Year 1 Part 1: Brunch

San Francisco

Husband and I visited a spot where he had taken me back when we were dating, in celebration of our first wedding anniversary. San Francisco! It’s not the same kind of a trip as a beach vacation, but our experience this particular time was one of my favorite yet. We stayed in the city, and as you can see in the picture above, the view from our room was breathtaking. This was all thanks to a very sweet friend, Elise who made our stay here possible. As the city was booked solid with Oracle attendees, Elise secured our reservation and even sent us up an amazing bottle of Cab with an assortment of cheeses, almonds, tapenade, preserves, and crackers while we settled in.


Decorated metal plates (see pic above) adorned every tree, lining the sidewalk to the restaurant, Bar Tartine in The Mission, which was our first stop for Brunch.

At Bar Tartine, we began with Mixed brine dill pickles, Giardiniera, and Garlic Mushrooms. Next, we had Smoked potatoes with ramp mayonnaise. We then shared the Potato pancake with corned beef, fried eggs, and horseradish cream, plus the Pork loin with mushroom and fried onion SMØRREBRØD. We washed everything down with Candied beet mimosas. Amazing.

While in The Mission, we walked around into and out of different boutiques, then landed at Public. I have been obsessing over these bikes for a while now. I want this one (add a bell, please) :

Public Bikes

Stay tuned for Year 1 Part 2: Dinner…



The Big Easy

Tap New Orleans

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Husband and I just returned from my first visit to The Big Easy for a wedding. I’m not sure quite what it was, but I was mystified by these young guys in the video above. It is difficult to make it out from the video, but these guys had resourcefully added flattened beverage cans to the soles of their shoes in order to perform as they did. The Tap went on for a couple of hours at least, and they would take breaks between routines to ask for cash from the many people who had paused in their passing by to stand in awe of their talent. We were fortunate enough to be at the right place at the right time on a balcony overlooking Bourbon Street for festivities that were part of the wedding that was scheduled for the following day.

The bride Rachel, looked perfect for her wedding, as did our buddy, her groom Bryce. Following the ceremony, they had arranged for a police escort, followed by a New Orleans jazz band, followed by all of us who had attended the wedding to march down Bourbon Street parade-style before the reception.

Wedding March New Orleans

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We visited several spots to eat: Coop’s Place (although we didn’t eat), The Ruby Slipper Cafe for breakfast for the best Bloody Mary and breakfast special I have ever had, Acme Oyster House (twice) for the most delicious Chargrilled Oysters and soft shell crab, and The Camellia Grill for breakfast. On our way back to the airport, I was able to finally taste beignets, both filled and unfilled. Mmmmm!!!