It's the thing I love about Northern California: just when you feel like summer's come and gone, in comes a blast of heat and a last chance to don a pair of sandals and shorts. Yesterday was that day; warm and sunny with the Blue Angels flying overhead and festivals and food galore.
We started our day with brunch at Brenda's French Soul Food in the Tenderloin (a bit of a rough neighborhood with ample parking, for good reason of course.) The wait for a table was long - about an hour - but worth it when the shrimp and grits, croque monsieur and beignets showed up. The next stop, Red Brick Studio in the Mission and just one gallery taking part in the month-long SF Open Studios event.
After a few other studio visits we headed to Bi-Rite creamery for dessert in the form of ice cream (Malted Vanilla with Peanut Brittle) before dinner at Ragazza. Ragazza capped off the day with a pork belly/farro/arugula appetizer and pancetta-topped pizza margherita.
All in all, a fun-filled playday which erased all thoughts of my long "to-do" list waiting at home and transported me back into the lazy, warm days of summer.