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!
Hope everyone had nice weekend or in my case a nice LONG weekend. :-) Here's a quick recap on what I was up to this weekend.
I actually woke up bright and early and went to a workout class at BodyRok down in the mission. BodyRok is a machine based Pilates class that lasts 40 minutes. While that may not seem like a long workout... it is killer! I woke up very sore on Saturday. They had the music bumping, so it was a nice, fun way to wake up on my day off. When I got home I rewarded myself with a latte. YUM. I firmly believe that we should only have 4 day work weeks. Having Friday off was amazing!
Later that day, I went down to Palo Alto to see my friend Marissa and watch Carolina play at Old Pro. (I also watched the game on Sunday.) And yay, we are on our way to the final four! Unfortunately, we took NO photos. How unlike us. :-(
Saturday was a very lazy day during the day. Steven had his friend visiting, so I finally convinced them to head out to a beer garden with me. The weather was gorgeous! We walked over to Valley Tavern in Noe Valley. Noe has VERY few bars, but this one has a lovely outdoor patio. They also have trivia there on some week nights!
Saturday night we headed over to Brewcade along Market Street. I guess it's technically in Duboce Triangle. That area of Market is very confusing! Photos are blurry, but inside they have TONS of arcade games. They also have a projector which either plays a movie (the Exorcist last Saturday AHHH) or they have mario cart games set up. FYI- They only have wine and beer, but they have a large beer selection. They also have wine slushies called "Grape Drank". That sounds cute, but it tastes sickeningly sweet to me.
At about 10pm, Adrienne and I said goodbye to everyone and headed to Rickshaw Stop (AGAIN I KNOW) for a 90's party! I think you may be sensing a trend? The party wasn't too crowded which was good since Rickshaw only has 2 bathroom stalls for ladies. Who does this?! The first DJ was AWFUL. The second DJ made up for the first, but he only played for an hour, so it was kind of a bummer. There were some great 90's hits played during that hour though! I would most definitely see the second DJ again.
Sunday was a recovery day in our house. Everyone was a bit over-served on Saturday night. Whoops! I did manage to volunteer, so I feel somewhat accomplished.
Hope everyone has a terrific Tuesday! Did you do anything exciting (or relaxing) over the weekend?
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 Monday all! This weekend was a wet one here in San Francisco, so overall I did not accomplish very much. It was very relaxing though which was a nice change of pace! Friday night I stayed in after going to class, so not much to report there. I did discover a new show on Netflix- Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. It is about a lady detective in Australia during the 1920s. It can be pretty corny at times, but I have decided to go all in. Netflix binge worthy in my books!
Saturday I woke up relatively early and went to a circuit class at CardioTone in Noe Valley. We did 3 circuits 2 times through and each circuit had 4 different stations. Overall the class is good, sweaty, and always different circuits so never boring. Plus, I have liked all my teachers thus far at this location! Saturday was also a school day, so after making breakfast I went to class for a quick 4 hours. (Only joking... 4 hours is never quick!) Afterwards, I stayed in since it was basically a monsoon outside.
I was so proud of myself on Saturday for making all of my meals (plus unpictured snacks) at home since I had some produce and other things to use up before they went bad. For breakfast I made an egg sandwich on Dave's Killer Bread (yum) and had a bowl of cereal right before school. Anyone else love Puffins? They are probably my most favorite cereal! My dinner though... not healthy, but it was delicious! I was definitely craving comfort foods during the rainy weather. The snow peas made up for the mac & cheese PLUS mashed potatoes, right? RIGHT!
After some much needed sleep on Saturday night, Sunday I woke up to go to class at Salt in NoPa. Unfortunately, parking was DISASTROUS because a farmer's market had shut down a section of the street. I had definitely seen this market before, but it totally slipped my mind! Anyway, I showed up 7 minutes late to class and was not allowed in. I have never tried this class before, so I was excited for a new experience. Oh Well!
After I was turned away, I walked over to the farmer's market and got a juice from Juicy Lucy. I got the La Vampira which is beet, parsley, celery, carrot, lemon, ginger, and cayenne. Man that thing was spicy! The market was very small and mostly produce, but the morning was beautiful so it was nice just to walk around.
