Tuesday, May 31, 2011

going to my happy place


 


We spent the weekend up in San Francisco. My childhood friend is having a baby and so we all got together to celebrate this new little life.


 

Nick and I stayed at Cavallo Point, which is the old Fort Baker military base that's been turned into a 'luxury spa' and lodge.

 

When my girls were little ones, I would take them over to the Bay Area Discovery Museum which sits adjacent to the hotel property. I'd, longingly, peer into the windows of the empty military housing, imagining what it would have been like to live there, under the Golden Gate bridge, with a view of the city lights. Rumor has it that a huge Marriott was to be built on this property destroying the charm of these red roofed houses. Thankfully, this didn't happen and the houses have been turned into hotel rooms-the charm has been maintained.

I recommend staying here if you get a chance. The service is impeccable and the food, as always in SF, is an experience in epicurean perfection.

fennel, apple salad, wrapped in cucumbers with a juniper, citrus vinaigrette + smoked shrimp


we took a cooking class on Friday and learned how to make burgers the right way (grind your own meat is the first step) lots of prep work. Not sure if I have the patience to do this at home in the galley kitchen.

 
 
 

The Saturday was a gloriously sunny day so we opted to take the Ferry over to SF


However a flukey storm opened up the skies to an hour of downpour. Which was a great excuse to shop.


Cole and Son wallpaper at Kate Spade. You can't tell from this photo, but the background is a pale blue.  I feel like I may need to use this some place......


We walked through North Beach in the rain and decided to take cover in a corner bistro.


Storm passed and we were back out on the street.
 
 
 
Peter and Paul Church, after the storm.  I know, back to the beach..... Summer is here!

8 comments:

Karena said...

Megan what a great giveaway!! It looks like a super time with family and friends!

Come and enter my new Giveaway from Tracy Porter!

xoxo
Karena
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Sparkie said...

You were in my 'hood! Love that Mario's photo - cool light/shadow effect. I've gotta make it over to Cavallo Point on your say so.

Sarah said...

I love SF, looks like a great time and a cooking class! Love that wallpaper too!

Richie Designs said...

you super chic girl!

Debra said...

Oh, my Parents were married at St. Peter and Paul, it is so beautiful and I was born in SF, you made everything look so amazing!!!

Paula said...

Okay...now I'm really homesick...
Nick looks like a natural in that apron in the kitchen, you should probably capitalize on that one :)
North Beach - spent some of the best lunch hours there when I worked in the Financial District.
Grace Cathedral - just up the street from my office and love the labyrinth there both inside and out.
Bompa's sister, my Aunt Angie worked her whole career at the Presidio (she was a pioneer of women in the military workplace)- always think of her with a smile when I see those red roofs.
Thanks for the memory lane jog :)

Bertie Daw said...

A beautiful captioned photo essay! Thank you. It allowed us to share the expedition with you.
Love,
Momdaw

Fabiana said...

Looks like a fabulous weekend! And, the cooking class looks really fun...Ciao!

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