Babymoon Journal… so in my last post I mentioned the babymoon. Or “trip before the baby comes” trip. Now that I’ve caught up on the laundry I’m finally able to elaborate on all we did for 4 days – 4 days of nonstop action. Actually I’m still exhausted, but the show must go on. Right?
There was so much that we did, it’s tempting to just say yeah! we ate, walked, ran, saw stuff. It was great! then post a bunch of pics. That is seriously tempting.. nothing wrong with that approach, I’ve done that before. I’m fine with that approach. I get that approach. But this time I feel like sharing details.
Details, details, details.
Maybe it’s the lack of booze in my life, or maybe it’s the hormones. I guess I just feel like mixing it up and sharing more. Oh, and remember how I was in a photo taking funk? Well apparently San Fran cured me of that. I became ‘that person’ that was taking pics of all my eats without any shame. I can be the type that doesn’t give a flip about pictures, but for this trip I wanted to document it all. I used to keep travel journals when I was a kid for the cool places I’d visit, so this is sort of like an homage to that.
I started out the trip with a workout: a morning jog indoors using my Apple Watch to make sure my heartbeat was not too high. Then we scurried over to the airport and had breakfast – I was craving blue cheese and bacon, so a wedge salad was the answer. No wrong time to have salad!
Our flight was easy and when we landed, we Ubered over to our hotel. I loved how easy the Uber (and Lyft) transportation systems were in this city. We did a ride share from the airport to the hotel and it was super easy and interesting to see a couple of different places right away. We learned that not only were we in town for the San Francisco Restaurant Week, but also for the Superbowl 50 festivities. Wow! I didn’t care at all about the Superbowl festivities, but it made my husband pretty happy. I was excited about the food, so I’d say we both had our wishes granted. Soon we arrived at our hotel, checked in, and decided to head straight out to the Ferry Terminal to get a snack and walk around. As we walked up to the Ferry Terminal, we signed up for Lyft and were given 5 free Lyft rides each. It was a great deal and I wish we had Lyft in Houston.
Once inside the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, we headed over to Hog Island Oysters to have some late lunch, then we walked along outside, then I had a sweet craving. So off to one of the amazing boutique ice cream stands inside the Ferry Market it was. I had the Rootbeer Butterscotch, and hubby had Smoked Chocolate Malt Rosemary. Both were out of this world!
After that we walked up and down Embarcadero, which was along the bay, and then it was dinner time! so we headed over to Chinatown. The Chinatown in San Fran was truly spectacular, it really reminded me of Hong Kong and just made me feel like a little girl again. I know why my great-grandmother talked to fondly of it! We poked around the little shops and then finally found a good place to have dinner. We ordered dumplings and then a main dish of shrimp with green beans. Both dishes were the best tasting we’d had, almost as good as my great-grandmother’s home cooking! They just know how to cook good food, that’s all there is to it. And I suspect all the ingredients are local, or magic.
After dinner we headed back to the hotel and called it a night, it had been quite an awesome first day.
Here are pics from Day 1:
After a good night of sleep in the awesome hotel beds, we woke up early to take the 8:45am ferry to Alcatraz. The Alcatraz Ferry Terminal was just over 20 minute walk from our hotel, so we decided to leave our hotel by 7am so we could have time for walking and breakfast. We had a nice walk and then breakfast at the cafe at the ferry terminal, which had surprisingly awesome food! My hubby had a breakfast burrito that he said was great, and I had yogurt and grapefruit because that’s what baby wanted. My hot chocolate was SO good, my hubby tried it and ordered one for himself. San Fran does everything right!
Then we boarded the ferry and sailed over to Alcatraz Island. It was raining, which was rather fitting for the experience in my mind. I’m not afraid of rain! We decided to take the Alcatraz Garden Tour, and were able to see the hidden gardens of the island and learn about some neat history. We then spent the rest of the time walking around the prison, and then finally it was lunch time and we took a ferry back to the island.
