You guys, I had a wonderful, fantastic birthday weekend. Except for spending time with family and friends, there is nothing else I could have wished for.
I started Saturday morning off with a hot shower, birthday marble muffins and fresh coffee. Then I opened my birthday cards and a few presents that had come in the mail. Hooray for birthday mail!
A little later, I had a Skype date with my family, who was gathered at my sister’s place for a big birthday party. After all, it was my sister’s birthday, too, and it made me a tiny – ok, more than a tiny – bit sad that I couldn’t be there.
You know, for someone who used to share every birthday with a sibling and have family and friends come over for a celebration, it is kind of hard to adjust to practically having the day to myself for the last few years. At least, I had something to brag about on my own, because a little after the Skype call, I headed out to spend the weekend in San Francisco with my love.
We had a (very) late breakfast at our favorite breakfast joint in the East Bay (their apricot scones are to die for!) and then parked our car and took BART into the city! We had a hotel close to Union Square and really didn’t need to bring our car.
After we checked into the hotel, we set off for a nice walk around the city, sat and observed people at Union Square, had hot chocolate and then tried to decide where to have dinner.
We walked all the way over to Van Ness Avenue (if you know San Francisco a bit, you know that it’s a good 30-minute walk from Union Square) to check out the “House of Prime Rib”, of which we had read great things. And it’s quite obviously a prime dining spot, as we didn’t have reservations (we like to be spontaneous!) and the wait was 3 hours! So, a change of plans was in order and I quickly consulted my beloved iPhone and made an online reservation at Morton’s Steakhouse (don’t mind if we do!), and back to Union Square we went.
We sat at the bar for about an hour and had a couple of drinks (and I was strangely fascinated by the sleeping pig that was part of the table lamp, ha!), before we got our table and indulged in a ridiculously expensive, but oh-so-delicious steak dinner. Holy buttery-soft Filet Mignon, you guys, with a side of steak fries and sauteed button mushrooms! I am sorry that I don’t have any pictures of the food, but I didn’t dare to take out my DSLR for a food picture in this fancy restaurant and the iPhone picture didn’t do the food justice… so you just have to imagine what it might have looked like.
The next morning I went out for a little photo walk before we checked out of the hotel. J kept calling it my “birth-weekend” and made me make all the decisions (which, I am usually not very good at, mind you!). So, first, I insisted on riding the Cable Car to Hyde Street. When we stood in line to get our tickets, it was sprinkling a little bit, but then the weather decided to go with the birthday flow and sent some sunshine for the rest of the day. It was a beautiful day!
We had lunch at Lori’s Diner, walked around Ghirardelli Square and then went over to the Old Fort Mason Pier, which offers an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the City Skyline.
We hung out in the sun, enjoyed the views and soaked up every precious minute of our time in the city. I must have taken what felt like a gazillion of pictures and I obviously will have to share some more with you in another blog post. I didn’t want this here to get any longer.
Needless to say, I feel truly blessed to live so close to such an amazing city and the opportunity to explore it whenever I want.
I can only hope you had as fantastic a weekend as I did.