After the market, I went home and did my own circuit workout. Then I got ready to meet Adrienne at Scotland Yard in the Marina for a late brunch. We had purchased a Gilt City deal which got us $100 worth of food and drink for $60. Since we had so much to spend, we kind of went all out. Yay fancy brunch! We tried the chicken and waffle bites which were delicious. I also had the egg sandwich which was kind of like a fancy egg McMuffin and Adrienne had the biscuits and gravy. Both were very good! We also split the cool ranch french fries. These were not what we were expecting and I would not get them again. I'm not sure what I was expecting though! Overall, I would recommend this place for brunch. I also hear their burger is amazing. Maybe next time! They do take reservations and during brunch they have bottomless mimosas for $16. After brunch, we headed over to Reed & Greenough for one (or two!) more glasses of wine. I really like this place because they have live piano music throughout the night and comfy couches. They also have a pool table if you're into that!
Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and a great Monday so far!
Hi all! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! I am a little late with my update from this weekend. My bestie was in town, so our weekend was JAM PACKED with fun adventures. Angela arrived Friday afternoon and of course I had our itinerary off to a running start as soon as she touched down. That afternoon, we had afternoon tea at LoveJoy's Tea Room which is adorable eclectic tea and antique shop in Noe Valley. We both went with the Cream Tea service which included amazing scones. If anyone is from the south and knows what a Bojangles Boberry biscuit is, then these scones would be right up your alley! You can make reservations in advance through their website and I would recommend it (especially for the weekends).
Friday night we headed out to Gashead Tavern in the Mission for happy hour. They actually did not have very good happy hour specials, so we walked over to Teeth SF (formerly Dr. Teeth) for a couple more cheaper drinks. Afterwards, we went down to Skylark for their Friday night "No Cover Cabaret". Some parts of the show were very good, while others were not so great. But, it was fun for a free show! Finally, we took an Uber over to Mr. Smith's for some dancing. The DJ downstairs was awesome because he pretty much played whatever we asked for! We definitely danced it out to some college throwbacks all night long! We didn't do very well taking photos that night... I'll blame that on excitement and dark bars!
Saturday morning, Angela and I met up with a friend for a dance class. I won't go into the class details because overall it was not very good. After class, we headed to Nopa for brunch. I have been wanting to try Nopa for a very long time, so I was very excited. The biscuits and coffee were excellent and the rest of the food was good too. I think my favorite part of the meal was the mushroom polenta! They take reservations at Nopa and I highly recommend making them unless you are willing to wait an hour (or more). Just be sure to plan ahead because brunch fills up fast! I think I made my reservations exactly 30 days in advance at midnight. Brunch is serious in SF.
Saturday night we had a romantic BFF date at Delfina down in the mission. This is another restaurant that I have been dying to try. I love it when people visit because then I have an excuse to try new places! We split the hanger steak and the spaghetti. Both were wonderful! Next time, I am for sure trying the olive oil mashed potatoes. They looked delicious!
Sunday was a roadtrip kind of day! We drove down to Pescadero which is a cute town along the way to Santa Cruz on highway 1. There are tons of state beaches on the drive and beautiful coastline. We stopped at Pigeon Point Lighthouse for some photos and spectacular views. There is a hostel right beside the lighthouse that looks like a cool location for an overnight! After the lighthouse, we go a bit lost! Be sure to bring a map because cell reception is VERY spotty. OOPS! We finally found Pescadero's tiny downtown, and had lunch at Pescadero Country Store. The restaurant is a deli/pizza place with a lovely backyard seating area. Afterwards, we walked over to Duarte’s Tavern for some of their famous pie. I got peach and Angela got olallieberry which is a berry we'd both never heard of! Both were tasty! We also stopped in Arcangeli Grocery for their famous artichoke bread before heading back to SF. Overall, Pescadero was a cute little town with restaurants and shopping that I would go back to on the way to Santa Cruz/Monterey .
The day did not stop for us after our road trip! We changed quickly and cabbed over to the SoMa StrEat Food Park to meet Adrienne for their Oscar Viewing party. Who's excited Leo finally won?! ;-) The event was great because it was not too crowded and they had Oscar Bingo to keep you entertained. The food truck park can get SUPER crowded depending on weather. We had purchased an all you can drink champagne voucher prior to the event and it was definitely worth it! The Streat Food park in SoMA is open every day with varying events throughout the month. The food trucks also rotate depending on day and event. I think my favorites are Curry up Now, Koja Kitchen, and Smokin' Warehouse BBQ. YUM.
We had a blast this weekend and I want Angela to come back STAT! Well, maybe after I catch up on my sleep! hah!
Hope everyone has a great start to their week! Did you do anything fun over the weekend?
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.