Hi all! Did everyone have a wonderful long (hopefully) weekend? I had a great weekend that was a combination of active and very LAZY! My only wish was that it was a day longer. ;-) We had an (unplanned) eventful Friday night. I drove Steven home from the airport and while we were on the highway my driver's side window basically exploded! It was so bizarre. Friday night was spent on the side of the highway and then scrambling to find a garage to store my poor car in. Thankfully, we got the window repaired on Saturday morning. Such a crazy night!
San Francisco Bay Brunch Cruise
Saturday, I met some friends for a brunch cruise. It was a beautiful day here in SF, so a perfect day to cruise around the bay. The cruise was offered through Hornblower and occurs almost every Saturday and Sunday. It is a bit pricey, but it is bottomless mimosas and a buffet (all you can eat!). They have other type of cruises like a happy hour and a dinner cruise too. It was very fun and the staff was great! The only thing I thought could be improved was the announcer's microphone was very loud. He didn't talk the whole cruise, but when he did you basically had to stop speaking to your table because you couldn't hear them.
After the cruise, we took a walk down the Embarcadero and stopped at Epic's beautiful patio for a few drinks. Epic has wonderful views of the bay and the bay bridge. They also have a good happy hour Monday-Friday.
Sunday we headed up to Napa for the 5th annual BottleRock music festival. Steven and I went last year to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but this year we brought a crew with us. Steven and the girls strike again! We took the bus service Mride up and it made things so simple and no one had to worry about driving home. This year, the headliner on Sunday was the Foo Fighters and they did not disappoint. We also saw Cobi, Live, Gavin DeGraw, and Band of Horses.
The whole day was SO much fun and the weather was fabulous. Some food and drink highlights of the day was the amazing fried chicken from Smoke, too-drinkable sauvignon blanc from Black Stallion, and a delicious tikka masala burrito from Curry Up Now. I will definitely be in attendance at BottleRock next year!
Our memorial day was spent in recovery. We ordered Chinese food and had a glorious Netflix binge day. Definitely just what I needed! :-)
Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!
Question of the Day!
Do you prefer a relaxing long weekend or more active?
Hello vast internet world! I can not believe it has been one whole year since my last post. The time has seriously flown by! I have been up to so much and I can not wait to share my future adventures with the blog world. Just to catch anyone up, I have been going to to graduate school and this May I graduated! I am finally done with college (maybe... PhD anyone? HA) and I feel so accomplished being done with my Master's. Also, I feel SO HAPPY to finally have some free time. This last year of school was intense especially with a full time job.
My mom and step-dad came out to visit and to see me graduate. I'm going to highlight a few fun tourist things we did here in San Francisco (& Oakland!) and I'll be back with a recap/potential Napa itinerary for all of those interested.
Sunday - Mother's Day!
On Mother's Day, I hosted a brunch at my house and afterwards we went on a tour of Pac Heights. We began at the Haas-Lilienthal House and one of their docents lead the tour. It was very informative and we saw a lot of beautiful houses. Plus, we got these gorgeous views below! The tour is around 2 hours, but currently, you can not go into the Haas-Lilienthal House because it's under renovation. I bought my tickets through Verlocal, but I don't see them on there anymore. It's a cool website that lists classes, tours and events. Check it out!
Monday - It's time for Dodger Baseball!
We of course were at the Giant's stadium, but since Steven is a LA fan, I have to side with him. We bought our tickets through the Gametime app which was awesome and so easy to use! The game started at 7:15pm, so we had a little time to kill before hand. We had drinks and appetizers at Palomino which has happy hour from 3pm-close. That's my kind of happy hour(s)!
Thursday - Oakland Excursion
Thursday we headed over to the most touristy place in all of San Francisco. Pier 39! I don't really have many suggestions for Pier 39/Fisherman's Wharf except to get the mini donuts. They are delicious!
