San Fran & San Jose in 23 hours? You betchya!

Hey guys! I am SO stoked to share this post with you all! My dear friend from college came to visit all the way from ninder nanders (nickname DJ and I use for Indiana). Man, oh man, I missed this girl. We haven’t seen each other since graduation last year. That’s just too much time I do say. She’s my kindred spirit in many ways, and easily one of my favorite people on planet earth to be with. On Monday I worked all day, and after the relief of knowing I was in the clear, I cleaned out my closet and went through clothes to give to good will/ take to Plato’s. Love me some cash for clothes, ya feel? I found some shirts that I was deciding if I wanted to give away, but actually ended up liking them now and kept them after not trying them on for years. 

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Sarah arrived at about 1230 at Tuesday at the San Jose airport right down the road! We headed to SF to explore the city. I felt so bad because this was Sarah’s first time here, and we could not see the doggone Golden Gate. I have never seen such dense fog before! It was crazy, but still somberly beautiful.

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She’s so flipping cute I can’t even take it. COME BACK, SAR!

After popping over to the non-existent Golden Gate, we went to the loyal, fog-resistant Ghirardelli square. Chocolate will never let you down.

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We grabbed the free samples of the pumpkin spice milk chocolate (uhm, yum) and then explored. The inside of the Ghirardelli shop is so neat- it has a very 50s/60s-esque vibe, and you can actually watch the chocolate churning which fulfills my childhood Charlie-and-The-Chocolate factory dreams.

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They are known for their massive, and delicious, sundaes, but it was a wee bit chilly out for us to grab one. If you want to see pictures of the sundaes in all their glory, you can check out our experience here!

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BUT what can warm ya up better than a nice glass of wine? There is a cute little winery, Wattle Creek Winery, in Ghirardelli square that I’ve actually wanted to try for some time now. I was excited when Sarah suggest we stop for some- told yaaaaa- we twins.

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It’s super unique and has eclectic vibes. It has a mish-mash of decor and colors that could easily come off as tacky, but somehow the way it all pulls together it is nothing but modern class.

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This is a picture below of their wattle leaf, learn something new everyday!

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After hanging out in the square, we headed down to the pier.

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Naturally, I had to show Sar Fisherman’s Wharf and the famous sea lions.

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They were being super lazy for us. Prolly grieving the fact that the Golden Gate up and vanished like the rest of us.

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We caught glimpses of Alcatraz and then headed down the pier to the shops. If you know me, you know I have a weird love for sock shops.

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We finished the walk down to the Ferry building and then turned around to walk back while soaking in the views along the Embarcadero.

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We were pretty ravenous after all the walking and decided to try Crab House on the pier. I have never been here before, but the bibs drew us in (you’ll see what I mean ;)).

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The crab house can be described in one word: FUN. It is decked out in themed crabs everywhere you turn, the staff is incredibly friendly, the views of the bay were fantastic, and the food. OH. THE. FOOOOOD!

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We decided to split a few different items from the menu to get a varied taste of everything. This calamari was the bomb, it was the definition of flavorful and perfectly crispy. 🤤

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We also tried their crab chowder. We chowed down like we were from out of town. It was insanely delish.😋

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And, of course, we couldn’t pass up their iron roasted mussels and shrimps. Holy maloly. The word tasty has a new definition for me after these little suckers.

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THE BIBS! Now do you understand why we had to come here?

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We actually survived the whole meal without getting anything on them (I can’t believe it either), and ended up taking some bibs for the road. What didn’t we take with us? Oh, the food, because we demolished every last lick.

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Walking back to the car we were unable to escape the mouth-watering scent of baking bread wafting from the Boudin bakery. As we passed the window we noticed an alligator made of pieces of bread.

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When we came home we chatted on the balcony sippin’ on wine and eating some ice cream. 

In the morning we went to (if you are a long time follower you can probably guess)- Bill’s!!!!!! The actual best breakfast place in the whole world.

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We split one of their mimosas (it’s pretty essential for a brunch at Bill’s).

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Sarah had their cinnamon roll french toast. Oh. my. word. It was insanely good. Like there are actually no words to describe the deliciousness that is their cinnamon roll french toast.

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I usually get their Greek omelette, but this time I had their Salmon Benedict with a bagel, capers, onions, smoked salmon, and poached eggs. It hit the spot. I think I muffled out a “mmmm mm” with every bite. It’s easily the best salmon benedict I have ever had.

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And, of course, I had to show Sar around the Row after!

