I apologize for being away for so long, but Jill and I had the opportunity to travel to Denver this week for a POP! Social Media seminar with an awesome company based there. We had a wonderful day of teaching and a fun evening spent in an area of the city called Cherry Creek. It was a quick trip, but certainly kept us busy – and it was nice to escape the frigid Chicago weather for a couple of days!
Speaking of warmer temperatures, I wanted to share the next installment of our honeymoon journey to San Francisco and Napa. You can read about Day One here.
Our second day in San Francisco began early on Saturday morning at Sausalito’s Inn Above Tide.
After getting ready for the day, we headed down to the main room, where breakfast is served complimentary every morning for guests.
The spread was absolutely fantastic! Pastries, cereals and oatmeal, plus quiches and fresh fruit – basically, a little bit of everything. I decided to go with a bowl of corn flakes and granola topped with fresh berries and milk, with an apricot scone on the side.
Both were scrumptious. And then we were off…to the Ferry Building Farmers Market!!!!
I want to visit this place every time I see fellow bloggers in San Francisco. I was giddy with excitement at finally having the chance and Bobby was gracious enough to play along with my food nerd self. 😉
When we got inside, my jaw dropped. Where to begin?! We decided to walk around for a bit and take it all in, but eventually, one thing led to another and these delicious vegan doughnuts caught our eyes.
They are from a store called Pepples Donuts, which uses 100% organic ingredients. We couldn’t resist sampling the blueberry flavor, which was packed with flavor and had a deliciously sweet icing on top.
Our next stop was Frog Hollow Farm, which I had heard from Melissa is home to the best-tasting pears in the world. She wasn’t kidding! They were ridiculously smooth and easy to bite into, with a velvety vanilla texture that made me swoon.
At that point, we were very happy campers.
We continued in the other direction and came across the infamous Cowgirl Creamery!
We sampled a variety of their cheeses – which looked and tasted absolutely incredible – and decided to take home gouda and another creamy variety for a nighttime snack.
We could have stayed at the market forever. Even Bobby was feeling the food…buzz. 😉
We meandered around the Ferry Building for a while longer, but then it was time for our next adventure. On the way, we decided to stop for lunch at a place called Butterfly near Pier 33.
We weren’t especially hungry after our farmers market fare, but decided to split the Duo of Manhattan and New England Chowders, which came with Crab Louis Stuffed Romaine Hearts.
Each bowl was uniquely sensational. My favorite was the Maryland, which had a rich tomato base. Bobby enjoyed the New England, which had a classic creamy texture. It was the best of both for both of us!
We were also served some fresh edamame, which left us filling completely content.
And then, we were off again…this time to ALCATRAZ!!
We boarded a ferry boat for our tour and had a gorgeous view of the city while en route.
When we got there, we were greeted with a huge piece of history.
The audio tour is an absolute MUST when you visit because it makes the entire experience come alive while you walk along the prison cells.
Just hearing the perspectives of the prison guards, the residents of the island and the prisoners themselves was fascinating. Did you know that there was once an escape attempt where the prisoners created dummy heads to put in their beds?
We would have made the “not-so smart” prisoners club, seeing as how the door was open and all… 😉
The island itself was also a lot of fun to explore – and extremely windy, too! Note the hair struggles.
We walked around every nook and cranny that was available and stayed until the last boat left.
I mentioned it was windy, right?! By the time we got back to the mainland, it was pouring rain. We decided to nix any further walking plans and headed to a cozy dinner instead. This time, we went for sushi using a Groupon at a place on Potrero Hill called Rocketfish.
We started out sharing a local beer called Anchor Steam. Just what we need after a busy day.
Then it was sushi time!! Our menu choices? Una Unagi (eel, yellowtail, avocado, teriyaki glaze) and Dungeons & Dragons (eel, avocado, crab, cucumber, tempura shrimp)…
Mixed with a little Double Rainbow All the Way (tuna, yellowtail, salmon, white fish, shrimp, avocado, crab meat, spicy tuna, radish. What does it all mean?)…
With an Ebi Lincoln (just honest shrimp tempura, avocado, cucumber) and shiitake mushroom (sweet mirin glazed mushrooms) thrown in for good measure. In other words, it was a sushi feast!
I rarely meet a sushi roll that I do not like and this occasion was no exception. But hands down, my favorite was the Dungeons & Dragons roll. You can’t go wrong with that combination!
Can’t wait to share the next day’s excitement with you!
Question (well, statement, really): Name one thing YOU’RE excited about this week.
I’m excited about a new project that will be launching Friday. More details to come sooooon!