Sunday, October 23, 2011

Weekend Getaway

I was just talking to my hairstylist yesterday about the latest weekend getaway that Jason and I took.  She commented, "I don't know anyone who gets away as much as you guys do!"  To that, I must admit that she's probably right!  Jason and I sure haven't let having kids stop us from seeing and doing things we want to do.  We are truly, truly lucky that every time we go, Jason's mom has been very willing to be with our kids.  I am so grateful for the alone time that Jason and I get to spend together.  We continue to have so much fun, and he really is the best travel companion for me!
So, our latest weekend getaway took place the weekend after Labor Day. We went with Jennifer and Dan to the Bay Area for the weekend.  On Friday afternoon, we left and headed to Berkeley to see Ray LaMontagne in concert.  We had an AMAZING dinner in Berkeley at a restaurant called, "Angeline's Lousiana Kitchen."  There was a short wait, but it was totally worth it.  The food was so good, I hope we'll get to go back some time.  After dinner, we headed to the Greek Theater for the concert.  Jennifer and Jason love Ray LaMontagne, but I will confess that I'm not a huge fan of his, and seeing him live didn't make me a fan.  I actually started getting sleepy after a while!  He has a great voice and his music is easy going and really mellow, but for me, it starts to sound the same after a while.  I jokingly told Jason that the next concert we go to is going to be my pick (which is unlikely to happen- I'm definitely a "top 40" fan and I can't see Jason at any of those types of concerts!).  After the concert, we drove in San Francisco. 

In the morning, we walked towards the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market at the Ferry Building.  This was a highlight of our trip and I absolutely recommend the experience! 
We've visited the Ferry Building before, but not during the Farmer's Market.  The sights, sounds, smells... Fantastic!  (I took a ton of pictures, but haven't been able to locate them on my computer- gasp!)



We walked from the Ferry Building to AT&T Park where we went on a guided tour of the ballpark.  We had actually gotten tickets to see an afternoon game, but it got moved to an evening game.  We still decided to visit the ballpark just for the tour.  I am not a baseball fan, and yet I really enjoyed the tour- it was really interesting!  Jason was on Cloud 9!  Here are Dan and Jason in the visiting team's dugout (the Dodgers were in town that weekend). 
Since we were full from sampling foods at the Farmer's Market, we had a late lunch.  We took the bus from AT&T Park to North Beach.  One of our all-time favorite restaurants is there and we had to visit while we were in town.  It's called "Sotto Mare" and I've blogged about it before.  If you enjoy seafood, we can't recommend this place enough.  Here we are with our oysters!
North Beach isn't that far from where we were staying, so we decided to walk back through Chinatown.  It's usually crowded, but more so when we were there.  We soon discovered that it was due to the Moon Festival- there was barely any room to walk, though the atmosphere was very festive.  By the time we made it back, we only had a few minutes to get ready to head out again for the Giants game.  They didn't win, but it was still a lot of fun to be with all those Giants fans!
The next morning, we had breakfast at another wonderful restaurant called, "Honey Honey Cafe & Crepery" before spending some time shopping around Union Square.  There was one thing that I had really wanted to do before heading home.  Off we went in search of a food truck!  We found Kung Fu Tacos using an app on Jason's iPod.  They were near Haight-Ashbury, so after we located them,  we found a nearby park to sit and enjoy our meal.  Yet another wonderful meal!  
Gosh, this post has been mostly about food- we sure love to eat, especially when we're on vacation!  This was our first trip with Jennifer and Dan- we had such a good time, we're looking forward to the next one!  Hmmm... where should we go next?!

1 comment:

Lomeliclan said...

First of all, you are so lucky! I love San Fran! It is such a beautiful city and there are so many different cultures to explore and celebrate there. Someday I hope to make a trip with my husband there....and for him to be positive about it! Glad you had fun!!