I recently wrote a post about all of the fun adventures I want to go on this summer, one of those adventures being “spend a weekend in San Francisco.” And for my birthday, I did just that. Last Friday, Chris and I packed our bags and headed to the City for three days and two nights of dining, drinking, and birthday-celebrating.
I wanted to go all-out for my birthday, so I booked Chris and I a room at The Hilton in Union Square. Thanks to Kayak, I found a great deal on hotel rooms for Memorial Day weekend. The hotel was fancy and the room was relaxing and comfortable (complete with a king-size bed!). The best part? It was within walking distance to everything we wanted to see and do.
Once dinnertime rolled around, Chris and I walked to B Restaurant and Bar* to catch the rest of happy hour, and then have dinner. Chris and I loved this spot for their relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, and awesome music (’80s of course). However, we weren’t in love with the food. To be fair, we sat at the bar and ordered truffle fries for an appetizer, a fried chicken sandwich for dinner, and chocolate cheesecake for dessert– nothing too spectacular. I would definitely go back to this restaurant, but next time, for an actual sit-down dinner and some more unique entrees.
We started Saturday out with brunch at Blue Bottle Coffee Company*. I thought this place was great: delicious breakfast, good cafe service, and most importantly, awesome coffee. Really, what more could you want from a brunch spot?
Afterward, we walked over to the S.F. Museum of Modern Art. I LOVE Modern art, so this was a must-do during our weekend in the City. The MOMA happened to have an interesting exhibition going on that day: Photography in Mexico. This exhibition happened to be my favorite part of our museum-tour because it much more emotionally-provoking than a lot of the Modern art works I saw in other areas of the museum. For me, Modern art is usually more thought-provoking, so I appreciated a different kind of Modern art that actually pulled at my heartstrings.
After the museum, Chris and I got all dressed up for a fancy birthday dinner. We headed over to Zare at Fly Trap* where we were blown away with a romantic ambiance, great service, and amazing food. Chris and I agreed that this restaurant was the winner of the weekend and are even considering it for our wedding dinner reception. Zare at Fly Trap was an awesome place to have a fancy, romantic birthday dinner, and we will definitely be back.
We had more places we wanted to visit and restaurants we wanted to eat at on Sunday, but instead, we called it a day in order to save some money. But even though we had to cut the weekend short and didn’t do everything we wanted, it was still a good weekend overall: I got to wine and dine, I got to relax, and I got to spend the weekend with the person I love most.
How’s your summer going so far?
*Thanks to Suki for all of the wonderful restaurant recommendations!