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My Visit To San Francisco!

I’m back home after an exciting week at the Food Buzz Festival which was held in San Francisco. I experienced way too much to write just one post. So, this post I’ll share some of the highlights of my trip and tomorrow I’ll write specifically about the festival….

One of my must do activities was ride a cable car. It’s sort of a mandatory activity when visiting San Francisco.

And while it’s great fun to ride one, getting on one that isn’t already packed with people is pretty challenging. So, if you visit and would like to ride one, try to do it on a weekday. It’s very very difficult to get a ride on one on the weekend.

It’s a pretty affordable way to see the sights and you get to experience a bit of transportation history too!

Fisherman’s Wharf is another must see attraction. With lots of shops and restaurants situated on the picturesque San Francisco waterfront, you could spend a whole day just taking in the sights. The people watching is pretty excellent too…

One of my planned stops on the wharf was Boudin Bakery. Known for their classic sourdough bread and other incredible baked goods (try their killer chocolate chip cookies), I didn’t want to leave San Francisco without grabbing a bite at their delicious restaurant.

Actually, I had my first raw oyster ever at Boudin’s. I had a brave moment and tossed back one of their champagne soaked oysters. And while I can’t say I’d eat a tray of raw oysters, I didn’t mind them. It went down much smoother than I expected. Interesting.

But what they are really famous for are their breads. Not just sourdough, but fanciful loaves in all kinds of fun shapes like this alligator. It was like a baker’s Disney Land.

And no trip to San Francisco would be complete without a stop at Ghiradelli! I was desperately trying to look and not buy, but when I was given a free sample at the door, I was a goner.

If you get a chance to try the Ghiradelli Sea Salt Soiree Chocolate Squares, do. They are killer good.

Now that I think about it, I can’t think of anything Ghiradelli that isn’t killer good. And speaking of killer…

I visited the very infamous Alcatraz. Another must see attraction in San Francisco, Alcatraz is quite the site to behold.

Just a short ferry ride over to the island, Alcatraz does not dissapoint. I took an audio tour of the prison that explained the interesting history, the inhabitants and the people that lived on the island.

It was quite chilling, but completely interesting to learn about its history and to see with my own eyes a little of what the prisoners experienced. The words I would use to describe it are cold and isolated. A great place to visit, but not somewhere I’d like to stay for any length of time.

I wish I had more time to explore San Francisco. There was so much that I missed. I didn’t have the time to visit Lombard Street or see the Painted Ladies. So, that just means I have to go back.

Not to mention the museums, the countless restaurants that I would’ve liked to have dined at and I sure would’ve liked to walk over the Golden Gate Bridge. Next time!

It was a fantastic experience. Certainly worth flying from one coast to another to visit. Come back tomorrow to see my recap of the Food Buzz Festival!


  1. I think you did darn good with seeing some of the city (and tasting it). 🙂

  2. Jen from Quincy says:

    I love San Francisco. I’ve only been once but I’ve been dreaming about going back some day.

    Can’t wait to hear more about the rest of the trip!

  3. Fantastic pix of San Francisco Melanie! I have always wanted to visit and explore that area. I love the pic of the person flying off the cable car, I didn’t think they went that fast! Anyway, sipping my morning coffee and reaching for a Ghirardelli square of chocolate!!

  4. Margaret P. says:

    Isn’t San Fran amazing?!?! That’s probably the best trip we’ve ever taken…we were super brave & rode rental bikes across the Golden Gate bridge. Scary but the views were spectacular! Can’t wait to go back 🙂

  5. Sevenchickadees says:

    I love living vicariously! What a wonderful trip you have taken!
    Do you think I could get a copy of that first pic to hang in my bedroom? *waggles eyebrows*

  6. what a fantastic trip! That sounds wonderful! I am jealous of the trip to Ghiradelli too! And that dog photo made me laugh lol 🙂

  7. What a nice trip ! You went from raw oysters to and alligator that I momentarily thought was skinned. I would have to have seen the Painted Ladies and left off the food part. Maybe you will get back there again and see the rest of the sights.

  8. Did you have cioppino too? A must have near the wharf! Glad you got the sourdough there! It’s the best. The fog makes the yeast rise differently from anywhere else to get that tangy flavor. Love SF! Glad you had a great trip!

  9. I’ve been there several times and you seem to have hit the highlights of the city 🙂 LOVED Alcatraz…we took the last boat out and watched the sunset from the prison grounds. The timing also added to the whole setting bc while we toured, it got darker and darker 🙂 pretty spooky indeed!

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