Let’s take a trip Tuesday – San Francisco, CA

Ana, the brazilian cutie of My Newly(wed) Life is here today to tell us all about 
San Francisco!  


Name: Ana F

Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California

How long have you lived there? 

I’ve been living in the Bay for a little over two years. 

If you moved from somewhere else, where did you move from? Why? 

I am originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I was in my last year of college, planning a exchange program to study English in the US. I met Mr. F when I was still in Brazil. So I ended up moving to the Bay to be an exchange student and to be closer to him. My exchange program is over now and I’m happily married πŸ™‚

How is the weather? 
The weather can change drastically. It can’t get really cold, rainy and windy in the winter and really dry and hot in the summer without a single breeze. Fall and spring are my favorite seasons: it’s not too hot you don’t want to go outside, but not so cold you don’t want to do outdoor activities. 
Tell us what a typical weekend is like for you there?   
Going for a hike with my husband, barbecuing something, going to the beach and taking millions of pictures. If the weather is not nice, watching a good movie with a glass of wine. San Francisco festivals are always SO much fun! It is a great opportunity for people watching. It’s a very unique city. 
Where do you like to eat in your town? 

There’s so many great places to eat around here. We love Cafe Divine at Washington Square in San Francisco. The pizzas there are really awesome.  We also love Pampas Grill. It’s a Brazilian all-you-can-eat steakhouse. It’s a little expensive, but so good! And you can eat SO much. The waiters walk around with big skewers of meat and you have a little card that’s green on one side and red on the other. You flip them over and over if you want the waiter to come serve you or not. And you can also eat as much as you want from the buffet. Il Fornaio is a great Italian restaurant with locations all over the Bay. The desserts there are simply amazing! And Susie Cakes have the best cupcakes!  And at the Top of the Mark (a restaurant at the top of Mark Hopkins hotel, you can see the whole city. It’s really expensive, but definitely worth the view! We usually go there for drinks. 
Where do you like to shop?
Nowhere specific. If I see something that I like, I go there and buy it! I don’t get attached to certain shops/stores. 
Suggest some must see places for an out of town visitor.
Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Chinatown, Lombard Street, Palace of Fine Arts. Have a picnic at Crissy Fields! The view of the Bridge from there at night is just gorgeous!  Go see the whole city from the Coit Tower. You can have a 360 degrees view of the whole city. Also at Twin Peaks. But the weather has to be in good conditions for you to see anything. 

Tell us why you love your town: 
  The Bay Area is a very unique place to be. San Francisco has this bohemian vibe that I love. It’s an open-minded city. In the Bay, you can go at a nature hike and then go to a big city at the end of the day. I love how you can have  different experiences on the same day. Everybody around here is so nice and you can meet people from everywhere in the world and taste any kind of cuisine you want. In the spring, the city is full of flowers everywhere and in the fall, the leaves become so red! It’s just beautiful. 

Anything else we should know about where you live? 

 It’s gorgeous and there’s so much to see and do! If you have more than a weekend, you can go see the ocean in Half Moon Bay and/or Santa Cruz. You can go wine tasting in Livermore. Then go on a nature hike in Berkeley or San Mateo. Then see the famous spots in San Francisco, visit Sausalito and finally end up in Napa Valley, for wine/champagne tasting. 


Thanks For sharing all about San Francisco, Ana!!

It’s our harvest fest today, saying goodbye to most my kids today.

Hope you all have a happy tuesday!!

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  • Reply Alexandria

    Gah I would lovelovelove to move to San Francisco. And of course, now it's all I'll be thinking about today. I want to go visit now πŸ™‚

    May 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Krystal

    the photos are so great! i went there once but it was when i was younger πŸ™‚

    May 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Oh how I miss San Francisco! My husband lived on Lombard Street when we were first dating. It's where we fell in love. I adore that city!

    May 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Sist and Sist

    what a preshie!!! Last day with kiddos? πŸ™

    May 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Alisha

    Nice to meet you Ana! I would love to visit San Francisco. The pictures are beautiful πŸ™‚

    Happy Tuesday, girls.


    May 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Holly

    Love San Francisco. It's probably my most favorite city EVER πŸ™‚

    May 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Raven

    I loved this! Because I loooooooove me some San Francisco. Makes me want to go back, like now.

    May 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I love this post. I've been to San Fran a few time, but I haven't visited Lombard street so that's my next stop when we visit again. Thanks for sharing.

    – Sarah

    May 3, 2011 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply Marcie

    Love this post! I am from this area, and she is spot on with all her recommendations!

    xo Marcie

    May 3, 2011 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply travelkate

    What a great series! I love getting a peek into people's lives and what they love about their city!