We took the 12:45pm ferry over to Jack London Square in Oakland. The ferry is pretty easy to use. You can use your clipper card for a discount or buy tickets on board. It leaves from Pier 41 and the ferry building and goes to Oakland & Alameda. Be sure to check the schedule because at certain points they stop service to Pier 41.
We first stopped at Rosenblum Cellars which a friend from Oakland first took me to a few months ago. They have flights and tons of cheese options. So delicious! Also, they have ample outside seating which was so nice because the weather was wonderful. Afterwards, we headed over to Forge to have another glass of wine before heading back.
We ended the evening at Noeteca. It is a cute wine bar and cafe on Delores street. Obviously you can't go wrong with baked brie!
I'm so happy my family came out to visit me in SF! I'll have our NAPA trip posted next week for some wine inspiration.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
Happy hump day everyone! These are the last few weeks of school and everything has been super busy. That doesn't mean I don't have time for fun... just less time to write! It can often be difficult to write for fun when you have to write so much for school. Such a bummer! Anyway, I have a few recaps of fun things I did last week and this past weekend. Hopefully you'll be inspired!
Wednesday, I met Steven at a bar to watch the Kings v. Sharks game after I attended a Guns, Delts & Abs workout at Rouge & Saint. The workout was intense! This one is always difficult for me because it involves running, but this week, it was extra hard! Maybe I was extra tired? After class we met at Giordano Bros in the Mission. I got this beauty of a sandwich. French fries on a sandwich? Yes, please!
On Thursday, I attended a meet up with some lovely ladies. The meet up was hosted at my friend Julia's house and it was a wine & cheese party. Every attendee brought a different kind of cheese. Man, what a spread! SO MUCH CHEESE. It was basically heaven.
After not doing much on Friday night, I was ready to party on Saturday! Well not so much party... more like brunch. Or in this case, a workout plus 6 hour brunch festival. Adrienne and I hit up a BodyRok Pilates class in the mission on Saturday at 11am. It was not my favorite class ever, but I was sore the next day. Must have worked on something? Ha! After, we headed over to El Techo (Lolinda's rooftop). We of course got the guacamole and then split a quesadilla. The food was great, but everyone knows you go here for the ambiance! It was a beautiful, clear day, so we got great views of the city. We also both tried the mimosa of the day - watermelon. It was good, but after, I switched to straight champagne. ;-)
After such a fun day on Saturday, it was early to bed for me! Sunday, I woke up early and attended a meeting on campus for school. After the meeting, I headed over to Golden Gate Park to meet Marissa at the De Young Museum. We went to see the Oscar de la Renta exhibit that is currently on display there. While I thought the tickets were a bit pricey, everything was absolutely beautiful and they had lot of pieces on display. I loved how they had both new and old designs too. It was so cool to see his progression and phases that he went through as a designer.
We were both starving after the tour, so we headed towards Hecho on market. We had more (or I had more) Mexican food (guacamole again!) We ended our evening with a few more drinks at Churchill. They have happy hour on Sunday afternoon from 2-6pm. Win!
Hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week!
I'm a bit delayed on the weekend update, but here goes nothing!
