san francisco, usa - zin, redwoods, dumplings and burritos

Alex and I took a long break over Valentine's Day weekend, flying into San Francisco to spend a few days drinking zin in wine country, road-tripping down Route 1, and then sun-bathing in LA's beaches. A few years ago I was supposed to move to San Francisco to take up a CFO position, and instead ended up moving to Switzerland to spend my life savings getting a master's degree and romp all over Europe with the man who will be my husband in two months. Funny how life works out, isn't it? Anyway. Spending a few days here -- in a friend's absolutely fantastic, top-notch apartment with a mind-blowing overview of the city -- fanned the flames to settle down in Frisco (it's cool to say Frisco, isn't it?). We'll see...

Mission, San Francisco, California

Mission, San Francisco, California

Mission, San Francisco, California

Thank you Guillaume for lending us your apartment for a few days. Always a pleasure to meet another member of Team No Drapes Ever.

Haight Ashbury, San Francisco, California

Haight Ashbury, San Francisco, California

Haight Ashbury, San Francisco, California

Haight Ashbury, San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California
Cruising across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Sonoma County, California
We spent a day roaming around wine country, consuming all the local reds. I was massively, laughably out of place with three folks who really know (and really care about) their grapes, and didn't even bother trying to fit in. Just got drunk and enjoyed the views. Thank you, Jeff & Lauren, luv u, keep it up kids.

Mission, San Francisco, California

Mission, San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Bridge from Baxter Beach, San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Bridge from Baxter Beach, San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Bridge from Baxter Beach, San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Bridge from Baxter Beach, San Francisco, California

San Francisco architecture, California

San Francisco architecture, California

San Francisco architecture, California

San Francisco architecture, California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA

Little Italy, San Francisco, CA

Mijita, Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA
This was at Mijita in the Ferry Building, "San Francisco's monument to food." Morning breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros. Try to order a breakfast burrito in Switzerland and they will probably just stare at you, silently, furiously, unblinking, uncomprehending, until you revise your order to "sausage in bun" or "cheese on potato".

Little Italy, San Francisco, CA

Haight Ashbury, San Francisco, CA

Thoroughly enjoyed reading all these stickers in a vegan cafe in Haight-Ashbury as Alex waited in line for the bathroom, which was occupied by an anarchist street punk; Alex gave up after 20 minutes, declaring he wouldn't want to go in at this point even if the guy did come out. #california

Gracias Madre, San Francisco, CA
At Gracias Madre, which I dragged Alex to when Lolo was closed, forgetting it was vegan. (Sorry Alex.) Cheese made of cashews! The Swiss again would stare, unblinking, uncomprehending.

Amoeba Music, San Francisco, CA

California wine country
The second of two snaps I managed to take on our drunken wine country tour day. Top form as always, Michelle.

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
Palace of Fine Arts; absolutely stunning.

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

Kantana-Ya, San Francisco, CA
Ramen on our first night at Katana-Ya, with mandatory Sapporo. Bliss.

Muir Woods, San Francisco, CA
Hanging out with redwoods in Muir Woods. Look at little tiny Alex!

Muir Woods, San Francisco, CA

Muir Woods, San Francisco, CA

Muir Woods, San Francisco, CA

Muir Woods, San Francisco, CA

Muir Woods, San Francisco, CA

Nice drunken group dinner at a ridiculously good Japanese joint, in which my share of the bill equaled my entire month's salary as a dog-walker in Switzerland. Gulp. Still: worth it. YOLO, etc.

Two more posts from California coming up: one from our road trip down Route 1 to Los Angeles, and a rather long one from the City of Angeles. Apologies for slow posting, but that dog/master's degree/two jobs isn't/aren't going to walk/get/work themselves!

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