It took me way longer than it should have to come up with a title for this blog post, and it still doesn’t even really fit. Oh well. Here’s all about my time in San Francisco and San Jose!
I was up obnoxiously early for a doctor’s appointment (more details on that to come) before I had to head up the coast with my parents. I slept in the car for a little bit, and when I woke up, we were at Harris Ranch, our favorite stop along the I-5. We ate lunch (I got a Caesar salad with tri-tip because you can’t go to Harris Ranch and not get steak of some sort) and were on our way!
We got to our hotel in the heart of San Francisco at around 5:15pm, and had to rush to get ready for dinner at my aunt and uncle’s house. The reason we headed up for the weekend was for my cousin Aaron’s Bar-Mitzvah, so there was much family time to be had on this trip.
After dinner, we headed back to our hotel for sleep. I was awoken at an unknown time to my brother Zach getting in from school. I hadn’t seen him in 4 and ½ months, so despite my grogginess, I was extremely excited to see him! I then looked at the clock and discovered that it was 3am, and promptly went back to sleep. Overall, a really long day.
The day of the Bar-Mitzvah had arrived. My parents left a little earlier than my brother and I, and we ended up having time for breakfast at this diner that was attached to our hotel. It was pretty good (the diner, not the hotel, as it was on a busy street without double paned windows. Genius, right?).
The Bar-Mitzvah service was nice (the best part was the homemade chocolate chip sprinkle challah at the luncheon), but Zach and I were both really excited to take long naps in the hotel, and we did just that.
Now for the party. My aunt and uncle had rented out this small movie theater in Japantown for the guests to eat dinner and watch Raiders of the Lost Ark, a classic. There was a man making custom sushi rolls and a woman making fancy grilled cheeses. It was delicious. Overall, one of the most unique Bar-Mitzvahs that I’ve been to (and trust me when I say that I’ve been to a lot), and it was a lot of fun.
We once again grabbed breakfast at the little diner attached to the hotel before hitting the road. My family was heading to my Zach’s basketball tournament in Santa Cruz, but I had to skip it due to work. Instead, I would be spending the afternoon with my friend Jenny in San Jose! I was dropped off at her house and she showed me around the cool areas of the city.
We stopped in Downtown San Jose to check out their annual “Christmas in the Park” celebration, where there were dozens of Christmas trees and other festive Christmas-y things! My snapchat story got a little ridiculous, but I think it was worth it. Here are a few highlights!
We then got a bite to eat and she took me to the airport. Fun fact: the San Jose airport is now one of my favorite airports because it is small, has great free wifi, and almost every seat has an outlet. Take note, larger airports.
When I touched down in LA, my amazing grandparents took me out for dinner to one of my favorites, “Pagliacci’s,” an authentic Italian restaurant. My order switches every time, and I have yet to order something I didn’t like. This time was an old classic, their Penne Norma. We had a great conversation and then I was dropped off at home.
The excitement of the day continued when my friend Jessyca stopped by for dessert! A new place opened up down the street from my house called “Happy Days Cafe,” and their specialty is churros! I knew I had to check it out. We were a little ambitious and went for both their regular churros with a chocolate dipping sauce as well as their assortment of stuffed churros (chocolate, dulce de leche, guava, and nutella). Our favorite was the nutella, followed closely by the guava.
After a long day, I settled into bed for the evening, wishing I could go on another little adventure sometime soon.
-Girl in San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles 🙂