Two weekends ago, Tom and I headed out to the San Fran area for a couple of exciting things! First off, the reason we were able to go at all was because Tom had an interview with a company who were nice enough to fly us both out! Since we were going to be out there for a couple of days, we decided to take the opportunity to go apartment shopping!! I was literally in the last weeks of my graduate program, so I was super thankfully to have a little getaway from all the stress. We even got to hang out with his uncles, which was awesome.
The first day was Tom’s interview, so we had a filling breakfast at the hotel, and then I decided to go for a walk. Usually when we are on vacation, we are all about eating treats and cheats and not exercising, but this trip was different. I think I was just so happy to finally be “Home” that I had no desire to go crazy. If there was a treat I really wanted, I knew I was going to be back in about a month permanently, so why cram it all into one trip and feel terrible? Tom felt the same way too. I went for a nice walk in the 75° weather, right along the bay. It was so beautiful. I literally got teary eyed when I walked up to the bay because I was so happy to be there, and it was all so overwhelming. When you have wished for something for so long, and it actually starts to come true, it can be an intense emotional experience. Here are a few pictures from my walk:
The hotel had some beautiful walking paths in back of it which was really nice. There were a bunch of other people enjoying the beautiful morning, too. After Tom’s interview was finished, we headed to the airport to pick up our rental car. Originally we were just going to get a standard car, but since San Fran was having a heatwave, and it was absolutely gorgeous out, Tom thought it would be best to get some extra Vitamin D and rent a convertible instead 😉 It was an excellent decision, except for the fact that I got a seatbelt sunburn and he had an extremely red scalp at the end of the trip! It was worth it though. We drove to lunch in the city of Burlingame, which is a really cute town filled with shops and cafés. We stopped a brewery to eat, and Tom had a salad and I had a tasty burger with some fries. White potato was a consistent theme in my meals, but considering what I have eaten on past trips, that was pretty tame for me.
The rest of the evening, we just relaxed at the hotel. Tom had been preparing for the interview for weeks before and was exhausted now that it all came to an end. We ate at the hotel restaurant that night, and I had a piece of grilled chicken with bacon and swiss and a cup of fruit, while Tom had fish and chips. It was pretty mediocre but good enough to get the job done.
The next day we had to visit 5 apartments! We skipped breakfast that morning, so between visits, we stopped at an adorable café in San Mateo. It was a tiny little place with pictures of trains literally covering their walls, and they served breakfast and lunch all day. We both decided to build our own omelets, which was an excellent decision. I decided on ground beef, avocado, cheddar, mushrooms, and bacon. It came with some delicious home-fries, but I wasn’t able to finish them, just like the fries with my burger the day before.
After we saw a couple more apartments, we decided to take a drive past where I will be working pretty soon, to check out the area. The drive was unbelievably beautiful and we even saw some horses! Needless to say, I am very much looking forward to my commute this coming summer!
That evening we drove through and past San Fran to visit Tom’s uncles, who live about 20 minutes north of the city. Going over the Golden Gate in a convertible was a very cool experience! The weather was perfect and the drive was just gorgeous. They decided to take us to a favorite pizza place of theirs, which is obviously not Paleo. Tom and I split a pizza that had brussel sprouts and some other things on it, and we also split some housemade meatballs, which were AMAZING. The pizza was delicious too, and the crust was paper thin, so I didn’t feel overly guilty about it. The fact that we were hanging out with his family in the most gorgeous place ever overshadowed the poor eating choices, lol.
The next day, we visited 5 more apartments, this time accompanied by Tom’s uncles. Before we set off for the day we stopped at “Alana’s Cafe” in Burlingame for a delicious breakfast. The place was packed and we had to wait about 30 minutes to be seated. I had a scramble filled with veggies and meat, an iced latte, and a homemade plum scone, which was amazing. I will definitely go back when we move closer. After nomming, we headed out to see more places. We had a lot of fun, although I did get pretty frustrated because we weren’t finding anything exactly like we wanted, and everything started to blur together after a while. In the end, we found a place that will be good enough for 1 year, and if we want to move after that, it will be easier for us to find a place locally. We had to say “good-bye” to Tom’s family, which was sad, but we will be seeing them again soon.
That evening, we decided to grab dinner in Burlingame, and just walked around until we found someplace of interest. We ended up at a Danish bakery, which doubled as a restaurant. For my meal I had cream of asparagus soup and some killer pork jägerschnitzel. However, the best part of the meal, unfortunately, was this amazing non-paleo, baked brie dish. It was garlic bread made from sour dough, topped with brie and served with sliced pear. OH MY GOD, it was AMAZING. Definitely worth the gluten splurge, let me tell you.
The next day we headed home on an early flight. We had breakfast in the Virgin terminal of the airport, which ended up being our favorite breakfast of the trip! I think it was called “Lark Steakhouse” or something like that, and their bacon was SO good. The trip was wonderful, and I am thankful that we were able to go before we moved out there blindly. Now, I just have graduation standing in my way of freedom! Next week I will officially be done with my doctorate program, and I CANNOT WAIT! It has been 22 years in the making, and I am ready to be finished. I am ready to move to Cali and start my life.
Talk to you guys soon,