Vacation Eating

Our view climbing up to Coit Tower
Our view climbing up to Coit Tower

Well folks, I promised you I would tell you at some point “what I ate Friday night” that does not include a green smoothie or anything made with chia seeds… So here it is, “what I ate on vacation in San Francisco”… such a perfectly yummy day!!

My day started with this view from our vacation rental in Sausalito, watching the sun come up over Marin Bay.  So beautiful!

View from vacation rental, SF

I ate half a banana before going for a run with my brother and niece.

Pre-workout snack

After the hilly run, I was starving.  I chopped up a perfectly ripe California peach on top of some Greek yogurt, threw in some berries, and added Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal.  Yum!

Beautiful California fruit!
Beautiful California fruit!

We headed into the City and walked EVERYWHERE, starting with Coit Tower.  This is our view about halfway up.  It was totally worth all those stairs to get there… look at that skyline!

Our view climbing up to Coit Tower
Our view climbing up to Coit Tower

I lived & worked in San Francisco for 3 years, but somehow I forgot JUST how hilly it is.  But I was reminded when we went down from Coit Tower and then back up Lombard Street- “the crookedest street in the world.”  So beautiful with all the flowers!

Lombard Street

After all that walking, we felt justified in eating ice cream sundaes at Ghirardelli Square. They are enormous!  Since no one would share with me, I got my own.  But my body has an automatic cut-off signal when it comes to high-sugar foods: the bridge of my nose starts to sweat.  This happened pretty early on, as you might imagine with a hot fudge sea salt caramel ice cream sundae.  I’ve learned the hard way that it’s a bad idea to over-ride my “stop” signal, so I decided to be done.  This was pretty much my lunch.

Ghirardelli & salted caramel… oh yes!
Ghirardelli & salted caramel… oh yes!
The aftermath...
The aftermath…

A few hours later we went to the Boudin Sourdough Bakery, which is a San Francisco icon.  You absolutely MUST eat sourdough bread while in San Francisco… so I did.

Boudin Museum Emblem

Sourdough bread

I met a friend in the late afternoon and she gave me a tour of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay (I used to work at the campus at Parnassus.)  It’s a gorgeous, state-of-the-art hospital!

By the time we got to dinner at the Thai restaurant, I was starving.  I tried everything: fresh spring rolls, mango salad, yellow chicken curry, fried rice, and green beans.  And it was all fabulous.

Fresh spring roll & mango salad
Fresh spring roll & mango salad

Thai food

When we got back to the house, I just felt like eating something fresh.  These cherries hit the spot.

Fresh cherries

I love vacations for so many reasons!!  But one of them is taking a break from my regular routine and enjoying all the amazing food a new city has to offer.

What foods do you enjoy on your vacations??



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