In celebration of our San Francisco city guide launch this week, Hg2 caught up with San Francisco-based blogger, foodie and restaurateur Annette White of Bucket List Journey. Calling herself a “new experience collector,” Annette blogs fearlessly about her travels around the world. She and her husband own Sugo Trattoria, an Italian restaurant in Petaluma just outside San Francisco.

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Tell us a bit about how you got started blogging and why you describe yourself as a “new experience collector”.
A few years ago I was searching for a place to keep track and share my travel, food and bucket list adventures. The pieces of scrap paper and random internet files were getting out of control. Instead of being buried alive by crumpled up scratch paper, I decided to condense my dozens of notes into a blog. Being a “new experience collector” came from my never-ending curiousity of the world and the passion from trying new things, big or small.

Tell us a bit about the restaurant that you run – how did you get into that business and what is the restaurant like?
The restaurant business runs rampant in my Italian family, so it was natural for me to follow suit. My restaurant, Sugo Trattoria is a casual restaurant that marries the traditions of the old world with Wine Country culture. Taking inspiration from the artfully hand crafted pastas, sauces and cured meats of Italy and integrating these recipes with local ingredients and California sensibility.

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San Francisco Bucket List

Favourite restaurant for a fancy night out: A-16 for trendy Italian

Best place to sample local wine: Hotel Biron Wine Bar

Favourite place to start an evening: Mission Cheese for the Monger’s Choice

Best spot for lunch: Delarosa for deep-fried Brussels sprouts

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Where to eat a mid-afternoon snack: Boccalone at the Ferry Building

Best bar for a chilled night out: Bourbon & Branch

Best scenic spot: Coit Tower

Best place to watch the sun rise: Marin Headlands overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge Sunrise Marin Headlands. Photo: Douglas LeMoineFavourite place for some quiet, afternoon down time: Yerba Buena Gardens

Favourite boutique or shop: Paxton Gate

Favourite breakfast cafe/restaurant: Tartine Bakery

Best cultural outing: A stroll through Chinatown

San Francisco Chinatown Cable Car. Photo: Wilhelm Joys Andersen

What about you? What are your favourite spots in the City by the Bay? Tell us about them by leaving a comment below.