We didn’t get back to the hotel until almost 1:00 am (due to our late dinner, long drive back to the city, and complete navigation fail on the part of me and K), so we slept in the next morning. Waking up without an alarm clock blaring (or in my case, Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” blaring) is such a luxury. As always, the day started with Starbucks, and questionable spelling. Behold:
We headed for Ghiradelli Square in search of breakfast, and some light shopping.
Our first attempt at brunch was at Lori’s Diner and it was a massive failure. Granted, it was almost 1:00 by the time we arrived, but it took 15 minutes for the server to even notice us, and they weren’t serving breakfast anymore. Thankfully, we live in the era of the smartphone, and within minutes of hearing the words “lunch menu only” we were on our way to the Buena Vista Cafe down the street! According to the signage, the Buena Vista is the birthplace (or something) of the Irish Coffee, so K (being ever brave and lover of all things Irish) ordered one. This is where we stop for a second: I went to an Irish Catholic university in the middle of nowhere, and consider tailgating to be a legitimate sport, but O.M.G. this drink was strong! The Buena Vista also earned infinity cool points for having the following: 1) open seating, 2) breakfast all day, and 3) THIS:
In addition to Beaver Mustard, they also had Grey Poupon and good old fashioned Heinz mustard, which prompted a blind taste-test, a la “Top Chef.” I am 99.99% sure everyone thought we were crazy, but we were pretty delirious with hunger. The brunch was good, and relatively cheap, so two thumbs up!
In what might have been the worst idea ever, after our super-filling brunch, we decided to walk (WALK) to Lombard Street. San Francisco is hilly, and Lombard Street is famous for being 1) steep, 2) twisty, and 3) extremely expensive. After walking at what seemed like a 90-degree angle for an eternity, we made it!
Our last stop was the Golden Gate Bridge. At first we tried to walk (not possible), then take the bus (equally impossible), so here’s the closest we got – thank goodness it was a beautiful day!
Last, what does a Minnesota-turned-San Diego girl who doesn’t check the weather before going on vacation wear to wander the city?
Jacket: J.Crew; Top: Zara; Jeans: Paige; Bag: Target; Sunnies: Chanel
That’s right my friends: denim on the top; denim on the bottom! Not my proudest style moment, but it was chilly (or at least cooler than the 80 degree days I’m used to in San Diego, and I, in a stroke of genius, only brought one pair of pants for the entire weekend. I love this plaid shirt from Zara. Love the color combination, and there are pockets!
After saying goodbye to the Ks, I got some quality time in with my Kindle, and some much-needed hot tea.
I never thought I would like an e-reader, as I’ve always maintained that I like to fold down pages, carry books around with me, and I just enjoy having physical books. That is, until I bought my Kindle. It’s super-light, holds tons of books, and doesn’t hurt my eyes, unlike trying to use the iBooks app on my iPhone. Also, I heard that the prices might be dropping even more this winter, so I’d highly recommend getting one if you ever travel or find yourself in a situation where you want to look busy (hello avoiding conversations with people at Jiffy Lube!) I’m also obsessed with the website Goodreads, and while I hardly ever have time for reading that doesn’t involve social worker reports or psychological evaluations, I do try to read for fun when I can, although I’m not going to lie: I am currently watching the Real Housewives of NY reunion and it’s a total hot mess…
Peace, love, and Canadian tuxedos!