In honor of our upcoming third anniversary, Shane and I treated ourselves last weekend to a great little getaway to San Francisco. It was a whirlwind couple of days, filled with amazing food, lots of sunshine (I’ve got the pink shoulders to prove it), a good dose of baseball, plenty of sight-seeing, and good times with old friends. The highlights:
We arrived on Friday morning, checked into our cute little room at the Mosser, and headed straight back out the door toward Golden Gate Park. We were both eager to check out two of SF’s newest museums – the de Young by Herzog and de Meuron, and the recently remodeled California Academy of Sciences by Renzo Piano. Both buildings were stunning. The copper panels of the de Young were sleek and gorgeous; the glassy lobby and hilly roof of the Academy of Sciences were simple but incredibly thoughtful. We grabbed lunch at The Moss Room in the Academy of Sciences and then spent a couple of hours wandering through the museum, taking in the lushness of the miniature rainforest and the wonderful colors and shapes of the sea-life in the aquarium. I felt like an awe-struck little kid, excitedly grabbing Shane by the arm every few minutes to point out some cool little butterfly or crazy swimming seadragon. Awesome.
We spent the evening enjoying a decadent dinner at Perbacco, and then headed to District wine bar to meet up with some of my old friends from college for a drink. It was good to catch up – B and I lived together for two years in college and were both in Paris for our fourth year abroad. So many memories together, and so many details to share about our post-college lives! I would have loved to stay up all night chatting, but the wine, the heavy pasta dinner, and the rich chocolate dessert were all beginning to put me under, and so we headed back to our hotel, tired but satisfied with a perfect day in the city.
Saturday we had just two main missions: enjoy a fantastic brunch at Citizen Cake and take in a Giants game at AT&T Park. Mission number one was accomplished as I polished off an amazing egg/avacado/gruyere breakfast sandwich at our nice little corner table by the window. And a couple of hours later, we were well into mission number two, as we grabbed our seats at the ballpark, bought an ice-cold lemonade, and sat back to cheer on our favorite team. The Giants, unfortunately, were no match for the Mets that day, but nonetheless, it was a well-spent afternoon.
Saturday night we headed to the Marina to get dinner at A16, then bussed south to grab drinks at Bix – a small bar that came highly recommended to us by a good friend. Bix was awesome, from the perfectly prepared cocktails, to the uber-cool jazz band mellowly jamming out in the corner, to the friendly guy that sat next us and bought Shane and I each a shot of good tequila in honor of our anniversary. This place has been added to the list of must-hits for our next return to San Francisco.
Sunday began with a visit to the Mission district. We picked up a couple of tarts at Tartine and walked over to Dolores Park to munch on our treasures and enjoy the view of the city. Lovely.
Our weekend of gluttony continued as we headed to the Ferry Building to try out the notorious oysters at Hog Island. Being near the water was wonderful – the breeze that blew in from the bay gave us a welcome break from the heat. Our final sight-see of the day was to visit the sea lions at Fisherman’s Wharf. I love these animals – I could watch them bark and flop and laze for hours.
One final bar stop to enjoy a beer with some good friends that were in San Francisco for the day, and our time in the city had come to a close. And so the planning begins for our next trip back! I had somehow forgotten or just never realized what an incredible place San Francisco can be. So much to see, so much to eat, and so little time…