Hi friends! Now that I’ve shared my Nike Women’s Half Marathon race recap, I wanted to share some of the other adventures I got into while in San Francisco. Here are some of the highlights!
It was an AMAZING weather weekend in San Francisco – we got so lucky! Clearly I had to take advantage.
Sarah, Emily, and I had fun strolling all around on Saturday afternoon and taking it in.
I also had the opportunity to meet up with my aunt, uncle, and cousin who live in the area. I walked around a ton more with them – we had a great time catching up!
One of the biggest sightseeing highlights was a biking tour all around SF with my friend Ashley – I took a million photos so I’ll split that into a separate post. Stay tuned. 🙂
Of course, the food in San Francisco was a bit highlight! I went to a ton of great places – here they are in case you want to check them out! Thank you to those of you who sent recommendations either via email or social media, too!
Seed + Salt
This organic, vegan café in the Marina area treated the ClassPass Runner team to a complimentary lunch one afternoon that rocked my world. Highly recommend if you are ever in the area! I shared the vegan burger and the quinoa falafel (in a collard wrap) with Emily. Yummm!
They have great baked goods, too – I tried the vegan chocolate chip cookie and the gluten free banana bread – both were amazing. I ended up going back to the café later on in the trip as a paying customer with my family and then again with my friend Ashley – this time for afternoon green smoothies! 🙂 Also delish! And so were those Jackson’s Honest sweet potato chips. 🙂
The Plant Café Organic
Another awesome spot! This was near-ish to our hotel (we went to the downtown location, but they have a few locations), and I walked there one morning for breakfast. They have great looking juices and smoothies, but I went for an egg, white cheddar, and spinach sandwich with avocado. Really good!
On Friday night, I went to dinner at Prospect with some fellow bloggers in town for the race (in attendance: me, Emily, Ashley, Jane, Kristine, Kayla, and Evann). Thank you to Ashley for organizing the dinner for us – loved meeting/seeing everyone!
I didn’t get many food photos since the lighting was so dim, but Ashley, Kristine, and I shared a delicious Chardonnay, and I had two starters as my main meal – a tomato mozzarella salad (amazing) and the beef tartar with toast. Yum! Fun night.
On Friday, right after landing, I met my grad school buddy Elle for lunch at a cute spot near her office called Marlowe.
We shared the crispy Brussels sprouts leaves to start, which were AMAZING – they tasted so salty and crunchy!
And then I had the shrimp roll. 🙂 Also delish, and so good to catch up with Elle!
This restaurant was another good find in the Marina area (thank you to blog reader Sarah for this rec!) – fun vibe and good food! I went there the evening after the race with my friend Ashley and POUNDED some serious tacos. And sweet potato fries. And salad, for good measure. 😉 Eyes were a little bigger than stomach, but this was so good.
On my last night in San Francisco, I stayed with my friend Heather in Russian Hill area – we hit up a cute spot called Blue Barn for dinner. It’s an order at the counter, salad/sandwich type place with a really cool vibe. Since I’m obsessed with kombucha, I clearly had to try this local one – Marin Kombucha. The pinot sage flavor was as good as it sounds!
As for dinner, I had a big Asian-inspired tuna salad. It was ENORMOUS – I barely made a dent – but good!
We shared some fries, too. 🙂 Yep – two dietitians shared fries. You’re welcome.
To cap off the evening, we walked over to the Loving Cup for some fro-yo. They blend their fro-yo with mix-ins – mine was chocolate frozen yogurt with coconut and almond butter blended in. AMAZING.
One more recommendation to end this post that is not food-related: check out Union Yoga in Russian Hill!
Heather and I went there on Tuesday morning for their 6 a.m. class and it was wonderful. Such a nice, calming way to start the day. 🙂 They sadly aren’t on ClassPass, but a drop in for a 1 hour class was $14 – not bad!
Stay tuned for my final San Francisco recap, coming on Friday: all about biking the Golden Gate Bridge! 🙂
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