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!