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Miette Cakes is a yummy little pastry shop located in San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building. They have delicious cakes (my favorite is the cheesecake) but also cookies, macarons, cupcakes, tarts, and more. It’s a great place to go to when you need a treat to celebrate a birthday or just someone special.
Cupcake Cove. As a cupcake connoisseur, I have tried many cupcakes and I give my 1st place prize to this little shop, two blocks away from the SF office. Absolutely delightful and new flavors everyday!
I dream of Sift Dessert Bar, a magical place of cupcakes and macarons. My best friend used to work there and would bring me the extra cupcakes they had super late at night while we were in college, and they fueled many late night brainstorms and girls’ nights. My personal favorite is the Battle Royale Cupcake, an almond cake with blueberry tequila filling and acai berry cream cheese topping. BRB, I’m drooling.
Two Little Red Hens is a hidden gem on the Upper East Side of New York City that is known for the Brooklyn Blackout cupcake -- chocolate cake on chocolate cream cheese frosting. I live about 15 minutes away from the bakery (#blessed), and have walked there during the snow, rain and scorching sun to get my sweet fix! Having tried many of their delicious treats, my favorite item on the menu is the baked cheesecake, which is more dense than a regular cheesecake, but is not overwhelmingly sweet or thicks. It’s perfectly fresh, and if you’re lucky, you can even order the blueberry or cherry cheesecake!
Loving Cup! It’s delicious froyo, plus there are two locations (Hayes Valley and The Marina). And in typical San Francisco fashion, the froyo is all-natural, organic and hand churned upon order. Definitely recommend when you’re craving sweet things!
Muka is one of my favorite dessert spots of all time. It’s a cozy coffee house/bar in Hayes Valley, and it’s the perfect date spot! They serve coffee by day, and cocktails/wine/beer by night, and they have some of the best desserts I’ve ever had! Being a chocolate lover, I love the Chocolate Grand Teton, but everything on the menu is great.
The International Rose Test Garden is breathtaking! During blooming season (between April and October), the garden is filled with all different types of roses, and the smell is amazing. My favorite thing to do in the summer is wake up at the crack of dawn, grab a good book, and read in the garden before all the visitors start arriving.
There are too many beautiful trails/waterfalls/swimming holes to count along the Columbia River Gorge, and I go on a hikes here at least a couple times a week. Some of my favorite trailheads include Punch Bowl Falls, Elowah Falls, and Angels Rest. Another must-visit if you’re traveling through Oregon in a car.
(Elowah Falls - source)
Bagby Hot Springs is one of my absolute favorite places to visit during the Winter in Oregon. If you’re visiting Portland, the 1.5 hour drive is SO worth it. Once you arrive, a quick and easy hike brings you to giant wooden tubs in the middle of the forest -- they are even covered, so you don’t have to worry if it’s raining.
The International Rose Test Garden is truly incredible. According to Wikipedia, there are over 7,000 rose plants of approximately 550 varieties, and I believe them. If you find yourself in Portland between April and October, this is a MUST DO because the roses should be in bloom. The Portland Brew Fest is also awesome, if you’re into craft beer. Or even if you’re not. It happens every July and I highly recommend it!
Welcome to one of our favorite columns on Cutline Speaks!
This week, we’re switching coasts to share with you some of the best outdoor activities and areas from Cutline East!
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Bryant Park. It’s across the street from our office and it’s awesome. In the summer you can sit outside, have lunch, people-watch or just catch some rays. Also, there’s a Talenti pop-up! In the winter you can ice skate and shop at the holiday market.
Brooklyn Bridge. There’s almost no better view in the city. There’s just *something* about walking over the bridge from Brooklyn and seeing the Manhattan skyline that’s kind of magical.
Central Park. Enough said.
If I’m not escaping the city to Bear Mountain to hike or camp, then my absolute favorite place to be outdoors is PIER 13 in Hoboken. Not only is it a hop, skip and a jump from my apartment, but it’s an outdoor beer garden that sits right on the Hudson river, directly across from the Empire State Building. It has all the food trucks you could want, craft beers, board games, bean bags and lawn chairs to relax on, live music, water activities (although I don’t recommend going in the Hudson, ever!) and some ridiculously killer views of Manhattan! IT’S. THE. BEST!
