Last week I was out of town for a work conference in Livermore. It’s been a while since I’ve been to Livermore (not since back in my travel bowling days — that’s a time for another story ) but I was surprised with how green everything was. We were literally surrounded by hills of greenery.
The highlight though was spending the weekend in San Francisco with my boss/associate/“mom.” We arrived Friday afternoon and made our first stop at Scoma’s. I devoured a deliciously huge bowl of Cioppino (of course). For dinner, we went to North Beach to BaoNecci (on my list from when I was a psychotic planner).
We stayed at the Argonaut, a Kimpton Hotel, on the edge of Fisherman’s Wharf. It was ideally located for all of our activities, including a 14 mile run early on Saturday morning. We left our hotel, and headed down towards the Ferry Building where we took a break to stroll around the abundant Farmer’s Market. If only our Farmer’s Market in SD had that much variety of fresh produce! We headed back towards the hotel where we took a pit stop in the lobby for some cucumber water. Man, life is hard! We then made our way over Fort Mason, along Chrissy Fields, and through the Presidio. We took the trail up to the Golden Gate Bridge and ran across. At this point, we turned around and retraced our steps back to the hotel. 14 miles later, we were ready for breakfast at the Black Point Cafe where I indulged in a lavender iced latte (yum!), and some greek yogurt. We ate light with our sights set on exploring “Dogpatch” for lunch.
Dogpatch was an uber ride away, an up-and-coming neighborhood with an eclectic feel, hidden gems, and shared artisan workspaces. We had lunch at Piccino, which had a very modern and European feel inside of an old bright-yellow converted home. Afterwards we walked over to Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous, an ice cream shop that began to fill with people as I sat down to enjoy my “Milk & Cookies.”
We briefly made a stop in Union Square to shop, and quickly retired to the hotel before making our way to Buena Vista for a much needed pick-me-up…an OG Irish Coffee! Killing time before our dinner, we walked over to the Marina where our concierge excitedly made us a reservation for Causwells, a new(er) restaurant (within the last 6-9 months) that’s burger was rated by 7×7 publication as one of “100 things to eat in SF before you die.” So naturally, we had to split it!
Sunday morning we woke up early, took a walk to Fort Mason before turning around to our hotel and grabbing bikes. We tooled around, grabbed some overly caffeinated Philz coffee, and then headed back for breakfast at the Black Point Cafe again. We managed to accomplish a lot in the few hours before we headed back to SD.
And now I’m off to Mexico tomorrow!
Weekly Workout Recap:
Sun – Rest
Mon – 5 mi
Tues – Rest
Wed – 6 mi + 3 mi
Thurs – 4 mi
Fri – 5 mi
Sat – 14 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 37 mi
2015 miles: 272.8 mi