San Francisco

A whirlwind trip for 4 days for Thanksgiving proved to be the best introduction to San Francisco. Being from the LA area, you would think I’ve been to San Francisco and the whole west coast at some point in my life. Sadly, that’s far from the truth. The furthest north I’ve been in the last 15 years was Santa Barbara. Four days in San Francisco was a whirlwind trip but was worthwhile with the perfect weather and company.

The entire trip was spent overly caffeinated and full of amazing food. I’m almost on the verge of tears that I never took a picture of the Ginger Snap coffee at Philz coffee. Then again, it was so good it probably took them longer to make than it took me to drink. To express how good this drink is, Alex who rarely drinks coffee, went two days in a row with me for it.

Haus coffee serves a brand called Ritual which is a whole new brand to me. The last stop of the trip was a place in Outer Sunset called Trouble Coffee. Already on 3 large coffees for the day, the prospect of another was too much. I ended up with a drink called “the girlfriend”: a mixture of earl grey and lavender tea with honey and steamed milk. Perfect for a walk on the beach at sunset.

Any recommendations for coffee in the Bay area for next time? I’m sad that I didn’t take more pictures of the trip. But I did get as many pictures of the Dynamo Donuts as possible to compensate:

Toby’s Estate – Flatiron District

Toby's Estate

Finally made my way to the new Toby’s Estate after frequenting the Williamsburg locale when I lived there. Hard to read in this picture but the filter coffee of the day was the Wythe Blend Guatemala and Colombia. The description says “creamy flan with chocolate orange” but I always find I have no such taste buds for the hints of flavor in coffee and I just ended up disappointed. Definitely stick with Toby’s espresso and skip the filtered coffees.

But on the bright side, this locale has a beautiful Strand bookstore and Club Monaco attached to it, making it a beautiful white wonderland for roaming while sipping. Especially if you can manage a seat in front of the fireplace to read.