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!
San Francisco was absolutely lovely this weekend! Here's a few highlights from the weekend since I did not document very well and had school.
Dinner at Scotland Yard (again, I know!). Steven and I had a Gilt deal. I was good, but I've never had such a salty kale salad in all my life!
Wine across the street at Reed & Greenough. They have happy hour until 7pm (and ALL DAY Sunday).
Night out with the gals at DNA/Bootie.
Kitten photo of the weekend. Every cat loves a good cardboard box.
Have a wonderful weekend, y'all!
Happy Friday from a yet again rainy San Francisco! I hope everyone had a great week. This week was more on the chill side for me since I only had one event planned. WHO AM I? I've been trying to get back into the work out game AND the spend less money game. #sadbankaccount Anyway, I am diverting away from the normal web wide sensation of Things I'm Loving Friday to bring you a fascinating tale that I like to call Things I did on Thursday Night.
AsiaSF is a Asian fusion restaurant that also includes a lip-syncing & dance performance done by their lovely transgender performers. My partner in crime, Adrienne, and I met outside of AsiaSF in SoMa at 6:30pm. Unfortunately, you can not go in to the restaurant before 7pm. Good to know! After, a quick yelp search, we headed over to Odd Job for some pre-show drinks. I have been to very few bars in SoMa, but I thought this one was really cool! They do fancy cocktails, but we are wine gals through and through. Also, the outside is very uniquely painted. I loved it! Sorry for the dim pictures... it's very dark in the bar. How hip! ;-)
We walked back over to AsiaSF and were seated promptly at 7:15pm. The menu is prix fixe, so you order all 3 courses at once. You have to order dinner every night there is a show, except Wednesday and then it is a $25 minimum per person. The price of the menu varies between which night and time you go. There are shows Wednesday-Sunday with multiple performances on Friday and Saturday. Be sure to make a reservation because I do not think they take walk-ins! This can be done easily through opentable. Also, we had bought a travelzoo deal. We are so thrifty!
The drinks are not included in the price. Each girl does have her own cocktail named after them. We both thought this was neat! We still ordered wine. HA. My meal consisted of chicken satay, filet mignon with eggplant and potato stars (cute!), and the a black rice pudding dessert. Adrienne also got the steak but had the potato samosa and the banana beignets split. Overall, we both liked out appetizers and main course. The dessert on the other hand, was not good. There are many other options than what we got and you can also get a dessert cocktail, so maybe something else is better? The table next to us had a chocolate cake thing that looked good!
The show started around 8pm and after 3 performers they took an intermission before the next round. The ladies did a wonderful job! Throughout the performance they strutted along the catwalk and lip-synced to some great music. I can't not imagine walking in some of those heels on that tiny runway! The ladies were beautiful and the costumes were beautiful too. I especially liked the light up high-low blue prom dress. :) There were songs from Wicked, Rihanna, JLo, and even Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend. I could not help but sing along! I think we both agreed that the dance done to Rihanna's S&M was our favorite. She was a wonderful dancer and had great choreography. The only issue I had with the entire performance was the ladies definitely preformed to one side of the room. We felt like we were behind the stage! They did not mind the audience taking photos, but so many of mine were of their backs. Yikes! I would suggest asking for a table that faces the bar.
I can whole-heartily say that this is a performance you should see at least once in your life. It is unique, fun, and so entertaining!
Happy weekend y'all! Hope everyone has fun plans. :-D
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.