Thursday, February 4, 2010

i heart san francisco

I just found this in my drafts from 11/07/07! Oops. A little late, but I am going to post it anyway as it features a shirt that I love and can no longer find.

After a few visits to San Francisco where we were... less than impressed, Jake and I decided to try it again. Everyone else seems to love it, so why shouldn't we?

Jake was on a "working vacation" for all but the weekend, which meant that I had a lot of time to study (read: explore the girly shops in SF without his dead weight!). Our trip started with a trip to the Google HQ. Woah... its too bad I have left the corporate world and that I have absolutely no nerd skills. I would be there in a heartbeat, scarfing down the free sushi and basking in the warm Mountain View sun. That place is unreal! After leaving Silicon Valley, we spent that night at the Renaissance Stanford Court and then had dinner at Plouf on Belden Street. Jake and I loved walking down Belden St. It reminded me of Italy, with the hostesses begging you to eat at their restaurant and all the outdoor seating.

We spent the next two days on real vacation in Sonoma. It was gorgeous! We stayed at The Lodge at Sonoma. There was a patio, a fireplace and an enormous bathroom with a tub and bath salts! It was amazing. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a cozy spot in wine country. It is walking distance from adorable downtown Sonoma. We had some yummy turkey burgers and beers at the Cheese Factory and then walked around the historic Plaza. We learned all about the Russians and the Spanish and the rebels who kicked them out of California. We toured a few wineries before heading back to our lovely room, ordering pizza and drinking some of our prizes from the day.

Back in SF, Jake had to go to work so I set out on my own. I spent Monday wandering around looking for some of the wonderful shops that I have read about on the wedding blogs. Unfortunately, two that I was most excited about (Rose and Radish and Haute Bride) were closed on Monday.
Before I knew that it was closed. I am very excited!

D'oh! No mondays...

Fortunately, Miette was opened and I spent quite a bit of time inside. That wallpaper was gorgeous. I want to move in, and just eat their homemade carmels allll day. I felt like a weirdo taking photos inside, but here is the outside. So cute!

Jake's brother-in-law Marc was in town for a conference so we spent Monday night with him, watching the Bears defeat the Packers. Somehow, the Midwest took over the Fourth Street Bar that night. Tuesday was spent cruising around SF, shopping and being a tourist. Jake and I headed up to Berkeley that night to visit a friend and her new fiance (congrats, Katie!), pick up some favor bags from Weddingbee's Miss Gummy Bear and find a place to get Jake's hair cut. We were successful on all accounts. All in all, it was an amazing weekend. Here is our flickr photo set.

Sorry for doubting you San Francisco. Jake and I are back on your team, for now.

1 comment:

  1. Hi there,

    I liked your blog style. I was searching for other Chicago area bloggers when I found it. I love to travel, but am already married with no intention to do that again. :) I'm happy.

    I did however like the way you presented everything. I have the same feeling about a place like Google. If only I were corporate.

    Good blogging,



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