Friday, November 19, 2010

From LA to the Bay...


One stawberry didn't make it in the pic
 Last weekend we took a trip up north to San Francisco.  Somehow in 24 hours we managed to do so much.  The Omni Hotel we stayed at was perfect.  The staff was nice and the financial district was a great location.  We arrived in our room to find pretty chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us.  I always write in the notes section when booking a hotel to inform them of a special event, but this is the first place that has actually done anything to c ommemorate our "anniversary" ;-) I was impressed.  After fully enjoying our strawberries we walked a couple blocks into Chinatown for dinner.  We ate at Hunan Home after reading great reviews on Yelp and also finding them on  The food was delicious, some of the best orange chicken we've ever had.  After a walk back through Chinatown we headed back to the hotel to knock out from a long day of travel. 

The lights of Chinatown
Ferry Building Farmers Market
In the morning we took a walk to the Farmers Market at the famous Ferry Building.  I have wanted to go to the farmers market every trip to SF and I finally made it.  We had a nice breakfast of an egg and bacon sandwich while enjoying the views of the water and Bay Bridge behind the Ferry Building.  On our walk back to the hotel we spontaneously jumped on a cable car and took it for a ride up the hill. 

We then took a little walk around the city; for some reason we feel the need to take the hills on foot in SF. We wandered around and found an eclectic dive bar called Vesuvio that may now be my favorite dive bar in SF (not that I know too many dive bars in SF, but for now this is my favorite). "This world-renowned San Francisco saloon located in North Beach just across from the infamous City Lights Bookstore, was first established in 1948 and remains an historical monument to jazz, poetry, art and the good life of the Beat Generation. Vesuvio attracts a diverse clientele: artists, chess players, cab drivers, seamen and business people, European visitors, off-duty exotic dancers and bon vivants from all walks of life."  We had to stop in and have a drink... it was sometime before noon, but we were on vacation time! 

Until we meet again...

After making it back and checking out of the hotel, we drove over to Coit Tower and soaked in the amazing views.  On our drive to Haight and Ashbury to make our obligatory stop at Amoeba, we made a slight detour by the famous painted ladies of SF... "whatever happened to predictability, the milk man, the paper boy, evening t.v." ahhhh, opening sequence of Full House!  On our way out of town we stopped in the Mission District to get an award winning burrito per the paper plaques hanging on the walls; award winning, maybe, spicy? definitely  Pheww... all in a day's travels!

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