Sweet Vanilla Fruit Smoothie & A Trip to San Francisco

It seems as thought it’s been quite a while since my last post (at least for this site), and I have a good reason for it! In the midst of being busy with recipes and freelance photography, my boyfriend told me that he had just found out this past weekend he’d be heading up to San Francisco for some work. He then asked if I would like to go with him, because I’ve never been there before, but also because he needed someone for the HOV lane. ;) Mind you, this was about a day and a half before we needed to leave; talk about having no time to prepare for being gone for nearly a week!

We started making our way from Southern California to Northern, barely making it out of LA county because of the insane summer traffic. Hot temperatures for the entire length of the Grapevine had us sweating in our seats, due to a faulty air conditioner. Despite it taking nearly 8 hours to get there, we made it! Then, Corey decided to take a short detour before we headed somewhere to eat, at this point I had no idea where we were going. Sometimes he’s sneaky.

Turns out he was taking me to see the Golden Gate Bridge! It was way shorter than I thought it was, but was very awesome all the same. The next location that we went to (it’s around 11:30pm at this point), turned out to be DNA Pizza, a 24-hour pizza spot with a couple of vegan options. I was happy to see food and scarfed down my slice; I debated on getting a second slice but decided against it knowing that I would be sleeping soon.

The next day I used BART to go up to the Mission District and meet up with Jenny of The Effervescent Vegan (she’s the Pastry Chef at Source SF!). Because I couldn’t make it to Source before she was off of work, she brought me their Buffalo “Chicken” Caesar Salad Pizza and their Heaven Dog, both were great and I am eternally grateful that she was nice enough to do that!

Jenny, Caroline and I

Friday was Jenny’s birthday, so later on I went to her dinner with lots of her friends and then to a bar to watch her friend’s band play. I met some great people, a couple of which I had already known from communicating online, and had a really great time all in all. Thank you, Jenny, for being such a great guide! :)

The next morning, Corey and I headed back to the South part of the Mission District to have brunch at St. Francis Fountain, San Francisco’s oldest ice cream parlor (1918). I was shocked at how many solid vegan options they had on the menu and had a hard time choosing between them all. In the end, I got the Tofu Rancheros and the dish was really good. Sometimes tofu at restaurants can be mushy and disappointing, this was not at all like that and the flavors were great together.

After going with Corey to do some work duties, that night we met up with a good friend of ours at Herbivore, which I was very excited for. I ordered the Shawarma “Chicken” Wrap (with salsa on the side) as my entreé after our server suggested it, and was surprised by how good it was considering it’s description on the menu is a tad underwhelming. It was a dish I would certainly order again. Deciding on dessert was much harder for me, but the Sizzling Bananas with Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream was calling to me. The ice cream was not too sweet, and had the perfect vanilla flavor that paired wonderfully with the hot, caramelized bananas. I would say that I’d rather have more bananas and a little less ice cream, but I’ll just make my version soon. ;)

The rest of the trip was dedicated to more driving and working, gazing at the beautiful scenery that San Francisco, and bordering cities had to offer. I wish that I had brought my good camera around more, hopefully the camera photos aren’t too ugly for you. :P So, to express my thanks to being home finally (and back in a kitchen), I have a simple and healthy smoothie recipe for you!

Sweet Vanilla Fruit Smoothie & A Trip to San Francisco

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A simply sweet smoothie filled with fresh summer fruits and the aroma of vanilla to start off your day with quite the treat!
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Banana, Sliced
  • 1 Cup Red Grapes
  • 1 Cup Strawberries, Halved
  • 2 Tbsp. Raw Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder
  • ½ Cup Coconut Water
  • 1½ Cups Ice (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and pureé until very smooth.

What are some cities that you haven’t been to that you’d like to visit? Or how about restaurants?

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20 Responses to Sweet Vanilla Fruit Smoothie & A Trip to San Francisco

  1. I am so fly by the seat of my pants, moment to moment, I love last minute trips! It looks like you had a lovely trip, your pics are beautiful! I love this smoothie, grapes are such a fun addition:-) Hugs, Terra

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Thanks, Terra! I wish that I was more spontaneous more of the time, but this was definitely a start. :)

  2. It was SO rad meeting you, Jackie!! I can’t wait to hang out again. Until then, we can stalk each other online. I’m totally going to try this smoothie recipe sometime—great combo! :)

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Yes! I can’t wait to see you when you’re down here. And stalking online is totally appropriate in this situation. ;)

  3. that looks incredible! i love the mason jar serving vessel too:)

  4. All your pics made me totally homesick for NorCal. I was born/raised in San Jose, but was always up in SF. I can’t wait to go back as a vegan and try all of the wonderful vegan restaurants! :-)

    Your smoothie looks awesome too- is that a glass straw from Simply Straws?

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Funny, I have quite a few friends that are from San Jose! And this straw is actually from Glass Dharma, although I do have a few Simply Straws straws (awkward :P), as well!

  5. Michelle

    when we talked a few weeks ago before my trip I didn’t know you had never been… Source is awesome… jenny’s dessert OMG so good… We have vacation time again in August and wanted to do Carmel but its totally booked we might have to venture to San Fran

  6. Lovely food, especially the pizza. I love putting frozen grapes in my smoothies. Something about them that tastes so good.

  7. I want to visit the northeast. I have been to Boston once, but only had a couple of days. I would love to take a long trip to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont. Especially in the fall with the leaves turning.

    I am always searching out cute little restaurants wherever I go. I have always wanted to go to French Laundry, that would be a good excuse for a vacation, right?

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      A trip along the East Coast in the fall sounds like it would be insanely gorgeous. Fall is my favorite season, so seeing all of those colors would just be absolutely perfect.

      I totally agree with basing trips on restaurants, sometimes it’s the best way to figure it out!

  8. You’re making me miss being up north! Too bad you didn’t make it across the bay to Souley Vegan. Vegan soul food heaven!

  9. JM

    Great post. I am trying to transition to vegetarianism and had a couple questions based on the above.

    For the Raw Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder in the recipie. Would the Sun Warrior Warrior Blend Raw Plant-Based Complete Protein Powder ~ Vanilla be acceptable? What brands would you recommend?

    You mentioned you had the Shawarma “Chicken” Wrap. How do you have “chicken” as a vegan? I am a little curious.

    Thanks!

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Hi JM!

      The Sun Warrior Raw Protein powder would be perfect in this smoothie. The one that I’m using is from Raw Green Organics and is mostly yellow pea-based.

      In the wrap, the “chicken” is just imitation “meat” that is made from a blend of soy and wheat protein, plus seasonings. It’s just called chicken because that is what it is closest too in texture and looks.

      Hope that helps you out! :)

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