Tag: San Francisco

lululemon Tuesday Top 5 (7/30/19)

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Here are my favorites from this week’s new product drop:

Stronger as One Ribbed Tank lululemon X Barry’s in Midnight Maroon: This top was actually new last week, but I’m cheating and including it in this week’s Top 5 (it’s my blog, ok. fight me.) I was in San Francisco last week with the Barry’s Bootcamp collab line was released and visited two of the lululemon stores there. I picked up this tank in Midnight Maroon at the Union Street store on Tuesday morning and wore it on Wednesday with black jean shorts. I love this tank and will probably order the Black one too. It’s a slightly more close to the body fit, but it does fit true to size. ($58)

Tracker Short V 4″ in Incognito Camo Multi Gator Green: The Tracker has been one of the top three most popular shorts this summer. The 4″ inseam offers a little extra coverage and the leg hole is more relaxed, leaving room for those #quadgoals. There’s a built-in continuous drawstring so it doesn’t get lost in the wash and a pocket big enough to hold a key, ID and a credit card. ($58)

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San Fran Day #5: Muir Woods

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Today was probably my favorite activity out of everything we did in San Fran (although the walking tour of Chinatown is a close second thanks to our informative yet very funny guide Linda).

Since we didn’t get to go to Yosemite on this trip as planned (biggest bummer of my life), this was the only outdoorsy thing we did and it was the highlight of the trip for me … so I (kindabutnotreally) apologize for how many pictures of trees you’re about to scroll through.

If you’re in the market to see giant trees, there are a few different options in Cali. Although they’re usually just called “redwoods,” there are two different species – the coast redwood and the giant sequoias.

So what’s the difference?

Giant sequoias only grow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Cali’s eastern border. They’re the largest living things on Earth, reaching 280 feet tall and 23 feet across (although the largest of them are closer to 300 ft tall and 30 ft across!). The oldest giant sequoias are around 3,000 years old. You can find these massive trees in three groves in Yosemite – Mariposa Grove, Merced Grove and Tuolumne Grove. You can also head to Sequoia National Park, the home of the largest living organism on the planet by volume: the (est.) 2,000-year-old General Sherman. We did not get to see giant sequoias on this trip.

We did get to see coast redwoods. Although they don’t usually get as wide as the giant sequoias, coast redwoods are the tallest trees on the planet. The tallest one, located in Redwood National Forest, is 380 ft tall — that’s as tall as a 37-story building! Like sequoias, these trees also live thousands of years. Try to imagine that. Thousands of years. What’s even more mind-blowing is that coast redwoods as a species have been on the planet for more than 240 million years (like, they were around when dinosaurs existed). Along with Muir Woods and Redwood National Forest, you can find these trees in Humboldt Redwoods State Park and Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

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San Fran Day #4: Chinatown, Full House house, Golden Gate Bridge, Sunset Sail in the Bay

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2-Hour Walking Tour of Chinatown + Dim Sum Lunch

We started today with a walking tour of Chinatown. We booked this through Viatour and although I knew the girls would be really excited about it, I didn’t have very high expectations. I’ve done walking tours before and have thought they were OK, but they were never something I’d rave about. I was pleasantly surprised with this tour and would definitely recommend it! Our tour guide Linda grew up in Chinatown and was able to offer an authentic viewpoint of what life is like for the residents. She was very funny and I laughed a lot on this tour! As an added bonus, I had multiple “Linda listen” flashbacks during her stories.

We started the tour with some brief history on how the Chinese ended up in California in the first place, then we walked over to a store that sells herbal remedies and fills herbal prescriptions. We had been running late this morning and weren’t able to stop for coffee (end of the world stuff here, y’all) and I was DELIGHTED to find canned iced coffee at this small herbal store; it tasted like a store-bought Starbucks Frappucino which was just fine with me. I also picked out a couple herbal soup remedies to bring back home and try out. In the picture on the right, below, you’ll see prescriptions that are being filled.

The next stop on the tour: a Chinese temple. The Ma-Tsu Temple is built in honor of Ma-Tsu (or Mazu), a Chinese sea goddess revered for protecting the lives of fisherman and sailors and, today, travelers of all kinds. Ma-Tsu translates to “Maternal Ancestor” or “Mother”. The golden columns you see in the pictures below hold the names of worshippers who have purchased a spot in her temple, and with it protection during travels, for the year.