    May 3, 2011 at 4:31 pm
  • Reply ashley nicole catherine

    love this series! and love san fran. i definitely need to visit again!


    May 3, 2011 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply C.Curley

    Officially adding San Fransisco to my list of places I desperately want to visit but likely never will… *sigh* Thanks so much for sharing! Love the pics!

    May 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm
  • Reply jillian :: cornflake dreams.

    great interview! i really need to visit san fran πŸ™‚ xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

    May 3, 2011 at 6:15 pm
  • Reply

    Thanks for this post! I write all about Los Angeles but don't know all that much about San Francisco, so this is perfect!


    May 3, 2011 at 9:42 pm
  • Reply Peaches

    SF is the best!! I love it and I can't believe I have to leave home for college! The weather right now is perfect! Everyone come to San Francisco!
    ps~ GIANTS BABY! 2010 Champs

    May 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm
  • Reply Ana M.

    Thank you, beautiful ladies, for the nice comments!

    And thanks to Sarah for having me over πŸ™‚

    xoxo, Ana

    May 3, 2011 at 11:32 pm
  • Reply Rhiannon {Hey Gorg}

    Tucker! hehe Your blog is blowing up sister! Look at you go πŸ™‚ Glad to know things are going so fabulously for you. And I really need to make a trip out to San Fran. It really sounds so so perfect! xo

    May 3, 2011 at 11:38 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    Great post! I'm totally ready to pack my bags and visit SF! <3

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

    May 3, 2011 at 11:43 pm
  • Reply christine donee

    I will always love SF. Always.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:41 am
  • Reply It's A Love Story

    Great post!

    May 4, 2011 at 2:18 am
  • Reply Connie @ SogniESorrisi

    What a fun post. I love learning more about where other bloggers live.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:06 am
  • Reply Michaela

    I live there, too! And totally love it (: I'm a little outside SF, so the weather is better where I am, but I adore the city. So many fun things to do and see!

    May 4, 2011 at 5:39 am
  • Reply SavedthruLove

    oh san francisco. I must come to you soon. And tear up your thrift stores πŸ˜‰

    May 4, 2011 at 7:31 am
  • Reply Sophie

    tucks i missss you!!

    this post was amazing!makes me want to go back to san fran RIGHT NOW! im going to check her blog!

    when are you going to be in the UK?

    May 4, 2011 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Megan

    i ADORE ana. and I LOVE SF! I will be there soooon!

    May 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Sara Szatmary

    Love this post! Great SF suggestions!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply Brooke Cushman

    I just got back from San Francisco this past weekend, and we are moving there in a month! It was my first experience there, and I loved it! I can't wait to get move there ,and try all your suggestions!

    May 5, 2011 at 12:44 am
  • Reply Megan

    i'm a new follower! πŸ™‚

    May 5, 2011 at 1:26 am
  • Reply Villa Bisono

    Just discovered your blog and couldn't be more pleased!

    I am dying to go to the bay area and napa valley, this is a wonderful post. Love the winding road garden! WOW

    xoxo from NYC,

    May 5, 2011 at 6:30 am
  • Reply Petchie

    So cute!!!! Ana is so lucky to live in such a beautiful place!


    May 6, 2011 at 12:10 am
  • Reply Sonja

    What a gorgeous city! I wish I could live there!

    May 7, 2011 at 9:45 pm
  • Reply ChinkyGirLMeL

    awww this post brought back memories of my one month vacay in California. I definitely left my heart in San Francisco.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm
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    Let’s take a trip Tuesday – San Francisco, CA

    So happy to have Grace here from the whati!  Enjoy everyone!!
    Name: Grace H. 

    Location: San Francisco, California

    How long have you lived there? 

    I’ve been living in San Francisco for just over one year.

    If you moved from somewhere else, where did you move from? Why? 

    I was living in Cambridge, Massachusettes, and though I loved that cute little city- I was ready to take a break with New England.  I grew up in Connecticut and spent my college career in Massachusetts, so after 23 years I was ready to make  a big change! I figured now or never, better take a chance when I’m young and free!

    How is the weather? 
    Oh, the weather.  The weather is a very weird thing here.  It never gets to be very cold, though my cold tolerance is high because of my New England blood.  When it hits 65 degrees here I swear to you: down coats, knit hats and mittens come out!  We had a horribly cold “summer” here with the average temperatures never really rising up above 65.  However, now that its November it has been sunny and in the high 70’s – so who the heck knows!  The weather also changes depending on where you are in the city so layering is a must!

