A couple weeks ago I went to see Skrillex out in Oakland at the Fox Theater. I’ve always wanted to check out his concert, but never had the chance to. Met some cool people last month and I got invited to go. I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to go since it’s already hard to find anyone to do anything with around here. I’m glad I went. It was an awesome time and it was just a lot of fun dancing around, getting all crazy. Although I won’t ever understand as to why people has to dress a certain way for that type of concert. It’s not a bad thing. It’s just not my thing haha. I’m a plain V-neck tee, jeans and TOMS wearing type of gal.
Last Friday I got invited by that same group to another concert super last minute after I got out of work. It was out in San Francisco. I was really tired and wanted to stay local, but I just said fuck it. I hardly ever go to SF and if I do it’s mainly for networking events. Might as well take advantage of all the SF fun I can have especially when the opportunity arises. I hurried up and got ready to go. Good thing they were still selling tickets at the door. The line up was Starship Connection, Thundercat, Erykah Badu, and Cosmo Baker in the Main Room. There was several other performers in different rooms at this venue, which was at 1015 Folsom. My friend J was telling me how he was excited to see Thundercat perform and told me how awesome he is haha. I was more excited for Erykah Badu. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see Erykah Badu because she switched line up’s with Cosmo Baker so she came on last. This concert went on until 3AM. We were already tired and the main room was ridiculously packed. We just wanted to get out of this spot somehow and I’m so glad we managed to force our way through lol. We were squished into the crowd. I literally almost lost my shoe haha. Overall, great performances and really cool venue!
We went to get some milkshakes at Sparky’s afterwards and at this point it was 3AM haha. It was really funny when two of my friends whom both have beards got some of their milkshake on it haha. It was a lot of fun and perfect ending that night. Well not that perfect because I got my first parking TICKETSSS in SF. I was so pissed. I guess I didn’t see the sign for street cleaning and I didn’t turn my wheel. Such bullshit!!!!!!!!
Anyways, I had a great time and met a couple more cool people. I think I rekindled my love for concerts again haha. It’s been awhile since I got to them especially consistently. It’s definitely been a great stress reliever going to these type of events. Just going wild at the Skrillex concert was what I needed. Having some drinks, dancing around and not giving a fuck with a group of chill people was what I needed. But that concert in SF was relaxing since that event was so chill and laid back. It’s just been nice getting out especially with the right crowd. I’m supposed to go to another concert in April. Gotta look up tickets for that soon! Hopefully I can join them again. 🙂
On Wednesday night, my friends from into SJ from Boston to visit me for my birthday. I was so exhausted waiting up for them since their flight got delayed. Once I saw them walk out I got out of my car and ran to them and started crying. I know I’m such a softie lol. I was so happy and relieved to see my friends. After I picked them up we went to Buffalo Wild Wings for some drinks since the options to grab a drink on a Wednesday night were kinda limited. Of course we’d have a few shots and drinks, but it was nice hanging out like that even for a little bit before we got some rest. I felt like my old self again and I was just really happy.
We headed to SF on Thursday afternoon and made it in time for brunch at Mama’s on Washington Square. Parking was kind of a pain but luckily it didn’t take too long and waiting in line to get seated wasn’t too bad either. I heard that there’s usually a crazy line. It was a cute and cozy place. The food there was good, but I’ve had better brunch lol. I’d give it 3 out of 5 stars. I got my usual smoked salmon eggs benedict, but they call it the Norwegian here. The Bloody Mary was alright. It had soju in it instead of vodka. Once again, I’ve had better brunch elsewhere haha.
After brunch we headed straight to the Golden Gate Bridge. This was my second time here and I was at more of the touristy side where they had a cafe and a souvenir shop. The last time I went I drove over the bridge and was in a parking lot. I preferred the side I was at this time. Got much better views and we got to walk a little bit over the bridge. I was scared shitless to walk over it because I’m really scared of heights. Got some great shots of the bridge. It was awesome that it wasn’t foggy like last time. We lingered around and took lots of photos.
Afterwards we headed to the Japanese Tea Garden. Luckily we made it in time because they were about to close in 15 minutes. Even better that I found parking on the street. I really loved this place! I definitely wanna come back here again and just chill with a book or something. It was really small but it’s was very relaxing. Maybe one day when I become a baller, I’ll build a garden like this in my back yard haha. It was a really cute place and we got to chill for a bit and enjoy some tea.
