On the way home from Big Basin State Park, I stopped by Half Moon Bay, another well-known place not too far away from San Francisco that I’ve been waiting to visit. There’s supposed to be amazing surfing at Half Moon Bay, but I’m not a surfer so I decided to go and visit the small town center that is Half Moon Bay. It was a quaint little place with some neat local shops. They even boast that their downtown shops are very unique! One of these unique places is San Benito Deli, which serves up sandwiches and that’s pretty much it (aside from one soup and pre-made salads). We decided to try their sandwiches, which are supposed to be delicious thanks to their homemade bread. Well, I would agree … they are delicious! Yum! I was a little disappointed they had run out of their specialty bread of the day though: Olive Walnut, so we could only choose from French Bread or Wheat. Even still, if you ever find yourself randomly in Half Moon Bay’s quaint downtown, I would totally stop by San Benito’s and get yourself a sandwich!


Welcome!


Ordering in this tiny shop


Egg and Avocado sandwich on French Bread


Egg and Avocado sandwich with Jack cheese on Wheat Bread


Half Moon Bay

Big Basin State Park has been on my list of places to go camping and hiking for about a year now. I finally got a chance to go on a quick weekend trip there and was super excited. As you know, it’s been raining like a mother in California for many months now, which means the streams, rivers, and waterfalls have been engorged. This meant the waterfalls along the Lower Berry Creek Falls Trail (the 10-mile hike I was looking forward to) was going to be amazing. Alas, also due to rain and storm winds, the trail was closed! I was so disappointed! I did end up finding some other trails that were open so I did end up seeing at least one waterfall: Sempervirens Falls. Even still, hanging out under Coastral Redwood trees is always pretty enjoyable anyway.

A redwood photo adventure:

I’ve apparently been spending a lot of my eating out times in the Mission lately. It’s just so easy to get to the Mission from my new apartment now (literally there’s a bus stop outside my window). My friend is visiting the states from Malaysia so we met up in the Mission and explored Mission Dolores Park for awhile before heading over to Valencia to find some eats. We ended up at Udapi Palace between 21st and 22nd streets. Udapi Palace serves south Indian dosas and uthappams. We both tried different dosas. His had spinach chutney and paneer while mine had spinach and spiced potatoes. I would say both turned out quite delicious. As someone from Malaysia who has grown up around many South Indians, my friend said that the dosa flavors seemed like authentic. Neat-o!


Giant dosa

I’ve been to Mission Dolores Park once before and was quite impressed with it since it had just reopened to the public after being closed off for about a year for renovation, etc. That day was a cloudy day so I think I didn’t really get the full effect of the park. This past Friday was absolutely beautiful, even if a bit too warm for my taste. Clearly everyone else in the City agreed that it was outdoor weather though because the lawn was filled with people on picnic blankets just hanging out. It’s as if Mission Dolores Park is the dictionary definition of “hanging out in San Francisco”.