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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