Where In The World Is Carmen San Francisco?

July 17, 2008

We had a fun day of sightseeing – and probably walked around 4 miles. That brings me up to around 9 or 10 miles for the day. My legs are rather tired 😳

Some highlights:

Union Square, Chinatown, Ferry Building, Bay Bridge View with Mom

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Mom and I had lunch at the Ferry Building. You can imagine how long it took us to choose a restaurant! We finally decided on splitting a Warm Salmon Sandwich and a Beet, Feta + Pecan Salad.

Yummy bread!



After lunch, we had to try the Ciao Bella gelato!! I got Bourbon Butter Pecan – loved it!


After lunch, we walked from the Ferry Building to Pier 39 to see the seals. It was a LOOONG walk. We took the city route (because we decided to go on the way back to the hotel) and trekked up this huuuge hill. It was quite the workout!

The sea lions!


The most amazing looking crepes! I’m going to make these soon.


We’re resting in the hotel before we head back out to dinner. Then we’ve got a BlogHer Newbie Mixer to attend! The first of 3 fun parties.

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1 Christie July 17, 2008 at 7:37 pm

Hey kath glad to see your enjoying yourself!
I have a question for you and anyone else who is familiar with Nashville, TN. I will be going there next saturday to visit my boyfriend who plays baseball and I am looking for
1. Running groups or places to run
2. Attractions and things to do for me and the fam.

Thanks in advance!


2 Jennifer July 17, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Hi Kath. Found your blog awhile ago and I’ve been a faithfull reader. I’ve learned alot and even stolen a few recipes (Thanks!) This is my first comment and it’s only because of the “Where in the World..” tittle. How funny. Though I was the only one that remembered that show.
Looks like you are having a great trip and the crepes DO look amazing.


3 VeggieGirl July 17, 2008 at 7:41 pm

HAHA!! Love the “Carmen San Diego” parody :0D I miss that show!!


4 Jennifer July 17, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Hi Christie. I’m in Memphis and used to visit friends in Nashville all the time. My fav resturant is Rose Pepper. Yummy, fresh, mexican. Go downtown. You’ll be within walking distance of the Grand Ole Opry and all the “honky tonk” places. Some of the best are Tootsies, Robert’s Western World, and The Stage. Even if you don’t love country music it’s still a fun scene, but it gets pretty crazy (good and bad) at night. The Green Hills area had great upscale and boutique type shopping. And there is always the Opry Mills Outlet Mall.
Hope you have fun. Sorry I can’t help you with the running.


5 Foodie July 17, 2008 at 8:00 pm

Those crepes look amazing! Have fun at the mixer!


6 Shannon July 17, 2008 at 8:01 pm

You looove posting pictures of yourself huh? I’m pretty sure we know what you look like by now.


7 magpie July 17, 2008 at 8:03 pm

What restaurant did you eat lunch at?


8 Laura S. July 17, 2008 at 8:31 pm

It’s her blog so she can do whatever she wants. If you don’t want to look at the pics, then don’t visit the site.


9 Katie July 17, 2008 at 8:46 pm

So what restaurant did you go to at the Ferry Building? Did you happen to try anything from Miette? It is an AWESOME organic bakery in the Ferry Building…so good:)


10 Fitnessista July 17, 2008 at 8:48 pm

love the red coat! looks like you’re having a fun trip- i would have flown to san fran for one of those bagels :)
<3 gina


11 Karen July 17, 2008 at 9:01 pm

We love the Ferry Building. It is such a fun culinary adventure. Glad you are having fun in SF.


12 sp July 17, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Nashville—, thgo to the Boundary it is in the West End…it is Great! You can go see Andrew Jackson’s house at Hermitage, which is like 20 minues away. There is a park, I cant think of the name, it has a replica of roman or greek coleseum or something.


13 sp July 17, 2008 at 9:16 pm

kath, it looks like you and your mom have matching lapel pins. True? Just curious…


14 Carla July 17, 2008 at 9:35 pm


If you plan on returning to the Ferry Building, you definately have to try to get into Boulette’s Larder for lunch or The Slanted Door for dinner. Both are amazing restaurants!


