We had been to SF before and were a bit overwhelmed and underwhelmed all at the same time. When talking to friends we discovered we had missed a LOT and so we knew we had to return. With somewhat of an itinerary in mind this time we planned out our trip (hubby planned our trip and I nodded a lot)!
We left home bleary eyed and bushy tailed as the sun was beginning to rise! I need coffee so I had taken the time to have a cup before leaving, but did not have breakfast. Seeing as how I need to be eating all the time we made a stop and got some breakfast from McDonald’s 😀
We both got the egg white and turkey sausage bowl which comes with parmesan cheese, a wilted kale/spinach mix, and some fresh chopped tomatoes. Again, not big into egg whites, but I really enjoyed this bowl.
The turkey sausage had a good savory bite to it which went well with the mellowness of the egg white. The tomatoes and parmesan added some flavor and bite to the dish while the spinach and kale added some moisture. All of it came to create a TASTY bowl that had macros AND micros which is always a win for me!
Just in case we didn’t have enough micros we had packed some carrots to munch on so we had these with our breakfast bowls 🙂
We also shared this delicious fruit and yogurt parfait because who doesn’t like dessert with every meal? Besides #roadtrip.
Our first stop was Redwood Forest for some light hiking. After being in the car for 5.5 hours it felt AMAZING to stretch our legs and breathe in the woodsy scent of all the trees. There was a park and lots of picnicking areas-very family friendly!
After getting our circulation flowing we decided to head to our AirBNB. We’ve stayed at many AirBNB’s and this one was a real winner! Everything was clean and fresh and looked super comfy (it was!).
We checked in, freshened up, put our stuff away and headed out to our next adventure. We headed to Lou’s Cafe to grab some sandwiches and picnic at a park. We got the Hot Pastrami and Pesto Chicken. All the gourmet sandwiches are dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onions and jalapeño spread besides having their own special ingredients.
The Pesto Chicken was simple, but tasty with avocado, American cheese, pesto aioli, and chicken breast on a roll. This didn’t taste super pesto-y to me, but the flavors worked well together. The bread was kinda crusty on the outside and chewy inside so it made a good vessel.
The Hot Pastrami was the favorite out of the 2. It had pastrami (duh), cheddar cheese, Lou’s sauce (Idk what this is), on a Dutch Crunch roll. The meat was super tender and there was creaminess from the sauce and cheese and freshness from the lettuce, tomato, etc. The bread added on another layer of texture by being crustier than the bread for the Pesto Chicken. It was SO. SO. GOOD.
We ate our sandwiches at Golden Gate Park near the Conservatory of Flowers building and had apples we had brought from home for our dessert!
After our lunch we perused our way through the park and saw some beautiful roses in the rose garden. I honestly couldn’t help, but take some pictures of these roses. In person they were much larger and fluffier and more vibrant and as much as I knew a picture couldn’t do it justice I couldn’t help myself-they were that beautiful.
We continued to walk through the park and came across a lake (we love any walk involving a water scene) and ended up spending a very long time walking around it. To be fair it was a pretty massive lake and there was a lot to see.
This waterfall being one of those things. It was so cool because there were stairs leading all the way up the waterfall so you could actually see each part of the waterfall!
These duckies were the other thing I couldn’t help gushing over. I mean, how cute are they??!!
Okay, friends my initial plan was to make this post into 2 parts, but seeing as how long this has already been I may have to make into 3 (possibly 4) posts. Stay tuned for the next post to read about what we did after our long walk in the park!
Have you guys been to SF? What are your favorite spots??