    Tell us what a typical weekend is like for you there? 

    My weekends here are the best.   I try to keep them the right balance of active and indulgent.   Yoga in the mornings, window shopping on my way home from the studio is unavoidable, and the afternoons usually lead to coffee/ wine with friends sitting in the sun at my favorite cafe, Nook.  (With a name like that, what’s not to love!?)  Funds permitting, nights are usually spent out on the town at favorite restaurants or new bars.  However, that is a rather low-key version.  Not a weekend goes by where there isn’t a food festival, free concert/movie in the park, street fair, or special event of some sort to wander into!  Pair that with the variety of restaurants, neighborhoods, museums, parks, cafes, shops…. I’m not kidding you when I say that you could spend every single weekend here doing something new and exciting.  Perfect example, read up on Bay to Breakers- its the most outrageous event I’ve seen in this city- it involves the entire city getting up at 6am, getting into costume, and spending the day running wild through the streets- I think there is an actual foot race involved too.

    Where do you like to eat in your town? 

    San Francisco is a foodie city so making a list of my favorite restaurants would require not only an entire blog-post, but an entire blog!  If money and/or sugar daddy’s grew on trees, I would eat out three times a day!  I’ve found that the quality of food out here is just out of this world because we’re literally at the source.  “Eating locally” is not a new trend in this city and much of what restaurants cook with comes from just miles outside of the city.  That being said, I’ll just link you to  a few of my favorite restaurants:
    1. Andalu  
    2. ROAM, 
    3. Delarosa (boyfriend’s fave) 
    5. Dottie’s True Blue Cafe (a SF must, don’t go hungry the line is 45 min. always) 
    6. La Boulange (multiple locations!)
    8. Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building where you can pick from tons of vendors with fresh produce. 
     9. Dell Uva  (my most favorite wine bar)
    10. American Cupcake (mini cupcake/wine flights… need i say more)

    Where do you like to shop?
    Everywhere.  There are SO many different shopping options in this city.  Since every neighborhood had a really unique flavor, the shopping usually follows suit.  There is no shopping itch you can’t scratch here.   
    A few of my favorite small privately owned boutiques (think, where would I go to find that special piece:)  Seamsmarmalade, and Picnic.   
    A few of the best shopping areas to spend an afternoon (think, where could i peruse with a cup of coffee and my girlfriends:)  Filmore Street (Jonathan Adler, Marc Jacobs, a million cute shoe stores,)  Haight Street (thrifting GALORE, wasteland, buffalo exchange, etc.) and Hayes Valley (totally hipster: innovate furniture stores, darling stationary stores and more!)   
    The most condensed shopping area (think, I just need to buy something cute and fast for my date tonight) is Union Square (H&M, F21, Urban, Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, J. Crew, Anthro.- all your basics)   
    All this talk of shopping…  oh geez.  Thats the crazy part is to get anywhere you have to walk by all of these money suckers!

    Suggest some must see places for an out of town visitor. 

    The Golden Gate Bridge- (of course) but rent a bike and ride over it to look back on the city, you’ll really be able to see the insane-o layout of this place on all the of the hills.  Take a hike on Angel Island for the same reasons… you can take the ferry and have a hike and a picnic lunch!  Go to Boudin’s Bakery (and Museum) on the Wharf for a sourdough breadbowl with New England Clam Chowder.  Though it’s in a super touristy area, the breadbowls are worth the headache… and a museum dedicated to bread?  Um, yes.  Have a cocktail at the Top of the Mark in the Mark Hopkins hotel- beautiful citywide views while you sip your favorite adult beverage!  Visit Dolores Park (and grab an ice cream and the local favorite Bi-Rite Creamery worth the wait in line.  I promise.  Do it.) to experience some true San Francisco flavor… that park is a constant party! If the fog rolls in, and it will, go visit the Cal Academy of Science where you can take a walk through the Rainforest Bio-dome, listen to Woopie narrate in the Planetarium, or quietly watch the fist swim around the LIVING indoor Coral Reef.  The best coffee you will ever drink in your life (ok, second only to a cappacino in Florence) is Blue Bottle Coffee.  It is a caffeine infused experience you won’t regret.  No matter what you do, take on the city in on foot or by cable car… there is so much to experience and see and really the best way is to wander around.  Plus you’re favorite souvenir will be your toned booty… the hills really shape things up.