The best part about New York City is that the best parks and outdoor activities are just a walk, or a subway ride, away! Here are some of my favorite outdoor activities:
The High Line: Built on an elevated section of what used to be a railroad, this linear park offers the best views of the Hudson River, along with some cool food vendors like People’s Pops and Blue Bottle Coffee.
The Rockaway Beach: This beach, which can be reached via subway or bus ride, is a great day trip from the city. You can enjoy the sand and water, or go surfing in the waves!
Central Park is one of my favorite places to go in the city in the spring, summer and fall. It’s beautiful, great for people watching, and every part of the park has something unique and different to offer. One of my favorite things to do on Saturday and Sunday mornings is take my dog Sophie for a walk in the park. Dogs can be off-leash before 9:00 am and she always enjoys running around with the other pups.
Welcome to our latest column on Cutline Speaks! We have Cutliners on both coasts and we often share our favorite spots with each other… so now we’re sharing them with you!
This week, we’re focusing on where to find the best hikes, beaches, and other outdoor areas in San Francisco, where Cutline was born. Check it out!
I take great pride in going on bi-weekly hikes in the Bay Area. My favorite hike, hands-down, is Alamere Falls on the Point Reyes peninsula. There are several different terrains -- forest, jungle, canyon, beach, and meadow -- and the round trip is about nine miles. Alamere Falls is one of two waterfalls in California that plunges directly into the Pacific Ocean. The view is worth the rock climbing.
If it’s a beautiful day in the city, one of my favorite activities is soaking up the sun at one of the many beautiful parks in San Francisco. Fun fact: over 98% of the population has walkable park access (within half a mile), so if you’re in the city, chances are there’s a park nearby!
A few of my favorites are:
Alamo Square: In Hayes Valley, this park is famous for the row of victorian houses that line the street, made famous by Full House.
Crissy Field: Located in the Marina District, this is walking distance from my house and right on the water. It’s also near the Golden Gate Bridge, so there are beautiful views everywhere you look. Also a plus: they have grills, so you can have a BBQ!
Dolores Park: This park in the Castro is always a good time, and great for people watching.
Golden Gate Park: This is one of the biggest parks in San Francisco (over 1,000 acres), so there’s always room for kickball games, frisbee, and football. It’s also good for families. The park is even home to wild buffalo, which you can view from John F. Kennedy Drive in the north/west corner of the park.
Muir Beach is a really cool spot in the Bay Area. My husband and I took our dogs with us, stopped for some gourmet sandwiches on the way, and enjoyed a lovely day at the beach. Max & Oatie had a ball visiting with the other pups there, and the scenery was gorgeous.
Located just across the Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods in Mill Valley is the ultimate destination for those of you who love to explore the woods. It’s easily my favorite place to hike in Northern California. While you can’t pick a ‘bad trail’, I highly recommend the Ocean View route. I’ve hiked this particular trail twice now, and I would do it again tomorrow if I could! You don’t need any fancy gear or heavy camelbacks, just wear your regular workout gear and bring your camera. Entrance to the park is $7.00. Oh, and if you’re lucky, the German Tourist Club will be open. It’s a hidden gem of a cottage in the heart of the woods on top of the mountains that serves beer and has an entire bookshelf of board games for your borrowing.
Pirate’s Cove at Muir Beach. It’s an AWESOME hike that hugs the coastline and is only 30-40 minutes or so north of San Francisco. There are also fun places to post up for a drink or food after you’re done hiking -- Pelican Inn (walking distance) and Bar Bocce (short drive) are two of my favorites!
Washington Square Park in San Francisco has always been a favorite of mine. Nestled in the middle of North Beach and surrounded by cute cafes and the beautiful Saints Peter and Paul Church for grabbing gelato or pizza and hanging out in the sun. Plus, an urban hike to Coit Tower is just around the corner. One of my favorite memories is when the Movie in the Park org showed Midnight in Paris at this park -- I might’ve been freezing, but it was totally worth it.