by Sharon Wee

After about 24 hours of traveling due to snow storms and delayed flights we finally arrived at San Francisco, exhausted but excited about the prospect of a new city and the start of our holiday.

Day 1: Headed down to Union Square and had a late lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. We’ve learned that the serving sizes here are big so we shared a lunch special and a cheesecake but sadly had to admit defeat halfway through our red velvet cheesecake. It was so delicious and I felt like I had committed a horrible crime by leaving some behind ๐Ÿ™

 
Hot caramel apple cider – YUM 
  
The seagulls were at least 3 times as big as the ones in Sydney! 
  
Stephanie’s Red Velvet Cheesecake. Dense, Rich and Delicious. 
 

Day 2: Headed to Fishermans Wharf and got to see some of the famous sea lions. They all looked so happy sun baking. We then biked across the Golden Gate Bridge which was exhausting but worthwhile… we were sore for a couple of days after though!

  
  
There is a bunch of heart sculptures around San Francisco to support the hospital.

 
Had lunch at In n Out… unfortunately we forgot to research the secret menu before we got there!

As seen on Full House ๐Ÿ™‚
Day 3: Discovered Alcatraz today, there was more walking and more hills. We eventually gave up and decided to take the tram home and got free financial advice from a homeless man lecturing the poor girl next to us.

 
This is the cell they use to put the super bad people. They would have to sit in there in the dark.

Day 4: Headed to Vancouver and wandered around the city and got to do some shopping.

Day 5: Discovered Granville Island, all the talented designers and the wonderful food. They had a food market with lots of cool new foods we had not seen before but have only heard of in cook books.

 
  
Beautiful chai tea at Agro Cafe

  
Salad with toasted almonds, feta, sun dried tomatoes and a light sweet dressing.

  
Lunch at Agro Cafe – a toasted turkey and cranberry sandwich on a deliciously crunchy organic sourdough with a side of yam fries.

 
The bright yellow Aurora apple we bought from the markets. Sadly it tastes just like a red apple. But it was still pretty!

At night we caught up with a old high school friend –  I had not seen him in over 10 years! So it was great catching up and he gave us a fantastic car tour of the city and Stanley Park.

Day 6: It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a week since we left. After some googling I found a patisserie near our hotel so we headed there in the morning. Ganache had so many amazing looking desserts (each one prettier than the next!) it was so hard for us to choose… And they tasted as good as they looked. 
 
Chocolat-Banane – dark chocolate mousse, caramelized bananas, praline crunch, hazelnut dacquoise

  
Here, you try some!

 
 To the right is the Chocolat Gingembre – milk chocolate ginger mascarpone cream, blood orange gelรฉe, dark chocolate praline crunch, chocolate madeleine biscuit

Being such a big Adriano Zumbo fan, I find that I now have such high standards when it comes to patisserie desserts. They not only have to look great but they also have to be unique in terms of flavour combination and I have been hard pressed to find anyone that I rate on the same level in Sydney. But Ganache is definitely on the same level, the creations are not so crazy and out there as Zumbo’s but they are different and unique and the ones we tried were delicious! Not to mention they also had lots of chocolates and cakes on display. I could just spend hours in this store ๐Ÿ™‚


 
  
  
  
Look at the macaron tower!

Tomorrow we are headed to Whitehorse where it is currently minus 10 degrees…. Hopefully we don’t freeze to bits!

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5 Comments on From San Francisco to Vancouver

  1. Kristy Sayer
    March 5, 2010 at 9:51 pm (8 years ago)

    It looks like your having a fantastic time ๐Ÿ™‚
    Great photos!

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  2. Jeremy
    March 6, 2010 at 8:47 pm (8 years ago)

    This is great, we can travel vicariously through you!

    Thanks for posting these, it’s great to follow your trip. Can’t wait to see vancouver and the rest of it…

    Ps. looks coldish!
    pps. those desserts look ok, but i like yours better

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  3. Phuoc'n Delicious
    March 8, 2010 at 4:47 am (8 years ago)

    Sharon, you look like you are having loads of fun over there! I still have to try red velvet cake; my Americans cousins are nagging me to have it. I’m just scared with all that food colouring lol

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  4. Rachel
    March 10, 2010 at 6:40 pm (8 years ago)

    Looks and sounds like you are having lots of fun! You were pretty close to me (I’m in WA state.) You should def. visit Portland, OR or Seattle, WA if you have never been, they have amazing desert places and they are fun cities with amazing culture.

    I would love to visit SF and Vancouver, BC….maybe someday. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

    ~Rachel

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  5. Sharon
    March 13, 2010 at 4:06 am (8 years ago)

    I am Kristy! Although I do miss home and the warm weather ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jeremy – it is cold :$ San Fran’s weather was a lot like Sydney in winter but Vancouver and Whitehorse was really windy! Still getting used to the large serving sizes tho!

    Phuoc – Red velvet is so good. Especially with cream cheese ๐Ÿ™‚ it does use quite a bit of red colouring but not as much as you’d think. I made some red velvet cream cheese cupcakes before I went on holiday and they were so yummy, so I’d highly recommending trying it!

    Rachel, I’ve never been to Portland but I did go to Seattle a couple of years ago with my parents. I didn’t really get to do much dessert exploring, but I do remember all the yummy fresh food at the markets. The scallops were as big as my palms and the avocados were as big as my hands!

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