5 Must-Visit San Francisco Eateries

For my recent trip to San Francisco, I took to my favorite iPhone apps (Pinterest, Instagram, and Yelp) for restaurant recommendations. Hands down, one of the best parts about traveling to a new city is checking out the local food scene. We managed to visit all my bookmarked places, which I’m sharing with you today. Here’s 5 Must-Visit San Francisco Eateries!

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse – Lower Nob Hill

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Now, when it comes to choosing somewhere to eat, I admit that I am a complete sucker for the aesthetically pleasing. You know, places that just scream Instagram. (I’m keen to pursue a career in social media, forgive me.) Mr. Holmes’ Bakehouse is exactly that.

I came across the trendy Mr. Holmes Bakeshop on the @breakfastinsf and @sfbucketlist Instagram accounts. Their claim to fame is their croissant muffin hybrid, or more fondly known as the cruffin. You’re encouraged to get there early because those are always the first to sell-out. Unfortunately, Diana and I missed out on these legendary cruffins BUT we were able to walk out with half a dozen other baked goods. Including this Mint Chip donut, mm.

Shanghai Dumpling King – Outer Richmond

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Trusting overwhelming positive Yelp reviews, we ventured out to the Outer Richmond area for dim sum. Reviews of China Town eateries were all over the place, citing food safety issues. We weren’t feeling adventurous in that sense. Plus, it gave us the opportunity to see another part of San Francisco. We can appreciate efficiency.

Ever since I started eating a more plant-based diet, I have felt anxious traveling to different cities and eating out in general. Though, being the thorough researcher I am, I realised that there’s nothing to worry about. Shanghai Dumpling King had plenty veg-friendly items on their menu; we enjoyed vegetable dumplings and potstickers.

Plentea – China Town

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We did end up checking out China Town, however for their boba drinks. Diana, the Boba Queen, discovered this spot and treated us to the yummy beverage. She had Thai Tea with boba, and I had their Ice Milk with brown sugar + boba.

This place was very cute. They serve their drinks in these glass bottles with “Plentea” embossed on the side, which you can take home. It is actually quite amazing. We walked out with nice souvenirs and post-boba smiles.

Gott’s Roadside – Ferry Building

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On our first full day of exploration, 5 PM quickly turned into 9PM as we quickly learned that SF isn’t a 24-hour town. We arrived at the Embarcadero to closed stores and closing restaurants. After a walk-through the Ferry Building, we were losing hope. Then, as we were walking out we came across Gott’s Roadside. Your typical casual dining joint but with a San Franciscan touch.

I loved every bit of its ambience, from the neon letters spelling ‘EAT’ to the industrial-style lighting fixtures. I was thrilled to see they had a veggie burger as I was craving one, but mostly a side of fries. Happy to say that we didn’t go to bed starving that night.

Café UB – Castro District

Café UB was another @breakfastinsf recommendation, and it brought us to this cute little café near Dolores Park. I had a veggie breakfast sandwich and English breakfast tea.

I’m gutted to say that my photo proof has been lost in the digital space, but thankfully I traveled with a fellow blogger. Check out Diana’s post for another take on San Francisco dining and let her know I sent you!

Foodies in San Francisco

I’ve mentioned this already, but I am following a more plant-based diet. I have only recently switched over to this vegetarian (technically pescatarian) diet, and with that comes new challenges. Traveling can make it pretty tricky, but it isn’t impossible. I’ve seen it done many times before and I think it just comes down to how much research you’re willing to do.

Thankfully, in all the hustle-and-bustle of San Francisco, eateries are realising the demand for good vegetarian food. It is, after all, a foodie paradise. But honestly, if I can recommend anything, it’s to do your homework and research ahead. Google is your friend! As am I (and this blog!)

If you’re heading out to San Francisco anytime soon, I do hope you check out these places!



Eating Vegan at Disneyland

Let it be noted that I am not vegan, however I do make an effort to eat a majority plant-based diet. It is a lifestyle change that I have recently become very passionate about, but I can elaborate on that at a future date. I have found that when eating out, there are more vegetarian options than there are vegan. It can get discouraging at times, especially if you’re just getting used to the lifestyle. But rest assured, the world is changing and more plant-based options, in general, are becoming available. One place where this is evident is the Happiest Place on Earth aka Disneyland!!!

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On my most recent trip to Disney, I made it my personal mission to eat all the vegan-friendly nosh I could in a day. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been eating less and less animal products, so most of these foods I’d eat anyways during each visit to Disneyland over this past year. But I did some further research to see what exactly the vegan-friendly options were, and this blogpost is the result.

Garden Vegetable Burger – Village Haus Restaurant in Fantasyland

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Order the veggie burger with no cheese at the Village Haus with a side of fries (or fruit, if you want to be extra good). Disneyland fries are definitely in my top favorites.

NOTE: The patty contains egg whites, so it is vegetarian and unfortunately not vegan. Check out the Carnation Café on Main Street USA for the true vegan burger!

Dole Whip – Tiki Juice Bar in Adventureland

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Oh, the glorious Dole Whip – my go-to sweet treat on a hot day, and colder day for that matter. I always get the pineapple soft-serve and savor every bite before it melts. My sister and I added Tajín to our Dole Whips, and it was the probably the best decision we made that entire day. Find the Tajín packets at the Tropical Import Stand by the Jungle Cruise.

Outback Vegetable Skewer – Bengal Barbecue in Adventureland

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I saw a group of people walking out of Adventureland with quite a colorful BBQ skewer and I was intent on trying one for myself. Ask them to cook yours on tin foil, as they are cooked on the same grill as the meat skewers.

Chili Sin Queso – Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land

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Order the Chili Cone Queso and ask to omit the cheese for this tasty (and portable) snack. They top it off with corn chips for the perfect crunch.

Olaf Lemonade Strawberry Bar – Ice Cream carts

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This day was particularly warm due to its humidity, so in efforts to cool down, I got this lemonade popsicle with actual frozen strawberries.

Vegetarian Gumbo – Royal Street Veranda in New Orleans Square

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Get the Vegetarian Gumbo served in a Sourdough bread boule when you want something of substance.

Other Vegan Disneyland Options

Vegan mini Mickey Waffles – Plaza Inn in Main Street USA

Vegetarian options without the cheese – Rancho del Zocalo Restaurant in Frontierland

Pickles, fruit cups, hummus – all the snack stands throughout both parks

Vegan Pasta – Carthay Circle Restaurant on Buena Vista Street

Vegetable and Tofu Skewer – Paradise Garden Grill on Paradise Pier

 

Links:

http://disneylandnews.com/fact-sheets/2015/04/30/vegetarian-and-vegan-food-options-at-disneyland-resort-fact-sheet/

http://www.vegancowgirl.com/blog/vegan-cowgirl-does-disneyland

http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Vegan-Foods-Disneyland-37223017