Miette 'just to take a look' <---BAHAHAHAHA yea right. Quick note: I should mention that none of us were hungry AT ALL when we headed off to explore. I just had a delicious birthday brunch with Shiri at Presidio Social Club and was stuffed. Lindsey and Alicia had just finished their post-race brunch at Elite and were equally stuffed. Just a look? Yea right! Ever been inside? Everything is gorgeous (prettiest cakes ever!) and looks delicious its so hard to leave without buying something. We sampled their lavender shortbread and both Lindsey AND Alicia bought it...obviously its amazing. I ended up trying their ice cream sandwich- blueberry ice cream sandwiched between two of their chocolate wafers mmmm so good.
Biergarten!!!!! This is the best place ever! I want to spend every Sunday here (while the weather cooperates). Honestly how have I never been to this magical place before?!?! I seriously need to get out more. Anyways, we hung out in the gorgeous afternoon sunshine drinking our beers (besides being so full we almost couldn't stand it) and chatting. I really want to go back and get the giant glass of beer but wisely stuck to the smaller one for my first visit.
Smitten Ice Cream. I mean its made with liquid nitrogen!! How cool (literally- its actually -321 degrees fahrenheit) is that?!? They make each batch of ice cream to order from scratch with all fresh ingredients in a special ice cream machine they call Kelvin. Oh and the whole process takes 60 seconds! Pretty impressive. As they describe it (on handy signs inside the shop): freezing at lower temperatures creates smaller ice crystals which result in smoother ice cream. They were right...it was AH-mazing. I totally regretted just eating an ice cream sandwich because I could have had a giant bowl of this. Instead we were smart and just got the 'munchkin' size to sample their creme fraiche with pear and caramel...soooo good. I'm not a huge ice cream fan but this was a big hit for me...can't wait to come back on an empty stomach.
Azil to check out their jewelry section. They have really nice stuff and the prices are pretty good. I totally fell in love with a simple ring with a pretty stone set in it (quartz? maybe-can't remember) and was just about to pay when Lindsey swooped in and got it for me as a birthday present- thanks twin!
Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolate to be exact and it was pretty impressive. In my defense, I went in looking for samples (can't turn down a good sample) and was sucked in by how pretty these looked. I ended up sampling the macadamia praline (yumm) but bought the strawberry balsamic and raspberry for later. And yes I really ate them later- like today at work later. Strawberry balsamic was my favorite- very interesting flavor.
Marine Layer's sign announcing the 'softest scarves in SF' and had to get one. They really are soft but more importantly the color is this gorgeous blue-violet that I'm obsessed with...plus it was an infinity scarf (love!) so pretty much was a triple win. I've never heard of Marine Layer before but got some awesome details about the company from the back of their reusable bag (they also email receipts- yay environmentally friendly stores!). Fav detail 1: they have a size called 'marge' since its between medium and large (also had a size called 'smedium' but it got trademarked from some guy in Florida). Fav detail 2: they spelled cotton wrong on the first 500 shirts they made (nbd though since people just thought 'cottan' was a new exotic fiber). FYI poor quality scarf pic was done when I was running late to work and about to miss my bus (basically I was doing this) so color quality is crappy and I'm awkwardly posing with my hand in my pocket- aiming for 'casual'.
Lastly we saw some cool stuff in the window at Zonal Home Interiors and ducked inside...thank god because we found a man who loves a good Canadian mountie figurine. Its a really fun store- Lindsey described it well by saying it was like walking through the Alameda Flea market but in SF. So true which I why we probably all loved it. Now who would like to give me $1000 so I can buy the giant mirror in the front of the store? Anyone? Anyone?
PS. OH MY GOD!!! I just saw the Old Navy Backstreet Boys commercial while writing this and freaked out...I was their BIGGEST fan...it was ridiculous (embarrassing actually but whatevs). Nbd but I pretty much know that entire dance to Everybody (Backstreets Back)- how? Oh that would be because I owned the Backstreets Back Behind the Scenes VHS (jealous???) which I pretty much wore out watching that thing over and over again. Hmmm did I say 'owned'? Umm yea still totally have it...who has a VCR? I think a viewing party/dance sesh is in order.