Seconds in San Francisco

February 28, 2011 · 16 comments · Print This Post

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Sun Rise in San Francisco

Last Thursday I flew to San Francisco. Then I promptly came down with the plague. Twenty-four hours after I landed the symptoms began to set in and by Saturday my body was officially down for the count. All of that amazing food and potential for adventure was depressingly swept away in a haze of Nyquil and Law and Order reruns.

Fisherman's Wharf - Kind of a Dive

On Sunday I briefly recovered enough to walk down to Fisherman’s Wharf. Had I realized that it looked like the boardwalk at Hampton Beach I think I would have saved my energy as shortly after I developed a sore throat that was my complete and total downfall. Thankfully CK was there to take care of me though. I ended up living our vacation vicariously through his iPhone images and the treats he brought back to the hotel room. Here are some shots from my whirlwind germ addled trip:

Palm Trees Amaze Me

Scrumptious Morning Bun from Tartine Bakery

CK's Gibraltar from Blue Bottle Coffee

Market Bar in the Ferry Building: The Only Place I Had a Real Meal Before I Got Sick

Mushrooms in The Ferry Building that Rocked My World

Oodles and Oodles of Cheese at Cowgirl Creamery

One cross-country flight and a fruitless trip to the doctor later I’m finally back at work after spending an additional four days (post trip) sequestered in my bedroom at home with my furry companions, Watson and Dexter, by my side. Unfortunately, I can only sort of hear and speak still and my ribs feel broken from days and days of coughing. Plus, I’m frankly rather livid that my vacation was ruined. If I have the chance to go to San Francisco again what should I make a point of eating and visiting? Aside from copious amounts of vitamin-C…

I'm Sailing Away Next Time

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1 Kelly February 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Boo, I’m sorry Erin, that is unfortunate, though the photos he snapped were lovely none the less.


2 [email protected] February 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm

That’s such a shame! I hope you’re feeling better soon.


3 Hänni February 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Awww, that’s so disappointing! Thank goodness you got in *some* sightseeing. FWIW, I’ve heard the Stinky Rose is a fun SF restaurant–it’s all about the garlic, baby!


4 Marisa February 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm

What a huge, huge bummer. I’m so sorry that your vacation was so thoroughly ravaged by sickness.


5 Jenious February 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Very sad to read that your vacay went down like that. I hope you’re able to return to San Fran. When you do, let me know beforehand — I’m from NorCal originally and have a few faves to share.

Feel better!


6 jo February 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm

So sorry you were sick. Nothing is worse than being sick in a hotel room.
And I am sorry I touted the walk from Ferry to Fisherman’s, but really would it be a trip to San Fran if you missed it? Would Boston be Boston without Fanueil Hall, Revere Beach, chowdah, Fenway? I feel sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do. I think my trip was hazed over by the fricken AMAZING moonrise (full of course) over Sausalito that crawled up the sky that night and brought EVERYONE out for a walk on the strip – including the guy on a bike dressed like Wichy Poo from HR Puffinstuff. Sadly my photos DO NOT do it justice. Crab at The Franciscan, cheesy, but appropriate was my final ‘reward’


7 Erin February 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Oh no no no. The walk was lovely! I just didn’t expect the wharf to be quite so in-your-face touristy. I’m glad I did it. Now I don’t have to ever make that particular trek again 😉


8 wummy March 1, 2011 at 8:56 am

At least you saw the Golden Gate Bridge!! The sunset was awesome!!


9 Erin March 1, 2011 at 9:04 am

Hey Mom –

That’s actually a shot of the Bay Bridge. There are two big bridges in San Francisco (maybe more? I have no idea) … I’ll send you a little shot of the Golden Gate later.


10 nicole March 1, 2011 at 9:11 am

Oh that sucks! Sorry you were so sick while there. I am dying to get out there one day. Hope you get another chance soon.


11 Jess Mann March 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm

ARGH! I can think of nothing worse than an illness thwarted vacation, but being that I adore this city more than any other, I am more than happy to suggest a few things you can do both while battling the black death, or while perfectly healthy:
-Fernet Bianca. Super slanky liqueur that tastes like alcoholic ricola. It was used as a medicine up until the prohibition, and I think it’s only made in SF. A fernet and gingerale made many a bad night much much better for me.
-Philz coffee. The original located at the corner of folsom and 24th in the mission district, it makes coffee just as fine as bluebottle, but half the price and the atmosphere is wonderful. Huge potted plants, a barista with two tame parakeets always perched on his shoulder, a piano (frequently in use), and chess boards and newspapers galore. Perfect for snuggling down and people watching.
-Castro Theatre. It’s old and gorgeous, every night there’s something fantastic happening here, like a triple feature indiana jones marathon, or a priscilla queen of the desert night or any number of other awesome movies. It’s ridiculously cheap, you can bring whatever you want in for snacks (including fernet and ginger) and if you’re lucky, an organist plays the theme of the main feature instead of previews. Perfect place to be anonymous and not trapped in a hotel room.
-Ghirardeli square. Even if you’re sick, this cute little chocolate piazza is worth a stop, if only to get free chocolate samples (which are to DIE for) and pick up a few sacks of lollies for the plane ride home.
That’s about all I can fit without babbling like a psychopath, but don’t despair, the beautiful foggy gem will wait for you, as she still bides her time for me.


12 Erin March 2, 2011 at 12:17 pm

These are such lovely suggestions Jess! I knew I could count on you for suggesting something unique and fabulous.


13 Michelle March 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Hello, Universe? Our girl Erin needs a do-over. Thanks!


14 kat March 3, 2011 at 1:22 am

aw, boo! sf is such a fab town. glad you are now feeling better. here are my favorite haunts.

ferry building on a sunday – great to see the farmers market and then visit all the vendors inside.
spqr – one of my favorite italian places – especially if you get a seat at the chef’s bar
chinatown for dim sum!
wayfare inn – tyler florence’s new venture and it’s amazing
philz coffee is a religion. i don’t drink coffee but people love it!
park chow – if it’s rainy – sit inside near the fire, if it’s nice out, sit upstairs in the sun
for the best views of the golden gate – and you can walk right under it! head to crissy field and then walk toward fort point.

hope you get back out here soon!!


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