Our next destination was the California Academy of Sciences. I always heard great things about Thursday nights here because of their “NightLife” they have here weekly. We browsed at the map of what to check out, instead we just walked around and got to see a lot. It was pretty cool. I think we might’ve missed seeing a couple of things but that’s okay. It was still a good time.
The final destination was to get dinner at The View. It was located on the top floor of the Marriott Hotel. Pretty much suppose to be a great view of SF. I have to say Boston’s Top of the Hub and the Signature Lounge in Chicago had better views of the city. At least there was glass windows all around so you can see better. Nonetheless the seat we got, we were able to see the Golden Gate Bridge so that was cool. The food was actually pretty good. Got myself the braised short ribs and the drinks there were good too. I guess I can’t complain too much about the place haha. After we finished our dinner and as I was staring out the window, I noticed the waitress’ reflection. I saw her holding a dessert platter with a candle lol. I was thinking I hope that’s not for me and possibly for the table next to us. Nope! Haha. My friends were so sweet and arranged for this. I started crying because I was so surprised and overwhelmed by their kindness. I rarely ever get surprises especially like that so it was extremely sweet and thoughtful of them. The dessert sucked here but hey it was the thought that counts lol. My friends picked up what to get on the dessert platter. The only one I liked was the espresso creme brûlée. Creme brûlée is one of my favorite desserts and I’m glad they remembered since I don’t have much of a sweet tooth haha.
At this point we were so exhausted and it was only 9 or 10 PM haha. Talk about grandma status. We accomplished a lot with the sightseeing. Definitely a productive day. It was nice to have checked out these places with someone that’s actually never been to these places. I just couldn’t get over how nice it was that day. Perfect weather with great company.
Hands down one of the best days I’ve had since I’ve been here in Cali. 🙂
Over the weekend on Saturday, I drove up to San Francisco to meet up with a close girlfriend of mines from back at home who was in town visiting. I was really excited to see a familiar face again. I’d like to consider this more of my first time in SF since I drove up during the day time and did a lot more than my last 2 previous experiences. Let me tell you, driving around SF was quite comparable to New York lol. The hills freaked me out a bit, but I got used to it. I saw cars that were parked at a total slant and I’m thinking, “how the fuck did you do that?!” lol.
Met up with my friend C and her friend T at the Brixton (http://www.brixtonsf.com) for brunch. Been awhile since I had brunch since I was back at home, which was a ritual with C. Their Bloody Mary’s was pretty good and I had to get my usual eggs benedict with salmon and a side of avocado. I’d definitely come back again. A hilarious yet completely awkward and embarrassing moment happened to me when I was there though lol. Long story short, a customer there who was drunk because it was his birthday, had approached me and felt the need to “express” his thoughts and feelings to me which was very inappropriate lol. Sighs …haha.
Brixton Bloody Mary with a jumbo shrimp .. yum!!
Eggs benedict with smoked salmon
Afterwards, we ventured off to the Golden Gate Bridge, which was something I haven’t had a chance to check out yet. I’d definitely like to go back again and walk across it. Traffic was a bitch and there was a large crowd of people. Luckily when I had managed to drive over the bridge to park, parking was quick and easy. Too bad it was foggy though. Glad I got to see it though.
Next we went to the Great Meadow at Fort Mason after we stopped into Safeway and grabbed some beers. I loved it here! Luckily I had a big beach towel in my car to sit down on. We were waiting for C’s friend to meet up with us. Just pretty much hung out, drank some beers, and played “Kings”. It was really chill. I’m surprised that they don’t really care that you drink so openly there haha.
Nothing like day drinking at the park
The rest of the day consisted of drinking around Nob Hill since that where T’s apartment was at. Met T’s roomies, who were really nice and cool. Went to a couple bars before I headed back to SJ. There’s this one bar we went to called the Kozy Kar (http://www.kozykar.com). It was an interesting spot lol. Would I go back? Maybe haha. It was an interesting bar though, that’s all I have to say haha.
Overall, it was a great day in SF seeing an old friend and making new friends. It was refreshing to be around a different crowd of people compared to the people I’ve met in SJ so far. I’d like to eventually move closer to the city, but SJ will do for now. Hopefully I’ll make another drive up there soon! 🙂