The Parkside in Stinson Beach

I never heard of Stinson Beach before last weekend, but now it’s all I can think about. Stinson Beach is […]

I never heard of Stinson Beach before last weekend, but now it’s all I can think about. Stinson Beach is about an hour north of San Francisco – a tiny little beach town with no stop lights. We are already planning our trip back for next year. Last weekend, my husband and I flew to San Francisco for a wedding. The wedding was on the beach. On. The. Beach. It was idyllic. The temperature was heavenly with a slight breeze in the air and the bride was devastatingly beautiful. Every detail and non-detail were unparalleled in their perfection. But for me, the star of the weekend was the bread served on the table at The Parkside. Parkside Cafe is a restaurant in Stinson Beach that also has a snack bar for people coming off the beach, a marketplace and a bakery for early morning donuts and pastries. Luckily, I didn’t taste the donuts until the last day. (I’m sure you know what I mean). The bread is served with an unusual pesto. I didn’t get the recipe, but they sold it in the marketplace and the ingredients were listed on the label: basil, arugula, salt, pepper, garlic, oil and champagne vinegar. I made it last night and it wasn’t the same as theirs because a) I didn’t have their unforgettable bread with it and b) you know if you don’t have a recipe, they say “wing it” – well, “I winged it” so it wasn’t exactly like Parkside’s but it was pretty good. I’m sure I sound redundant when I say there is no superlative descriptive enough to describe this bread, but I promise you, it was the best bread I’ve ever had. Perfectly crusty on the outside, moist and warm on the inside. I truly don’t know when my tastebuds have been happier, the bread or the old fashioned donuts? I sincerely hope you are lucky enough to one day have the bread experience at The Parkside.














  1. Carol

    Looks soooo good!

  2. Constance

    So glad you and Ron got to get away and go to Stinson! Been many many times!
    Great post~~

    • Never knew! I thought it was incredibly special!

  3. Andrea Thorne

    Carrie the photos look great. So happy to have been with away with you and Ron on a great trip. Love you guys. Andrea and Dean.

    • Andrea, it was a great trip! As always 🙂