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California, Here I Come…

I have a crazy busy weekend – two weddings to finish editing, and a wedding in the Hamptons on Sunday. It’s going to be go go go for the next four days, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My friends and family are probably rolling their eyes in anticipation of my exclamations of exhaustion that inevitably follow my go go go weekends. But at the end of the next four days, something pretty exciting awaits me: California.

I haven’t been to California in a million years, and I’ve never been to this part of California – Santa Clara and San Francisco. I don’t know what my fascination is with California, but in my mind it seems like this magical place, and San Francisco in particular with its winding, hilly streets and golden bridge. (Forgive me if San Francisco’s streets are not infact winding or hilly… in my imagination they are.) My memories of going to California as a kid are some of my fondest memories of my childhood. It was this sunshiny place with harbors full of seals, and the Pacific Ocean just stretching, stretching, stretching. And… well… California had Disneyland. Lest we forget.

Of course, that was southern California. I expect northern California will be different. And I’m excited to find out how. So… what should we not miss? What is no trip to San Francisco complete without? What food item must I have? What restaurant must I eat said food item in? Tell me about California. Will I love it as much as I think I will?

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  • oh oh so jealous, I know you live in NYC but I do hear that the SFMOMA is amazing. Also: tea houses, this one in particular: http://www.aromateashop.com/store/ The Blue People Oolong is amazing, like I didn’t like tea before I had this tea, but when I was in the States I ordered a bag every month. They will give you a million samples of all their tea and that stuff is so good it will make you feel like a million dollars. Have fun!

  • amazing! hopefully we’ll have time to meet up :-)

  • Heather

    Tartine (http://www.tartinebakery.com/), Paxton Gate (http://www.paxtongate.com/) and the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market are among my favorite SF destinations. Also, Burma Super Star restaurant is a bit out of the way depending on where you are staying, but they have the most amazing Tea Leaf Salad that I still dream of. Have a fabulous time!

  • You have to hit up some SF dim sum! It’s a slightly different style than here in NYC and I like this place: http://www.yelp.com/biz/good-mong-kok-bakery-san-francisco-3. It’s a grab-and-go sort of thing, but there are plenty of small parks around to sit down and enjoy the meal. Definitely makes for a great start to a long day of walking around the city!

  • Humphry Slocombe and/or Bi-Rite Creamery for ice cream. Recchiuti at the Ferry Building for chocolate. Enjoy.