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!
Wow, this week has flown by! Maybe it's being super busy at work? Or having workouts or plans after work everyday so far? I love it when the work week flies by, but the feeling is NOT mutual for the weekend. Last night, Steven and I headed out for a fun night at the theater. We went to see Wicked at the Orphum Theater near Civic Center. Before the show, we headed to happy hour at Alta CA. They had one cocktail and three wines on their menu along with a few bites for happy hour. I went with a Pinot Grigio that turned out to be an orange wine (who knew that existed?) and Steven had the gin cocktail that was on the happy hour. We also split the deviled eggs. I thought they were delicious! The restaurant was airy and rustic and the bar in the middle was uniquely shaped like a giant triangle. All the food we saw looked delicious, but it was definitely SF priced. Another time! We actually had dinner at Lers Ros Thai in Hayes Valley because we were both craving Thai food. It was also delicious!
We headed to the show and got there and sat and it immediately started. I guess we were later than we imagined! Oops! The show was fantastic. I loved all the songs and the costumes. The dynamic between Glinda and Elphaba was hilarious and they were both so talented. It was so interesting to see the back story they told on how each character got to where they were before Dorothy showed up. I would definitely see it again! Overall, it was a wonderful night with great entertainment AND food. Win!
Ohhh what a weekend! Boyfriend was back from his month long stay in the cold land of Minneapolis, so the weekend was spent mostly with him! I hardly took any photos too, so this will be a relatively quick post.
Friday night I had class and then went straight home. I watched one episode of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and went to bed. WOW. Class until 10pm is a killer of fun.
Saturday, Steven and I went to Subs Inc. in Noe Valley for lunch before my class. I had been craving a sandwich from there for over a week. They have the best dutch crunch bread and homemade hot sauce. Once I got home from class (late! boo!), I quickly showered and got ready to go over to my friend Brittini's game night/house warming party. She now lives in an adorable apartment in Russian Hill with her hubby and two cats. I'm super jealous of her dishwasher! We played Cards Against Humanity and Taboo. Brittini was an amazing hostess and provided delicious cookies and other snacks too. Such a fun night! I was very bad at taking photos that night because we were having such a good time, but I did manage to get one with the hostess. Obviously no glasses of wine had been consumed at this point. ;-) Sorry for the weird quality... it was saved from a snapchat!
We left her game night around 11pm and went to Steven's college friend Katey's (my now friend!) birthday party at Rickshaw Stop. I unfortunately did not take any photos there at all. The party was very fun with lots of dancing and great music!
Sunday was spent mostly indoors watching House of Cards (finally!) and ordering in Thai food (yum!). I did go volunteer with Homeless Cat Network (HNC) which is a regular thing for me. It's an organization that responsibly maintains feral cat colonies through medical care, Trap-Neuter-Return programs, socialization, rescue/adoption programs, and feeding around the bay area. Here's photo of one of the un-shy kitties that is at one of the sites. #crazycatlady
Hope everyone has a great start of their week! Happy Monday!
Happy Friday everyone! Hello from a VERY dreary San Francisco. It is suppose to rain/mist nonstop for the next couple of days which really puts a damper on my fun times. It may be for the best though since I should probably catch up on my sleep. Sleep debt is real! Here is a second edition of things I'm loving Friday.
I actually went to this lovely wine bar last week with Adrienne. We got a TravelZoo deal for 2 glasses of wine plus $30 worth of food and we only paid $29. Hotel Biron is a rustic little wine bar in Hayes Valley that serves cheese & meat plates. This is the kind of place I love (especially with that almond explosion all over the plate)! I can't wait to return. Hopefully with a deal because these glasses are not cheap! ;-)
I'm loving this Chicken Sausage Frittata recipe that I got from Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers. I modified it a bit on the veggie front. I made it on Sunday for Angela and I, and I have been enjoying the leftovers this week.
Sorry for the crappy photo, but I had to share this! Wednesday Night I held a brown bag wine tasting night at my house. Overall, it was SO fun. The basis of the event is you bring a bottle of wine and cover the label/bottle. Then you try each wine and rate it (I did scores out of 5 points). At the end you tally up each wine and the one with the most points is the winner. I gave a small prize which was a wine bottle stopper with a mustache on it. I think many people do the party under a specific varietal, like Pinot Noir, but I did not want to restrict my guests. Plus, I don't like red wine very much!
Here's my little Finn acting like a nut this morning. He always puts a smile on my face! Never mind the hole patch in the tub. I do never take baths because of it... I'm terrified it will start leaking!
Funny (and amazing!) artwork at another wine bar I frequent. Pause is a wine bar on that weird stretch of market that is technically in Hayes Valley. It's close to my house though and they have a good happy hour. Winning!
Beautiful SF view! I'm loving this photo I found from a friend's recent visit because it reminds on these gross foggy days that gorgeous days like this are around the corner!
Now on to the weekend! Do y'all have any fun plans? Cheers!
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.