The Mission

Day One in San Francisco. After an incredibly long (and cramped) flight we finally arrived. We’re staying in this apartment, right in the heart of the Mission district.

The Mission is a bit like East London. Used to be rough, now filled with lots of creative people, good coffee shops and excellent food.

By the time we checked in, it was 6pm (but 2am British time) so we got settled, watched some American TV and went to bed.

By the next morning, we were ready to check out our new neighbourhood. So we went for an early morning stroll (thanks, jet lag).

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Then we landed outside this joint for some breakfast.

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We were greeted with this array of treats.

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I (obviously) chose something involving chocolate.

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And Alex had a savoury ‘pop tart’ (which looked like a Cornish pasty) which he ate before I could take a photo. He also had his usual espresso.

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After breakfast, we continued our mooch around the Mission. The weather was getting hotter and hotter so we stopped off for a quick refresh.

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A bar at night. A juice bar during the day.

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Deliciously refreshing and the perfect break.

We continued our day mooching round the shops. Observation: if you want some mid-century style furniture, come to the Mission. The stuff is everywhere.

Furnitured-out (as Alex put it) we pulled over for a quick coffee stop.

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Big shocker: they didn’t serve tea. No tea. As a British person I was blindsided. On the plus, it meant I tried this apple cider (non alcoholic). I also got a cookie because, well, you know.

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Since the weather was beautiful (a rarity for San Francisco in the summer, apparently), we decided to have a picnic lunch.

We stopped off at Bi-Rite, a deli/supermarket just around the corner.

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Stocked with goodies, we walked up to the busy and bustling Dolores Park.

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And tucked into our picnic!

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We ate whilst reading (and people/dog watching), soaking up the atmosphere. It was an amazing way to spend our first afternoon in the city.

That evening, we had planned to go for dinner but jet lag struck us hard. Eating out would definitely have resulted in one of us falling asleep in our food.

Instead, Alex walked down the road to Pizzaria Delfina.

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He picked up a couple of pies to go and we ate them IN BED. Amazing.

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It was an awesome first day in San Francisco, we love our neighbourhood. Can’t wait to see what’s next! (Hopefully less jet lag.)

 

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