The famous schizophrenic San Francisco weather did not disappoint – and went from sunny and cool to misty and overcast for the weekend. Saturday was slow to start – coffee, bagels, park, and a tour of Western San Francisco/the Presidio. Lunch, then gym with Bob at Gold’s in SoMa.
Saturday night we ventured into the Mission, probably the ‘hippest’ area right now in the city. Full of young people, laundromat relics, and new pop-up bars and restaurants that are quickly making it a destination. Not unlike parts of New York…the best way to experience the neighborhood is to bounce from bar to bar to gauge vibes quickly and move on if necessary. We dined at GRUB, drank at Locanda, Casanova, and finally Mosto, a new tequila bar attached to a taco place thoughtfully named Tacolicious.
I would say Locanda = best for dressing up and being in the know; Casanova = best for being alone in a dark setting, dancing like you just don’t care, and irritating your boyfriend; Mosto = best for being hot and crowded, but also good for flirting and meeting pretty, unpretentious people.
Sunday Kevin and I yoga-ed at his gym, then I embarked on my bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. Kevin hooked up the bike rack to the Smart car, tossed me the keys, and sent me on my way.
First, I will say that the Smart Convertible is a great way to experience the city. Totally open, and a lot of fun for such a small package (with an even smaller engine).
The ride was an adventure appropriate for me – cold, strenuous at moments (up and down hills), and exhilarating to be up so high over the water, with a great view of the city. I biked over and into Marin County/Sausalito, where I slammed a water and turned right around. After 3 hours, I was 100% beat, so the heated leather seats were a welcome companion on the drive back to Diamond Heights.
Sunday was capped by dinner with my mom’s cousin and his wife, who live in Point Reyes. They drove down, took me out, and were nice enough to show me a bit of North Beach that I hadn’t seen. Wonderful family = wonderful life.
One more San Francisco post to follow.