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A real treat while pregnant is a prenatal massage. Don't play the hero. Go and get your back and feet rubbed. They'll know the pressure and which parts of the body are off limits to apply pressure. There are great deals online for first time visitors. LivingSocial has discounted deals at $35/hour for a Thai massage. You can apply the voucher to your prenatal massage as long as you pay the difference.
Get your qi rechanneled here. It isn't just hocus-pocus, voodoo that she do. I came here during my first trimester to help ease my kidney pains and temper morning sickness. Christina Martin, founder, specializes in fertility as well. It's a great alternative to Western medicine and a holistic approach to treating ailments. I managed to survive my first trimester without throwing up once, albeit still queasy.
The best croissants in the Marina, hands down. It's a small shop, with a beautiful artisanal feel and a few tables. There's always something baking and the place is warm with the scent of temptation. Here you can find that chocolate croissant with the trifecta of flaky and buttery while moist inside.
On a drizzly day in San Francisco, chicken noodle soup sounds perfect. Order the pho ga, a bright broth of chicken filled with rice noodles and shredded chicken then garnished with spring onion, onion, and cilantro. A squeeze of lemon really perks up the flavor. There's beef noodle soup and roast chicken also on the menu. It's a small and intimate shop, perfect for lunch. They aren't open past 7pm and they're closed on Sundays. There's Vietnamese coffee and they serve Blue Bottle. The tables could be less sticky, but the service and food are worth repeat visits.
We aren't supposed to like this place if we're concerned with our health. But what's a little (or a lot) real sugar going to hurt if we indulge once in a blue moon. The buttermilk bars here are gigantic and the best cakey donut to sink your teeth into, provided it can fit through your mouth. The jelly donuts are also a treat. Just writing this makes me want to cash in my blue moon and brave the acid reflux.
It isn't a hang out and laptop while nursing a coffee spot, but if you're hankering for good baked goods that are gluten free, come here. But be warned, their gluten free items are really good and they tend to be sold out. I'm a fan of egg and biscuit sandwiches. If you are too, the ones here (gluten free or not) won't disappoint. There isn't much space for seating but there are a couple tables to seat four in the rear (albeit no sunshine) and there's barstool seating in the front as well as two two-tops out front (very sunny tables).
If you're on some healthy kick or have always had an aversion to doughnuts, do not come here. But if you do like comfort food and want it prepared ten notches above a greasy spoon diner then ensconced in a bustling Tenderloin space with caring service, do come here. Come here to indulge and celebrate the day before. The beignets are the draw — order a flight. The crispy pork belly atop a dish of cheesy grits with a poached egg is something to consider seriously. Buttermilk biscuits are moist inside and crusty outside. Pair it all with a guava mimosa or chicory coffee. You'll come back again so no need to kill yourself at first visit.
Now my favorite burger, 'everything here is organic' says the cashier. Salt-and-peppered beef patties grilled in view, toasted sesame buns, and the organic chocolate shake served in an actual glass is a hit! You can even order beer on tap.
In the heart of the Pearl District, it's one of many cafés for good coffee, but here you can also post up with fast internet next to the fireplace or up in the mezzanine. The breakfast sandwiches are delicious. We ordered the natural sausage, provolone and cheese on an English muffin — so delicious! The mixed berry scone was bursting with berries and the size of my face! We loved this place. And not that we've run into sour pusses in Portland, but the service here is filled with smiles and good spirits.
I'd subscribe to a philosophy wherein my appetite can indulge without guilt. This cafe has some tasty bites worth the sins. Haven't had a cinnamon roll in a while but the pleasure of one with a caramel apple cider was worth admitting to gluttony. Lots of tables, there's wifi, the service is friendly, formidable pastries and just another cafe that makes Portland great.
Last five hours in Portland after a busy work weekend. Had to revisit Pearl district and I really love the area. Filled with cafés, shops, brick and cobblestone. So much charm to stroll through and the Portland wet cold somehow makes it all the more charming.
Just arrived in town a couple hours early for a client meeting. After driving through Third Street, a series of antique shops and closed restaurants, I've stumbled upon a perfect spot on Fourth Street, playing lilting singer-songwriter music, serving straightforward coffee and teas, a few pastries baked on site, and a short-and-sweet lunch menu with wood-fired pizzas. Patio out front offers outside seating on warmer days. Inside, locals post up and there's a roaster recessed behind sacks of coffee beans. Named after Hitchcock's thriller, this cafe is located a few blocks away from Mission San Juan Bautista, where Jimmy Stewart skidded upon terra cotta roof tiles in a dizzying sweat. This is a little gem in a small town.