Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Thanksgiving this year was a little different than usual and one I'll never forget. My extended family wasn't doing as big of a holiday this year so I decided to fly out to California and see Matt. In our over 2 years of dating this was our first major holiday we spent together. Since we are both foodies, it makes sense that we would spend a holiday related to eating together. I haven't seen him in over a month so it was very exciting to see him, especially in one of our favorite cities.
chinatown sf
We started the morning by doing something active! It was an absolutely gorgeous day in San Francisco so we put on our walking shoes and decided to walk from where we were staying in Union Square to Coit Tower. We started through Chinatown.
stella pastry
We decided to stop for breakfast in North Beach at Stella Pastry. (Yes that pastry is the size of my face, yes I ate the whole thing.) We passed some old people dancing in the park before heading up the rather steep hill to Coit Tower.
coit tower
From there we got beautiful views of the city and the bay.
san francisco
Afterwards we headed down the Filbert Steps towards the Financial District.
filbert steps
It was really cool seeing all the different houses and I loved all the flowers that were in bloom. Chicago's looking pretty gray right now so the pop of color was much needed.
Union square
We walked back to Union Square and say the Macy's Christmas Tree and ice skating rink. I'm still trying to figure out how they had an ice skating rink open when it was 60+ degrees.
After a nap and shower we took Uber to the Presidio to take a walk down Lover's Lane. 
Lover's lane presidio

Lover's lane

Afterwards we headed to our reservation at Garibaldi's where we had a three-course Thanksgiving meal.
beet salad
Beet and Grapefruit Salad
oakwild ranch wine
Our wine, recommended by the staff
turkey thanksgiving
Our Thanksgiving turkey serving. The restaurant roasted 14 turkeys!
"Family style" sides. Wish there was more!
Our sides. Wish there was more mashed potatoes....
Molten chocolate with espresso ice cream and salted caramel sauce

After dinner we stopped at The Sir Francis Drake for a Lagunitas beer before heading to a double feature of The Theory of Everything and Mockingjay. Both were great movies. It was a little different of a Thanksgiving for both of us, but I'm so happy I got to spend it with my guy.

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