I’ve officially been in California for 3 weeks now! It still feels surreal but we are adjusting and still settling in as far as getting our apartment set up. I’m so happy with the neighborhood and apartment we ended up with (after looking at 26+ apartments). When you live in a neighborhood with the name “Heights” in it, what it really means is HILLS! It’s about a 15 minute walk down to get a cup of coffee but about 30 minutes uphill on the way home. The payoff? The views are insane. If you’re following along on Instastories or Snap (both usernames: bostonalamode) then you’ve gotten a sneak peak by now. Anyways, the neighborhood alone is so much fun to explore with its beautiful pastel colored homes and charming coffee shops. Fortunately, we have our car here (since we drove it cross country, more about that in another post!) so we’ve been able to explore lots of areas already!
We were lucky enough to be invited by some of our close friends to go out on a 50 ft sailboat a couple weekends ago. We spent the entire day out on the boat and sailed over to Angel Island, drank some beers, hiked 5 miles, and watched the sunset on the way home. Such amazing 360 views over there.
So there are tons of ways that SF is different than Boston so here are a few of noticed so far-
EVERYONE has a dog. And they’re always off leash! It’s so crazy- you will see the owner and then the dog walking 50 yards in front of it just waiting at a cross light. So adorable. There are tons of dog parks and lots of dog friendly restaurants and bars.
Recycling is a huge deal and so is composting. I’m used to recycling but composting? eeeek. so. many. fruit flies. If anyone has any tips to comply with the composting rule and not be totally grossed out- leave them below! : )
This is kind of a weird one but when you go grocery shopping or to places like Target the checkout counter is super short. I noticed that most people only buy a handful of things. And then there’s me. Goes to target for a lamp, walks out with eyelashes, a bench, candles, seltzer, vases, and new pillows. This is probably because most people get delivery via apps. Also, they charge for plastic bags, so we learned to BYOB very quickly!
There literally is an app for everything! Dry cleaning, booze delivery, condom delivery (!?), weed delivery, one that valets your car from anywhere in the city. One that I’ve been using often is Mr.Chilly- since SF has multiple microclimates this one tells you the temp in every neighborhood. Sprig delivers healthy, local ingredient filled, ready to eat meals to your door for under $15. Roaming Hunger shows you were all the food trucks are (and there are SO many, more about that below). I read an article recently that said that SF is like a playground for generation Y and one of those reasons is it’s hugely convenient.
Food in SF is leggggit. If you read an earlier post about one of my last trips to SF, you know that I already scoped out some favorite spots. The city may only be 7×7 miles but it is packed with an insane amount of creative restaurants, cool bars, and food trucks. One of my favorite spots already is the Off the Grid food truck fest, which happens in multiple locations during the week. It has over 25 food trucks, a beer and wine tent, craft cocktail area, and live music! Total fat kid city. The people of SF do not mind to wait in long lines to get the perfect IG pic of the PB&J cruffin from Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. Sadly enough, we have not had burritos yet but don’t you worry- I’m still doing some research. My phone currently consists of 100+ screenshots from IG of places I want to try. I will definitely be writing another post dedicated to SF food.
We’ve already met some new friends, gotten an oil change, and went to a Pat’s bar, so you could say were moving along swimmingly! Visitors welcome!