Friday Wrap Up (and help I need San Francisco reco’s)

Guess what! Next week I’m going to California! I’ve never been and I’m super excited about it. Several months ago my good friend Dawn told me she was attending a conference in San Francisco and asked if I wanted to join her for a Danny Tanner adventure once her obligations were over. Pretty tempting… I’ve always wanted to go to SF and what better time to do it? Okay, well, it’s not exactly the most ideal time to visit the US considering everything that’s going on, but I bought my ticket before this shirtshow really got underway and it’s non-refundable so…I’m goin’.

Which leads me to my request, people of San Francisco, or just frequent visitors, WHERE SHOULD WE EAT?! Any must-eat places you can recommend?

You know? I still have regrets about not eating enough in Nashville. We’re looking for at least one nicer dinner, cheaper lunches, cool drink spots, etc. Well, you know what I like. We’re staying in the North Beach area but we’ll be all over the place so we’re easy. I don’t even know what SF is known for food-wise, so I need some help.

I’m also visiting my long time blog friend Cely for a few days while I’m out there, which I am SO excited about. We’ve been internet friends for about 5-6 years now but have never actually met in person, so that’s going to be a time! I can’t believe it’s finally happening. When I told her I was coming out there she immediately offered to host me for a romantic Valentine’s weekend. We’re starting off our adventure in Lake Tahoe, and this is one of the pictures Cely took when she was there a couple weeks ago…

I die. That picture takes my breath away. I can’t even imagine in person. Ah, I’m getting overwhelmed thinking about all the shenanigans.

Other things that are going on…

Tilly is still loving the crap out of her cat tree.

It’s the best $100 I’ve ever spent. She seriously lives in it.

Tilly and Bonnie are still not friends. We still have Bonnie in the guest room with the screen separating them and do an hour or two of supervised visits every day. Tilly is just OBSESSED with Bonnie and wants to harass her all the time, but Bonnie would prefer to be left alone. Every encounter is just soooo dramatic. Tilly will get closer and closer until she’s all up in Bonnie’s face like the below photo, and then one of them will start swatting in the other’s direction and I’ll have to intervene with a feather toy to distract them.

I am seeing improvements though, so I still have hope they’ll be coexisting in a couple of weeks.

The other day I was looking through my Netflix and saw the OA was recommended to me…

Because I watched the cracking fireplace. I’m not sure what my show choices say about the kind of person I am… Anyone watch the OA? Because based on that recommendation it sounds just riveting.

And is anyone watching Riverdale yet?

I was freaking obsessed with Archie comics when I was younger, my bestie and I would spend our summer days reading those on the dock and we still buy them for each other for holidays now. So I was SO EXCITED when I heard they were making it into a show. I don’t know how it hasn’t happened sooner.

Normally I don’t like it when things are changed up too much from what I’m used to and love — Riverdale is a lot darker than the original Archies and the characters are VERY loosely based and I’m not sure what to think of this weird, creepy Jughead (or Luke Perry as Mr. Andrews, or Miss Grundy?!) — but I actually loved the first episode. The second one I didn’t like quite as much, but I’m still hoping it’s gonna be good.

Speaking of Netflix, since I’m technically not working right now I’ve enforced a no Netflix before 4pm rule around here so I can try to be productive during the day. Otherwise it’s a slippery slope and I feel like I’ll just be on my couch in my pajamas all day watching all the things. I mean, I do still spend a lot of time on my couch in my pajamas, I’m currently writing this from my couch in my pajamas, BUT I’m trying to focus on productive things like writing. Though, that’s not to say I don’t spend a lot of time messing around on the internet, which is also a slippery slope…

And speaking of writing, I’m covering an event tonight celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year for a freelance article I’m working on for a travel website, and the event is an EIGHT COURSE DINNER. I feel a little nervous about it, mostly because I won’t know anyone there, but oh man I’m so excited for all that food!!! I’ll report back.

Have a great weekend!



34 responses to “Friday Wrap Up (and help I need San Francisco reco’s)

  1. I have one episode left of the OA and really love it. It’s so mysterious and really keeps you hooked.

  2. I just finished Santa Clarita Diet. It was entertaining. Not GREAT, but good. And Timothy Olyphant is my next husband so EYE CANDY.

    I think I’m starting The OA next with my niece since FF is not down to start new shows.

  3. I did not know about Riverdale! I was also obsessed with the Archie books so I will have to check this out. Have a great time on your trip…I have wanted to go to Lake Tahoe so can’t wait to hear how it is.

