we left on thursday evening, my friends vesna, lisa, fredolyn, jessa and ozan, and took a plane down to oakland. once there, our first stop was the car rental place where we got a sickkkk minivan. this mini van - a chrysler town and country - was nothing like the ancient dodge minivan i had growing up. there was a dvd player and back windows that rolled down! it was amazing and i am convinced that i need to get one...for my nonexistent future family. once we were all loaded up and thoroughly impressed by our ride, we headed to in-and-out. almost everyone i've talked to has raved about in-and-out and has also compared it to dicks. personally i'm not really a fan of either, but i like in-and-out a little more than dicks...for the sole purpose that you can special order at in-and-out. (side note - if you don't know already, i am the biggest NON fan of condiments. i do not eat ketchup, mustard, mayo, or any other things that most people enjoy on their burgers/sandwiches/hot dogs. i feel that if the meat and accompanying elements should be enjoyed for their simplicity and do not need other things to make it taste good. i know a lot of people would disagree with me, but this is just the way i feel bahahah) after waiting in the LONGEST drive thru line i have ever been in, we finally got our food and feasted!!
|my plain cheeseburger with grilled onions|
|jessa, lisa, vesna, and fredolyn|
the next morning we had brunch at bette's oceanview diner! bette's has been featured on diners, drive-ins, and dives on the food network and i was SOOO excited to be going there! everyone got different stuff and it was all so delicious!
|philadelphia breakfast - scrapple, poached eggs, grilled tomatoes, and a cranberry orange scone|
|california breakfast - toast, ham, poached eggs with a lemon herb sauce, grilled tomatoes and roasted potatoes|
|fredolyn's souffle pancake with strawberries|
|jessa's pancake souffle - chocolate swirl|
after our drive to the viewpoint we were hungry again, so we headed to a little place that brukab has pointed out earlier - the brazillian cafe. it was this super cute little shack that was brightly colored walls and some pretty delicious food! i've never had brazillian food before and i was excited to try it! lisa and i shared a tri tip rice bowl and a mango smoothie!
|tri tip rice bowl|
|vesna's tri tip sandwich|
|all of us in front of brazillian cafe|
after our amazing ice cream sandwiches we headed back to the hotel to get some sleep before the nights festivities. for dinner we went to a little jamacian restaurant. it was located in berkeley and during the day it's a cute little cafe, but at night it turns into an awesome jamacian restaurant called kingston cuisine 11. we ordered the last of their jerk chicken, the oxtail stew, and a vegetable curry and shared everything.
|almost all our food goneee|
|boo boo and his birthday cake|
on saturday we woke up early-ish to hit this legendary fried chicken sandwich spot - bakesale betty. we got there right when it opened and ordered a box full of sandwiches - 8 to be exact and some lemonades. unfortunately i was too hungry to take a picture first, but it was mini loaf of bread with a perfectly fried piece of chicken and a nice slaw to go with it! i'm not sure what the dressing was on the salad, but it was perfect and had a little bit of heat for THE PERFECT BITE every time! we sat in the car and devoured our sandwiches before heading into san fransisco!
since we were pretty full from our fried chicken sandwich breakfast we did a bit of site seeing first. we drove through golden gate park, stopped off at the beach, went to see the golden gate bridge, and eventually found our way to the waterfront. fisherman's wharf has to be one of my favorite places in san fransisco. it's totally a tourist spot, but it's always just so fun down there! there's always something to see or some food to try! after we walked down the waterfront a little bit, we started to get hungry. all the food vendors on the side with their delicious looking seafood were pulling us in! we all ended up getting a little snack to munch on.
after our snack we walked around a little more, checking in on the seals and seeing them lounge around. then we headed towards the mission district. our tummies were grumbling a little by the time we arrived and it was a beautiful day so ice cream was needed! we headed to the bi-rite creamery. there was a line out the door and around the corner, so we knew it had to be good!
after finishing our ice cream, we met up with one of jessa and ozan's friends, kyle. he gave us a mural tour around mission. it was really cool, we got to see a ton of murals and we even went to this alleyway with tons of murals lining the sides. it was beautiful! here is one of my favorite murals that we saw. a lot of them had to do with struggles and things going on in their own lives. it was really cool getting to see this side of the city rather than just the touristy side of things. all the walking had got us hungry too so we stopped off and got some tacos to hold us over till dinner.
for dinner we met up with one of boo boo's friends down here, alex, who is actually a friend of mine too (he used to live right by me in seattle). alex, and a couple of his friends met us at sushi bistro for dinner. unfortunately, i was so hungry again that i didn't get to snap any pics of my sushi. but i got the rock n' roll which had baked spicy scallops served on top of a california roll. it was delicious! i love sushi and this totally hit the spot! everyone's food looked great too! it was a really cool place and i totally recommend it to anyone who is in the area and has a liking for sushi. there were a ton of unique rolls and everything i read literally made my mouth water! after dinner we went to a few bars/clubs and i was lucky to meet up with two friends who mine who live in san fransisco, laura and derek! it was great getting to see them and catch up!
sunday was our last day in the bay area and we still had so many places to eat at on our to do list, i might take this opportunity to add that our "to do" list was more of a "must eat" list! we started our day off with dim sum at the great eastern restaurant in china town! I LOVE DIM SUM!!! let me first state that...i love everything about dim sum! it just reminds me of my grandparents and family gatherings and cousins and just the food is unlike anything else. if you haven't tried dim sum yet, you really need to. it's literally a life experience everyone needs to have! anyways since the wait was a little longer than expected, we made a side trip to a little bakery. i got some custards and sweet buns (sadly no pics either), and they were delicious! by the time we got to dim sum everyone was starving!
after lunch we walked around chinatown a little more and then headed to our last lookout. the bay area gave us some awesome weather while we were there, minus like 20 minutes on saturday when it "misted" (i'll save my umbrella rant for another day). sunday was the sunniest most beautiful day we had had yet! blue skies and pretty warm, it was sad it was our last day. we made our way to the twin peaks, and it was just breathtaking! the views were amazing!!!
|my little ike's sandwich|
|lisa eating her sandwich|