    Tell us why you love your town: 
    Oh let me count the ways!  First of all, I love this town because there is a place for everyone.  There is literally nothing you could say, do, or wear that wouldn’t be accepted here.  Example: on my way home from work on Halloween, I saw a totally “normal” looking businessman riding his bike home from work in his BIRTHDAY suit… and you know what I mean.  (An extreme example- but I’ve seen more naked old men here than a young lady like myself EVER should!) 
    The architecture here is so interesting that it makes even a walk to the grocery store delightful.  As a sharp contrast to the softness of the classic buildings is the technological forward thinking aspect of SF.   Both Google and Apple have their headquarters here and the city is buzzing with innovation.   
    My absolute favorite thing about this wild city though, is it’s proximity to nature and all the activities nature allows.  It’s not uncommon to see people walking down the busy city streets carrying surf boards, skis, camping gear, etc.  If you drive outside of this city for an hour in any direction you can be completely submerged in nature.  You can have an incredible hike on the pacific coast, hop back in your car, throw on a sassy outfit, and have a fancy romantic date night in a tiny Italian bistro… all in one day! I’ve never really experienced that in other cities and I think it really sets this place apart.

    Anything else we should know about where you live? 

    Give yourself more than a weekend to visit!  There is so much to see and do and eat and buy you couldn’t possibly do it all in 3 days!  You can tailor a trip here to any personality type, so whether you’re here for the art, the crazy, the food, or just sightseeing, you can really make your time here unique and special.  Also- email me for personal suggestions and I’d be happy to share more about my personal favorites!  (Oh, and if you’re wondering where those Full House houses are- Almo Square!)
    Thanks Grace for sharing!!  I believe it is safe to say – You are the cutest thing on the blogosphere.    I’m left scratching my head, wondering why i don’t live in San Fran!  
    Aren’t y’all?

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  • Reply Brooke

    OH wow I love her neighborhood!! She is the cutest thing on the blogosphere! So pretty and great pictures! Thanks for this post πŸ™‚

    November 30, 2010 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply c.w.f.h.l.

    so sweet! sarah you want to take a trip soon to visit??!!

    November 30, 2010 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply

    ohh i love love grace! she is wonderful.

    hey grace- can i come back to sf and have you show me around? it sounds magical πŸ™‚

    and this is a really great city guide. wonderful!

    November 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply Jenni Austria Germany

    this is such a cute idea (take a trip tuesday)….i love it!!

    November 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Tucker

    she's adorable!!!

    and yes – kendall – let's all visit!!

    November 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Oh how I adore San Francisco! Thanks for the virtual trip. I worked in San Francisco for a while, and that's where my husband lived when we first began dating. I spent a lot of time there and truly fell in love with the city. Outside of Boston, SF is on a short list of cities where I could see myself living. It's awesome!

    November 30, 2010 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply KristaRenee

    amazing! love this-thanks for sharing! And when you are out west you must visit me;)

    November 30, 2010 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    i've always wanted to visit SF, and now i do even more. i'm bookmarking this post!!

    November 30, 2010 at 4:31 pm
  • Reply Beth

    San Francisco is probably my favorite city in the U.S., but it might have a little something to do with the fact that I am obsessed with food!!

    If I could afford it, I'd visit at least once a year πŸ™‚

    November 30, 2010 at 5:33 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    Wine and cupcake pairing…OMG! I knew I wanted to visit there for a reason…HA!

    November 30, 2010 at 5:51 pm
  • Reply Michaela

    I love the City. My family and I live 30 minutes south of SF and go there often for Giants games and shopping (: So fun to meet another blogger from around my area!

    November 30, 2010 at 5:52 pm
  • Reply Tay Talk

    I have heard SO many great things about San Francisco but have never been. Thank you for the insight, I really will make it a goal to go. Love that it's a city for everyone. Diversity in an area is what makes a place unique and fun in my opinion.

    November 30, 2010 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply Sist and Sist

    so presh. want to be her friend.

    November 30, 2010 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply Emily

    amazing blog about an amazing city!! it makes me want to go back!! thanks for sharing, sadie and grace!!

    November 30, 2010 at 10:01 pm
  • Reply Cassie

    Oh I love this. Just found your blog via Grace's. She is so darn cute!
    I love the idea of "take a trip tuesday!" What a fun way to keep things interesting!
    Can't wait to read more!

    December 1, 2010 at 12:19 am
  • Reply JMay

    LOVED this post about my wonderful city πŸ™‚ I've lived here for 3 years and you never run out of things to do!

    December 3, 2010 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply Jen

    Wine and Cupcakes?? Count me in!! πŸ˜‰

    December 6, 2010 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply natasha {schue love}

    OH my goodness…cupcakes and wine? That is insane! I need to go there stat! πŸ™‚

    February 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm
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