Christine and I have been planning a San Francisco trip since February of this year. But with our busy school and work schedules we just never had the time to actually go. 9 months later we finally had time on Thanksgiving weekend. We had no concrete plans of things we wanted to do while in San Francisco, we sorta just did things on the fly. Here is our 2-day adventure in the Yay:
We caught a butt-crack-of-dawn early flight out of San Diego. I was still full from all the food I ate on Thanksgiving.
Christine's cousin lives in downtown San Francisco, about 4 blocks from Union Square. Since he was down in San Diego f0r Thanksgiving, he gave us the keys to his apartment so we wouldn't have to rent a hotel room. THANKS MIKE! You saved us about $200+ . It was a quaint little studio, but whenever I get my spot in downtown San Diego, this would be the perfect size for me.
Mike lives in a "vintage" building equipped with a creepy old winding staircase and an elevator that you have to open and close the doors on.
Since it was "Black Friday", we decided to do a little shopping once we got settled in. First stop, Haight & Ashbury.
Being that I am a big Stussy head, we hit Stussy SF first.
I didn't buy anything here because they ran out of my size on their shop tee but Christine did. They had a pretty descent sale, I believe it was 20-25% off select items.
After Stussy we stood in line at True to pick of some new kicks.
Street performers in SF are by far the most innovative.
RVCA had this crazy ass window display.
Pimpin' ain't easy, especially when you have no arms. I wonder what his bitch slap feels like.
I forgot my MA stickers. I could've added to this collection.
We should try this in SD. Instead of passing out fliers, we should post them on all the light poles. Not one pole on Haight street was free of the propaganda.
The alley outside of Amoeba Music.
This is my favorite picture of the trip. Someday I wish to own one of these colorful houses. I think I'll call it "hypebeast".
Once we looped around Haight Street, we hoped a cab and went down towards Huf on Sutter. 20% off everything in the shop.
From Huf, we walked a couple blocks down to the Hundreds. Their sale was only in the morning from 5am-10am. I still grabbed a tee anyways.....Hundreds x Disney? Crazy!
Mike's pad was just a couple blocks up from the Hundreds, so we picked up a little Thai BBQ and went back home to unload. I'd say we had a pretty good shopping day, and we didn't have to stand in line.
For dinner, Mike told us of this place in Japantown called Mum's. Mum's is a Shabu-Shabu spot (kinda like a hot pot restaurant where you cook your meat in a boiling pot of broth). But what sold us on this place was that it's ALL YOU CAN EAT AND DRINK!!! (for $39.95).
mmm, I like my sake cold.
We figured we would get our moneys worth by drinking all that we can. We had 3 large Sapporo's, 2 large Asahi's, and we downed 4 large sakes. Needless to say, we were pretty f'in twisted.
After dinner we planned on meeting up with the famous Mark Marcelo at the Levende Lounge. It was pretty far from Mum's, so we had to call a cab and wait for a little while. Mum's is located inside the Hotel Tomo. Their lobby was pretty freakin' cool. Very "Bathing Ape"/"Kid Robot"ish.
After waiting in the lobby for 20 minutes, our cab finally came and we were off to the Levende Lounge. Here is all I saw of the inside because.................
...........of this. Christine was so wasted from the "all you can drink" that we had to leave after being inside for about 10 minutes. We didn't even get to see Mark (sorry bro, thanks for the invite though). Oh well, it seemed like a cool spot with good music. We'll have to go again next time, but not faded out of our mind.
We got up a little later than planned because of our hangovers. But eventually we made it out to Union Square to catch a cable car to Fisherman's Wharf.
We passed by Rasputin's Music on the way there. 5 STORIES of music. That's crazy.
The architecture in SF is amazing.
We got bored standing in line for the cable cars so we started taking a bunch of pictures. This one came out pretty cool.
I've always wanted to ride on the outside of a cable car. I know, very touristy.
I got in some pretty cool shots on the cable car.
Here I am risking my life to bring you.....
......shots like this.
After a long cable car ride, we finally made it down to Fisherman's Wharf. It was pretty crowded since it was a holiday weekend.
We skipped breakfast, so we were pretty damn hungry. I didn't think the cable car ride would take that long. Since we were at the Wharf, we wanted to take in some seafood. The street markets were packed, so we grabbed a seat at Bubba Gumps. The Cajun Shrimp appetizer was off the hook.
Excited to eat my crab-stuffed shrimp.
Me too....Not so original sign though, I've seen this one plenty of times in SD.
It has been Christine's lifelong dream to take a picture near the Golden Gate Bridge. Originally we thought we could walk from Fisherman's Wharf to the bridge, but it turns out it was a lot farther than we thought. So we hoped another cab, and he took us to Fort Point right next to the bridge.
She was soooo happy. And so was I because the sun was setting on our side so it made for great lighting to take pictures.
We explored this area for a good hour or so. Hiked down to the bottom by the fort, took more pictures, and watched surfers, yes surfers, hitting these big ass waves right under the bridge. It was crazy. Too bad I didn't bring my telephoto lens, I couldn't get a close enough shot of them. After hiking all the way back up, we got onto the city bus and headed back into the city.
We got off on Lombard street, but we had to hike again, this time for about 8 blocks (2 of them were up this steep ass hill that I swear is almost at a 90 degree angle) just to get to the more well known part of Lombard Street. Look at this cool house....I wonder how much he pays his gardener to maintain that.
Finally reached the top.
Good thing we weren't driving because there was massive amounts of cars that were trying to drive down Lombard. I feel sorry for those people who live here. There was literally thousands of tourists.
After taking a whole bunch of shots at Lombard Street, we hoped back onto the cable car, and went back into Union Square to take more pictures.
"I hella heart SF"
Merry Christmas from the Yay
We stopped for dinner at Max's on the Square. The food there was DEE-FRIGGIN-LICIOUS. Best we had during our trip. Here is my Skirt Steak Mojito, YUMMMM!!! Best part about this place was that it really wasn't that expensive.
After dinner we passed by this place called the "Owl Bar". We didn't go in, but it had some cool mosaic design on the outside. We planned on staying out longer since it was our last night there, but my allergies were acting up and I just wanted to go rest. Plus we still had to pack our things because we had another butt-crack-of-dawn early flight back to SD.
What should have been an hour and a half flight back to SD ended up being 5 HOURS!!! It was too foggy to land in SD, so the captain circled around before landing in Ontario to re-fuel. We sat on the tarmac at Ontario for another hour and a half waiting for the fog to lift in SD. We contemplated renting a car from here and making a day out of it by cruising into LA for more shopping and eating. But alas, we didn't have the funds to make it happen, so we sat and waited.
And so ends our Yay Area adventure. We can't wait to go back to explore the other areas we missed. To peep out all the pictures from both mine and Christine's camera, click this link to get to my Flickr Account: