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Hog Island Oyster Co.

Don’t miss the recently revamped Hog Island Oyster Co. at the Ferry Building. You might have to wait outside in a short line, even on Wednesday evening, but it’s worth your time (plus, you can stare at the gorgeous Bay view behind you if you’re really grumpy about waiting).

Exquisite oysters, excellent drinks (I loved the Marshall Mule), salads, ceviche, mussels — oh, and grilled cheese, because why not. Sitting outside on a nice night is beautiful but the inside is great too — it was expanded and remodeled earlier this year.

Hog Island Oyster Co. // San Francisco Ferry Bldg #11A, San Francisco

Feature :: Fish.

IMG_6629Welcome to Fish. in Sausalito, where the fish is fresh (and uber sustainable!), a tad overpriced but pretty tasty. Sausalito is a really cute day-trip place, and Fish is a bit off the beaten downtown path. Beautiful views of the harbor and a great respite from busy San Francisco waterfront restaurants. The clam chowder and BBQ oysters were great; the standard fish tacos pretty sub-standard and very tiny for the price. I wish I had ordered what looked like very tasty fish and chips (and how can you really ruin that?). But you really can’t go wrong with beer in a mason jar, so I was sold. Plus, their online menu is a pseudo newspaper (The Fish Times: “All the Fish That’s Fit to Eat”). Amazing.

Fish. // 350 Harbor Drive, Sausalito

Feature :: Monterey

This past week, I jetted off to Monterey for two days (amazing birthday gift from my boyfriend). I hadn’t been there since I went to see the aquarium when I was a wee one, so it was really fun to re-explore. Monterey itself was adorable, quite the kitschy small town, very empty in the winter. Lots of great food. It’s also incredibly close to Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove and Carmel so we got to explore and eat there as well. My favorite meal was at Montrio Bistro in Monterey: lobster mac and cheese, steamed mussels in coconut broth with lemongrass and pork chops with sweet potato fritters, greens, maple butter and bourbon jus. Plus delicious drinks. Another highlight was heading over to the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach for drinks at sunset. They have a huge patio overlooking the ocean with fire pits and blankets so you can sit, drink, eat and watch the sun go down in comfort. Amaze. Enjoy pictures below.

Feature :: Santa Cruz

This past weekend, I spent a day in my boyfriend’s hometown of Santa Cruz, CA. If you’ve never been to this northern California beach town, you’re missing out. Beaches for days, good food, perfect weather — what more could you ask for?

{guava mimosas made with housemade champage by the beach at The Crows Nest}

{watching Flying Dutchman boats come into the harbor}

{a fun SF pride sushi sign at Akira}

{most precious rose cake ever at Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria}

{& butterstars for days}

Happy Monday :: Five Things

 

 

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I spent mine in Santa Barbara, enjoying being cooked for, soaking up one of the last weekends of summer, even squeezing in a visit to the zoo. Enjoy five things from my weekend.

{cutest giraffe ever}

{drinks on the water}

{salmon&pineapple tacos}

{ring fun}

{banana chocolate chip pancakes with coconut&berries}