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I Heart San Fran Part 1

  |   By Roseanne Dela Rosa

Photography courtesy San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau Photo.

If you're looking for a honeymoon with great food, great sights and great wine–San Francisco certainly takes the cake for having all three. I just got back from my week-long vacation and I'm already missing every single thing about SF. So many great restaurants and ideas to talk about, I'm going to have to break down my 7-day trip into separate posts for the next few days.

DAY 1

Firstly, if you are traveling during the months of July and August–don't expect it to be warm. It is COLD! I had to purchase a fleece sweater and Pashmina (sadly the shorts that I bought from GAP were never worn). According to one of our taxi drivers, the best times to visit (if you're looking for hotter weather) is April, May, June, September, October and early November–but even then it's not the scorching heat you expect it to be. Don't get me wrong I did love the cold weather–felt like a sunny and crisp Fall day (my kind of weather)–I just wish I was better prepared for it. Also, during July and August, you won't wake up to a sunset–it is quite foggy in the morning–but around noontime the skies do give way to the sun.

WHERE WE STAYED:

Upon arrival, we checked into the sleek and elegant St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco a gorgeous stay filled with luxurious and modern amenities and only a brief 5 to 10 minute walk away from top shops like Barney's, Bloomingdales, Saks, Macy's, etc. etc.

SWEET TREAT:

As we were roaming the streets we stumbled upon the cutest cupcake shop ever–Cako Bakery. Yes their cupcakes looked just as delicious as these ones below. Flavours ranged the gamut from Banana Split to Chocolate Raspberry to S'mores. I, of course, immediately chose red velvet (which turned out to be pretty tasty!).

MORE SWEET TREATS:

After getting our luggage settled we decided to journey all the way from Union Square to Fisherman's Wharf (it was one heck of a longgg walk filled with steep streets–so bring comfy shoes). Not too sure how long it took to be exact (maybe just under 2 hours), but the gorgeous Victorian houses took our breath way. Along the way, we got sidetracked in Little Italy by Z. Cioccolato aka Saltwater Taffy Heaven. They had over 20 flavours (apple pie, Strawberry, Popcorn), and the price was just a tad cheaper than the taffy you would find at the wharf.

FISHERMAN'S WHARF:

Finally we arrived at the wharf, which was jam-packed with tourists and street entertainers. After wandering around for a few minutes, we decided it was time to chow down on some food. I had researched plenty of restaurant reviews prior to coming and heard great things about Capurro's. It's a little more local (you have to walk all the way to the end of the wharf for this place) and the seafood is so fresh. I ended up choosing the sourdough bread filled with a tomato seafood stew. If you're not a huge seafood lover, they also serve pasta's and pizzas (which also looked inviting).

GHIRARDELLI SQUARE:

To end our evening, we made our way to Ghirardelli Square a popular area known for their chocolate. As cold as it was, we were told the ice cream was the "it" thing to try–so as a compromise we had ice cream AND hot chocolate, which made for a wonderful nightcap. We ended up taking the trolley back to the hotel, courtesy of our CityPass (which let's you travel any MUNI transportation and cable car for 7 straight days, as well as get you into 5 major attractions for free).

And that concludes Day 1!

This article was originally published on Aug 05, 2010
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