Long Weekend (Part 2): City by the Bay

Continuing with my weekend update… Friday was a day off from work, but not a day to sleep in.  We had a plane to catch!

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We said our goodbyes to the Kevins and hit the road.  July 4th is a great day to travel, the airport was empty.

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Note the kid in the background, clearly outraged that I had the nerve to show up in the same shirt as him.

Andrew had a couple free drink tickets to use on Southwest, but it was barely 10am.  So instead, we hydrated.

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Water in a can is so weird to me.

We arrived in Oakland and took a shuttle straight to the Oakland Coliseum.  It was pretty empty when we arrived, but I got a kick out of watching the players stretch on the field.  Some of those guys are pretty flexible.

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I was the lone A’s fan in our group, and when we found our seats I realized I was surrounded by Blue Jays.  At least they were polite.

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The game itself was pretty boring. No one scored until overtime in the 12th inning (go A’s) but it was fun regardless.  Bonus points to us for watching a baseball game on the 4th of July.  I kept joking that the Toronto Blue Jays looked more patriotic in their red, white, and blue jerseys than the Oakland A’s in their green and yellow.  (For the record, I wore black.)

By the time the game ended, it was after 5 o’clock and we were in serious need of a sit-down.  We had an Airbnb reservation in San Francisco, so we jumped on BART, along with about 30 trillion other people.  Luckily, it was a quick ride and we were in the city in no time.  After a short rest, it was time to get ready for a night out with some friends.

A couple local wines to start the night.
A couple local wines to start the night.

We walked to dinner at a cute Mexican restaurant and then to Monarch, where one of our friends was DJing.  We loved the club and had a ton of fun dancing, but for me, the highlight of the night was this:

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So funny.

It’s been a really long time since I’ve stayed out as late as we did.  Luckily, our flight wasn’t until 5pm on Saturday, so we could sleep in as late as we wanted.  When we finally woke up, we decided to venture out and find some brunch.  Our Airbnb host had recommended Stacks, just a block away, so we gave it a shot.

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Stacks – with a mega (fake) flower arrangement in the restaurant.

After brunch, we took an Uber back to the airport.  We thought traveling on July 4th was great, but traveling on July 5th was even better.  Our plane wasn’t even half full, and we were home before sun down.

I don’t know about you, but after a day of travel, the last thing I want to do is cook a big, fancy dinner.  And with the weather in LA in the high 80’s, I wasn’t about to turn on the oven.  Andrew and I had pizza on the brain anyway, and a low-key night of pizza and a movie sounded perfect.

We ordered from Abbot’s Pizza and both agreed it was the best pizza we’ve had in a while.

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We got the Athens Pie: Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomato with Feta & Mozzarella Cheese on Tomato Sauce, along with a HUGE mixed greens salad.

It was so nice waking up in my own bed Sunday morning.  I consistently wake up thinking about the farmers’ market in the summer.  The fruit is just SO good.  Side note: I think I need to take a class on selfies.

Farmers' Market Selfie
Farmers’ Market Selfie

The farmers’ market was buzzing, as usual.  With peaches, nectarines and pluots all hitting homeruns (baseball pun!!), it’s easy to forget how good the vegetables are too.

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Sunday night’s dinner was an easy re-heat.  The beauty of ordering delivery pizza for two people is that even if you order a small, you’re going to have leftovers.  A fun trick for re-heating thin crust pizza is to place the cold slices in a dry pan over medium heat.

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Mold a piece of foil into a loose cover, it doesn’t need to be perfect.

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Once the cheese has melted, it’s ready to eat!  You can watch a tutorial here.

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Leftover salad on the side.

For a 3.5 day weekend, I feel like a lot happened.  I crossed a bunch of errands off the list, spent time with old and new friends, celebrated America’s independence, and saw a toilet seat cover with wolves on it.

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Question: Have you ever used Airbnb?  Was it a good experience?

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