My daffodils and crocuses (crocii?) are up, and yet. It keeps snowing and being cold. I like this not at all. But hey, I'm going to San Francisco next week, so suck on that, Spring! I realize that the weather in San Francisco can be cold and windy and rainy, but by Grabthar's Hammer, it won't be snowing. This week their forecast shows 70s and sunny. I can definitely take that.
What's even more exciting is that my sister-in-law offered to watch the Tiny Dark Lord for us while we are gone. Spitfire is also going to get in on the babysitting action, and I am trying to think of really nice thank-you gifts for both of them. I will miss my baby's sweet face and his spirited rendition of "Yellow Submarine," but I am kind of beyond thrilled to be taking an adults-only sort of trip.
We leave Wednesday morning and come home Sunday night, and I wanted to be sure to float my itinerary so that wise people can weigh in and make suggestions that are not on here but will send me into the depths of despair if I miss out on them.
Here are a few of the things on my list of must-dos and maybe-dos. We bought the San Francisco CityPass, which gives us public transportation passports (not planning to rent a car, and our hotel is decently central--kind of between Nob Hill, Union Square, and Chinatown).
Other things from the pass that we hope to do:
California Academy of Sciences
the SMOMA, unless we decide we don't want to be cultured
One bummer (for us) about the pass is that the price barely went up because it now includes the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is 2 hours away & we aren't planning to go there. Oh well.
Oh! Has anyone been to the Disney Museum at the Presidio? We are looking into that.
GH is beyond thrilled because we snagged tickets to see the premier of Joss Whedon's new Much Ado about Nothing at the San Francisco Film Festival. You may remember that I married a rabid Joss Fan. The theater is in Japantown, so I will be shopping for bento boxes and Japanese dishes beforehand.
I am beyond thrilled at the possibility of getting together with Lady J and our good friend Skip, who both live in the area. Also GH has a delightful cousin who is even now looking at her schedule to see if we might be able to work out a meet-up.
The other thing I'm most excited about is the food. Now that I don't spend every evening lying on the couch while holding my stomach, gurgling, and hating everything, I kind of want to eat the whole city, especially all the stuff I've been reading about on everyone else's blogs of hipness.
Lots of what I want to try is in the Mission district:
Bi-Rite Creamery, with ice cream flavors like salted caramel and honey lavender and I know not what
Dynamo Donut: They have a maple donut with bacon on top. Ron Swanson would approve.
And then I will take those foods to that Dolores Park Playground everyone recommends and eat them. I might check out the two yarn stores in the area as well.
And a lot more of the stuff I want is at the Ferry Building:
Miette Bakery & Candy Shop
Plus the olive oil stores and the salt stores and the bread stores, oh my!
Then there's Chinatown:
Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
Golden Gate Bakery (The people on Yelp are losing their minds over the egg tarts. What? New forms of custard to ingest? Don't mind if I do.)
Chowders on Pier 39 (a family tradition)
The Codmother Fish & Chips (British food truck with deep-friend Snickers and Oreos, awesome )
Am trying to decide on a sit-down seafood place that moves up from the $ to the $$ category but does not get all $$$ crazy. Yelp has recommendations, but does anyone here have any favorites?
Also, I've never tried oysters. Is anyone else a fan? I realize that pregnancy is probably not the best time to go for the raw seafoods, but wouldn't you think you could find some pretty fresh, reputable ones in SF?
So. Anybody else have any good things to add to the list?