San Francisco Travel Outfits + Food Diary

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Before having Nori I’d visit the Bay Area a few times each year for work, friends, wine country and of course the amazing food! See my previous San Francisco diaries for recaps of some of our favorite eats from each visit. We took Nori there for the first time last week to do a talk at Google in Mountain View, but stayed in the city to try some new-to-us spots around SF!

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Favorite pieces packed

Blazer cardigan
This comes in 6 colors and has been perfect for transitioning from casual to semi polished for meetings. I’ve paired this with everything from my H&M nursing tanks, to turtlenecks, dressier tops or lace camis. It does pill a bit after wash & wear, but nothing a sweater shaver can’t help. On our flight there, I twinned with another passenger in the same cardigan also paired with black bottoms and mules ; )

High rise black jeans
I brought my Ann Taylor straight cut pair (see my review) since it’s one of my most stretchy jeans, and a more comfortable alternative to skinny fit for a long flight!

Travel-friendly designer accessories
My Hermes belt, Goyard tote (easily folds flat if I need to pack it), and Gucci soho bag are my go-to travel buddies due to their versatility! If I’m trying to pack light I’ll usually just limit myself to one large tote and one neutral crossbody bag that’ll pair with all my looks.

Animal print dress
Nick is thinking of a leopard dress intervention because of how many times I’ve worn this in a row. I usually swap out the fabric sash belt for solid black belts, and have worn this dress with pretty much every form of footwear – black ankle booties, sandals, mules, and pumps. I also wore this on the plane ride back since it’s nursing friendly and doesn’t wrinkle! Note the sleeve cuff openings are narrow so I have to unbutton them each time when putting this on / off. See it here styled with a suede moto jacket and sandals.

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Travel outfit pieces remixed with other pieces & accessories

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Wore this to talk at Google HQ ~ Leith jumpsuit xxs (petite friendly! runs a bit small w short torso), Tony Bianco pumps 5 (disagree with reviews and really love these! runs a tad big), Hermes belt

Sunset District (WHERE WE STAYED)

On previous visits, I always stayed at our friends’ house in this area and loved the abundance of Asian food options nearby (it’s practically a second Chinatown). Golden Gate Park is also close by if you want to walk or run off your meals! We needed more space this time so rented an airbnb, but stayed in the same area! For those who asked, our apartment rental this time was a basement unit so not the cutest, but it was very kid-friendly with pack n’ play, high chair, stroller, toys, and free zoo / museum passes. Here’s my referral code if you need one and you get $40 off your first booking!

Thai Nghiep Ky Mi Gia (Vietnamese Soup or Dry Noodles)
I’ve been to this mom and pop hole in the wall a few times now across our visits. You can get noodles either dry or in soup, and I love that indecisive diners can get mixed noodles (half egg, half rice noodles). On the surface, nothing really stands out but something about the garlicky flavors and perfect noodle chew is just very comforting and homey. The popular #9 braised duck leg with wontons and soup on the side is a safe bet!

Marco Polo Italian Ice Cream
We walked and drove by this unassuming shop several times before I realized it was a spot many of you guys had recommended to me! Nothing about the name or the storefront even remotely hints at the exotic and tropical ice cream varieties inside. Mangosteen, soursop, jackfruit, guava, to name a few. And while I’m not usually a fan of durian, theirs was very good! All the flavors were so intensely fruity.

Banh Mi & Boba
I am usually highly skeptical of any banh mi that costs more than $4.50, but this more premium version stays true to the flavors of a traditional cold cut banh mi, but uses elevated pates and house roasted pork inside freshly toasted bread (I heard the bulgogi was excellent, too). Their milk tea is a little bitter and watery so not my favorite (I prefer good old Gong Cha or Boba Guys) but I’d definitely come back for the sandwich!

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DAY 1

Palette Tea House
This is an “upscale” dim sum place, so you’re paying for presentation and ambience (the plates look like a painter’s palette, and they give you a variety of sauces to fill with). But the food is solid and not as overpriced as you’d think for being in such a touristy area. The matcha bao was a table favorite as was the squid ink fried rice. Seating was easy and they serve alcohol, so might be a good place for a group/special occasion.

Sausalito
We drove across the Golden Gate bridge to walk around downtown Sausalito. There are some drinking spots on the waterfront and cute boutiques and cafes. Nothing outstanding but a scenic stroll and nice change of pace from SF. Definitely time it to avoid traffic/rush hour. When I used to intern in the Bay Area, I loved biking across the Golden Great Bridge with friends to Sausalito for a day trip!

Chibog (favorite meal of the trip)
For dinner, we went down to Daly City which has a ton of Filipino food options. Our friends are regulars at this place, and we can see why! They serve traditional Filipino favorites, and everything hit the spot for Nick and his parents. The bangus (fish) sisig served on a sizzling platter was a true standout, as was the super crispy lechon kawali. We ordered a la carte to share family style, but you can also get individual silog plates served with garlic rice and a fried egg – I’m drooling just thinking about it!

