 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm

congrats!!!! a BIG move! and i bet it will be phenom!!! i can’t wait to see how this will change your blog, i love it as it is, but i am sure the new coast will bring many new food adventures and we get to go along for the ride! best wishes for a safe move!


38 Lindsey May 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm

wow, congrats! Only been once, but San Francisco is beautiful.


39 Kerstin May 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Congrats Erin, we’ll miss you of course, but I’m already looking forward to reading about your SF adventures!


40 The Kitchen Magpie June 5, 2011 at 11:53 am

We dream of moving to San Francisco! I am so jealous but best of luck, I look forward to reading about it!


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