I left my heart in San Francisco. Stop rolling your eyes.

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I went to San Francisco this last weekend to attend Matt’s company holiday party and had the best time in the city. I’ve always loved San Francisco but this trip was extra. Partly because I’m adventuring with my old college boyfriend (who I’m crazy about) and partly because I love the city life in the rain! Cities are so photogenic with a sheen of water over them. Add some holiday lights and they get even better!

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Of course, I love a party so when Matt invited me to be his plus one, you know I was all over that. Time to dress up and dance! Woot Woot!  I’ve been wearing this black dress to every single event lately. I’m done with buying something new over and over. I will wear this LBD until it pills up and falls apart. Just think of all the money I’ll save! It’s perfect for just about every occasion. I can dress it up with heels or down with converse or dance the night away in some shiny patent leather Mary Janes!

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The next day we visited The Mission. I love the gritty color of this neighborhood. It’s everything that Irvine is not and what my inner city-girl craves. Color, grit, funky old architecture, paintings on the ground, graffiti everywhere!

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I can see myself living there. You are probably all wondering why I don’t just move up there already.  Believe me; I want to. But I also want Bug to finish high school in her hometown with all her friends. So time will tell.

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It started raining pretty hard, so after dinner (at an amazing vegan sushi restaurant), we ducked into the coziest little bar for a real treat. We had no idea what we were in for.

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It wasn’t very crowded because it was pretty early in the evening (morning people problems), and apparently, it just opened and is not really on anyone’s radar yet. Don’t you love finding a cool place before it blows up on Instagram, and you can appreciate it without waiting in line with everyone and their cousin?  I’m so over places getting too hyped. I shouldn’t even blog about this because I’ll only contribute to the problem but I’m counting on not many people reading this.

We met the general manager, Nick, and he gave us the royal treatment. It started because I asked him if he had anything close to a Paloma on his menu. Instead of brushing me off and telling me to stick to the menu his eyes twinkled and the next thing I knew he was creating a sixteen-step concoction with grapefruit juice, rosemary tinctures, lychee juice, a half rim of black salt, and the prettiest cut orange peel you ever did see for a garnish. I was delighted! We called it the “Brendarita.” Though between you and me this was the Princess of all Brendaritas. If you go there and Nick is working, you’ll have to tell him I sent you and special request it.

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It was the best time and it was over too quick! Before I knew it I was back on the plane and flying home. Wah-waaaah.

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Good thing I have these fools to come home to.

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But yes, I am missing San Francisco!

4 Comments I left my heart in San Francisco. Stop rolling your eyes.

  1. Gingermog

    Hello this is such treat to wake up to a blog post all about San Francisco! I’ve had a dream for years of exploring the city with you and taking photos, I think it will happen soon. I can totally see you living there at some point. I haven’t visited since 98, since I was just a fledgling me but even then I caught the vibe it would be a great city to be an artist in.

    I did not know that the Brenderita one-of-the-most-fabulous-drinks-ever TM had 16 steps to create!!! Wow

    I’m work eating my warming porridge topped with raspberry’s & sunflowers seeds whilst reading your blog, its -4 outside and still snowy and Icey. Brrr

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  2. Geraldine

    I live in S.F. and I have to agree, that is the BEST vegan sushi bar ever!!!! Time for me to go back, haven’t been there since pre pandemic or as I call it “pan- DAM-ic” times.

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  3. Cathy

    Guess I am late to this party, hah. SF and the Mission does suit you! You and Matt are so cute. My honey was born and raised in the Mission but we haven’t hung out there lately – seems it’s time to go back! Maybe I’ll bump into you, hee. Hope you get back to ring in 2023!

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