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DAY 2

U Dessert Story Vintage
We went to this photogenic spot for brunch (only the Marina location serves brunch) and while the Japanese breakfast didn’t live up to my expectations for the price, the chicken katsu sandwich was good. We came for the desserts though and those did not disappoint! The mango sticky rice bingsu (shaved ice) was our table favorite – I don’t know how they get the ice so fluffy but it is somehow lighter than actual snow, and all the different toppings were a textural delight. I also loved how everything we tried wasn’t too sweet, which is my qualm with most dessert spots.
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All from U Dessert: Top: Mango sticky rice bingsu. Bottom: Japanese breakfast & banana pie

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Pa’ina
We went here for a friend’s birthday dinner, and they serve Hawaiian/Asian-inspired bar food. This is a large space good for bigger groups, with a surprising number of kids in attendance while we were there! Afterwards we headed to our friend’s recently opened bar, Lost and Found, which has yummy garlic fries and a nice mezcal cocktail, according to Nick.

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DAY 3

One of the days we drove around downtown to stroll around the Mission and Castro neighborhoods, then made our way to Mountain View!

Gai
Fast-casual Hainanese style chicken and rice. You can choose dark thigh meat (skin-on) or light chicken breast (skinless). The Chinese in me would say dark meat is a no brainer for more flavor, but we got a combo and the breast was still very tender. We liked both the Hainanese ginger scallion sauce (I make my own version at home) as well as the Thai sauce. Each order comes with lightly pickled cucumbers and a flavorful broth.

Garden Creamery
This was one of the top recommendations from you guys on my Instagram post, and I’m so glad we were able to try it – it was one of our favorite discoveries of the whole trip! We met the owner Erin (from Hawaii) who was so nice and gave us the backstory of the little shop, which has a completely different vibe than Marco Polo. They focus on high quality dairy and seasonal, frequently local ingredients, and all the flavors are so rich and creamy. Some available during our visit were ube pandan, coconut pandan, vegan thai tea, black sesame, matcha w/ toasted rice, japanese coffee milk…even the regular chocolate was decadent. Try to go when they have fresh butter mochi available as a side/topping!

Baadal
I’ve heard for years about the abundant food perks on the Google campus and how gaining the “Google 15” is real. While there for our talk, our friend invited us to lunch at Baadal, their sit-down Indian restaurant. While I’m no expert in this cuisine, I thought it was all very good and flavorful and not your usual tikka masala and palak paneer (menu changes daily). We gorged on several helpings before realizing more food options awaited about every 10 yards on the premises!

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Nori supporting mama’s talk at Google!

Have you visited any of these spots? I’d also love to know any “must eats” to save for our future visits! 

 

22 thoughts on “San Francisco Travel Outfits + Food Diary

  • Reply Janine September 29, 2019 at 2:59 am

    Aww look at little Nori in that trench!! Adorable!
    Your travel outfits looked so so chic, I always struggle with packing chic looking outfits for when I am going away – I seriously need to work on that haha!
    xx Janine

  • Reply Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life September 29, 2019 at 9:37 am

    There’s an amazing banh mi place in the city, the name eludes me at this hour, that was still the lower price I expect of an authentically great banh mi last I checked. We’re overdue to go stock up there, come to think of it.

    I love how you always turn up a gem or two that we didn’t know about on your visits 😆 we just don’t go out that often but it’s nice to have someone’s tried and true recommendations on hand!

    If you don’t mind, what was your Google talk about?

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite September 29, 2019 at 7:47 pm

      You’ll have to let me know when you think of it! : )

      Regarding Google (and to answer Jane below as well), I was there for a talk sponsored by their Asian American in Sales network so it was a Q&A that covered pretty much everything – my background, former career paths, building up a personal brand, motherhood & family!

  • Reply Jane September 29, 2019 at 10:08 am

    I’m curious to know what your talk at Google was about. Can you share?

  • Reply FunSizeFit September 29, 2019 at 11:06 am

    I love the leopard midi dress in the first outfit! I’ve seen in your previous posts that you also own the Gianvito Rossi Plexi Pumps, similar to the Tony Bianco ones you have here. As someone with a smaller shoe size, do you have any trouble keeping these kinds of PVC pumps from slipping off? I wear a small size 4 and own the GR pumps in size 34, but cannot for the life of me figure out how to keep them on. I’ve tried every combination of inserts and padding.

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite September 29, 2019 at 7:49 pm

      I don’t have any issues keeping these pumps on my feet but I also buy my pumps to be pretty fitted. I wonder if yours might be a little too big all around if you’re a small size 4? Sorry I don’t have any tips! : /

  • Reply Amanda K. September 29, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Omg, Sunset District is where my grandparents and many of my relatives live, so I’ve actually been to Macro Polo before ^_^

    Glad you made this visit and checked some new places, as I’m always looking to see what else is in the San Fran area!

