Going: Bay Area fun

We pulled out of town on Tuesday for the holidays, figuring we would get a jump start on things. We pulled in around ten that night to the mansion in San Francisco. Not to late to go grab some drinks and hang out with friends at that beautiful house.

here’s the front hall
My fella’s gig was with The Mutaytor, a great friend of the band Jimmy always offers to let the band stay in his gi-normous victorian mansion on Alamo Square. It is gorgeous, fully restored, 4 floors, 28 rooms of nooks to explore including the amazing 4th floor tower room with a 360 degree view of all of san francisco.

We  and wandered down to the Ferry Building for hamburgers from Taylor’s Refresher, so Good. The Ferry Building is all kinds of awesome, filled with tons of great snacks and beautiful food.


My fella had sound checks all afternoon so I went back to take a nap as it was gonna be a late evening. we met up with my friend Kristina that evening for drinks at Mini Bar and then got dressed for the big party The Sea of Dreams. Mutaytor put on a great show and everyone totally loved it. We stayed a bit after and then cabbed it home to the mansion for some late night grilled cheese sandwiches.

It’s 2009 woohoooooo!
The next day I awoke bright and early and super excited. We went to the new Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.


The aquarium is fantastic, the dome with the Rain Forest in it is amazing. They still have the tide pools where you can touch the starfishes which was one of my very favorite exhibits as a kid.


We met up with some friends of ours and wandered around with them, they have membership so they can bring their kid anytime they want to.

Friday Morning we got up bright and early to go load up the truck with gear from the show (but not before I sidetracked us to at Tartine Bakery in the Mission that makes some of the absolute best morning buns, my favorite breakfast treat!) After load out Jim and I hit the road for points north! Our plan was to find a hotel somewheres and do some exploring around Marin County. We decided on Petaluma which is the cutest town! Lot’s of historic buildings, lots of yummy snacks and a great Best Western Hotel that suited us just fine.

That night my fella took me up to Hop Monk in Sebastopol where The Mutaytor had played a show a few monthes ago. It’s a great brew pub with fantastic food and a great place to see live music. I highly recomend it if you’re in the area. The mussels are delicious.

Our last full day of exporing and the plan was oysters. We got some coffee and headed to Pt.Reyes to stock up on fancy cheeses and other picnic supplies before we drove up to Tomales Bay Oyster Company to get oysters. They have picnic tables where you can set up and BBQ oysters or just crack and eat them raw. We managed to snack our way through two dozen each and they were so good. Combined with a wonderful selection of cheeses we picked up at the Cowgirl Creamery, a fresh pear, wine, bread and some great chocolate chip cookies it was a delicious feast. 2009-7-miriamdema
Here’s the sunset from our drive along the coast. It was a fantastic trip and so much fun!



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  1. meantererstill January 5, 2009 at 5:00 pm #

    I will yell out a serious OMG!!! You had entirely too much fun being a tourista in your old home town. And oysters in Tomales on top of it all. Some people have all the fun and you both totally deserve it all.

  2. Amanda K Lockrow January 22, 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    This looks like such a fantastic trip! And Italy right after, you are one lucky lady!