What You Should Do In San Francisco

Dear World,

A wise man once said the following:

“My brain lives in New York, my body lives in Los Angeles, and my heart lives in San Francisco.”

That wise man was me. San Francisco just feels like home, always has. My family visited quite a bit during my childhood so I have a lot of memories of being a little boy there, wandering around the SFMOMA with my mom or begrudgingly going to Giants games with my dad (I like them more now that there is beer involved).

I went to San Francisco a few weeks ago to visit family. And here’s what I saw:

The futuristic people mover at SFO:

sfo

The BART system, which, if your family doesn’t love you enough to pick you up from the airport, can take you to and from the airport (Sidenote: hey, LA, have you heard of this idea? Public transit to the airport? It’s super fun and, like, useful).

skyline

Chow, a great casual little restaurant in the Castro.

chow

Venga Empenadas in the Mission, close to my sister’s apartment. I’ve never eaten there but I’m kind of obsessed with the signage.

empanadas

My sister took me to a great bookstore where I found some amazing books at even more amazing prices. Phoenix Books in Noe Valley has tons of delightful books to ogle, including these two art books I bought for $20 each.

fabien-baron

book

Mill Mercantile is a pretty store for the ladies. And if you’re looking for a $500 duffle bag, you’re in luck!

mill

My favorite store by far in San Francisco is Monument. They carry a ton of mid-century furniture and accessories, all of it perfectly curated and totally amazing. It’s the kind of store that both excites you and fills you with rage, because I want everything in there but it all costs $4.7 million.

monument-sf

I coveted this globe:

globe

And this awesome pine branch wall decor:

monument-sf-2

And this Cherner pretzel chair.

pretzel-chair

And this ridiculous stool, that looks like it fell out of Kelly Wearstler’s handbag:

stool

There is always a lot to stare at in San Francisco and I’m always sad to leave. I’ll be going back soon though. Hopefully to buy everything at Monument.

Love,
Orlando

8 Comments

Filed under Life

8 Responses to What You Should Do In San Francisco

  1. You go to the best places!

  2. That is a Cherner chair.

  3. What you should have done is tried the Red Velvet Fried Chicken at American Cupcake. Finger licking good.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/dinner-met-dessert-red-velvet-fried-chicken-article-1.201267

  4. Lara

    Next time, venture into Oakland- lots of land to discover! Also the Alameda Antique Fair happens on the first Sunday of every month- good finds!

  5. Elisa

    Come back asap!

  6. We’ve had light rail transportation to the airport in Portland since the 90’s 😉 We’re to cool for school. You’d like Portland, your quote would change to “My brain lives in New York, my body lives in Los Angeles, my heart lives in San Francisco and my stomach lives in Portland.” We have amazing food. And Beer.

Leave a Reply