Wednesday, March 18, 2015

San Francisco Travel Post

Earlier this month we traveled down to San Francisco, which quickly became one of our all time favorite cities. The minutes Mike landed we started eating our way through the city, starting with super trendy Katana Ya ramen, especially since it was just a block from the hotel. The Katana Ya ramen with fried chicken and deep fried gyoza was the favorite.

Hotel ViewKatana YaKatana Ya Ramen

The following day we decided to head towards the Embarcadero, watch the ferries and have a terrific Peruvian dinner.

Embarcadero PierFerry at EmbarcaderoLa MarLa Mar Restaurant>La Mar Appetizers

Our Union Square hotel was situated in the heart of the City, where we had access to the beautiful neighborhoods of Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill—and best of all—Chinatown.

San Fran HillsHilly San FranciscoTelegraph HillBusy Streets of ChinatownNew Years ParadeGolden Gate Bakery

It was harder than usual to find a dim sum restaurant that served food from steam carts; there were a surprising number of dim sum restaurants that were mainly take out. After getting our fill of har gow and shu mai we headed up the hills to seek out the views from Coit Towers.

Coit Tower WalkCoit TowerOakland Bay Bridge

After roaming around in the neighborhoods all day, we decided to head to the Mission District where we joined the masses soaking up the sun at Dolores Mission Park and had some of the best pizza at Pizzeria Delfina. After roaming around the Mission District for a bit, we decided to head back to the Union Square and bar hopped until it time to eat again at Izakaya Ninja.

Delores ParkPizzeria DelfinaJones Restaurant and Ninja Izakaya
Ninja Izakaya

The next day we decided to check out San Francisco's Ocean Beach neighborhood, explore the Sutro Baths ruins and walk through Golden Gate Park. The weather couldn't have been better. We ended the night at Burma Superstar for dinner in the Outer Richmond neighborhood.

Ocean BeachOcean Beach, San FranciscoOcean Beach BeachA day at Ocean BeachSutra BathsSutra Baths areaMike at Sutra BathsOcean Beach AreaGolden Gate Park WindmillsGolden Gate ParkGolden Gate Skate Park at SunsetBurma Superstar Noodle Salad

We love how diverse San Francisco is, especially when it comes to Asian food. Luckily we were able to meet up with a good friend who loves ramen as much as we do and drove us out to her favorite ramen restaurant in San Mateo.

Himawari Tei Dinner

And before we knew it our time in this magical city was over. Lucky for us, we'll be back annually, if not more. What we'll miss is the interesting architecture and incredible skyline—all that gold rush money really brought on a golden age of architecture and engineering.

Financial DistrictFinancial District BuildingsThe Financial DistrictFull Moon

Monday, January 5, 2015

Life, As of Late (Way Late)

Here we are in 2015 and we're just now doing December 2014's Life, As of Late post. Every year the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a complete blur. This year it seemed the minute Thanksgiving was over our calendar filled up with holiday events. This time of year moves so fast, we find it hard to capture it all and still enjoy the precious time with friends and family, so we found ourselves rarely pulling out our phones or camera to snap a few photos.

By the time Thanksgiving arrived, we were pretty exhausted by life and the following picture pretty much sums up our main goal during the long weekend.

ThanksgivingTG Snacking

We also discovered we have primo seats for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Madison Marching Band

As well as primo seats for daily weather occurrences.

Moody ViewsNight and Day

We spent a nice mellow Christmas holiday relaxing and enjoying the how festive Portland is during this time of year.

Christmas Time DowntownChristmas Day Stroll

We then headed up north to meet some new family members and enjoy a leisurely weekend with family doing what we do best - eating and playing games.

Holiday Feasting
All Day FeastingHoliday EatsStrolling Matthews Beach

Just like that the holidays were over and we're into 2015! 2015! Shouldn't we all be riding hover crafts by now?

Happy Holidays