Tuesday, December 10, 2013

West Coast Wedding Extravaganza - Day 4

Tuesday, August 20, 2013: San Francisco, CA

We woke up on Tuesday morning and headed into the Castro to get Roger's hair cut and wander around a bit.  We passed the Castro theatre and enjoyed the gorgeous weather by people-watching in Dolores Park.  After that, we stopped for some really amazing early-morning ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery.  They had some really interesting flavors, that sort of reminded me of Jeni's, and I had the lavender and honey, which was wonderful.

The view from Dolores Park

After that, I headed back to the Tenderloin (I think?  I'm really unclear on which neighborhoods are which) for lunch with the very lovely Lauren while Roger went to check out the Yerba Buena Gardens on his own.  (Unfortunately, they were closed, so he wandered around the Jewish Museum instead.)  I was so glad to be meeting Lauren, and even though I thought it wasn't possible, just like her blog says, she really is better in real life!  Even though it ended far too soon, getting to meet her was one of the highlights of my trip.  She was friendly, generous, and so, so cool.  We talked a little about writing, careers, and travel, and I hope she and Kamel are able to make it out to New York one day soon so we can continue the conversation (and so I can show them around)!

Roger hadn't had any lunch while I was out, so we walked over to Tommy's Joynt on the suggestion of his colleague, and again, we weren't disappointed.  I'd just come from a meal, so I just had a beer and taste of Roger's sandwich, but it was fantastic.  The atmosphere was a lot of fun, and the food was great and very affordable.  It's a little touristy, but we had a great time and I'd definitely recommend it.

Roger at Tommy's Joynt

We visited City Lights bookstore after lunch, which was wonderful.  I'm a big fan of used bookstores, but they can be cramped and a little hectic.  City Lights was nothing like that.  It was well-organized, open and light, and felt like they really have a radical mission.  I spent a good deal of time in their gorgeous poetry room, reading a new biography of Sylvia Plath.

The poetry room at City Lights

After perusing the books, we walked over to the Intercontinental to meet Kristin and Drew for drinks at the Top of the Mark.  They have a giant list of martinis and were having a free wine-tasting the day that we were there.  The drinks were nothing spectacular, but the view was gorgeous and absolutely worth a visit, especially during sunset.

View of San Francisco from Top of the Mark

Drew and Kristin at Top of the Mark

Roger and me at Top of the Mark

After drinks at Top of the Mark, we headed to a speakeasy Kristin had heard about called Local Edition.  Subterranean and a little hidden, it was a really nice place to spend the evening.  They had some great cocktails, and the bar's newspaper theme was interesting but not overpowering.  It was a lovely end to our last full day in San Francisco.  Up next: wine country!

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