Vegan Adventures in San Francisco

August 21, 2013

Alan and I took a road trip last weekend up to California’s Bay Area. Although we primarily visited family just outside San Francisco, we had plenty of time for some vegan adventures that I thought I would share in a photo journal.

Saturday’s highlight was going into SF; I especially love visiting the Ferry Building:

At the Ferry Building

One of my favorite vendors is Far West Fungi:

Mushrooms at the Ferry Building

This is the only type of lobster I’ll consider eating now:

Lobster mushrooms

The farmers’ market was happening outside and I had so much fun ogling the summer produce:

Summer produce at the farmers' market

Farmers' market produce


Tokyo turnips

Tomatoes at the market

The flowers were out of control:

Flowers at the farmers' market

Dahlias are my absolute favorite:

Dahlias at the farmers' market

The only thing more beautiful than the flowers was this lady, Gena from Choosing Raw (you can read about her trip in this post):

Carrie and Gena

Gena and I got snacks at the market and had time to catch up before she had to leave for the airport. I had a fresh juice, the “Octet”:

Fresh green juice

After bidding farewell to Gena and the market, Alan and I headed over to the incomparable Gracias Madre in the Mission district for lunch:

Gracias Madre sign

I had the soft taco combo plate with greens, mushrooms, and plantains, topped with cashew cream and served with refried beans:

Taco combo plate

We had a service issue, so dessert was complimentary. Vegan flan and chocolate cake with housemade coconut ice cream – what a feast!

Desserts at Gracias Madre

Sunday was equally fun. I had the chance to meet fellow blogger and new friend Kimmy at the Dish Hike in Palo Alto:

Kimmy and Carrie

Brunch included a Basil Pesto Tofu Scramble and a Veganized Huevos Rancheros at the Plant Cafe (I subbed quinoa for the bread to make it gluten-free):

Brunch at Plant Cafe

Alan and I hit the road on Monday morning to come home. Lunch was a wonderful meal from the “Health Starts Here” section at Whole Foods: kale salad topped with lemon quinoa and roasted garlic garbanzo beans, eaten with a nectarine from the farmers’ market:

Whole Foods salad

Oh my goodness, what a fun weekend that was and included all my favorite things in life: friends, family, food, shopping, hiking, and eating. Even though I was ready to come home and get back to my routine, I suppose you could say that I left a piece of my heart, well, you know where:

Bay Bridge in San Francisco


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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Nina August 21, 2013 at 9:09 am

That looks like a fantastic trip to San Fran! I used to live there, so Thank you for sharing! I’ve been wanting to eat at Gracias Madre. This summer it became “Cafe Gratitude” and “Crossroads Kitchen” in Los Angeles instead where I got to meet Tal Ronnen.

Health & Happiness, UrbanVeganChic


Carrie August 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Hi Nina! Thanks for the note! I am super excited to try Crossroads Kitchen. I just read the review in VegNews and plan to visit the next time I’m in LA. How exciting that you got to meet Tal! :)


Suzanne @ hello, veggy! August 21, 2013 at 9:11 am

Looks as though you had a great time! It’s great that there are so many vegan options during your travel!


Carrie August 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Hi Suzanne! Oh yes, San Francisco is a great city for vegans. :)


Amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler August 21, 2013 at 9:26 am

Oy — of course I read this during lunchtime. Now I’m REALLY hungry! All of that looks SO GOOD. And gosh, I am a sucker for a good farmers market.


Carrie August 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Glad you enjoyed my re-cap and food porn, Amanda. :)


Tami@NutmegNotebook August 21, 2013 at 11:09 am

Well Carrie we nearly crossed paths in SF this past weekend! We also ate at The Plant Café and loved it. I wanted to try Gracias Madre but we didn’t have time to make it there. It’s on my list for the next trip. It’s difficult to resume real life after a nice trip away!


Carrie August 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Hi Tami! I didn’t mention this, but I actually ate at the Plant Cafe outside the city (in Burlingame). But, I’ve been to the one on Pier 3, I love the atmosphere at that location. I agree, it’s hard to get back to normal life after a vacation, even just a short one.


Alex @ Delicious Knowledge August 21, 2013 at 11:10 am

Isn’t SF just the best!? You went to my favorite places, the ferry building farmers market is so incredible. A little more pricey than other markets in the area, but the variety cannot be beat. Those lobster mushrooms look amazing! Gracias Madre is one of my must-stops whenever we head into the city. Glad you had a good time!


Carrie August 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Thanks for the note, Alex. :)


Lauren (@PoweredbyPB) August 21, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Oh this is making me want to go back to SF so badly. One of my favourite places! Love the ferry building, and Gracias Madre is amazing!!


Carrie August 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

Agreed!!! :)


Steve Prussack August 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm

They got me soooo hungry! Beautiful pics. The juice looks delicious too!

VegWorld Magazine


Carrie August 22, 2013 at 11:28 am

Hi Steve, thanks for the note! You’re one of my heroes and you kind of just blew my mind with your comment. :)


abb August 21, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Hi, Carrie. I, too, was at the Ferry Plaza on Saturday! Met up with some (non-vegan) family at a (non-vegan) restaurant, so I had my beans, hummus, and no-oil dressing with me, and it worked great. Ate at Cafe Gratitude in Berkeley the next day, chowing down on my favorite “I Am Fulfilled” salad. Love seeing your recap!


Carrie August 22, 2013 at 11:28 am

Hi! Oh darn, that’s too bad we missed each other!!! Wow, it was so crowded though, I had a hard time getting through the crowds. I’m envious that you got to Cafe Gratitude. I intend to get to the Berkeley location on my next trip. Thanks for the note. :)


Jeanne August 22, 2013 at 5:43 am

Hi Carrie!
Your pictures always make me hungry. I have to ask, what do those “lobster” mushrooms taste like? Carrie, you look so good and peaceful.



Carrie August 22, 2013 at 11:27 am

Hi Jeanne! Well, I have to admit, I did not buy any of those mushrooms since I was far from home. Also, I think they might have been a little too pricey for me. :) But, aren’t they neat looking? Thank you for the sweet words. Hugs back.


kimmythevegan August 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Sounds like you had a great time here =) That’s so great you got to see Gena – I would love to meet her sometime.
All the food looks so good! I think I got the same thing as you the time I went to Gracias Madre… yummy.
It was SO GREAT meeting you lady! Thank you for taking the time out for a hike with me =)


Carrie August 26, 2013 at 7:06 am

We should meet at GM next time, Kimmy (after a big hike, of course). I didn’t know you are training for a half-marathon…you go, girl! :)


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