san francisco day 1. it’s cold here.

August 23, 2011 |  Category:   life seasonal travels

A nearly 40 degree drop from where we were just a few days ago. I could feel the cold through the car window as we drove closer to the bay. When we got up in the morning at our friends’ Killian and Catherine’s apartment in Berkeley, it felt like a crisp NY day in October. Our friends, who we’ve known since our Portland (and later Brooklyn) days, had a hearty spread of a breakfast ready for us. We then headed out to the Ferry Terminal Market and made our way through Chinatown. And what’s with the lines out the door to get ice cream in this city? We waited for 30 minutes at Ici on College Avenue in Berkeley the first night and on another line at Humphry Slocombe in the Mission the next. AND we were standing among people dressed in NorthFace down jackets and flip flops.

Ok, so…I like traveling with the kids, I really do. But it’s nearly impossible to take a leisurely browse through the market. There were a dozen stands and shops that I would have loved to shop in…but it didn’t happen. I suppose it’s better for my wallet.

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  • Megan August 23, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Hi Jenna! I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago and I have already combed through a good portion of the archives. I very much enjoy your blog with your perspectives and insightful writing. I just wanted to welcome you to San Francisco (my home!) and wish your family a wonderful time here in California. 🙂

  • linda August 23, 2011 at 6:29 am

    ha. northface + flip flops, very west coast…especially if you get closer to the pacific north west.

  • Seema August 23, 2011 at 7:33 am

    wow, Chinatown looks amazing! Your photographs are mind-blowing, it looks incredible! What flavour of ice-cream is the bright orange that your little one is eating?

  • Susan August 23, 2011 at 8:47 am

    That temp drop is crazy…but I would love some of that here on the east coast…can you bring it back with you? 😉

  • Margot August 23, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Isn’t San Francisco lovely? Your pictures are beautiful. I was just in San Francisco earlier this month and took a special liking to Chinatown (check out my pictures here: Love your blog 🙂

  • Erin August 23, 2011 at 10:13 am

    So nice to see you in San Fran! I moved there this past January and I’m still not used to the cold, especially after growing up with hot and muggy New York summers.

    Did you check out the Blue Bottle Coffee in the Ferry Building? And, if you guys have time, check out the Outerlands in the Sunset neighborhood. It’s a hike to get there but the food is worth the wait!

  • diamondkelt August 23, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I have a cousin-in-law out in Berkley and he can’t explain the ice cream phenomenon either. Love the market shots though. I’d totally like to live out in that area but the “rent is too damn high”. I kinda like my level midwest prices.

  • Justine August 23, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Having just returned from a 10 day, family, western tour myself, I’m completely relating to you these days! Esp. re shopping w/ kids. Chad finally just gave me a few hours so I could go to that fab Finnish store on 1st Ave in Seattle and then Red Ticking by Lake WA. Wouldn’t you know the later was closed! ARGH!!! I did find some adorable handmade animals at the Finnish shop that completely reminded me of our BabyG days. Bought them despite the fact that the kids are too old for them now. Just bought them for me. We went to Orcas Is. too. Never been before – gorgeous!

  • jess August 23, 2011 at 11:36 am

    californians never dress appropriately for weather, uggs w/ short- shorts, beanies w/ board shorts & a tank, etc. we are also NEVER prepared for rain EVER! we can hear a thousand reports of rain and still be shocked and appalled when it actually rains. kind of funny since most everyone in cali is from somewhere else where there probably is actual weather :P. I’m from so-cal, it’s even worse there 😛

  • Stephanie August 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Welcome to the Bay Area! This is my first comment here even though I’ve been following your blog for awhile because it is so charming to read. I always wondered whether Ici was the kind of ice cream shop you wanted to open. I cant compare how ice cream shops are here versus in the east coast, but Ici is one of our fancier and unique ice cream places. You get amazing ice cream flavors, something like Thai Ice Milk which I really want to try! It gets a line from the college students and because the neighborhood is more upscale and people are willing to spend the money for it.

  • gizella August 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    yeah, its been awfully cold this summer, but truly this is how it is in the summer. We went to Chicago for a vacation with 90 degrees plus and were so grateful for our 50 degree mornings…I guess its just all what you’re used to. What did you try at Humphrey? The only one I didn’t like was salt and pepper. My favorite shop is Bi-Rite

  • Vanessa August 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I was in San Francisco in July and couldn’t get over how cold it was! A local friend there told me there’s one month of good weather and that’s September… Good thing the city has SO many other redeeming qualities!

  • maja August 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    it was actually sunny this morning when i woke up, for a change. you lucked out!

  • ana August 23, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    haha, you should come and visit Amsterdam. it has been raining since June. we have not seen summer this year here….

    I went to San Fran in February last year and thought it was really warm for that time of the year

  • Diane August 23, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Welcome to my hometown, Berkeley! While you’re here, check out Cafe Fanny (Chez Panisse’s clone) for breakfast. Right next to it, you can also buy freshly baked breads @ Acme (another Chez Panisse’s clone). And, Tilden Park & Rose Garden are fabulous places to take your kids to! Enjoy the bay area!

  • Bianca August 23, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    You take the most BEAUTIFUL photos! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • jen August 24, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Your pictures have made me even MORE excited about my trip to San Fran this October to run the Nike Womens Marathon. We’ll have a 10 day trip there. Your photographs are gorgeous (as usual).

  • joyjoy August 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Your post made me laugh. I’ve been in the SF Bay Area my whole life and I never thought twice about waiting in line for ice cream. It’s just the way things are. 😛 I love ice cream, though. What did you get to try at Humphrey? Secret Breakfast and Olive Oil are a couple of my favorites. I also like Bi-Rite, as mentioned by another commenter, but there are lines at that shop, too. 🙂

  • courtney August 24, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I have really fond memories of going to San Francisco with my mom when I was young. I’m from Orange County, and we used to drive up there at least once a year to visit her friends from Art school. It’s one of my favorite cities in the world. When I lived in Davis, I went there as much as I could since it was only about an hour and a half away. People don’t realize how cold it can get there by the water!

  • shisomama August 25, 2011 at 2:17 am

    you guys are on an ice cream tear! you were just down the street from us, at ici. did you stop in next door at lola? also, if you’re interested in more, the sorbet from scream in oakland is pretty good, and you can stop at bakesale betty for a fried chicken sandwich!

  • james2 August 25, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Did you try the smelly tofu in Chinatown?

  • Nome August 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Those oysters! Such great photography, the food photos make me hungry!

  • Aya August 25, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I can’t believe you and your family were just at Ici’s (one of my favorites). YAY! The world somehow feels small.

  • Faymi September 6, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Really love your blog! My husband and I visited SF this summer for the first time and could not get over the lines in the cit, too! More than any city we have lived in; I suppose we picked rather popular places to dine/explore, but it made us re-appreciate NY efficiency.