Living the San Francisco Dream


November lunchtime in San Francisco

November can be a beautiful time of year in San Francisco.

Take yesterday, for example. After working at my computer and being on the telephone all morning, I was ready for a lunch break and some exercise. My husband, also working from home that day joined me, and off we walked, headed for the Chinatown branch of the San Francisco Public Library.

Chinatown Branch, SF Public Library

As we waited for the light to change a woman asked directions to a shop, noticed the book in my hand, and recommended her recent favorite, The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht. Since the book I planned to borrow wasn't on the shelf, I took her recommendation to heart and checked it out.

The Tiger's Wife

Then, walking back up Jackson Street, we spotted a little lunch shop, Cafe Isabella, on Taylor Street, where we split an order of their toasted tuna salad on a sourdough French roll. Decadent and delicious! Sitting outside on a warm (71-degrees) sunny November day, enjoying lunch together, was a treat, indeed.

Cafe Isabella

After lunch, up the last block of Nob Hill we went, then the gentle descent a few more blocks until we were home.

A chance encounter with a stranger, discovering a new little neighborhood shop, running an errand, getting exercise and spending a bit of time with my husband -- a very worthwhile way to spend 90 relaxed minutes.

Just another day Living my San Francisco Dream.




--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

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Comment balloon 13 commentsLottie Kendall • November 08 2013 06:10AM


Lottie, that sounds like a truly delightful day.....perfection!

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 7 years ago

Lottie - I always like reading your posts about San Francisco.  I like going to the little local places too when I am in The City.  One of your posts was responsible for me going to The Buena Vista Cafe.

Posted by Jim Patton, Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties ( Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816) almost 7 years ago

I am going to ask my husband to get the book for me at the library. It really looks interesting! The thing about walking sounds almost unreal to me. We live in a more rural community and walking anywhere will take hours. I like to walk.... I think I did that back in 1983....

Posted by Sussie Sutton, David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers (David Tracy Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Lottie - San Francisco is one of my favorite places to be and spend time in.  I look forward to all of your posts. 

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) almost 7 years ago

This sounds like an idea day Lottie.  And I thank you for the book recommendation.  I am going to check it out.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) almost 7 years ago

Lottie, that sounds like a wonderful day.  I loved living in San Francisco and really need to get back there sometime soon.

Posted by Scott Larson, Park City, Utah Real Estate News (BHHS/Utah Properties) almost 7 years ago

Good suggestions for reading sometimes come from unlikely places, Lottie.  Maybe divine intervention is right??  Hope it turns out to be a great read ...

Send some of the still warm weather back our way in Chicagoland, will you??


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) almost 7 years ago

Lottie, sounds like a great lunch break, good food, starting a new book, good company!

Posted by Nancy Laswick, Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun (United Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Roger, it was a perfect break in the day. I treasure little moments like that!

Jim, I'm glad you found the Buena Vista; it's a San Francisco landmark! (and the Irish Coffee isn't bad!)

Sussie, I'm hoping I have a break tomorrow so I can start the book. I've never picked up a book before based on the recommendation of a stranger.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago

Hi Laura - come on down for a couple of days!

Jane, we'll see what the book is like. It was definitely a fun break in a busy day.

Scott, maybe after ski season??

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago

Gene, it I could bottle up our weather and send it to you, I would! The downside: we need rain!!

Hi Nancy - don't you love it when you have an unexpected break that is just perfect? That simple lunchtime is one of this week's highlights for me.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago

I love San Francisco Lottie and exploring the cafes and nooks and crannies on Nob Hill or Chinatown is such a treat. My friends live on Russian Hill and I love that area as well.

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) almost 7 years ago

Joanna, Russian Hill is my absolute favorite! We live close, and often walk up and over--today, for example, when we went to lunch at a little neighborhood cafe in North Beach, and on Friday when I showed a condo to a potential buyer. I'm glad you enjoy the neighborhoods!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago