After a long day on the road the day before, followed by a
lively night out with Leane, we were quite content to spend our
only full day in the City staying within leisurely walking
distance of the hotel. Heading off on foot towards Union
Square, we stopped at some of our favorite stores - Banana
Republic, Crate and Barrel and CB2 - to drop a little cash.
From there we continued on to the beautifully renovated,
waterfront Ferry Building, where we enjoyed perusing the
impressive selection of gourmet offerings, such as fresh raw
oysters, cheeses and mushrooms. After pausing for a bit to
watch the ferries come in from the rear deck of the Ferry
Building, we moved on to an inexpensive hamburger lunch
(saving up in more ways than one for our NYE dinner reservation
later on) at the delightfully old-school Red's Java House,
conveniently located on the the waterfront just up the
Embarcadero from the Ferry Building. With full stomachs
and tired legs, we made one final stop at the Container Store to
pick up that extra spice rack basket we'd been wanting to add to
our set at home before returning to the Mosser to get ready for
our night out on the town.
Dressed in our black-tie finery, we continued our pleasant day
into the evening, meeting up with several friends for an
unofficial reunion at Perbacco, a casually upscale Italian
restaurant where our friend Kris has a friend who is a chef and
so was able to get us a somewhat last-minute reservation.
John and Carey flew in from Hawaii where they now live, Kris and
Jessica arrived from Kansas City, although they live in New York
City and Jen and Tod made the long and arduous trip in from
Oakland (if one takes Tod at his word) to spend a celebratory
evening with us. It was a wonderful meal full of catching
up, hearty laughter and great food. Chef Nicole really
topped it off with her generous gift of glasses of prosecco and
a large selection of desserts for the table.
After the meal, we parted company, continuing on to Bimbo's 365
Club with Jen and Tod to the party that sparked the idea for our
entire trip back in November, while our remaining dining
companions went to another friend's party. The bands may
not have been as good as we remembered but the drinks were
flowing and much silliness ensued. (There was no turning
back, especially for Tod, when Casino Royale did their kitschy
rendition of the theme from the Dating Game!) It was a fun
evening filled with much drinking, dancing and laughter.
Fortunately, with all the drinking, we didn't really mind having
to walk the several miles back to the hotel in the rain, taking
a break at Vesuvio for last call along the way, since there were
no cabs to be had and even the buses were packed beyond
Cowgirl Creamery at the Ferry Building
behind the Ferry Building, the ferries constantly come and go
Good Onion rings at Red's Java House
Caroline sure does miss San Francisco shopping!
Jen & Caroline at Perbacco
Jessica & Kris at Perbacco
NYE at Bimbo's
Happy New Year!