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Sweet Treats in San Francisco

This past Memorial Day weekend was spent with Jared in San Francisco. This is one of my favorite cities on the West Coast. It doesn’t matter how many times I visit I always enjoy my time there. This visit included new stops and some old favorites. Jared has shared about our first brewery stop at Southern Pacific Brewery.

Saturday am, our first stop was at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, that can be found in the Nob Hill area. I had done some research and learned that the bakehouse opens at 8am and there is usually a line before the door opens. This is true! We waited at the door and the crowd seemed to gather. We chatted with a local that comes daily to pick 12 fresh pastries for his coffee shop. Mr. Holmes has become famous over his cruffin, a mix between the croissant and muffin, but these require standing in a different line and they are not served until 9am.

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I got baked in San Francisco. So many pastries. We picked four different treats to try. The churro croissant, blue cheese bacon danish, monkey bread, and one of the donuts of the day that had pineapple filling. Mr. Holmes is take out only so we gathered our pastries and took them back to the hotel room. Delish! I should mention, once they sell out the shop closes for the day.

IMG_7677.jpgMy favorite coffee of all time is Blue Bottle Coffee, which has head quarters in Oaklyn. A previous boss told me to check it out on my first visit to San Francisco and it was love at first sip! Even though Blue Bottle Coffee locations are growing this is a special treat for me in California. The long distance love affair continues as bringing the freshly roasted beans home to grind take me back to the West Coast every time I make a cup.

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Finally, one treat that isn’t actually food, a stop at the Timbuk2 factory outlet store! Timbuk2 bags are made in San Fran, established by a former bike messenger. All bags are backed with a lifetime warranty, this bag will probably outlive me!

Take me back to the city by the bay.

xo

Leann

 

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Sports Basement

I have to be completely honest most big box sports stores are a complete disappointment to me. I spend time researching and looking at reviews for quality versus price of swim, bike, and running gear. I like to support smaller companies that tend to be a little more creative than the conglomerates. Being a women seems to make it even a little more difficult. I’ve seen enough shirts that say run like a girl. (Insert eye roll here).

Recently I have been looking for a store that will carry equipment for swimming, biking, and running all under one roof. Trust me it’s more difficult that it sounds. In my google search I came across Sports Basement “Best Brands. Basement Prices. “ Only downfall it’s in the San Francisco area. Well crew scheduling couldn’t have sent me to the West Coast faster and I couldn’t have been happier.


Sports Basement has 7 stores in the Northern Cali area. All the time I’ve been going out to SFO I have been missing this store. In fact, on my run out to Hopper’s Hands I decided to change my normal route just a tad and there out pops Sports Basement on Old Mason Street. I planned my run out specifically to end when the store opens promptly at 9am.

img_3435Walking through those doors and seeing the selection of clothing and gear was exhilarating! I literally did not know where to start!!! Prices were amazing! The selection of clothing and gear was insane. I grabbed a ton of stuff and even ended up joining their basementeer program. For a one time fee of $25, good for my lifetime I would receive 10% off all of my purchases. This was a no brainer!

I will share just a few of the things I picked out! I’m sure the stock must change pretty frequently so I wouldn’t count on things always being consistent.

Rickshaw Bags– made in SFO. This bag usually retails for $15. It was marked as $12. There are many different prints to chose from.

Sugoi running/cycling skirt normally would cost me around $55 retailed at $25.

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Twin Six a cycling company from Minnesota! Finally a cute bike shirt for a female!

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I even picked out a Sports Basement cycling kit. I was so excited about it I had to try it on back in my hotel room. I’m ready for spring on the East Coast!

Sports Basement you did not disappoint in the slightest! I’m looking forward to coming back on my future trips. Maybe I will even be able to take a class or go on a group ride or run with the Sports Basement staff!

Catch me if you can!

xo

Leann


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Find Your Happy Pace

I had so much going on during the weekend and it just seemed to overflow in to the week! I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already! I want to share some of the fun and not so fun stuff that has been going on that has kept my pace steady!


Saturday I went home to NJ to get a 8 mile run in with my Mom. My family lives on the Delaware River so besides it already being cold the wind did not help! So we really got some great resistence training. ( I know awesome shot of our new Momentum bracelets!!)

Saturday night Jared and I went to see a new play that was premiering in Philadelphia and it was even written by a Philly playwright! The play was called Sh*theads! I know a little crued and the language was like that in most of the play. The premise of the show was about a local bike shop trying to compete to stay in business with larger corporations which we see in our every day lives. It was entertaining ย (we both try to support local as much as we can) and the really cool part of it was it was at the Azuka Theatre where you pay as you wish, just give a donation. What a great way to be able to take in more shows! I would highly recommend the show and I would check out another show through the Azuka Theatre again!ย 

On top of running around, seeing family and friends- I am in a class working on chapter 1 and 2 of my dissertation. This week a rough draft of chapter 2-the literature review was due. When chapter 2 is finished it will be between 30-50 pages. The whole process is very exciting, nerve wrecking, and stressful. It’s one day at a time, one foot in front of the other and trying not to fall down along the way.

Monday morning rolls around and I was putting the final touches on my draft of chapter 2 and I was #2 on the list of flight attendants to be called out. Well RING RING RING- crew scheduling calls with a three day trip allowing me to escape the snow that is about to hit Philly and the rest of the Northeast. Where am I headed- long San Francisco layover and a long Atlanta layover. Ok! Win for me!!


San Francisco is one of my favorite places to run! I love the energy from all the other bikers and runners. The runners and bikers seem so dedicated as you can always find people out there exercising no matter what the weather. I love that kind of dedication. I got up early Tuesday morning to run to Hopper’s Hands. If you run out to Fort Point which is pretty much directly under the Golden Gate Bridge you will find a plaque of Hopper’s Hands. This is a turn around point for many runners. Hopper is an iron worker that repairs the beautiful bridge, also helping to talk people down from committing suicide. Hopper knew about this turn around point for runners and saw them touching this fence so for some inspiration took it on himself to put up a copy of his hands to give a high five! Thanks Hopper! You are awesome! Thank you for your encouragement and showing others life is not a dead end, there’s always a point you can turn around!


Never give up!

Xo

Leann