The Perfect Day: Jordan Porter’s plan for San Francisco, rain or shine

A fashion editor by trade, Jordan Porter hung up her heels in Toronto to travel around the world for a year before deciding to call San Francisco home. She founded The Annex Kitchen, a food site that focuses on paleo treats and handcrafted deliciousness, and is the brains behind made-to-order grain-free superfood-packed Nola bars. A DIY kind of gal, Porter sources some of the ingredients for her dishes from local farms, and some days you’ll find her hand-delivering orders to clients around the hilly city. Though only a resident for about two years,  she’s pounded enough pavement for us to put a San Francisco Saturday in her hands.

Sweets, then sweat “Start the day by throwing on some sneakers and grabbing an almond milk latte at Russian Hill’s Saint Frank. If you’re feeling wild, take one of the ‘crack*a*roons’ from Black Jet Bakery for the road. San Fran is a city that’s early to bed/early to rise so there’s time to get in a good sweat before indulging in more of the deliciousness that the city has to offer. I’d hit up a class at Equinox, Barry’s Bootcamp or Avant Barre.”

To market, to market “Once I’ve worked up a sufficient appetite, it’s off the the Ferry Building for some Saturday farmers’ market madness. Sampling the in-season produce is such a treat and the food stands are out of this world. I love the gluten-free Korean tacos at Namu and the open-faced smoked salmon sammies at Cap’n Mikes. The market is definitely worth perusing; spend some time wandering about. Make sure to stroll inside the building too, and check out Heath Ceramics. They have a wonderful local story; the store was established back in the ’40s by Edith Heath and her pottery is now considered some of  the most enduring examples of mid-century design. Their gorgeous wares are found all around the world (including the Museum of Modern Art and Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and their retail space is stunning. Before you leave, drop by Humphry Slocombe for a scoop of Secret Breakfast. This bustling ice creamery is a must-stop.”

In San Fran it’s all about the Girl Scout motto: Be prepared. If Karl the Fog is in for a visit, I’ve got a backup plan

Obligatory tourist photo opp! “Next, jump on the ferry to Sausalito to get a taste of true salty sea air while checking out some of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Or hop in an Uber and drive over, stopping at the first parking spot in Marin Headlands for some serious tourist photo-snapping!”

Hit the water “If it’s sunny, head to Sea Trek and take a kayak for a spin in the harbour. Check out the houseboats — and the harbour seals sunning themselves all about. Now is probably a good time to grab a glass of chilled rosé and a late-afternoon snack, and take in the views of the Bay at one of Sausalito’s harbourfront spots. I’m a fan of Bar Bocce.”

But, if it’s not sunny… “In San Fran it’s all about the Girl Scout motto: Be prepared. If Karl the Fog is in for a visit, I’ve got a backup plan. Head south to Golden Gate Park. It’s bound to be brighter over there and there’s so much to see. Make a stop at the De Young Museum, if even just for the architecture. The view from the top of the 144-foot tower is breathtaking — and free. Other worthy park stops are the Japanese Tea Garden, the California Academy of Sciences and the Conservatory of Flowers.”

The Mission for Mexican “For a pre-dinner cocktail head to El Techo in the Mission district. It’s an open-air rooftop restaurant/bar that has a great margarita and a beautiful view of the sunset. Then stroll one block over to Lolo for delicious Mexican — there’s some serious love in their food — with local, farm-to-table ingredients. Order the ceviche!”


Then dance it off “After dinner, Trick Dog has some of the best cocktails in the city and if you happen to get silly, you’re bound to have a good no-frills dance party at Madrone art bar. If it’s the first Saturday of the month, which in my perfect world it always is, you’re in for a real treat.”

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