The final picture you see below is from our third stop, a fortune cookie factory. Maybe surprisingly, the only country that doesn’t serve fortune cookies with Chinese food is … China, according to Linda. She informed us that the first modern version of the fortune cookie was served in the U.S. in the 1890s or early 1900s by Makoto Hagiwara of the Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden (which we visited and I wrote about on our first day in SF). Sometime around WWII, fortune cookies evolved from a Japanese-American dominated tradition to a Chinese-American one.

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San Fran Day #3: Lombard Street, lululemon, Union Square, fancy family dinner

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I had originally planned today as our Yosemite day, however that plan quickly changed last night as Ruben started imagining himself driving the roughly 5 hours to Yosemite Valley or Glacier Point. So, instead, we took the opportunity to slow our pace and play the day by ear. We stopped at Lombard Street for an IG photoshoot, walked around Union Square, checked out a couple lululemon stores & hit a few restaurants.

Lombard Street

Our big touristy activity today was going to the curvy part of Lombard Street in the Russian Hill neighborhood for a full-on IG photoshoot. The girls were all over the place taking pictures from different angles and trying out different poses. There were tons of tourists also there for pictures so you had to be patient and take turns in certain spots, but the view was definitely worth it. After everyone was pictured out, we got into the car and drove down the big curvy hill just to say we did it.

[ OOTD: Target sweater + Jeans + Sunglasses + Jessica Simpson Catcher wedge ankle booties]

Food Rundown

I cannot stress enough how much I recommend breakfast at Fred’s Coffee Shop in Sausilito! It was amazing! The ambience is nothing special, it’s very casual with large round tables and a stammtisch vibe. Oh wait, you don’t know what stammtisch is? Weird. Ok, I didn’t either, but there’s a bulletin board on the wall at Fred’s with an explanation of the German word and lots of pictures of regular customers. I ordered The Swedish, which I thought was going to be a sandwich but was more like an open face sandwich: 2 over-medium eggs and a burger patty stacked on top of three pieces of toast. I also ordered a side of Fred’s Sweet Bacon — HOLY COW. This stuff is three times thicker than traditional bacon, sprinkled with red and black pepper, brown sugar and red pepper flakes and then baked for 2.5+ hours. Best bacon I’ve ever had, hands down.

We were in the Union Square area around lunchtime, so after a quick Yelp search, we walked over to Tropisueño Mexican Kitchen, an “order-at-the-counter and sit down with your number” type place. I ordered a Super Taco with carne asada and a Baja Fish taco. The carne asada taco was ok, but form the meat description on the menu I was expecting steak rather than the ground beef I was served. The Baja Fish taco was a pleasant surprise – the fish serving was large and the house slaw was tasty.

The kids really wanted to dress up for a dinner, so tonight was our “fancy” family dinner night. Dani did some research for places close to our Airbnb and picked Piazza D’Angelo in Mill Valley. Sadly, the food was hit or miss. Two of us ordered the Fettuccine Funghi e Pancetta and I think everyone loved it; I cleaned my plate. The Tortelloni Della Casa was also a table favorite. Ruben ordered the Fettuccine Bolognese and he liked it, although I was just ehhh about it. One of the girls ordered the Ravioli (I don’t remember the full name), but it wasn’t very good.

[ The dress I’m wearing above is the lululemon Here to There Dress. I’ve worn this LBD for many events and always get a ton of compliments! Plus it has pockets, ladies! Everyone is always surprised to learn it’s from lululemon. Shoes: Target’s Ema High Block Heel Pumps in Black]

lululemon x2

Anytime we go on a trip, I always look up the closest lululemon stores and try to squeeze it into our itinerary. There are three stores in pretty close vicinity to one another in San Fran and we were able to hit up two of them: lululemon Union Street & lululemon Grant Ave. I should’ve taken pics in the stores so y’all could see how the layouts and displays or in front of the stores just for fun, but it didn’t cross my mind at the time. <<womp womp>> I’m always excited when stores have newer display fixtures and different product than my store (nerd alert, I know). Both stores we visited got the Barry’s Bootcamp collab product and the Grant Ave store had the intimates display fixtures and products. I tried on a couple of the bralettes and my favorite was the Simply Strappy Bralette although I didn’t pull the trigger to buy it just yet.

I did buy the Stronger as One Ribbed Tank lululemon X Barry’s in Midnight Maroon, the Muscle Love Crop Tank in Grey Sage and the Breeze By Muscle Crop Tank in Dark Olive. I already had the Muscle Love Crop Tank in a couple colors and the Breeze By Muscle Crop Tank in one other color — I love both of these styles and they both sell out SO FAST, so I jumped on it when I saw they were the last of their kind in the store there too.