It was still raining and actually rained all day, so once back we purchased some umbrellas and decided to walk to North Beach. The North Beach area was another fantastic part of town, but we were in search for the world’s best pizza!!! So Tony’s Pizza Napoletana it was, and oh my did it deliver. Never have I had pizza that good, it was mind blowing.
After our incredible lunch of pizza (and beer for my husband,) we walked over to the Ghirardelli Market area, another fun part of town! We hit up lots of boutiques and did some shopping, sampled some great chocolate of course 😉 then ended the afternoon in an underground wine tasting tavern where my husband got to taste lots of local wines, and I had some yummy local cheese. How fun! and the sommelier there recommended where we had to go for dinner: La Mar, right near our hotel. How great was that? We made reservations and decided we would have just enough time to walk back, shower, relax, then head out for dinner and fun.
After a shower and change of clothes, we headed out in the rain again and had an incredibly memorable dinner at La Mar. It is a Peruvian restaurant and the most authentic we’ve tasted, and how tasty! After dinner we headed over to a recommended bar, Hard Water Bar, nearby for mocktails for me, and whiskey for they hubby. The night was still young and we were feeling energetic, so we decided to get a Lyft over to Top of the Mark at Nob Hill for a late night dessert and listen to their live jazz band. The restaurant is at the top of a hotel and has a 360 degree view of the city, and was totally worth the trip and late night.
What an amazing day!
This was our big athletic day – we decided we would run across the Golden Gate Bridge and spend all day hiking and walking around. We totally hit the goals and ended up with 16 miles total of walking, with 5 of that running. Whoa!
The morning started early again despite the late night. The sun was out and air was crisp – perfection. We had a quick bite at a Mc D’s because hey, it was convenient and I was craving a hash brown. 😀 Then we got a Lyft over to the Golden Gate welcome center, jogged around taking pics, then ran over the bridge. It was phenomenal!!!! Once on the other side, we took tons more pics than hiked around for a while. Then I realized my stomach was grumbling and we needed to eat, so we ran/jogged about 2 miles to Sausalito and had lunch right there on the bay, in this gorgeous restaurant right in the middle of Sausalito called Barrel House Tavern with amazing views. I think this place was a dream, it was all just too perfect. After lunch we walked around, did a bit of shopping, then took a Lyft back over the bridge to the Golden Gate Park. We spent the whole day walking around the parks, the gardens, and walked all the way back to the hotel. We were pooped! We asked the concerierge where we should go for dinner, and he recommended a little Italian place called Palio, so we got reservations, showered, and were off once again on foot. Dinner was OK, nothing spectacular plus we were too tired to figure out what we wanted. After dinner we decided to be adventurous and stopped into a nice looking tavern, The WayFare Tavern, for dessert. What a great surprise, this place was amazing! The place was packed but we got a place at the kitchen bar and were able to watch the kitchen pump out beautiful food with the precision of ballerinas. It was really a site, plus the desserts and fresh popovers were sublime. Once again, a perfect day.
Our last day was half way filled with travel back home, so we wanted to make the most of it. We had an early morning breakfast at the Ferry Farmers Market, at a place called the Cowgirl Creamery, which was quite fitting since we’re Texans! and it was perfect and overlooking the water. After we got coffees, then we ran from there all along the Embarcadero and past Ghirardelli Market. We stopped to take lots of pics of course, then walked up and down the gettys and took our time walking around all the neighborhoods. By the time we were done, it was time to shower, pack, and start the journey back home! We had some time to relax but mostly we wanted to get going so we could have a late lunch at the airport – believe it or not, the food at the airport was awesome! Of course it was. It’s San Francisco. Everything is good there!
It took what seemed all day to get home since we didn’t land till late that very late that night. We tried to make the most out of the time and soaked up all we could. Neither one of us wanted to leave San Francisco and it was a very quiet plane right back home 🙂
By the time we finally got home it was close to midnight… so after some bedtime yogurt and snacks, we crawled into bed. I’m still recovering from this Babymoon of a lifetime, and can’t wait to return to this part of country with my baby girl in tow.
Have you been?
Anyone want to run over Golden Gate Bridge with me next year???