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san francisco, part deux

if you thought the first half of the trip was fun, then get ready because the latter half of my San Francisco day was fabulous. The rest of our day we spent wandering around the streets of San Francisco, which was alot more fun than you are thinking. Everyone was out in full force in Dolores Park, basking in the warm temperature, and while I was still full from our bakery pit stop, the Bi-Rite creamery was calling my name. Alas, there was line out the door and I knew my poor little tum would explode. But I made Stephanie swear to go and try that fresh, all-natural ice cream shop the next time I came.

Those of you who have been to San Francisco or who live there know that there is one street where the ritzious homes of all things ritzy (did that even make sense?!) can be found: Divisidero Street. Talk about walking into heaven. These homes are not only ginormous, but they happen to have the best views in the city. What would you do if you woke up to this every day?!

I’d probably pee my pants, no joke. The only thing that calmed my jealous heart was the idea that at least I live in a home that won’t collapse in to a big heap once the massive, predicted earthquake hits. Vengeful, I know, but sadly true.

After getting a glimpse of the good life, we wandered down on to Chestnut Street, home to even more of the movers and shakers in town. I don’t know if I was just tired/cranky/grumpy, but everyone seemed a little snooty here. But I made my peace with the neighborhood after I perused a couple of different stores. There was a cool retro candy shop that had the best design ever, and then there was Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe.

The minute you walk into this place, the sound of silence envelops you. The noisy street and rowdy crowds stop at the door, making this place seem even more serene. By this time, I was ready for more sweets and picked out a small peanut butter cone, which looked better than it tasted.

I think the milk chocolate coating totally killed this candy because if it had been made with dark chocolate, I probably would’ve bought ten more. The peanut butter mixture inside was light and not that peanut buttery. It tasted sweet but I prefer more nut to my butter, if you get my drift.

Steph picked out there little ones, and frankly I don’t remember any of them besides the hazelnut one. I like the nut resting on top of the chocolate, but I can’t remember if it was worth the money spent.

The chocolates were a little pricey, but their gift arrangements are really cute. I bought my mom these mini cupcake truffles that I gave to her for mothers day and honestly, I kind of wanted to keep them for myself. But don’t worry, I didn’t.

The cupcake truffles came in a cute little box and had assorted flavors like strawberry cheesecake, peanut butter, etc. My mom thought these were so cute, she almost didn’t eat them. Almost.

While I enjoyed my time spent in the bay thoroughly, I was ready to head home after downing some Mexican found near her home. Quick goodbyes were exchanged and pretty soon I was back in town. But I won’t lie, a part of me still wishes I could go back there to live, not only because I had a great time but because of all the little cafes and markets I saw that begged me to visit. Soon, I promise!

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May 18, 2008 - 8:36 am

Celine - I’m still in awe of the beautiful mini cupcake truffles, especially the white one with pink deco!

May 18, 2008 - 4:59 pm

Cakespy - Ooh, I am a fan of Moonstruck (they’re based pretty nearby, in Portland!). These are cute truffles!

May 19, 2008 - 6:23 pm

Angela - Damn, those mini truffle cupcakes are cute. How can you resist popping one in your mouth? And then to find them in one of the greatest cities in the world? Lucky duck, you!

May 20, 2008 - 8:16 am

kristina - Ah! It was Moonstruck in SF. Same chain though- they have truly wonderful stuff. I love and miss San Francisco. I’ve been lucky enough to visit twice and hope to go again soon. Lots of great food out there!

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