Finally had time to go through my photos from last week’s trip to San Francisco…and it’s making me miss the city (and my SF friends) already! A & I had the best time, stealing every free minute to explore neighborhoods, climb to the top of hills to see the incredible views and most of all… eat some of the best food of our lives. Above are some moments from a little blogger party I hosted at Clift Hotel on Thursday night – had such a blast hanging with my girls Crystal, Caitlin, Erin, Shauna, Lisa…and finally meeting some of their significant others, too! Clift made the perfect cozy setting for the evening, with lots of bubbly in front of a blazing fire. Keep reading for lots more highlights from the trip…

For a big city, San Fran sure does have some stunning scenery. We strolled through Chinatown, hiked down to Fisherman’s Wharf and took the trolley back up again. Brunch at Boulettes Larder was one of my fave meals from the trip… the local/seasonal/organic philosophy in action, and on Sunday they serve hot-out-of-the-oven beignets.

ErinCaitlin & I had the best dinner at Beretta. From the roasted beets to the gnocchi to the crispy, brick-oven pizzas…it was my kinda heaven. Oh, and I think I could have hung out at the Ferry Building the whole trip. My one big splurge? Eight place settings of Heath Ceramics…my new obsession which you’ll probably be seeing in my dinner party photo shoots from now ’til eternity.

I couldn’t stop gushing about the native flowers and plants everywhere in the city… I mean, do these people realize how lucky they are to have giant hydrangea bushes in their front yards? I took loads of photos to bring back for my own home landscape ideas. We went to Cotogna twice, and it’s probably the spot where I gleaned the most foodie inspiration. We sat on the stools facing the open kitchen for a firsthand view of the chefs grilling our swordfish, firing up our pizza, tossing our gnocchi in brown butter and sautéing our brussels sprouts to crispy perfection. Every bite transported me to a rustic Italian trattoria, and I guarantee that on my next trip to SF, this will be my first stop.

*While I’m updating my San Francisco list, what must-go spots did I leave out? Let me know so I can be sure to check them out next time!

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  1. 1
    Elayna December 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Next time, you must try Rose’s Cafe on Union Street, even if just for a cup of tea and a treat in the afternoon,.. There are really no words to capture it’s perfection.

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    • Camille Styles December 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      Oh that is SO great to know…definitely adding to the list!

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    Alicia December 6, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I’m so happy you enjoyed your SF trip! These photos make me so excited for my trip back home to CA and SF next week!! :)) I’ve definitely been missing the eats especially and looks like you hit up a lot of my fav spots!

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    chris December 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    lavender and hydrangeas in December …… fresh food beautifully prepared …… lovely sites all around …… no wonder you loved SF!

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    Cindy Nichols December 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I live in Honolulu and visit S.F. often to see close friends that live in the Bay Area. They are in the know of the best restaurants…Went to Cotogna on our last visit and Loved it! The sister restaurant of Cotogna is Quince …Here is the recent list they sent us: We also were told about Seven Hills restaurant by a Honolulu top restaurant owner…

    1. Cotogna
    2. Bar Agricole
    3. Bistro Aix
    4. Gitane
    5. Baker and Banker *
    6. Zero Zero *
    7. Piccino *
    8. A16
    9. Boccadillos *
    10. Commonwealth *
    11. Frances *
    12. Incanto *
    13. Mamcita * (mexican)
    14. Marlowe*
    15. Nopa *
    16. Pesce *
    17. Prospect *

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    • Kira December 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      This is a great list! I would like to emphasize that a lot of these restaurants offer a great brunch, as well. And, if you like oysters, check out Swan Oyster Depot on Polk Street – there is ALWAYS a line out the door so you know it’s good! Beretta and Flour + Water in the Mission are also great dinner choices. And no trip to SF is ever complete without a trip to Tartine Bakery!

      Also, I’d highly recommend Outerlands Cafe if you can make it to the Sunset. It’s a cozy little, and the food is no joke. To die for!

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    jacin {lovely little details} December 6, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    A16 is a must next time you come out! glad you had incredible weather too 🙂

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    Allison { TAYLOR MOSELEY } December 6, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Go to “Buena Vista”. They brought the Irish Coffee to America. Their Irish coffees are REALLY tasty. Great location too, right by Fisherman’s Wharf and the beach. 🙂 Its a landmark. Gotta go there.

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    • Camille Styles December 7, 2011 at 7:11 am

      That’s so funny, I passed by Buena Vista when we were walking around Fisherman’s Wharf, and I was *this close* to popping in for a coffee. Next time! 🙂

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    Kasey December 7, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Looks like you had a great trip! We are pretty lucky 🙂 Next time, I recommend you hit up Nopa, Commonwealth, Delfina Pizzeria, Bourbon & Branch (a speakeasy) and Bi-Rite Creamery. And check out Golden Gate Park! It’s the biggest urban park in America (I think!). Love me some Heath dishes….

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    • Camille Styles December 7, 2011 at 7:10 am

      Oooh, I didn’t have any photos from it, but Nopa was our first dinner there! So so delicious. Everyone has been telling me about Delfina Pizzeria, and (since I’m completely obsessed w/ great pizza) I can’t wait to try it next time. Thanks!

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    Capella @ A Curated LIfestyle December 7, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I absolutely adore Heath Ceramics – a set of their dishes have been on my wishlist for years. How did you ever choose a color?

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    Supal December 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    LOVE SF! I am so jealous. I’m freezing here in the midwest for my vacation haha. Your new ceramics look great and that beet salad looks delicious!

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    KRISTINA December 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Camille!
    Little late to comment on this post… looks like you had an amazing time!! What hotel did you stay at during your mini vacay?

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    • Camille Styles December 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      Oh thanks!! Stayed at Clift – it is amazing and has a great bar!

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    Kerry December 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Mama’s on Washington Square…amazing breakfast!! My mouth is watering just thinking about it…Yum!!!

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