At about 1215 I dropped her off at the airport. It was a hard goodbye, but I was tremendously thankful for the short time we had together. It meant so much that she made the time to come see me & the Bay!

This morning (Thursday morning) I stopped by Peet’s to grab a cafe au lait before my residency class. It was super nice to see everyone from my cohort, and also nice to have a class day vs. in hospital day.

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Hope you all have a beautiful weekend! I will be working all weekend long, but living vicariously through you!

xo ❤

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29 thoughts on “San Fran & San Jose in 23 hours? You betchya!

  1. Isn’t cleaning out your closet the best? It give me such a good feeling plus I love rediscovering clothes I stopped wearing for a while. You and Sarah look like twins and are adorable! It’s great you were able to have such a short but fun visit from her.

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    1. It was SUCH a blast! Isn’t SF awesome? Do you have a time that you are planning on coming back?!? Hahah- the alligator was super cool. People’s creativity never ceases to amaze me!

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  2. Okay, the Crab House is now on my list. I love everything you ate there. And the bibs! And the meal at Bill’s, totally would have ordered that too! And the pumpkin spice chocolate? Don’t tell my husband. 😉 And….now I’m hungry. 🙂

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    1. YESS! Put it on the list! It’s SO good! Seriously if you are ever in the area I will not let you leave without going to Bill’s first too. It sounds like ya’ll would LOVE Ghirardelli square too!! Ever been?! Ahhh now I’m hungry too again talking about it all. Haha

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    1. Every time I go it makes me miss you guys!!!! I think of you every time and heck YES! Crab house is a must- also it’s been far too long since we’ve seen you guys 😭 MISS YOU TONS!

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  3. Hi Mackensie, so nice Sarah came to visit all the way from Indiana! Its great toI catch up after being apart from a friend for so long. it must have been nice to find clothes you can now use again. I have been there done that! You got to being touristy right away. The golden gate bridge still looks awesome. Sarah is so cute(well there are 2 of you in it to be honest!)love her smile! The winery looks like a beautiful spot to visit. fishermans wharf will be on my to do list someday. I love the socks! The bibs look so awesome on you two. Look at that French toast roll! Mouthwatering. It is a pity you didn’t get more time to hang out but maybe can arrange something in the future. I hope work is going good for a weekend Dear, Big hugs, Terri xo.

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    1. It was SO nice to see her! I missed her terribly!! It’s so funny because all through college people would say we looked alike! She is seriously the cutest though, so I take it as a major compliment . And LOL- yessss we wasted NO time on being touristy, I told her it’s fun because with as many pictures I take when I’m down there, people probably just assume I’m another tourist, although I live right down the road 😂 that French toast roll was something spectacular for sure!!! Work is definitely going better, I had a really great weekend there ❤️ now it’s officially my weeekend! Hehe. Have a great week, Terri !!!! 💕💕 and as always thank you for your sweet, sweet words. They made my morning!!!! XOOXO

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  4. Awh, that’s too bad about the Golden Gate bridge, I actually want to visit SF just to see it, is there a specific season/month where it’s clearly visible? Or is the fog pretty random? And I don’t really drink wine but that winery looks amazing! I love the glass(?) butterflies hanging over head! 😀
    And gosh!!! More sea lions!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤
    And that crab chowder looks sooo good, I don't think I've ever had chowder.. But I would totally eat those shrimp, delicious! The bibs made me laugh! That's so awesome! I'd go in there for the bibs as well lol.
    So sweet of your friend to go see you!

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    1. Hey girl! You HAVE to visit- it’s a must for everyone, and it’s seriously the easiest place to see all of in one day. I’ve been to the golden gate more times than I can count (all times of year), and I have NEVER had a cloudy day until now. So I’d say you are way more likely to see it than not- this was an anomaly! Girl, if you come here, I am TOTALLY giving you a tour. Seriously. I would love to do show you everything!!! Mmmm crab chowder, clam chowder, lobster chowder— it’s insanely good. We’ll grab some of that too 😉 The shrimp was so flipping delicious too! We just loved the bibs. hahah. It’s the little things right? Thanks for stopping in, love! XOXO

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      1. Well that’s good to know that SF doesn’t have a specific time for visitors. Unfortunately for Portland, we do, and we (by that I really mean I) recommend the spring or early summer lol.
        I’d love to have a tour because I’d be clueless about where to go!! You’ll have to help me out with NY itinerary!! 😁

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  5. Isn’t time to talk with an old friend the best?? It looks like you really made the most of it!! Now she knows where you are and what life looks like for you in CA. That’s worth a lot. So glad. xox

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