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?
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 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.