Warning: This post will be a little longer than what I plan for future posts because I decided to blog four weeks after starting my new life in SF.
I moved about one month ago to SF, and wow, it sure is different from my med school home in New York City. Visually, the city just seemed so short. I was used to the shadows cast by high-rises in Manhattan, and now I have so much sunlight (or fog) to work with!
Day 1: Dinner is expensive here
My first night in SF, my roommate and I went to an Italian restaurant in a trendy alley in the Financial District. I learned an average dinner in SF easily costs $30-something. Now on a mission to find cheap food.
Day 3: Hiking
My long plane ride to California felt worthwhile after I saw this view. Definitely going back!
Week 2: More touring
I visited the Painted Ladies, saw the Palace of the Fine Arts, and made an obligatory trip to Sushirrito! I feel like Sushirrito is such a popular place you can Google a photo of the food there. So I will show you this:
Week 3: Make new friends
When my schedule cleared, I realized I had a lot of free time to hang out with friends! Except I didn't have as many friends in SF proper as I thought I would know. Many live in Redwood City, San Jose, Palo Alto, etc. AKA places I need a car to get to. As a public transportation dependent semi-New Yorker, I realized I should make some friends in SF proper.
Luckily, I have an old high school buddy Taotao I reconnected with!
Taotao (my friend who is so warm and generous!) introduced me to this amazing and budget friendly Southern place called Brenda's Soul Food. Entrees are typically under $20! Here shown are crawfish, apple pie, and two other beignets I can't remember. Take home message: they are good.
End of week 3: Smackdown
My friend Steve and his buddies introduced me to a WWE-style smackdown event called Hoodslam in Oakland, CA. Someone has yet to articulate to me what a smackdown is.
Week 4: Guess where
Those beignets from above were on the brunch menu. These are the dinner options, including cheddar grits and chicken curry. Nom. My friend Jet and I ended up here because his favorite pho place Pho 2000 was closed for one week. Will have to make a trip back for pho.
Perseid meteor shower:
This was one time when I really appreciated SF's proximity to low light pollution outdoorsy areas. I don't have photos because I don't have a good enough camera or lens to capture the stars. All I can say is the lights flashing in the sky were beautiful. Thanks Jet!