    The early Fall months are the perfect time to be there when it’s considered the height of their summer, so I am a tad envious that you guys are there now. Thank you for sharing as I’ll definietly be referring to this post and your past ones for itinerary ideas when I make my next trip out to the West coast!

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite September 29, 2019 at 7:51 pm

      Lucky you! I feel like I’d pay my family visits a tad more frequently if they lived there ; )

  • Reply Miri September 29, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    What a lovely post! I love San Francisco and when I get back there I definitely keep your recommendations in mind. Hope you had a great weekend.

  • Reply Michelle B September 29, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Congrats on talking at Google, and you all look so cute! For food in SF, I’d highly recommend:

    (1) StoneMill Matcha
    Location/Cuisine: Mission/Tea+desserts
    Known for: Interesting matcha drinks + matcha-infused desserts. The location is beautiful, calming, and modern. They even have matcha croissants, which is why I first visited this location.

    (2) Smitten Ice Cream
    Location/Cuisine: Hayes Valley right off the park/Ice Cream
    Known for: They make the ice cream right in front of you using dry ice. Their menu generally has 4 – 7 flavors (If you’re like a wider variety of flavors, I’d recommend Salt and Straw located 1 block away). Hayes Valley Park is very family + dog friendly, and surrounded by cute restaurants and shops (like Outdoor Voices and Parachute Home).

    (3) San Tung
    Location/Cuisine: Sunset/Chinese
    Reservations: No reservations so try to visit between lunch and dinner. If you’re in a rush or with limited time, I’d wait to come back another time.
    Known for: Double fried chicken wings with a sweet teriyaki-style sauce – so delicious and my favorite wings of all time! Their green beans are also tasty.

    (4) Daeho Kalbijjim & Beef Soup
    Location/Cuisine: Japantown/Korean
    No Reservations so I’d recommend going before the dinner rush.
    Known for: Their menu only contains kalbijjim and beef soup, and they do an amazing job. I took my mom to visit this spot when she visited from the east coast.

    (4) Souvla
    Location/Cuisine: Mission + Hayes/Californian Greek
    Known For: Delicious and very fresh salads and wraps. Hands down one of my favorite lunch spots. They have chicken, lamb, and vegetarian options – they actually roast the chickens in the back of each location (and you can see them roasting). The locations are also very cute, and IG-worthy.

    Hope you get a chance to visit SF again sometime soon! There are so many more spots to try in the Bay Area!

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite September 29, 2019 at 7:53 pm

      Ah thank you – this is awesome and so thorough! I’ve only been to San Tung on your list but will have to try the green beans next time along with my wing order : ) Have also heard great things about StoneMill Matcha so a visit is in order for next time.

  • Reply Jothi September 29, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Awesome you spoke at Google Jean! What was the subject?

  • Reply Crystal September 29, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Ooh what was the Google talk about? Can you share slides?

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite September 29, 2019 at 7:55 pm

      Hi Jothi & Crystal, thank you for asking! It was in a Q&A format so I didn’t prepare any slides, but pretty much every topic was fair game ~ my background growing up, former career paths, finding mentors, building up Extra Petite, family & relationships and being a first time mama!

  • Reply Susan September 30, 2019 at 1:09 am

    What size are you wearing in the Jcrew sweater blazer? Thanks!

  • Reply serene September 30, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Jean!

    I’m a long-time googler and you’re my favorite blogger, so I was so upset when I realized I’d missed your talk at Google! Thank goodness it was recorded – I just watched a replay and was very touched and enlightened by some of the advice you shared. Thank you for being such an inspiration!

  • Reply Elizabeth Tran September 30, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Ahhh thank you so much for sharing all of these great food recommendations <3 🙂 I haven't been to SF in so long! Can't wait to go on a little road trip soon!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

  • Reply Maureen September 30, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    I am so happy that you love food because I love food! 🙂 Though I have to say, I am kind of not an adventurous eater but still food makes my heart skip a beat! Your little girl is so adorable and love your Leith jumpsuit. It looks great on you and I adore your Hermes belt. It’s a good combo. So how did your talk go?

  • Reply Aethel September 30, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Mitchell’s Ice Cream is the best in San Francisco! They have a variety of flavors including traditional Filipino flavors. They don’t have any other locations but they do sell a few select flavors by the gallon at a random Cropley Pure Water store in Milpitas, CA. Also another place to visit in the bay is Santana Row in San Jose. It is the most beautiful outdoor shopping strip with many mid to high end stores, great restaurants, and endless photo ops.

  • Reply Jacqueline October 1, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Hey Jean! Was hoping you could do a post on your hermes belt? The style, size, etc!

  • Reply mayanlily October 10, 2019 at 5:43 am

    The Specs sunglasses do not look like the ones in the link. Which style are you wearing? Thank you…

  • Reply CM October 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Hi Jean,
    Love your posts and sometimes I can steal a couple of your ideas for myself however do you have any blogs/websites for more “mature” petite women you could recommend? I am in my early 60’s and feel some styles just do not work for me. due to being a little (LOL) older than you. Any recommendations would be helpful to me!

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