Friday night, Steven and I went the the Dodgers verses Giants game at AT&T park. I got him tickets for his birthday since he is a huge Dodgers fan. We headed over to happy hour at Local Tap before the game. Normally, the bar has a happy hour... looks like since there was a game, they decided that happy hour prices weren't needed! I believe the normal happy hour is Monday-Friday from 4pm-7pm and they have $5 appetizers,$5 wine, and other drink specials. Bummer! We still stayed since the bars around the ballpark were packed! We got a few rounds of drinks plus the cheese curds and the chicken wings. The cheese curds were good, but who doesn't love fried cheese dipped in marinara? The wings were ok, but they were also $10 for 5 wings. Crazy!! Afterwards, we headed to the game. Luckily, I bought tickets that were covered in club level because it was raining! The game was really fun, and I may have had a few more drinks while there! Oops! #noregrets
Saturday morning, I headed to a Burn class on market street with Adrienne. Burn is a Pilates, weights, and cardio class combined. They do rounds of weights (and spring board resistance) with cardio in between each round. The wall spring board is a fun way to break up normal dumbbell toning. The class is 55 minutes long, so the perfect amount of time for me. I had been burned out (HAHA) on this class late last year, so I had not been in awhile. This time, class was fun, challenging, and really made me sweat. If you know me, sweat is hard to come by! Afterwards, we headed over to Hayes Valley for some lunch or brunch as it turned out! We went to The Lunch Pad which is actually inside of Noir Lounge. The Lunch Pad is open everyday until 2:30pm and then after it closes the restaurant returns back to being Noir Lounge. Kind of confusing. What's more confusing is that The Lunch Pad does not serve alcohol, but it is inside of a full bar. Such a tease! We both got the jalapeno biscuit with bacon, egg, and cheese. It was delicious! I would definitely recommend having lunch here, but just don't expect a drink. ;-)
Sunday, I volunteered in the morning and then met my friend Karen for brunch. Our brunch turned into a drinking tour of the mission, but it was super fun! We had brunch at Buttermilk Southern Kitchen. I felt my breakfast was just ok, but Karen said her waffle was delicious! They also had a few different flavors of mimosa which was cool. I had pineapple and Karen had pomegranate. YUM!
Next we headed over to Myriad on mission. The bartender there was super friendly and made beautiful drinks! I had the Ruby Slipper (which is actually the tall peach colored drink) and Karen had the Bollywood Tea. Karen had her drink made with almond milk and while still a lovely color, the original drink with cream is a very light lilac. I've never seen a drink such a pretty light purple color before! I should have snapped a photo.
After Myriad, we headed over to El Techo rooftop bar. We each had a glass of rose and a spectacular view of the city.
Finally, we each had one more drink at Teeth SF (formerally Dr. Teeth). WOW, what a day. It really didn't seem like we'd been out for 6 hours... time flies when your chatting with friends. ;-)
Hope everyone is having a wonderful week thus far!
Happy Friday everyone! Today has been a beautiful week in the bay area. It was 80 degrees in SF on Wednesday! Crazy! I must have jinxed the weather with my comment about no rain because it is suppose to rain tonight and Saturday. Sadness. :-( I always say I don't mind if it rains... while I'm at work in the office. I snapped this photo of the Mission Dolores Church while walking home from a workout this week. The small building to the left is the oldest European building in San Francisco. I just read that Dolores is Spanish for sorrow/sorrowful. It makes me laugh because normally the opposite is happening at Dolores Park.
Tuesday was Steven's birthday, so we headed out to the lower haight after I got off work for some libations. We went to Toronado & Noc Noc for happy hour. Both of these bars have lots of beers on tap. Toronado is only beer, but Noc Noc has wine (and sake) too. I think both places the happy hour lasted until 6:30pm. Afterwards, we headed to Uva Enoteca for some delicious Italian food. We both started out with wine and a cheese plate. The cheese plate was 3 cheese for $15 and they were pretty large servings. I've seen skimpy cheese plates! Then for our main course, I got the pasta pomodoro and Steven had the boar bolognese lasagna. Both were SO good. The sauces were delicious and the pasta was cooked perfectly. Also, our waitress was delightful! I will definitely be back to Uva Enoteca.
This isn't THE cupcake I had on Tuesday, but it is a cupcake. I always say I'm not a dessert person until I eat a cupcake again. haha
I saw this on Instagram the other day, and I had to send it to basically every single girlfriend I have. Hilarious.
I got this update last Friday. I saw it again saved in my photos today and laughed again. Quite the breaking news, CNN... HAH
Everyone have a great weekend! I'm hoping the rain will hold off for tonight because we are going to an outdoor event. Fingers crossed!
Hi! I'm Amanda and I've been living in SF for the past 4 years. Originally from North Carolina, I love traveling, planning, exploring new places in SF, group exercise, and wine.