Was I really in SF (San Francisco) two weeks ago? Feels almost like it couldn't have been that long ago already and yet also feels like another lifetime ago too. =X
I only stayed for a weekend, from Friday early afternoon until Sunday evening, which I thought would be a nice, long weekend but once I was there, I realized it wasn't long enough. I'll definitely be back again soon.
I took a lot of pictures so I'll have to break this post into three, one for each day.
Day 1. Friday
just touched down at SFO (iPhone pic)
Even though I'd gotten up at 5:30am, my day in SF didn't really start until after 1pm. First stop was lunch at Ghirardelli Square. I'd wanted to have lunch at Fisherman's Wharf, but there wasn't enough time, so we just grabbed something simple and light to eat so we could enjoy some dessert as well.
We chose Lori's Dinner which has that quaint, old school feel with '50s diner interior and a a beautiful view of the bay, but to be honest, I felt for the price we paid (I believe my plate was about $12.50 with tax and before tip), the food was average and I would just skip it next time and just go for dessert at Ghirardelli Square.
Surfer Special: tuna melt on grilled sourdough with garlic fries
The real reason we went there was for the Ghirardelli chocolate shop.
Haight-Ashbury sundae: strawberry cheesecake sundae with strawberries, chocolate-covered blueberries, chocolate-covered waffle roll, and whipped cream
My friend's sundae. I forgot the name but it's basically the original sundae with banana.
Next shop was Kara's Cupcakes. Definitely worth getting! I'm drooling just looking at the pictures, hehe.
Raspberry Dazzle, Java, and Blackberry
I was pretty full so I only got the Raspberry Dazzle - chocolate cupcake filled with a raspberry cream filling and sweet raspberry buttercream, but next time, I'll definitely get more.
They were actually setting up for a proposal. Apparently a guy had called and ordered cupcakes to be displayed with the message, "Valerie, will you marry me?" in the display counter. Awww...my first comment was "Wow, guys actually do stuff like that in real life?" haha I thought we would witness the moment but then there was a phone call and apparently the couple went to the wrong Kara's Cupcakes location a few blocks away.
After Ghirardelli hotel, my pretty pink cupcakes and I went to check in at the Marriott Courtyard in Downtown San Francisco. Then I met up with May, Dianne, and her friends at happy hour nearby at the Harlot bar and lounge.
When in doubt, AMFs. ♥
We ended up having so much fun that we completely missed our dinner reservation at House of Prime Rib. Instead, we decided to walk around a bit and had dinner at Osha Thai restaurant. For some reason, I ended up not being that hungry for dinner so I had my favorite Thai soup and nibbled on an appetizer. I'm pretty sure I gave the SF girls the impression that I ate like a bird when in truth, anyone who knows me well knows I can eat a lot. =X
Tom Yum: Hot & Sour soup with lemongrass, galangal, Kaffir lime leaf, mushrooms, and tomatoes (with chicken)
Angel Wings: Deep fried chicken wings topped with our homemade sauce and crispy basil
Our idea of after-dinner refreshments
Day 1 made me remember how much I used to like SF and that I didn't realize how much I'd missed it (I lived there briefly a long, long, long time ago). It also showed me how fast time was going by (just in that day alone, I was already unable to do a few things I'd planned or wanted to do) and I knew that I had to make the most of the weekend, even though it would probably go by way too fast.
Until next time...have a great weekend! =)