Fun fun fun getaway to the Bay Area this weekend where Dan’s family was visiting from Oz before they head down to Disneyland then Mexico for their grand holiday. We spent the first night in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland where we also met some friends for dinner, then headed into the city to do a bit of touristy stuff with the family before flying home last night. Nice mild weather – a great respite from the heat here in PDX – and really fun exploring a few new areas of the Bay that we either hadn’t been or where it’d been 20+ years.
Fantastic lunch to kick things off in Oakland at Bowl’d BBQ on Telegraph in the Temescal neighborhood. I’m madly in love with Korean BBQ and their sizzling bowls were the best!
Awesome art on the street in Temescal. Cool little neighborhood without a ton of attitude and still great diversity, we dig 🙂
Great street art making the husband a bit sentimental about his hometown…I’ll do a separate post focused just on the art we saw…
Seriously great breakfast at Aunt Mary’s – succotash with bacon? SO good.
Thoroughly unimpressed with the tiny room at the Sir Frances Drake..but the bed was damn comfy, I gotta say. Overpriced hotel and a tourist trap, ugh! We learned our lesson!
Awesome old ladies playing cards in the park in Chinatown – love 🙂
Hanging out with Dan’s sister and her family. So fun to see them!!
Enjoyed a great dim sum lunch in Chinatown – even got our niece Charlotte to try some of the more unusual offerings!
Chicken claws, mmm!!
Stopped by City Lights Bookstore. It’s cool, but it’s not Powell’s 🙂
and speaking of city lights…
Great hike around Golden Gate Park – climbed up Strawberry Hill with Charlotte for this nice view of the Golden Gate Bridge that she snapped for me 🙂
Dan & Charlotte causing trouble 🙂
Lovely flowers along the path at GG Park.
Phenomenal breakfast at Brenda’s French Soul Food in the Tenderloin District. Worth the walk from our hotel outside of the tourist trap that is Union Square for those beignets alone, not to mention the molasses ham and the pork belly & egg on grits, and the great service! I’d fly back for this place alone!