San Francisco 2017

Time is flying!! It's been two months since we went away for my husband's 30th birthday. 

I'm sharing with you all the details of our time in San Francisco. 

Do you ever think to yourself - "I love this person so much, they do so much and deserve the world." I always think this way about my husband.  

I had the thought for a while to plan something really exciting for my Mike's birthday and get some much needed time alone together - but didn't know exactly what to plan.

I started stalking Google flights for the best airfare deals. I ended up expanding my search and looked up the Raiders Football schedule. The team was playing at home the weekend before Mike's birthday. I immediately called my Dad and shared with him my idea to get a second opinion and he was totally onboard! In-fact, my Dad's exact words were 

"He deserves it!"

I made the plans in September, when Mike was away on business. 

So now your probably wondering. "How did you end up telling him?"  

It wasn't until we were on our way to the airport THAT MORNING. 

... but he had the "idea"...

We arrived in San Fran and had to kill some time before checking into the hotel. We stopped for some breakfast at the Daily Grill, a restaurant across the street from our hotel.

We checked into our hipster (AWESOME) hotel,  then walked around Union Square before making our way to find Uncle Jesse at Alamo Square.

♫  ♫ Everywhere you look, everywhere you go 

There's a heart (There's a heart), a hand to hold onto. 

Everywhere you look, everywhere you go 

There's a place, of Somebody who needs you 

Everywhere you look.

When you're lost out there and you're all alone, 

A light is waiting to carry you home. 

Everywhere you look. Everywhere you look. 

(Chip-a-dee-ba-ba-dow) ♫ ♫

FINALLY it was time for some OYSTERS. (you'll be seeing a lot of this)


After getting back to the hotel, we kicked our feet up and RELAXED

Do you hear a baby? No... 

Do we need to let the dog out? No...

Do we have to go food shopping and cook dinner? NO! 


I made dinner reservations, but had second thoughts on the place.

Asking for Mike's opinion - we went back and forth and decided on a romantic jazz restaurant.

As we got ready for dinner, I pulled out Mike's {backup} RAIDERS Jersey from my suitcase, and hung it up on the inside hook of the bathroom door.

Mike didn't seem to realize it was there and I was getting exteremly antsy...

"Mike, do you see this?" "OHHHH S***T!!" - he says.  

Now he tells me that he looked in his closet before we left, and he noticed his "favorite" Raider jersey was still hanging up! He had a thought we were going SF for the game - but then thought otherwise since I didn't pack that jersey! 

Now we're off to dinner... Zingari Ristorante was just a few blocks away so we walked it. 

Arriving a little early - we got cocktails at the bar and brought our drinks back to the lounge area by the receptionist. 

Mike looks over his shoulder and sees the Raiders Coach with his family. 

I'm so glad he got my invitation in the mail.  :)

Our table was ready and he sat right across from Coach Del Rio. 

My husband was blushing the entire night. (HA!)

The surprises aren't over yet.... I still have one more up my sleeve...

The next morning, cousins Melissa + Michael flew into SF to celebrate with us!

We had our first meal at the food trucks in UnionSquare (delicious, btw), drank lots of beer and watched football. All of Mike's favorite things!

We even got to meet up with my best friend’s sister Leah + her BF Jasper. They recently moved to Cali + it was so nice to see them again! 

We continued to eat oysters for the remainder of our trip + enjoyed the Raiders game on Sunday night. 

We ventured north of the city into the Muir Woods on our last day. 

and ended our time in SF with oysters on the bay.

until next time, SF!



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