Jean and Alex

| The REAL San Francisco

As some of you may know, a few weeks back, Ryan and I embarked on our first destination wedding in Napa Valley, California. Being the adventurous duo that we are, the thought this would be the perfect opportunity for us to extend our stay and explore what San Francisco has to offer. This is when I decided to contact my old friend and former Vancouverite, Jean who relocated to SF! Jean had recently gotten engaged to her fiancĂ© Alex so I asked her if they’d be interested in having me do their engagement photos in exchange for a tour around town. I follow Jean on instagram so I kinda knew this tour would be mostly food related… no complaints here!

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Our day started off with a walk up Potrero Hill while we waited for a table at Plow, a popular brunch spot. At the top of the hill was the iconic view of downtown San Francisco…. these hills are STEEP. After a few quick portraits, went back down the hill to enjoy a SPECTACULAR brunch. I had the grain bowl, Ryan had the soft scramble and Jean and Alex shared the open faced Gruyere grilled cheese with a side of potatoes (friggen delicious potatoes).

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Next stop was a tour through The Mission. We started off at Ampersand, a delightful little flower shop nestled in a small side street. Its large turquoise barn door was swung wide open and just inviting us in to take a peek at what was going on. Jean had a beautiful white and green bouquet arranged while Ryan and I ran around like a couple kids taking photos of anything we thought was pretty, interesting and pretty interesting. It was such a beautifully designed space — we just could not help ourselves!

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On our way to our next spot, we walked through the Clarion Alley to admire some wonderfully painted murals. If you’re interested in the history of this spot, take a look here to arrange a tour of the alley!

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After our walk through the alley, we stopped at a number of pastry shops for snacks – most notable was Craftsman and Wolves. They had this one delectable little morsel they call “the rebel within”, this muffin thing with asiago cheese, sausage, green onion and a perfectly soft boiled egg inside — DELICIOUS.

A trip to SF is not complete without some good coffee. We stopped by Sightglass Coffee Roasters to get our much (not) needed dose of the caffeine jitters.

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After a quick outfit change at home, the four of us set off to Jean and Alex’s neighbourhood gem. They took us to a quaint little (big) BBQ joint in Dogpatch called Smokestack at Magnolia Brewery. We indulged in Texas style wagyu beef ribs, pastrami, and the fattiest brisket I’ve ever tasted… oh and a couple pints of beer :)

Our tour of the real San Francisco was a real delight all thanks to the hospitality of our foodie friends Jean and Alex. We had such a fantastic time hanging out with you guys. Thanks for being such gracious tour guides!

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