Guess what? Matt and I are in San Francisco! Yup, we’re on the west coast this week. Matt had to come here for a work conference, and I decided to tag along, just like last year (read parts one, two, three, and four of our San Francisco 2011 trip if you haven’t already). We got in yesterday afternoon, and have already had a fun first 24 hours here.
This morning, with our bodies still on Central standard time, we woke up early and walked to get breakfast at The Plant in downtown SF.
Although they’re not a solely-veg restaurant, The Plant has TONS of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and even raw options. See those two glass cases? They’re filled with almost all vegan (and many gluten-free) pastries!
I started out with a shot of wheatgrass while Matt sipped an Açaí Berry Protein smoothie: açaí berries blended with mango, strawberries, banana, vanilla, a double shot of hemp protein, and apple and orange juices.
For breakfast, Matt got the House-Made Granola & Seasonal Fruit with soymilk.
The gluten-free granola was sweet and crunchy, and we both loved the selection of fruit they put on top.
I ordered the Plant Breakfast Bowl: young coconut meat blended with apple and pecans, topped with cinnamon and organic maple syrup (which I asked for on the side).
SO. GOOD. I am definitely recreating this nutty and delicious raw fruit porridge when I get home.
After breakfast, we walked down Market Street to the Ferry Building Marketplace. There was so much raw, vegan, and gluten-free goodness going on there that I couldn’t possibly have taken photos of it all. The highlight for us was the farmers market happening in front of the building, particularly the Alfieri Farms booth, selling all manner of nuts and dried fruits.
I was excited to encounter a rare find: unpasteurized almonds! Even though I don’t really have the room in my luggage for them, I HAD to buy a pound.
I was also so fascinated by these naturally-red Livermore walnuts that I bought a small bag of them as well.
Inside the building, we picked up a gluten-free vegan treat from Mariposa Baking Company.
This cream-filled “penguino” reminded us of a Hostess cupcake.
Matt grabbed a soy latte after that, while I nabbed a locally-made and very uniquely flavored (Vanilla Orchid Root!) House Kombucha. I was surprised to find it tastes completely unsweetened, unlike most kombuchas I’ve tried. They must have used very little sugar to ferment it. It was SO not-sweet that it actually smelled and tasted very much like beer. I may even have gotten a little buzzed off it. Just kidding. Maybe. Nah! But really. A little bit.
It was about time to head back to our hotel then, so Matt could get ready for his work event. On the way, we stopped back by…The Plant! Matt ate a Plant Burger (a made-in-house veggie patty consisting of lentils, mushrooms, beets, cashews, and bulgur wheat, served on a sourdough bun with tomatoes, grilled onions, lettuce, and vegan aioli, plus a side salad and pickled cauliflower) for lunch.
I picked up my own lunch at the nearby Million Thai Restaurant: panang curry with tofu, red curry paste, coconut milk, bell pepper, basil, and peanut sauce, with steamed rice.
All this already today, and it’s only 4pm Pacific time! I can’t wait for dinner tonight…I’ll tell you all about it ASAP!