Karen’s San Francisco Food Diary


Hey there, friends! Sorry for the radio silence over here. Alice and I have both been traveling a lot more than usual in the last few months – since February, we have been to San Francisco, Chicago, New Zealand, Australia and London (not together, unfortunately) and we are finally home!

I spent two weeks in San Francisco for work back in February, and I had a blast. I hadn’t been back to San Francisco in about ten years, so the city and I had a lot of catching up to do 🙂 I think the best part of the trip was being able to see friends I haven’t seen in a long time – it seems like SF is the place to be for friends from all phases of my life! I was able to visit people I’ve known since childhood, college and post-grad life. It was great to reconnect and get to know them in their “new” lives on the West Coast.

Well, enough about me – let’s get to the good stuff! Here’s a recap of all my very favorite things I got to eat during my time in SF.


Okay, those of you who know me well know that I am typically not one to rave about a salad but this tricolor salad from Delfina was seriously amazing. It’s made of arugula, radicchio, endive, a dreamy lemon vinaigrette and love. My college roommate and dear friend, Jess, and I met here for dinner and split this salad before getting some seriously yummy pizza.


After polishing off the salad and pizza from Delfina, Jess and I headed around the corner to Tartine for dessert. This coconut cream puff was the perfect bit of sweetness after dinner – not too heavy, and the perfect size to share.


Since I was out there for two weeks, Sam came to visit over Valentine’s Day weekend. We got up early on Saturday morning to meet our friends Young and Jess at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market, which I definitely recommend. We spent the morning walking around, trying different food vendors and enjoying the warm weather while it snowed in Ohio. These ricotta donuts with blood orange dipping sauce from Girl Friday Zeppole were awesome – I’m not a fan of super sweet pastries, so these were the perfect mix of tangy, sweet and savory.

We also got some Blue Bottle coffee to enjoy with them, but I drank it before taking a photo. Oops.


Another fave from the farmers market was these chilaquiles – I honestly can’t remember the vendor name but I loved them, so I had to share. Sam and I ate chilaquiles every single day on our honeymoon in Mexico, so we were pretty jazzed about these.


For dinner, we went to Zero Zero, which was super delicious and walking distance from our Airbnb (double win). The radiatore pasta was definitely the winner of the night, although everything we ordered was great. I’m generally a big supporter of anything with short rib in it, and this dish was no exception.


Our last meal together before Sam headed home to Cincinnati was at Little Skillet and it definitely did not disappoint. I got the shrimp po’boy sandwich and we split sides of grits and mashed sweet potatoes. Yum city.


Sam got the chicken & waffles at Little Skillet. We may have overdone it with the ordering but I regret nothing. Since I was staying in an Airbnb for the duration of the trip, I had a full kitchen and was able to take full advantage of the leftovers.


I ended the trip by meeting up with Thread Cincinnati alum, Annie of Ida Street! It was wonderful to catch up and hear all about her move to SF over some yummy wine and pizza at Del Popolo. We had a front row seat to the action and got to watch chefs prepping the food while we demolished this Butterball Potato pizza. We were intrigued by the idea of potatoes and hot honey on pizza and Del Popolo delivered in a major way.

So, there you have it – my San Francisco food diary. Thanks to all my wonderful friends for showing me around and helping me put my corporate credit card to good use. Can’t wait until the next visit 🙂

xo, k


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