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Where To Stay in San Francisco, California

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I had an amazing time meeting up with my sister in San Francisco recently! She had to fly in from Toronto for a conference and flights for me from Portland are $100 round-trip, so it was the perfect chance for us to hang out.

We got up to a lot of shopping, fun dinners and taking our time exploring the city. If you’re ever heading to San Francisco, I definitely recommend checking out the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel – where we stayed!

The Location – We honestly couldn’t have asked for a better location for a weekend girls trip. The Sir Francis Drake Kimpton was smack dab in the middle of all the shopping action in Union Square. Which meant super easy walking distance to shops, restaurants, and cable cars.

On our first morning, we were able to walk to Chinatown for dim sum to go at Good Mong Kok and then over to Boba Guys for an Iced Match Latte. You’re also only about a 20-minute walk to the Embarcadero waterfront and for lunch at The Slanted Door inside The Ferry Building. See my previous San Francisco Travel Guide for more trip planning ideas!


The Slanted Door – San Francisco


The Slanted Door has been on my restaurant must-eat list for a long time. I’ve made several trips to San Francisco, but could never score a reservation. Luckily during our recent trip to SF, we were able to get a lunch reservation! Do note, the pricing at lunch is the same as it is at dinner.

Located inside the historic Ferry Building, The Slanted Door offers waterfront reviews in their modern dining room. We visited on the weekend and it was packed! Which explains why The Slanted Door is California’s top-grossing restaurant raking in a huge mark-up on spring rolls and vermicelli noodles and earning $16.5 million in annual sales.

We could not miss their famous Crispy Imperial Rolls ($13). My Asian mom would flip out if she knew we paid that much for two spring rolls – but seriously, Paul and I agreed that these were some of the BEST Vietnamese style rolls we’ve ever had. Chef Charles Phan got it right with his mix of shrimp and pork shoulder roll that you wrap in lettuce, mint leaves and vermicelli noodles. This is a must-order.


Since it was lunch and we were planning a lot of sightseeing that day, we opted for the lighter dishes on the menu so we didn’t pass out after. The Grapefruit & Jicama Salad ($12) featured red cabbage, pickled carrot and candied pecan for a nice satisfying crunch to our meal. All of the fresh flavours melded nicely together.


We also really enoyed a Seasonal Corn Salad with juicy bits of charred grilled corn with meaty mushrooms and green onions. (more…)

Travel Guide: San Francisco, California


Heading to San Francisco?

Paul and I headed up to Nor Cal this past summer and had a blast exploring San Francisco on our way back from our trip to Napa. The last time I was in this fair city was during our Highway 1 road trip back in 2011, so it was great to be back and to have some quality time to properly explore San Francisco.


Where To Stay – I always recommend and stay at Hotel Vitale whenever I can. It’s right on the water and across the street from The Ferry Building (for great eats). The design is modern and warm with easy access to major tourist attractions.

Getting Around – I’ve been craving efficient public transportation and being able to walk everywhere since moving to LA. Getting around San Francisco is a breeze with an extensive bus, trolley and BART system to get you around. We often took the bus, walked and uber’d our way through the city.

We only took our car out when we were traveling further out of the core or if we planned to do a bunch of different things that were spread out. Do note that parking is almost $45/night in the city! Book a parking package with your hotel if you can.


Eat LocalThe Ferry Building is usually my first stop. I like to get a cup of Blue Bottle Coffee, grab edible gifts at Miette Bakery and down a few oysters at Hog Island Oyster Co. Come hungry and eat your way through all the local artisan goods! Other favourites of mine include Cowgirl Creamery and a salami sampler from Boccalone Salumeria. (more…)