A week ago I travelled back to my old stomping grounds in San Francisco to discover a few new places that I had heard about or discovered on line. I wanted to share a few of these with you. First stop on our first day full day was “Gracias Madre” (Thank you Mother) which is located in the Mission District, about two stops from downtown on Bart (the metro).
I had heard about Gracias Madre from a friend in Los Angeles and I wasn’t disappointed. Check out some of the food that we ordered:
Gracias Madre got packed after one o’clock on Saturday afternoon. The tables are long and can fit six people, so my guy and I ended up sharing our table with two women from Israel and had a talk with them about being plant-based vegan. I realize that the food at this restaurant wasn’t all “plant-based approved”, but it was vegan! On our way to the restaurant we discovered this treasure on a building where construction is being done.
Saturday evening I had made reservations for us to go to a five star vegan restaurant that I had discovered online called “Millennium”. We could not get seated till 9:30 pm, but trust me, it was SO worth the wait! The place was packed and there were people of all ages eating in the restaurant. The waiter that I ordered our drinks from was super friendly! On my second trip to the bar, he said to me, “This one is on me!” Wow! The photos, however, that I took, sadly did not turn out so well, but let me tell you, if you’re in San Francisco and you want gourmet vegan food, you must make Millennium a priority! The service was top notch! Here’s an inside, day time shot of the place (not taken by me).
Sunday, we headed to Greens for brunch. It’s a vegetarian restaurant in the Marina that I had eaten at several times when I lived in the city. Here are a few snapshots from our Sunday morning brunch:
On Saturday day, I was surprised to see one of my favorite Barcelona stores in San Francisco, namely Desigual! Did I shop? You betcha! I got a new faux leather jacket, which is well designed and very well made, plus a couple of new dresses, a purse, plus the sweater that I’m wore for brunch at Greens is from Desigual (see photo further up)! If you’re a visual person like me and enjoy fun colors and patterns…somewhat out of the sixties…this store will definitely appeal to you!
We stayed at the Palace Hotel downtown San Francisco and the service there was just excellent! At breakfast, when our waiter found out that I’m a plant-based vegan, he said, “I’d be happy to go back and steam up some fresh vegetables for you!” Incredible, no?! Despite being right, almost in the heart of downtown and facing the street – the room that we got was incredibly quiet and the whole place is very elegant! You feel like you’re being brought back in time…at least for a little while.