The fourth post I ever wrote for this blog talked about how we get to know a city, discovering its hidden gems and tucked away secrets.
Next week, according to what has become a tradition of ours, Curtis and I will travel to San Francisco. It’s only the fourth time I’ve been there is the same number of years, which is crazy to me since I grew up in Southern California.
I mean, I know we have this anti-Nor Cal thing going on, but still, we make exceptions for things that are awesome.
Here’s what we have discovered in San Francisco so far:
- We’ve used every form of public transit the city offers. This year we have Flop and therefore must walk or drive our own car.
- We went on a Bison hunt in the park, and found them just before it got too dark to see them.
- We’ve eaten. A lot. In really, really good places. Never had a bad meal in that city. Not one.
Let me share a travel secret, friends. TVFoodMaps.com. Select your city and filter to only show things from “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on Food Network. Then take that list and stick to it like glue. It will never lead you astray.
Last year we carried a pocket map of the city. We had pre-marked it with our travel research. There were 18 marked points. All 18 were restaurants and the key told us which dish to order.
We were there for 11 meals.
- We’ve seen many of the major ‘tourist spots’–bridge, park, Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square.
- We’ve driven home on PCH.
Here’s what I hope you’ll do for me:
- Where is the best Cioppino? Best crab cake? Best crab legs? Best thing you’ve ever eaten in San Francisco?
- Where’s a good running route for a momma-to-be’s half marathon training? (We are staying a few blocks from the Palace of Fine Arts.)
- Are there any touristy things that actually are worth it? We may have done them, but we may not, so I want your opinon.
- What else does someone need to experience to start to ‘get’ this city?
And thank you.