Last weekend, the sun was shining so beautifully that my family and I couldn’t help but take a trip to San Francisco for a walk and food (of course).
After having visited the Golden Gate Bridge numerous times, we decided to stop at a different location on our impromptu trip. We ended up going to Coit Memorial Tower. The parking lot area and walking path gave me a chance to shoot some nice scenery of the town and sea. The tower was pretty impressive and you could choose to go up for a fee of $6 – 8 (Adult Price). I didn’t go up the tower, but I did roam around the 1st floor which has a little gift shop and walls covered in historic murals!
The architecture and colors of San Francisco buildings are spot on, but oh boy is the parking terrible! After finding parking, our sneakers hit the concrete and we started our nice stroll.
Walking by many cute little plants and shops, we stumbled across a very busy bakery called Tartine. (Here is its Yelp Page) After doing some research on my phone, I found that the waiting line matched the popularity and value of this shop’s pastries. The inside of the shop had very limited seating space, so many of the customers got take-outs.
It was about 1:00 pm and the wait time was around 20 – 25 minutes. We finally put in our order:
Banana Cream Tart
Spicy Turkey Sandwich
As explained on Tartine’s menu, Croque Monsieur is an “Open face sandwich with béchamel, gruyere, thyme and pepper. Topped with either smoked Niman Ranch ham or seasonal vegetable.”
Now doesn’t that sound ravishing! As someone who doesn’t like super salty or heavily flavored dishes, I found the flavor of this dish very delightful.
My brother and father ordered the two most popular sandwiches on the list. They explained it as being good, but not as “out-of-the-world” good as my order, the banana cream tart.
Okay. This is an understatement…but this is one tasty dessert. If you visit here, DO NOT MISS OUT. As one of the most popular selections at this bakery, it does not disappoint.
This cream tart is composed of real bananas, lightly sweetened cream, a small dose of caramel, and a sprinkling of dark chocolate!
I love the fact that the sweetness level is kept to a minimum, bringing out the perfect amount of caramel. The layer of real bananas add to the sweetness-at-a-minimum quality and the dark chocolate gives the pastry an overall simple and delightful treat!
It’s a shame that I only bought one as it was quickly consumed by my mom, brother, and dad. :<
After lunch, of course we had to go get ice cream for dessert! We made our way to the well-known Bi-Rite Creamery. (Here’s the Yelp Page)
The day we went was super sunny and hot so the line was pretty long. We had to wait a good 30 to 40 minutes to get our ice cream.
I was especially drawn towards the shop as all of their ice creams are made from local, handmade, and organic ingredients.
My order was honey lavender and the fruit sorbet. I was really impressed with the high intensity of the flavors and its completely non-artificial taste.
My brother got the award-winning Creme Brulee (includes caramelized toppings!) and my mom got the popular Salted Caramel.
Pretty satisfied with the yummies that I encountered on this brief trip! Comment down below if you have been to Tartine or Bi-Rite Creamery. What are your favorite eateries in San Francisco?