Last week, GB and I had the chance to go on a vacation in California. We flew into San Francisco, spent a few days in Big Sur, and capped our trip off with 3 days in Los Angeles. We drove down Highway 1, which is the most beautiful road I have ever seen. Our trip was really relaxing.

San Francisco
We arrived in SF in the middle of the Pride Parade, which was an inspiring introduction to such an energetic city.

Highlights include:

The Ferry Building
Freshest oysters ever at Hog Island Oysters
Tiny shampoo bottles at Hotel Serrano
Breakfast at Sears
Contemporary art and more at SF MOMA
Afternoon tacos at Taqueria Cancun
Best icecream in a life time at Bi-Rite Creamery
Outstanding Italian at Delfina
Mixology taste testing at Alembic
Real cd purchasing at Amoeba Music
Cheese from Cowgirl Creamery
New Orleans style iced coffee and Chiapas for home from Blue Bottle Coffee
Salted pig parts from Boccalone

Big Sur
Big Sur sure lives up to its reputation as a beautiful and rustic paradise.

Highlights include:

Rustic evening complete with a campfire and s’mores at Big Sur Cabin and Campgrounds
Hiking in Pfeiffer State Park
Lunch at Nepenthe Restaurant
Quaintness and comfortable beds at Deetjens Inn
American splendor on Highway 1

Los Angeles
GB and I were both surprised by how much we liked LA. As far as I’m concerned, LA is where the eats were tops.

Highlights include:

Margaritas at Malo Tacos
Sleeping/ people watching at The Standard Downtown (especially the rooftop pool!)
Drinks at Tiki-Ti
Snacks at Ciudad
Dinner at Mo-Chicha
Art at The Getty
Planets at The Griffith Observatory
Sushi at Katsu-Ya Sushi
Fro-Yo at Pinkberry
Breakfast Pupuserias at Sarita’s Pupuseria
California cuisine at In-N-Out Burger
Korean Fried Chicken at Kyo-Chon Korean Fried Chicken

It was great to see our friends Sarah, Dave, and Lara. Thanks for hanging out and for all the good recommendations!

We arrived back in Chicago on the 4th of July just in time for bikerides, bbqs, and fireworks. I love California, but I am a Midwesterner at heart, so I’m happy to be back in my humid home.

drinks at Alembic in SF.


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