My husband and I don’t have much money to take vacations, so we take our vacations by piggie backing when one of us has to go to a conference.

My husband had a conference in San Francisco, so I tagged along.  Best of all, there was a festival related to my freelance writing the same weekend, so I was able to deduct the cost of my plane ticket.  Win win.

There was only my fear of flying getting in the way.  Despite my slight flying paranoia, we boarded the plane Tuesday evening to fly to San Francisco.  The flight was smooth, and we were in our hotel by 9 p.m.

We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, and it was hands down the nicest hotel I have stayed in before.  The bed was so comfortable!  I wished I could take it home with me.  The staff was very accommodating and gave me a microwave so I could try to cook food in the hotel room.

Seeing a Few of The Sights in San Francisco

We didn’t get to do a lot in San Francisco because we had a busy schedule and money is tight since Murphy came to visit and we are trying to pay down debt, but what we did get to see we enjoyed.

We took the trolley down to Fisherman’s Wharf and walked around and took pictures, and we watched the old fashioned way Ghiradelli made chocolate years ago.

Other than that, our days were pretty booked with our conferences and work.  However, after starving there for a day and a half, finding a decent restaurant to accommodate my food intolerances became a necessity.  Luckily, we found two great ones.

Two Gluten Free, Allergy Friendly Restaurants

I used Yelp to look for gluten free restaurants, figuring those restaurants would be more likely to accommodate all of my food intolerances, and I was right.

Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant

Not only was Minako, the owner, extremely accommodating and consciencious of my food issues, she also took me to the back of the restaurant to meet the chef who was also her mother.  There, Minako asked me to verify my intolerances with her mother so the food would be done correctly, and it was.

Beyond their accommodations, the food was delicious and unique.  Rather than white sushi rice seasoned with vinegar and mirin, Minako serves rice that is seasoned with molasses.  My husband said the food tasted like a homestyle Japanese restaurant in Japan.

We went there two nights in a row, and the last night, I bought another full meal so I would have something to eat before we left for the airport.

Scoma’s Restaurant

When we went to Fisherman’s Wharf, we had lunch at Scoma’s.  While this restaurant was pricey and seemed to cater to an older clientele, the server was very thorough, and after she placed my order, the chef came to our table to verify everything to make sure he made my dish correctly.  What service!

Even though it was expensive, the portions were so large that I had enough to bring back to the hotel for another meal.

My husband got the three course lunch and had fresh bread, soup, a seafood pasta salad and a decadent chocolate dessert.

We would love to go back to San Francisco some time when we have more time and money to see all of the touristy sights.

Have you been to San Francisco?  If so, what was your favorite thing to do?

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