San Francisco

One holiday down and another one to go. December has always been an interesting month to me. It's about the time when things wind down, we tie loose ends before the year concludes and oh yes, that big magical holiday that every child (and adult) waits so anxiously to arrive. But it's also a manic month for me. Even as more time comes on line as work winds down, our newly freed-up schedules get re-compressed with holiday projects, shopping, eating, drinking, decorating, cooking, Christmas cards and being merry with much loved friends and family. Oh what fun and somewhat stressful, but then again, I wouldn't have it any other way. After all, the frenzy adds to the excitement. So to tie at least one loose end, I present a post that never made it earlier in the year as time got eaten up by my cute little gremlin.  Here are some pictures from yet another one of our some-day-legendary-mother-son trips.

If there is ever a one week to visit San Francisco, Columbus Day week is it. It is when the Blue Angels visit town, and this year, it was when the America's Cup yacht race, Hardly Strictly Blue Grass concert and a critical Giant's baseball game took place (that eventually led the team to the World Series Championship!) This is also the one week in San Francisco when its sky miraculously gets cured of its chronic fog.

The incredible air show alone is worth a flight into San Francisco.

Take into account the diverse and incredible cuisine in the bay area and there is never a bad time to visit San Francisco. Here Alex is taking a big bite into a fig. I hope that his appetite and enjoyment of food continues with the same gusto.

Bay bridge - how many times have I crossed this bridge without appreciating its beauty. The bay bridge is balance of strength and elegance.

Plateful of figs. I've said it before, you'll never need a reason to visit the bay area because it is countless, the abundance of incredible fresh food tops the list for me. 

Flowers ready for delivery. Imagine how sweet it would be to receive flowers delivered from a bike.

Turkey drumsticks. Wow!

Does this picture remind anyone else of The Beatles' Abbey Road cover?

My sweet boy causing ruckus for a couple frat boys when he swiped their bean bags. Hehe!

United's 777 was ever so gently streaming through the calm skies of San Francisco. I can't wait for our chance to ride on this graceful plane. 

A sea of people out to see the Blue Angels. I still think the best place to be is on a rooftop in the Marina with a bottle of beer. 

Unlike the near silence of the 777 and the Navy's Stealth Bomber, the Blue Angels nearly blasted our ear drums. 

"Where did the Blue Angels go?" While socializing on the Marina Green Alex missed the jets swirling above his head. Do we have a candidate for most outgoing baby in the world?

One of these days you'll appreciate these pictures Alex. We've had you on the plane before you could walk and this is just the beginning. Oh the places you'll go!

Blue Angels flying low over Alcatraz

Strawberry-stained face and sweater
Sausalito where Alex met with the most impressive foodie we know, Sherry Page of Culinary Getaways. She is an incredible woman in the foodie world and one of the kindest most interesting souls I've met in my life. It's worth going out of your way to connect with Sherry if you are in town. You won't regret it.

LouAnn of Oyster Culture writes a fascinating food blog on food history and everything interesting about food. She is as interesting, down-to-earth and lovely in person as you would imagine reading her blog.
Beatles mania! Between the yakitori - Japanese skewered meats grilled to perfection at Halu and the Beatles posters, we were in delicious rock 'n roll heaven.  If you do stop in Halu, don't leave without ordering the bacon wrapped mochi, which is an interesting contrast of chewy and crispy textures. 

This was one of the most memorable trips in recent memory. I can't wait to do it again!


Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I miss San Francisco for many of the reasons you have mentioned. Your little guy will one day appreciate it all!

El said...

Glad you're having fun. Enjoy!

Shereen said...

Hi there,
I don't think that you have photograph a United 787 Dreamliner. A Dreamliner only has 2 engines while the one in the photo has 4. That looks like a Boeing 747 to me.

Fresh Local and Best said...

Ah! I stand corrected. It is United's 777 flying through San Francisco.

tasteofbeirut said...

Your post and beautiful photographs has allowed to revisit San Fransisco and enjoy from afar again; I don't think I have ever seen it so bright and sunny! Love the air show, the farmer's market and the adorable munchkin and his beautiful mama!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

So much fun packed in one post Christine. The Blue Angels and the tall ships are my favorite. Meeting a fellow blogger tops the trip off nicely.

From the Kitchen said...

Your posts always leave me hungry--literally and wanting to be in San Francisco!! I'd love to meet up with you and your adorable boy--Miette's would be perfect. I'll treat!!


Fresh Local and Best said...

We would absolutely look forward to meeting you too Bonnie!

Mari Nuñez said...

Beautiful photos! I love the photo of Alex and the big bite he gave to the fig.

Have a wonderful week :)

Denise @ Creative Kitchen said...

It looks like you guys had such a great time! I've only been to San Francisco while on layover to Hawaii...hence, I've only been IN the airport. Hopefully one day I'll get out there to explore.

Can't believe how grown he already is. Wow!!

Happy Holidays!!


Sherry Page said...

Christine, it was so fun to see you and Alex, as always! Your photos and your stories are so wonderful! Miss you guys!

Sara McCarty said...

I love your mother-son trips! I hope Mac and I take amazing trips like this together someday. Some day when I'm not terrified to travel alone with him! You must spill your travel secrets. Also, I am DYING to go to San Francisco. Your pictures and descriptions of food always do this to me!

Bunkycooks said...

It's been many years since I traveled to San Fransisco and seeing this makes me want to go again soon! BTW, what a very cute traveling companion you have. ;-)

b said...

SF is such a fabulous city. I've only been there twice and loved it both times. What a super post, Christine. Such a wonderful experience for Alex. Traveling with kids is often difficult, but the joy of this trip shines through with your photos.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

San Francisco is a wonderful place! Looks like you all had a great time :) Alex is having so many wonderful experiences with you.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Oh yes, this trips will become legendary...someday soon.

I tasted dried Mission Figs today and finally 'got it', so your son eating them is an inspiration.

Gorgeous photos and I can relate to the full-free-full schedule that November and December bring. I always plan on doing cards and making fruit cakes in September. never happens! Sigh.

nancy at good food matters said...

love seeing these bright blue sky images on this drab cold morning.
yes, Alex will enjoy seeing these in years to come. hope you have wonderful holidays. we are on baby vigil--my first grandchild is due to arrive any time now! All best, Nancy

Hotly Spiced said...

Lovely to visit your blog. What a great post. I love the image of your son eating the fresh fig. And those turkey legs on the BBQ look super-delicious. And the photo of the two of you is just gorgeous xx

Velva said...

"Oh, the places you will go"- I think you sum it up pretty nicely.

Alex is such a cutie! You can just eat him-up.

I have only been to San Francisco one time and it was freaking amazing. Definitely one of Americas greatest cities.

Happy Holidays to you.


lisa is cooking said...

So sweet, and so many great shots of Alex! One of these days, I must visit Miette.

Kim said...

Alex is absolutely adorable. I know you will treasure these adventures with him. He is at very sweet age!

Unknown said...

I love this post, Christine! It makes me think of one of my favorite cities in the world, and of course, the photos are fantastic. Alex is super adorable, and you're beautiful too! :) Hope all is well. Have a great new year!