San Francisco Lately

Happy Sunday, friends!

I hope you guys are having an extra lovely weekend. Funny how I’m writing a “San Francisco Lately” post and yet we’re not currently in the neighborhood. We wanted to take advantage of the extra-long holiday weekend, so Derek and I embarked on another city escape. Except this time we headed down south. Have you ever heard of the area Joshua Tree? Or Joshua trees in general? You know, those wild woolly looking trees with limbs sprawling in all directions?! Well, that’s where we’re currently at, located in the heart of the Mojave Desert. Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing way more of this southern excursion soon. As for now, here are a few snippets of what’s been happening in San Francisco lately…

I’ve lost track of how many times it has rained — scratch that, POURED — since we made the move out west to San Francisco. I’m talking countless downpours. For all the people that say it doesn’t rain in this sunshine state, well you guys are WRONG! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wondered if we actually moved to Seattle and people are just calling this place San Francisco. It sure does look like San Francisco, but jeez, so much rain.

On the contrary, I heard that Northern California is finally out of its drought. So, that’s good news. Another pro to all the gusty winds of precipitation lately is how much it has affected the local vegetation. You should see all the colors at the farmers markets. So vivid and bright! Last Sunday, Mother Nature granted us with a beautiful day filled with warm sun and clear skies so we soaked up as many rays as we could.

Strolling past all the vendors at the farmers market and sampling all the fresh goodies made me so excited for spring. By the looks of the fresh flowers, fruits and veggies, I’d like to believe the season is right around the corner.

After fueling up for the leisurely day ahead, we spent a good chunk of time spread out on a picnic blanket with the sun kissing our cheeks. That, on top of snacking on some of the best homemade ciabatta bread ever from the MIDWIFE + the BAKER made for an extra relaxing afternoon.

Some of my favorite times exploring this city thus far have been when we have no agenda but to meander aimlessly up and down the hilly streets. No matter how many historical Victorian homes we’ve come across, nothing makes my heart melt faster than when we stumbled upon a bright and cheerful one. I’m talking about you Yellow Dream-house. And just check out all the elaborate detail. Someone please tell me when I can move in!?

My obsession with all things stationary continues. No lie, my happy place in this city is at the cutest card shop located near our apartment. Every time we walk past it, I have to go in. Seriously. In the sense where my brain doesn’t even have to tell my feet to turn and walk through the threshold. They just know. And every time I enter into this lovely space, I cannot help but smile. It’s true. I have a mad addiction.

As much as I love pretty much every single card the artist designs at this particular shop, the one below really resonated with me. With all the negative vibes that have been taking over the news lately — and creeping into the every day — this card was a beautiful reminder that we all must continue to love. We all must continue to lift each other up and stand strong. Most importantly, we all must continue to celebrate diversity. Love you friends.

Not too long ago, we finally made our way over to the Presidio to take a stroll through the Lovers’ Lane trail. If you’re a nature lover, outdoors lover or art lover, go here. The enchanting and picturesque “Wood Line” (pictured below) is certainly one of the city’s hidden gems.

On a random note, mint in coffee is delicious. Totally unexpected and yet so refreshing. Try it. You’ll see.

On an extra random note, are you a donut lover? Who isn’t, right!? Well, you need to get over to Bob’s Donuts asap. Not only does this legendary bakery crank out some mouth-watering-sugar-coma-inducing donuts, but they also bake a few donuts that are THE SIZE OF YOUR HEAD. Yes, you read that right, just look below. They call this special donut the “Big Kahuna” and I can honestly say it is the size of your head. Not to mention it is out-of-this-world delicious. My only question is how many sprinkles are on that thing? I’m not even allowing my mind to go into the dark side of thinking about the calories…

If you’re a up-for-any-kind-of-challenge type person, I dare you to take the Bob’s Challenge. Pretty much, you have to eat this entire donut in less than three minutes. If you do, you get a refund AND your picture goes up on the Bob’s Hall of Fame wall. Sound enticing?!

And if donuts aren’t really your thing, still get your butt over to Bob’s. Anything sugar related, this shop has it. Apple fritters, cinnamon buns, chocolate eclairs…I could go on and on but I won’t because I’m making myself hungry. Thank goodness I don’t live above this bake shop or I would probably be morbidly obese because these sweet treats are like crack cakes.

As I’m sitting here writing I’m just now realizing this is the third coffee picture. Hmm. Does that mean I have a problem?? I’m going to tell myself no, it just means I like to take pictures of coffee…

Wrapping this post with a snapshot of downtown because it sure is a beaut. Can you spot the thin sliver of a rainbow!?

Cheers to a wonderful week ahead, everyone!

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