San Francisco Treats

Day 2: Breakfast by the Ferry Building: Niette’s signature gingerbread cupcake.

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Every bite was as delicious as it looks.

Brunch was had in Oakland (a quick hop, jump, skip, and BART ride away), consisting of a scrumptious crab meat Benedict and grapefruit mimosa (not pictured here), and topped off with a large soy chai (also not pictured here). So far, the bulk of my travel expenses here has been vested in food and macaroons (I’d picked up a dozen at Niette), which only earned me more travel ‘cred’ amongst my Bay Area friends Iris, Tom, and Ingrid.

After digesting a bit, I finished off a whole wheat hot cross bun I’d picked up at an Oakland-based co-operative bakery, while my mate Mike (a recent SF transplant from NY) enjoyed an iced cold bagged beverage in ‘Dolo’ (Dolores Park).

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The sun came and went, and not long after, I found myself on Valencia St., deep in the Mission, perusing through one of my favorite boutiques in the area: Encantada Fine Arts Gallery. It was there that I ran into a certain Frida Kahlo in the flesh!

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We (Frida, Mia the gallery owner, and I) chatted about fashion and fate over tequila and macaroons. I also stopped by Paxton Gate, another Valencia Street fascinating fixture, to smell the orchids

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before returning to Iris’ flat right as the sun was setting in the Mission.

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