City Guide: I left my heart in San Francisco

This past month has been filled with travel every single weekend and as much as I love to travel, there's no place like home. I teamed up with the awesome folks at With The Locals and Brooklyn Bicycle Co to share with them my favorite places in SF on a city guide and I wanted to highlight some of my favorites here on the my blog. 

San Francisco is one of those cities where new restaurants and places to check out pop up almost weekly. This guide is a mash up of some of my old favorites and new.

If you're looking for a stunning view of SF, then head over to Treasure Island. It's one of my personal favorite places to stop before heading into SF. On a clear day you'll get the most breathtaking panoramic view of the city. When my husband and I started our wedding and lifestyle photography business we would take our clients here to shoot their engagement sessions. Back in 2013 we photographed one of the first weddings at the Winery SF located on Treasure Island bringing us back to our early days of our business running around like young kids with cameras.

Like most people who are from SF, I'm a coffee snob. I love craft coffees that are roasted locally with love. Sightglass is one of those old favorites that despite all the other new cafes that pop up, will always have a place in my heart. I'm a huge fan of their cold brew, I live on this stuff. 

one of my favorite places to work in SF

one of my favorite places to work in SF

After coffee lunch and a little bit of work lunch is always in order. There are two places that I would go to if you're health conscious and looking for a meal that's packed with flavor. Both restaurants have some very unique approaches to their menus and are being led by some of Napa Valley's former top chefs. 

Little Gem's menu is gluten free and dairy free. True to most SF Bay area restaurants purvey their foods from local farmers, making their dishes seasonal, sustainable, and full of love. 

Bibimbap - Spring vegetables, brown rice, chili garlic sauce, fried egg Field Greens Flatbread - seasonal harvest, almond-onion puree

Bibimbap - Spring vegetables, brown rice, chili garlic sauce, fried egg

Field Greens Flatbread - seasonal harvest, almond-onion puree

Korean Style Grilled Beef - marinated short ribs, stewed onions, cherry tomatoes, sesame seeds, butter lettuce, jasmine rice Lemon Custard - Glazed blackberries and toasted oat crumble Chocolate Pudding - topped with Fleur de Sel

Korean Style Grilled Beef - marinated short ribs, stewed onions, cherry tomatoes, sesame seeds, butter lettuce, jasmine rice

Lemon Custard - Glazed blackberries and toasted oat crumble

Chocolate Pudding - topped with Fleur de Sel

Little Gem is a must if you're heading to SF, its a great place to slow down, enjoy a glass of rosé, and savor the flavors that are exploding in your mouth from the dishes you'll try. 

If you're in a rush however, one place to check out is Dabba, a tiny restaurant with a big mission to leave their guests satiated with their offerings of edible enlightenment.

A place that embodies ethnic confusion and palette diversity through explosive flavors. In case you're wondering pictured is a Cajun chicken bowl with hints of Indian and Cajun flavors made with fresh and local ingredients. BOMB DOT COM!

I was lucky enough to try As Quoted for the first time with my dear friend Meg and was blown away by the flight of toasts that I knew I'd be back for more. We all love avocado toast, but one of my favorite from As Quoted is their AB Toast + Honey which was then topped by fresh sea salt. The combination of these flavors took nut butter and toast to a whole new level. Along with an incredible gluten free and dairy free everything is farm to table, fresh, seasonal, and local. 

One of my other old favorites is Flora Grubb Gardens. I'm not talented with a green thumb, as a matter of fact I've killed succulents. It's a terrible fact that I'm not proud of, but it is what it is. Flora Grubb is one of those spaces in SF where you can simply just get lost in its awe. It's place that's hard not to leave with something new to liven up your space at home or the office. 

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Many thanks to Brooklyn Bicycle Co for providing me with my Lorimer Bike. I'm thrilled to be able to take this bike all around SF with the hubs while we look for brand new adventures to keep our love healthy and thriving.

The full SF City Guide can be found on the With The Locals x Brooklyn Bicycle Co Feature. 

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Joanne E

I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters and married to a man who completes me. I started my fitness journey as a way to heal my soul and launched my blog in hopes to continue to inspire and empower women to use fitness as a tool to heal depression and find their self worth. I strongly believe that each woman deserves to be in love with herself just as much as her man does. I have an obsession with reusable water bottles, I enjoy action movies, and I’m in love with burpees.