I’ve always wanted to drive down State Rt 1 (Pacific Coastal Highway). I arrived at SFO a weekend ahead of a client meeting. Right after landing, I rented a car and jetted down south. I had alot of things on my mind so I wanted to just drive, drive, and drive with no destination in sight. Talia had suggested I check out Big Sur and I figured I’d drive there or until sunset. I’m not the type who typically “wings” it. This drive was so liberating. It was 70 degrees and with the windows down and the music cranking beyond loud, I drove until something tickled my fancy. Man, I wished I had Californication on my phone.

I stopped a couple of times- I spotted a taqueria, spied an organic strawberry picking field, and then signs for 5lb for $1 navel oranges. It was hard not to get distracted by the many things State Rt. 1 had to offer. Alas, Big Sur was too far away but, I ended up at Carmel by the Sea in Monterey where I then hopped on the 17 mile scenic drive. As the sun was setting, I gathered my running shoes and ran down the coast for the last hurrah. I spent the way back driving in darkness before I landed upon another taqueria in Santa Cruz. The day after, Esther took me around SF to Lands End, Twin Peaks, and some good eats. Scroll to the end for the places and recos.

Thanks California for the much needed break. I’ll see you in June.

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Good Eats:

El Gran Amigo Tacqueria
2448 Cabrillo Highway
Moss Beach, CA 94038
Cheap booze but too much shredded lettuce on the tacos

Swanton Berry Farm
Website
25 Swanton Rd
Davenport, CA 95017
A super cute little farm where everything goes by the honor system. You pick your own strawberries, weigh them and pay in this little cash till. Plus free and unlimited jam tastings with animal crackers! 

Taqueria La Cabana
2332 Mission St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Cheap booze here too and their chicharron taco is one of the best tacos I’ve ever laid my tastebuds on

Machine Coffee
Website
1024 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Latte a tad bit overpriced and underwhelming compared to NYC shops

Biscuit Bender
Website
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94105
Absolutely delicious biscuits…. but super filling. So filling I only had half and remembered to eat the other half a week later 🙁 

Foreign Cinema
Website
2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
Amazing brunch and the best sticky bun. Love the ambiance too

Aziza (not pictured)
Website
5800 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121
Michelin Star restaurant, Moroccan inspired food. Am I a food snob? I was a bit underwhelmed. $22 cous cous was the best dish. Skip the short ribs, fish, and chicken wings. NYC has got me spoiled.