Vegetarian Travel: San Francisco Part 1

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As many of you know, especially if you follow my Twitter or Instagram, I spent my spring break last week in San Francisco visiting my sister who lives in the area. I had such an incredible time there, soaking up the California sun, drinking delicious wine, exploring the beautiful city, and, of course, eating amazing food!

As an avid reader of blogs myself, some of my favorite posts to read are about people’s travels and vacations. I strangely love getting a sneak peak into people’s lives, learning about new places I most likely want to visit, and swooning over delicious looking food from all over the world. After my trip to San Fran, there was so much I wanted to share with you all, that I decided it would be a sin NOT to write about it!

So here it is! I didn’t want to bombard you with one obnoxiously long post, so stay tuned for more travel posts to come over the next few weeks 🙂

DAY 1

As soon as I flew into San Francisco, we hit the ground running and went straight into the city to bike the bridge. A friend of mine had done this before and RAVED about it, so it was on the top of my list of things to do. We rented bikes right near Pier 39 and began our journey towards the bridge. Oh. My. Goodness. This was AMAZING! The trail takes you right along the water the whole time, giving you beautiful scenic views of the beaches, the yachts, the houses, and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge! Now, let me warn you, this ride is not easy. There are quite a few hills involved (I mean, we are in San Francisco) so you need to break out any bit of endurance you’ve got to make it up without having to walk your bike. I was thanking my cycling instructor the whole time— I guess she’s been kicking my butt for a reason these past few months!

Vegetarian Travel: San Francisco

Vegetarian Travel: San Francisco

 

Once you reach the top of the hill, the ride across the bridge is your well-earned reward, followed by a nice big downward slope towards the town of Sausalito. And then there’s a few more hills… but we won’t talk about that now 😉 The ride from Pier 39 to Sausalito is about 8 miles in total, which took us around 1.5 hours (maybe a little more with photo breaks). Once we reached Sausalito, we locked our bikes up and strolled around the town, which is a breath-taking in itself. There are tons of great restaurants right in the center of town, so of course we decided to eat away all our hard work!

 

Vegetarian Travel: San Francisco

{Copita Tequileria y Comida}

For such a small restaurant in Sausalito, Copita was bumpin’! Their menu is obviously Mexican and is completely gluten-free, with lots of options of tacos, small plates, and ceviches. Before we even ordered, they brought out some complementary cucumber and jicama with chili arbol to munch on while we perused the menu. Yum! We decided to start with their house-made salsa and guacamole (of course) and I ordered their Seared California Mahi-Mahi tacos as my entree. These have definitely made the list of the BEST fish tacos I have ever had! Topped with roasted pineapple pico de gallo and chile serrano salsa— they were like magic in my mouth! I eat fish on occasion, but if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, they had some veggie-based options that looked incredible as well.

One thing to note— I traveled with non-vegetarians during most of this trip, so a majority of the restaurants you will see have both meat and veggie options!

 

Vegetarian Travel: San Francisco

 

At the end of our Sausalito exploring, we hopped on the ferry (with our bikes in tow) back to the Ferry Building, where we rode one last time back to Pier 39. The sun was just starting to set at this point, so it was a beautiful ride along the bay.

I know, how can we top day 1?!

 DAY 2

{Anchor Brewing Co}

On our second day in San Fran, my sister and I began with a tour and tasting at the Anchor Brewing Co near Mission Bay. We’re both big beer fans, and we love Anchor Steam Beer, so this was right up our alley. The tour was actually really interesting and it was so cool to learn that this one factory distributes all over the world. After seeing how their beer was made, we were able to taste a bunch of different beers, and the bartender definitely did not skimp on his pours! If you’re a beer drinker, I would absolutely add this brewery tour to your list.

 

Vegetarian Travel: San Francisco  Vegetarian Travel: San Francisco

 

{San Francisco Ferry Building}

After our brew tour, we walked along the bay, past AT&T Park and the Bay Bridge to the Ferry Building Marketplace. This beautiful building is filled with restaurants, cafes, speciality food stores, and shops with all sorts of unique things. We took our time perusing all the different food options and settled upon Il Cane Rosso. This Italian-style cafe uses local, organic ingredients and changes their menu daily to fit their farmer’s current selection. And as a bonus, they have an outdoor seating area right on the water that has a spectacular view of the Bay Bridge!

Vegetarian Travel: San Francisco

I ordered half an egg salad sandwich with fresh herbs & local greens and an organic spinach & market fruit salad with asian pears apples, almonds, radishes, and balsamic vinaigrette. My sister ordered an avocado & fontina sandwich with pistachio mint pesto & local greens with butternut squash soup topped with dill oil. And of course, we had to get a side of roasted potatoes and brussels sprouts to share 🙂 All the food was delicious, flavorful, and powered us up for a long walk through the city.

Vegetarian Travel: San Francisco

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{Ghirardelli Square}

Vegetarian Travel: San Francisco

Vegetarian Travel: San Francisco

 

{Lombard Street}

Vegetarian Travel: San Francisco

Stay tuned for my next San Francisco post coming your way next week!

pumpkinandpb

Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

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