Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Road Trip Day 4: San Francisco

Yesterday morning we woke up early, like hours before the sun rose early. We really wanted to head down to Pier 39 before the rest of the tourists got there and enjoy the sunrise over the ocean. After quite the debacle figuring out which bus to take and running around like chickens with our heads cut-off we made it to the pier. It was, for the lack of a better word, magical. We were the only people there, most of the sea lions were still sleeping, and the sunrise was amazing.

We had intended on going to a cafe called Mama's after our time at the pier but it wasn't open on Mondays so we sauntered over to Caffe Sapore and enjoyed some bagels with eggs.

Our very filling breakfast helped fuel us for our 18 mile bike ride over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and Tiburon. Both were beautiful seaside towns and the bike ride was relatively flat with the exception of a few killer hills in San Francisco. Plus, riding over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge was a very exciting experience. The weather here is surprisingly cold and a little windier than I expected but overall it has been wonderful.

 On our bike ride we saw the most adorable Westie puppy and practically accosted the very nice lady who was walking him. We love dogs and West Highland White Terriers happen to be one of our favorite breeds thanks to my adorable Lucy. At the end of our ride we decided to take the ferry back to San Francisco, it was very relaxing.

Because we were incredibly tired and chilled to the bone after our adventure we indulged in some hot chocolate in Ghiradelli square and trekked back to our hotel to get ready for an amazing dinner in the Financial District.

For my graduation gift from Brad all I asked for was for him to treat me to a special night out on our trip. We chose Tadich Grill in downtown San Francisco and couldn't have been more pleased with our choice. It is touted as the oldest restaurant in California, and having been established in 1849 I believe they're right. The waiters were all wearing crisp white jackets and must have been working there for 10-20 years. It was a wonderful experience from the atmosphere to the food.

Getting dressed up and going out is a rare and very fun treat for us!

My mesquite charbroiled sole with thick steak fries and tender crisp steamed vegetables

Brad's red snapper with sautéed crab and the same sides

We may have had a slice of the creamiest cheesecake either of us have eaten and inhaled it before we even remembered to take a picture. Oops!

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