15 Deb July 17, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Nice to have such a young and fit mom who can trek all over SF with you! Go mom! Love the red coat too!


16 mollymolly July 17, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Too bad you won’t be there on Saturday!
The ferry building holds a huge farmer’s market there!

enjoy the rest of your trip!


17 Sarah July 17, 2008 at 10:03 pm

personally I love seeing the photos of you Kath! Looks like you guys are having fun! I noticed the coat though—I went on vacation to San Francisco this time last year and was shocked at how COLD it was there! None of us were prepared and we all had to buy fleeces when we were there. The store owner said that they sell so many sweatshirts and jackets even in the summer because people aren’t expecting the cool, windy weather.

Have a great rest of your trip!


18 Chelsea July 17, 2008 at 10:06 pm

No dim sum in China Town? And no Slanted Door at the Ferry Building? I’ll forgive you. It’s fun to see you out in my parts!


19 MKM July 17, 2008 at 11:36 pm

Your red coat is super cute!!! 😀


20 marissa July 18, 2008 at 12:11 am

i second the slanted door recs :)


21 Emily July 18, 2008 at 2:14 am

Dude, it’s a sad day when you can’t post your vacation pictures on YOUR OWN BLOG without getting shit from somebody…


22 caitlinbo (in FL) July 18, 2008 at 6:13 am

hey kATH! i, for one, am really enjoying the pics of you on vacay. let the haters hate 😉 i have been so excited for your vacation because 1) i really need a vacation and i feel like im living vicariously through yours and 2) we’re going to SF/Napa in January for our honeymoon so I love to see the pics. I told my fiance last night that “my food blog girl” (then he always rolls his eyes) was in SF and ran over the GG bridge and he laughed. i should really tell him your name but then he’ll probably tease me even more. LOL.

anyways, thanks for the updates and the jacket advice! its pretty eye opening that you’re wearing a jacket IN JULY so i’m guessing we’ll need to pull out our dusty jackets from the college days.


23 Christie July 18, 2008 at 6:52 am

I am really diggin the read coat! Looks like you are having a great time!


24 Allison K. July 18, 2008 at 9:01 am

I know everyone has said this already, but I LOOOOVE the red coat as well.


25 BethT July 18, 2008 at 10:08 am

You totally should run or walk back down to the Ferry Bldg on Saturday for the farmer’s market. You would dig it. Tons and tons of food vendors lining the front sidewalk and extending far beyond the back part of the building! They start early – maybe as early as dawn? – so perhaps it wouldn’t interfere with the conference activities.


26 Erin July 18, 2008 at 10:38 am

Your pics are great! And I love that coat!

~Erin @ “Vegan & the City”


27 SweetsandSweats July 18, 2008 at 10:58 am

Oh my god–boubon butter pecan. I think I just died a little from jealousy!!



28 Kat July 18, 2008 at 11:20 am

I live in Nashville and absolutely love it. For running outside, I usually run the path around the replica of the Parthenon. Its located in the Vanderbilt area, off of West End and the path is 1 mile. For trail running or hiking I go to Percy Werner park. There are multiple points of entry but they are all in the Belle Meade area. There is a 2 1/2 mile loop and a 6 mi loop, but it might depend on where you start.
I second the recommendation of honkey tonking, Robert’s is my absolute favorite. Even if you want to just walk around the downtown area during the day you can still go into most of the honkey tonks, some sell country western wear.


29 Natalie July 18, 2008 at 11:49 am

I’m so jealous! I love San Fran. You gotta try some dim sum in chinatown…it’s the best :)


30 Kath July 18, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Jennifer ,
Thanks for your first comment!

magpie ,

sp ,
Yes, they are BlogHer pins we got at check-in. You have a keen eye!

Chelsea ,
We thought about Slanted Door but weren’t really in the mood. Someday I will eat there!

caitlinbo (in FL),
Lol- food blog girl. I get emails from people that say their boyfriends know my name. Kind of weird to think about!

BethT ,
I would really love to see it – but we just don’t have time!! Next trip for sure. Husband and I will be back for wine country in the coming years for sure.



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