  4. We have only watched the first few episodes of the OA but it IS SO GOOD! I definitely recommend it!

  5. Erin @ A Flimsy Plan

    GIRL, Riverdale! It is so needlessly dramatic and visually pretty and absolutely everything I want it to be. (I’ve been asking my brother to start a podcast with me for years and because of Riverdale he agreed to start a teen drama fancast(…??), so I am SO happy it’s everything I imagined.)

    • Yes it is definitely that!! A teen drama podcast, that is awesome. I want to start a podcast talking to people who have immigrated to Canada about their experiences, but it’s harder because I have to find people who will talk to me…

  6. I HATED Riverdale. What happened between Archie and a certain someone? NO. NO. NO. #childhoodruined

  7. omg, I have been reading your blog for years (I found you via Cely) – and you’re going to be in my city!!! I need to think about the food recommendations as to not send you to places that will disappoint.

    What area of The City are you staying in? That will help me figure out where you should eat!!! SO MANY DELICIOUS BRUNCH PLACES!!! (Also, no one in SF or the Bay Area ever calls it San Fran – it makes people cringe, so tread lightly in The City when calling it that! ;-))

  8. You HAVE to go to The Stinking Rose!!!!

    Been to SF twice and it will not disappoint. You have to LOVE garlic though, they even have it in their ice cream!

    ugh. I’m drooling now.

  9. You MUST watch OA. It may take a couple of episodes for it to really grab your attention, but you won’t be disappointed.

  10. I will watch Riverdale tonight and you need to watch the OA. You also should watch the Santa Clarita Diet with Drew Barrymore. It’s fun, easy to watch and its Drew Barrymore.
    I think the best places to visit under Drumpf are CA and NY so SF is a fantastic choice.

  11. I’ve never been to SF, but an amazing travel blogger I met has, and it makes me want to go there and eat all the things! (if you don’t already follow her, you should!)

  12. Allie Markovits

    Hi Lindsey! I’ve read your blog for years and commented once or twice, but as I’m living in SF, thought I could chime in with some recommendations! You should check out the Ferry building which has a farmer’s market and a bunch of yummy food stands, a burrito from the mission (a neighborhood), brunch at Sweet Maple in Pac Heights, drinks at Comstock in North Beach, and food at the House, also in NB. Have fun 🙂

  13. I’m about 40 min south of SF – definitely second the Ferry building and a burrito in the Mission. Also clam chowder in a bread bowl (sourdough) around Pier 39 ( – hopefully you’ll see lots of sea lions!) or Fisherman’s Wharf. Cioppino too! And visit Ghiradelli Square and get a sundae. Oh Chinatown! I’m not sure which restaurants are the best there, but a must walk-through at least. I know delicious dim sum there. And Lake Tahoe is one of my most favorite places – so beautiful. I hope you can drive around the whole lake…although I’m not sure what the road situation is up there now. We’ve had a ton of wet weather, which means lots of snow up there. Garwoods is famous for their Wet Woody drinks up there. Have a fantastic time!

    • Thank you for the recommendations! Definitely doing Fisherman’s Wharf. I want that clam chowder!!! I’ve been stalking the weather and I’ve seen all the rain so fingers crossed that lets up for a few days. I am realllllly hoping to see at least a little bit of sun.

  14. Ohhhhh, I could not be more jealous, ack!!!!

  15. – Asia SF for some major SF style fun (transgender drag show with dinner and drinks)
    – cha cha chat on mission (not haight) then go get drinks at make out room, or doctor teeths
    – Ferry Building for small bites and walking along the embarcedero
    – Plow, Sweet Maple, or Chloe’s for brunch
    – golden gate park bike riding (stow lake in particular) then eat in the 9th/Irving area at marni Thai
    – hike lands end, visit the cliff house then go get dinner at beach chalet
    – pier 23 or the ramp for outdoor eats on the water in the bay
    – spark social is an outdoor food truck park with fire pits, strung lights, and picnic tables
    – mammacitas Mexican in the marina
    – outerlands and devils tooth bakery in the sunset district

  16. Gah! I ‘know’ you via Cely (or vice versa??) and can not believe you two have never met! (Plus we are all friends in my head – so much beer / wine / carb consumption 💖) Can not wait to hear about your visit!

  17. Go to the Tonga Room for happy hour. Tiki bar with Chinese food in the Fairmont Hotel. It’s a kitsch icon!