One of my favorite places to unwind after a long day of work is in chocolate heaven, Ghirardelli Square. Located at the most northern tip of San Francisco lies a palace of rich chocolate bars, hot cocoa, sundaes, and more. Incorporated in 1852, Ghirardelli is one of the few companies in America that controls the entire chocolate manufacturing process, from cocoa bean to finished product. Enjoy soothing jazz music by the mermaid fountain located in the center of the square or pour yourself a glass of wine at Wattle Creek Winery. There are a variety of fun shops to suit anyone’s taste.
Never leave without trying Ghirardelli’s world famous Hot Fudge Sundae at the Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop. It’s to die for!
Love it when San Francisco has sunny days. You’re able to discover new places like this fun french restaurant called The Boulevard. The restaurant boasts some of the most delish meals and resides in an old 1889 french style building, one of only a few structures to withstand the 1906 earthquake.
While fishing around events in San Francisco I came around this amazing food find, the SF Underground Market. It’s a market of ethnic vendors that prepare anything from homemade gluten free brownies to bacon wrapped mochi.
The event increased their visibility this year by starting at 2pm and lasting till 2am in the morning. Great jazz and blues music, it was one of the best SF events i’ve been to all year long. Learn more about these monthly food events at foragesf.com
Foster City Thai restaurant
Check this place out in Japantown, San Francisco.
Bennies From Heaven (Egg's Benedict)
1600 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94133-3316
While venturing the streets of San Francisco last weekend I came across another amazingggg food find. Nestled between bars, retailers, and wedding boutiques on Union Street was the most amazing cupcake shop I had ever seen! American Cupcake, a San Francisco based specialty cupcake shop, is known for drawing a huge crowd, not only because they have the most delicious assortment of cupcakes around, but because you can have a drink with them as well! American Cupcake has a license to sell; yup you got it, beer and wine!
Environment inside AC
At first glance it looked like just your normal cupcake shop, but once I walked inside the environment completely changed. Music surrounded the shop with a beat that you can’t help but dance to; a mix of 80’s, 90’s and today. It felt as though I was walking into some sort of hip bay area club.
An amazing array of neon colors surrounded the walls of the shop and adorable circular lamps decorated the ceiling. Customers were lounging around on decorative architecture eating all sorts of flavored cupcakes from red velvet to chocolate mint with varieties of white wines and exotic beers in their hands. It was amazing! I had never seen anything like this in Los Angeles. If you’re ever in the San Francisco area be sure to try their red velvet cupcakes and take pictures with your girls in their fun photo booth! Love ya!
I stumbled upon this place over the Memorial Day weekend and was astounded by it’s unique menu of all organic vegan-style foods. When you think Mexican normally organic doesn’t come to mind, but in this little San Francisco restaurant organic is the only word used to create the most delicious Mexican dishes around town. The restaurant, Gracias Madre, builds its reputation around providing only locally grown organic foods. Their vegetables are picked fresh daily from their organic farm in Pleasants Valley, only a few miles from their shop. Their mission? To create healthy human beings, strong communities, and a healthy planet.
If you’re looking for meat this isn’t your place. All traditional meat-filled Mexican dishes are replaced with vegetable mixes only. Dishes included are chile rellenos, tacos, and enchiladas. For your starter dish, make sure you get the guacamole and tortillas. Their tortillas are hand-made daily and include non-GMO heirloom corn. They are to die for! If you love them a lot you can take a batch home with you for only $5. I’d also recommend the cantaloupe juice. One taste and you would think you were eating cantaloupe straight off the rind. Not only is the food amazing but the interior decorating is as well. Old time glass bottles hold your water while raggedy-looking napkins give the feel you’re eating in rural Mexico. Be sure to check this place out next time your in Northern California. That’s it for now. See you in a few. Love ya!
Wow what a week! These last 10 days in Los Angeles were as busy as ever. On my birthday, the biggest part of last week, I not only attended my boyfriend’s college graduation but was also blessed to witness the birth of my friend’s first child, Kai. As packed as it was I still found time to visit one of my favorite frozen yogurt shops in the San Fernando Valley, Menchie’s!
Menchie’s, a nationwide franchised frozen yogurt shop, takes food creativity to a whole new level. The colorful and “oh so yummy” chain has over a dozen frozen yogurt flavors and over three-dozen types of toppings. Cost is measured by weight so adding as much or as little of a certain topping is nothing to fret about. Toppings range from strawberries to mochi to even hot fudge. By far my favorite topping would have to be their lychee fruit. Lychee is an unusually sweet fruit found in Asia, South Africa, and Mexico. I’ve found it to be the perfect garnish for many Asian cocktails and is now the tastiest addition to my Menchie’s frozen yogurt.
Not sure what to get at Menchies? Try my sweet concoction, a “SoCal Twist!” I get it every time!
- Fill a medium size Menchie cup half way with “Cake Batter” yogurt
- Add 3 spoonfuls of “Fruity Pebbles”
- Add 3 spoonfuls “Mochi”
- Add 2 spoonfuls “Lychee”
- Add 2 spoonfuls strawberries
- Sit down and enjoy!
Looking for a Menchie’s near you? Check out their nearest locations! Love ya!