|Starting our walk|
|San Francisco architecture|
|Closed, but looked delicious|
|View from the top of Lombard Street|
|Tourists taking photos of Lombard Street|
|View of Alcatraz|
|Steep hills = sore tush|
|I love bay windows!|
|Fitness court in the middle of the city!|
|Gymnast Terry for the gold|
|Golden Gate bridge in the background|
|St. Peter and Paul Church|
|Heading to the Financial District|
Lunch yesterday: Tadich Grill, which claims to be the oldest restaurant in California, famous for its seafood.
|The ultimate power lunch|
|Busy, classy ambiance|
|Pint at Lefty O'Doul's|
After our lunch and pint, we checked in to our hotel. Thanks to Terry's Hilton Honors points, we booked the night for FREE and scored an incredible view from the 42nd floor!
|Look at that stud muffin!|
Before dinner, we stopped at The Library, which is one of three speakeasy-style bars in Bourbon & Branch. You even need a password to get in! Apparently, the library part is the least exclusive of the three; the others change passwords daily and require reservations. But the library part (no photos, to respect the atmosphere) had a fun ambiance, and the drinks were delicious!
Next up, dinner at Zingari Ristorante, a very authentic Italian place very close to our hotel. Both of our meals tasted delicious, and my mom had provided an awesome bottle of Amarone wine that Terry and I loved.
|Lamb for Terry|
|Lobster ravioli for me|
This morning, we woke up, checked out of our hotel, and took advantage of our complimentary breakfast coupons. The deal was a free piece of fruit (banana for each of us), a pastry (scone for Ter, bagel for me), and drink (tea for each of us). Not bad, and certainly plenty to hold us over for several hours.
We took BART and walked a ways to our friend's house in a different part of the city so we could visit them, their newborn baby, their two little kids, and their newly renovated house. We had such a blast getting to see them and were so grateful to be able to catch up, play Uno (their two-year-old kicked our butts!), and check out their awesome place. They have incredible views of the city!
Then we were back in the heart of the city for brunch. Our friends recommended a spot not too far from Union Square, Dottie's True Blue Cafe. It was a bit of a wait (40 minutes or so), but we were told it would be worth it. While waiting, we chatted with the folks around us and ogled the pastries. Eventually, we were seated and ordered drinks, but then our order took forever to make it out. We noticed all the people who were seated after us had already eaten, and our waitress explained that a computer error had caused our delay. We didn't mind; there was no rush, and we just continued to chat and enjoy our drinks. But after a delicious meal, they told us we had no bill! And that, my friends, is what we call karma.
|Southwestern scramble for me|
|Whiskey sausage scramble with chili cornbread for Terry|
Lesson of the day: If you are patient, understanding, and friendly, it will come back in a good way. We tipped the waitress very well and went on our merry way, back up to Union Square.
It was a wonderful trip, just about 30 hours of incredible food, beautiful weather, fantastic conversation, and quality time with my best friend and favorite travel buddy.