The 2016 wedding season has come to an end for Tyson (my beau) and I. The second and final wedding of 2016 was a two day Nigerian wedding in the Bay area. I haven’t been to the Bay Area in about 5 years and Tyson had never been so this was going to be fun! We flew into San Francisco on a Thursday and departed on a red eye Sunday night. Since we were tied up with wedding activities on Friday and Saturday evening, we had Thursday night, Friday morning and all day Sunday to go sightseeing.
After picking up our rental car from the airport we stopped for dinner at Brenda’s French Soul Food on 652 Polk St. Brenda a native New Orleanian specialized in New Orleans cuisine and does not miss a beat.Tyson ordered the BFC (Brenda’s Fried Chicken) and I ordered the watermelon ice tea and shrimp and grits. Coming from Louisiana myself, I was happy to get a taste of home. Tyson said it was the BEST fried chicken he has ever had, which is a pretty big deal. Please be warned, the food is incredibly rich, no calories are spared.
On Friday morning we toured Berkeley. We drove around the UC Berkeley campus and parked the car to scroll the residential neighborhood streets. Coming from the east coast, it is fun to see different architectural styles.
On Saturday the wedding was at the Scottish Rite Center on Lake Shore Drive in Oakland across the street from Lake Merritt.
If we had more time, I would have loved to rent a boat from the boat house or go on a picnic on the lake.
On Sunday, we checked out of our hotel and drove back to San Francisco. We ate brunch at the historic Cliff House on Los Lobos right on the Pacific ocean and near the Golden Gate Bridge. The brunch spread was amazing and the views of the ocean and cliffs were stunning. Little did we know, we were next door to the Sutro Baths ruins. The baths were once privately owned public salt water pools. After brunch we explored the sandy beach and the ruins for hours. It was the best surprise and the highlight of the trip. We couldn’t have had a more perfect ending to our California adventure.
The Bay area has so much to offer and I am sure if we had more time we could have seen so much more! What are you favorite spots in San Francisco?