February 22 - 24, 2013
DH and I had a wine tasting event to pour for on Friday, Feb. 22, in Alameda:
So, we decided to make a weekend of it, and stay in San Francisco. After the event, we headed to the city and stayed at the Worldmark at Bush and Stockton Streets. We had some points to burn and were able to get two nights at the last minute. This location is handy, about a block either way from Union Square or Chinatown.
On Saturday morning, we had a reservation for a City Guides tour of the Fairmont Hotel at 11. In order to save time, we headed to the Fairmont for breakfast. Pricey, as I didn't want $15 bacon and eggs, so got the muesli with yogurt. Yummy and more than enough! Our niece, who lives a few blocks away, joined us for the tour. The tour was excellent and very interesting and lasted about 2 hours. Afterwards, we took our niece to the Top of the Mark for a light lunch and wine. We then headed to her apartment to visit for a bit before going back to our hotel for a nap.
That evening was the Chinese New Year Parade and lucky us; it passed just a block down from our hotel! We crossed over to the Stockton Street garage and watched from there. We then headed for dinner at Gitane on Claude Lane. This is a Spanish influenced place with good reviews. We enjoyed it. The food was very creative and good as were the cocktails. We had a suckling pig appetizer. DH had the rabbit and I had the quail for the main course. We had the buñuelos for dessert. We really liked our meals but you definitely need the appetizer to feel full as the portions are on the small side. With dessert, we were definitely full!
Afterwards, we walked thru Chinatown and I bought some fireworks
The next day, we had breakfast at a place at Powell & Bush called Roxanne's. The wait was only about 5 minutes and the food good. Yelp reviews are all over the place but we thought it was fine and would go back.
We decided before heading home, to drive out towards the beach and Cliff House area. We drove out on Broadway, wandered over to check out Union Street, then drove down Steiner to catch Geary. While on Geary, I saw a sign for the Columbarium. I remember seeing Huell Howser visiting this place,so we detoured to spend about an hour there. This place was fascinating, beautiful but also a bit creepy in that cemetery way. I have never seen anything like this. Interesting history. Some new buildings have been added in the last year or so.
We finished up the weekend by driving down to Lake Merced. Then over the San Mateo bridge and back through the East Bay. Overall, a great time in one of our favorite places.
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