Take Me to Tartine

by Heather

After our Golden Gate photo shoot, Allie & I heard magic words: “…and take the ferry to San Francisco”.  No bus for us!

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Filled with coffee & candy in Sausalito, we hopped on the ferry back to the Ferry Building in San Francisco in search of lunch. Luckily when you hang with Allie, you get snacks to hold you over. Allie Bars!! Totally deserving of all the fuss.Smile

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The ferry was the perfect chance for some last minute sight-seeing:

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There was no time for exploring Alcatraz this trip, but at least I got to see it up close. (Anybody wanna swim from Alcatraz with me?)

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After sailing from bridge to bridge, we had another chance to explore the Ferry Building- minus all the market stands.

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But my stomach was still rumbling…. (hard to believe after all. this. food.)

When in San Francisco, eat like a San Franciscan. To Tartine!!

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Tartine Bakery is one of those places you hear about over and over again—for a reason.

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So many choices, so little time.

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Though the bakery goods were screaming to be eaten, first it was time for some real food.

A side salad (aka lettuce chunks) held me over long enough to dig into the main course:

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A shared mushroom croque monsieur.

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Thick, doughy country bread smothered in béchamel, caramelized onions, gruyere, sundried tomatoes, and mushrooms.

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With a side of super spicy carrots. Winking smile

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After sitting in the bakery for awhile, I still couldn’t even begin to decide what dessert to get. I eventually landed on the pumpkin-shaped gingerbread cookies- the sparkly icing just drew me in.

I ended up getting a leaf, but that’s ok. Smile It was worth the hype- a crunchy outside, chewy inside, and full of fall-flavored spice.

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And with that cookie, my California adventures came to an end.

What’s your favorite city?

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Georgie November 12, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I have always wanted to go to San Francisco! I live in New York but I think New York is a little to overwhelming for my liking (plus there aren’t enough trees). I would have to vote Boston of the cities that I have been to. Glad you had such a good time in San Francisco!
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Diana November 12, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Jealous! I’ve always wanted to go to Tartine…and Sausalito! Fun pics! :)
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Becky at flybynyght November 12, 2010 at 9:40 pm

OMG that bread looks a-maz-a-zing! …I can practically taste it!
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Tricia November 12, 2010 at 9:44 pm

What beautiful pictures! We were briefly in SF when we took a wine trip to Napa/Sonoma last September. We drove across the bridge, but didn’t get to do much else! Lunch looked fabulous! Minus the cheese for me though, please! LOL!

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Louise November 12, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I’m getting hungry looking at the pics! Nice!

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Rita @ Fitblogger November 12, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Oh I’ve read about that Triathlon! Oh, one day, one day. And ditto on that bread, gorgeous photos!!

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Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat November 14, 2010 at 1:21 am

Well, honestly I haven’t been to many cities outside of home. I live in Minneapolis and I’m only lukewarm about my city. I went to DC last spring, and LOVED it. I’ve always wanted to go to San Fran, so one day I hope to make it there!

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Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) November 14, 2010 at 9:37 am

My favorite city is my home, London! It’s so different to the US. Although the weather isn’t always great, there is always something to see and do!

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