I spent New Year’s in the Bay Area and had a great time — so I thought I’d share some highlights from the trip.
My parents and I drove up together last Monday and arrived at my Aunt and Uncle’s home in Oakland. We first did a 3-mile walk around Lake Merritt.
Fun fact: Lake Merritt was one of the first “runs” I ever did, approximately 12-13 years ago. I remember being so proud of myself for running THREE whole miles.
That same night, I took BART into the Mission district of SF to meet my roommates from when I lived in Madrid for dinner! Kerren lives in the Palo Alto area, Federica was visiting from Italy, and Alia is an SF local.
We had a great time chatting (all in Spanish!) and diving into some great Italian food at Beretta!
I would absolutely recommend both items I tried: the bruschetta made with walnut bread and mushroom truffle honey, and the squid ink and calamari risotto.
I took BART back to the East Bay that night. On New Year’s Eve morning, my family and I went to Redwood Regional Park. It worked out perfectly so while they walked 2 miles, I ran 4. My mom nabbed this photo for me. I was feelin’ those hills!
I loved the park — but there were so many darn off-leash dogs!
After we exercised, we headed to a German restaurant called Brotzeit. German food and beer transported me right back to Vienna, where I spent a week in March 2013.
No trip to the Bay would be complete without Blue Bottle.
That evening, my uncle was nice enough to give me a lift over to SF, where I celebrated 2014 with two of my best friends from college — Kathleen and Michelle.
We had a table reserved at a fun wine bar in the Marina/Cow Hollow area called Cellar Door. It was nice, festive, and low-key — and since wine has never been my drink of choice, I knew I would not start 2014 feeling like death.
I also caught a glimpse of Alcatraz from the Lyon Steps.
Later that morning, I joined Kathleen (and her boyfriend, Miles) and Michelle and a few other of their SF friends for brunch at The Corner Store. Everything was delicious — but that biscuit breakfast sando was the best. Later that day, Michelle and I hit up the Soul-Cycle on Union St. It was a great class — and I joked that it wouldn’t be a holiday if I didn’t pull a two-a-day!
I spent that night at Michelle’s — we enjoyed a Mexican feast at Uno Dos Taco on Polk Street and caught up.
I took BART to OAK the next morning (my parents had driven home a day and a half earlier).
It was a fabulous trip and made me so thankful and appreciative of my friendships with my college girlfriends that have remained strong — despite the distance!
How did you ring in 2014?
Did you get in a New Year’s Day sweat sesh?