It has been a little over one month since I made the official move to San Francisco. The past couple weeks in San Francisco started off with active apartment hunting (when I first moved here I was living in a temporary situation: living with cats + cat allergy = not a good idea). I saw several places and my housemate and I ended up with about 5 different options to choose from (whoever said finding an apartment in SF was hard was only half telling the truth). We chose a wonderful place in Cow Hollow and we are both very pleased with the situation! We have a garage, laundry, backyard with lemon tree, hardwood floors, gas stove, and lots of natural light. I especially love the garden in the backyard, as it is a zen sanctuary that feels so relaxing. And I signed the longest lease I have ever signed for myself…a 1 year lease.
A flower in my backyard garden.
The weekend I moved I purchased a Keetsa Mattress, which came very efficiently packed in a box. It was nice because I was able to go to their showroom in SOMA after my half marathon, take a nap (I mean test out the different mattresses) and then leave with my mattress in a box. When I took the mattress out of the box it sprung open and adjusted to its full size. I slept on it directly on the floor until my bed frame came from Amazon during the week. I didn’t realize how big of difference it felt sleeping 14 inches off the floor!
Mattress in a box!
The box was well designed…even had wheels for easy transport
Mattress on the floor
Mattress atop bed frame…oh how I appreciate sleeping 14 inches off the floor!
Me happy in my new bed!
My new commute is a little longer than before (1.5 miles versus 1 mile), but it takes me about the same amount of time to walk because my new commute is flat versus hilly. It’s a relaxing walk down Greenwich, or if I’m feeling like I want more life in my commute I can walk down a busier street like Lombard or Union. And fortunately, the Real Food Company is on my way to/from my office – perfect for picking up groceries or a meal.
View from my commute
In the past few weeks I enjoyed a house dinner with great friends who I met in Michigan. They grilled salmon on a cedar plank and now I’m not sure regular salmon will ever taste the same again!
I also started taking an Improv class at BATS. It is fun! Different than the classes I took at The Second City, but it is great to be improvising with a group again. It goes for another month and I already anticipate that those four weeks are going to fly by!
Last weekend I attended HackCancer, a fundraiser at the Fairmont Hotel. I checked it out after discovering the Tonga Room for the first time. Some SoFi colleagues went to the Tonga Room for a “going away” celebration for one of our coworkers. It felt like being on a pirate ship. Minus Johnny Depp, unfortunately.
Last weekend I also ran the San Francisco Half Marathon with a friend visiting from Michigan. The course was beautiful – starting at the Ferry Building, running along the water, across the Golden Gate Bridge, and then back into Golden Gate Park. The morning was beautiful – sunny, low wind, and tens of thousands of people out for a healthy morning run. We ran the entire way, even up the hills, slowing down to take photos of the amazing views from time to time!
At the Pre-Run Expo
The starting line
Running across the Golden Gate Bridge…breathtaking
I finished, yay!
Excited to finish, still standing, & had a great time!
This weekend and last I got in some good farmers market time. First, at the Ferry Building, with my friend visiting from Michigan. We sampled enough stone pitted fruits to add up to at least 4 full pieces of fruit!
This weekend I went to the Fort Mason Farmers Market, and found all sorts of goodies. I love this farmers market because it has a good amount of variety, but without the touristy crowds that are drawn to the Ferry Building. I picked up a “lemon cucumber” which I haven’t tried before, and filled bags with other local fresh finds, including 3 pints of strawberries I managed to get for only $8 (thanks to either my great negotiating skills or convincing smile, or both!).
Farmers Market shopping spree!
Last week/weekend I think I set a record for number of times I ate out in a 5 day period of time. I went to a couple places I had been before and also tried many new places. Restaurants I went to include:
Woodhouse Fish Company (2x) – #1. Whole roasted branzino with roasted veggies; #2. Crab and Bay shrimp stuffed artichoke and sautéed local salmon over roasted veggies
Branzino from Woodhouse Fish Co
Salmon with roasted veggies at Woodhouse Fish Co
Troya on Fillmore - Grilled local sardines
Grilled sardines a la Troya
Roam Burgers in the Marina – salad with 3 mini turkey burgers
Roam Burgers salad with mini turkey burgers
Juice Shop - the greenest juice!
Cafe de Ami
Lite Bite – grilled chicken with broccoli and asparagus
Many healthy options at Square Meals
North Beach Restaurant - salmon with sautéed veggies
Pesce Seafood Bar - Grilled local sardines. Not as good as the sardines I ate at Troya. Someone else in our group got a dish with fresh crab and avocado which looked delicious and very well presented!
Grilled local sardines. Okay. Not as good as the ones from Troya on Fillmore
Local fresh crab & avocado stack looked more delicious than my grilled sardines.
Gamine (the third time I have been here) – Just got an artichoke appetizer. Then headed over to Fino Restaurant, an Italian place located in The Andrews Hotel. I ate salmon over sautéed swiss chard. A nice healthy pre-half marathon dinner.
Artichoke appetizer at Gamine
Salmon & veggies at Fino Restaurant
Tadich Grill - went here, put our name on the list, and had a treacherous experience even just waiting for a table. We were waiting at the bar, which we were told was fine by one of the waiters. Then the waiter sent us to the “counter” to order an appetizer while we waited. When we got to the counter to order an appetizer the waiter there screamed at us for thinking we could just order an appetizer there. Then, when another customer tried to help us, the waiter started screaming/swearing at him too. We left and I will not go back to that place again. Unbelievable. Worst service I have ever experienced.
Foreign Cinema – delicious! Sea bass tartare with tarot (root vegetable) chips and calamari baked in a spicy romesco sauce in a cast iron pan; for a main dish got salmon cooked in a fig leaf, served with soft figs with spring beans and a pea puree.
Sweet Maple - poached eggs florentine (over spinach and tomato) without the english muffin or hollandaise sauce, served with a side of fruit
Sweet Maple from the outside
Zazie - this was our post- half marathon run meal. I ate poached eggs over fresh crab and avocado, served with a side of mixed greens
Poached eggs with local crab and avocado. Perfect post run meal!
Elite Cafe - poached eggs over cajun spiced fresh crab and bay shrimp, served with a side of mixed greens
David’s Tea – won some free tea from David’s tea on Polk St.
Lots of tea to choose from at David’s Tea
Greens – I got two poached eggs with sautéed mushrooms and tomatoes. Amazing! They were super accommodating to my food intolerances and the resulting brunch was so tasty! The friend with me got their Ferry Plaza Sampler, which was a healthy combination of local fruits, nuts, honey, and cheese.
Poached eggs with a variety of sautéed mushrooms. Delicious!
My friend’s Ferry Plaza sampler
Here’s to more fun in the (sometimes) sun in California! And to conquering more items off my San Francisco List.
MEL, the Venture Gal