sf // dandelion + song tea + japanese garden


Mom picks me up at home, and the pair of us head over to Valencia. As huge chocolate fans, nothing appeals to us more than the idea of grabbing breakfast at Dandelion Chocolate - which is precisely what we end up doing. I order the Frozen Hot Chocolate, and Mom the House Hot Chocolate. We also decide to split an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, just to get some solids in there, too. Bitter and creamy, the Frozen Hot Chocolate is my new obsession - after having had this drink, it's impossible to go back to having a Starbucks Frappuccino!


  

Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco


Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco

Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco

Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco

Both of us are in a very good mood (perhaps boosted by all that magnesium) as we take the bus to Fort Mason, where I plan on introducing Mom to the Sunday Farmer's Market. Once at our destination, I take us for a stroll through the park's community garden, before going down the long staircase that leads to the docks. We take in the vue of the Golden Gate Bridge, greet the seagulls, and go for a quick tour of the Mexican Museum, a small gallery displaying works by Mexican artists. We also visit Flax and the bookstore across from it, where we spend quite a bit of time browsing through the many vintage prints and maps for sale. Finally, we walk through the farmer's market, admiring its beautiful flowers and enticing fruits, veggies, breads, and even dumplings!







After leaving Fort Mason, we walk along Fillmore Street, whose increasing steepness takes us by surprise. It's also on Fillmore that we stumble upon Freda Salvador, a hip boot-ique (I just had to) that I know has been featured all over the SF blogosphere. A little further out, away from the increasingly mainstream shops and bustling brunch spots, we manage to find Song Tea & Ceramics, where I absolutely had to take Mom to. As its name suggests, this peaceful and minimalist concept store combines pottery and tea shop. In fact, we're greeted with samples of jasmine tea, served in beautiful, delicate cups. After having seen the price of the merchandise, though, I gently put down my cup in fear of breaking it!



Song Tea and Ceramics in San Francisco

Song Tea and Ceramics in San Francisco

Song Tea and Ceramics in San Francisco

Song Tea and Ceramics in San Francisco

Song Tea and Ceramics in San Francisco

We're so close to Japantown it would be ridiculous not to take mom to Japan Center (currently one of my favorite spots in the city). After fueling up on onigiri and curry eaten on Peace Plaza, we immerse ourselves in the fantastic magazine and DIY sections at the Kinokuniya bookstore. Mom buys a little embroidery book to get inspiration for her own creations. We also drop by the stationary store Maido, which happens to have a nice selection of stamps.

Our lovely day ends in Golden Gate Park. We arrive just in time to go to the top of the de Young tower, which offers a 360 view of the city. There are so many photos to be taken that we don't know where to begin! We then visit the Japanese Tea Garden, a zen haven full of bonsai trees (cute!), bamboo, and koi fish (ew!).

Peace Plaza Pagoda in Japantown, San Francisco

de Young Museum Tower in San Francisco



Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

1 comment:

  1. It looks like you & your mom have had a lovely time visiting together! Please give her my best. ��
    We miss having you here in MTL but San Francisco looks like a great city to live in! Hugs Victoire!
    PS I don't often comment but I enjoy keeping up with your adventures and regularly read your blog updates. Thank you for posting! ❤️

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