San Francisco Thanksgiving

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Bay Bridge

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Golden Gate Bridge from the Bay Bridge

We are getting this post out a little late but we had to share about our excellent trip to San Francisco to spend Thanksgiving with my cousin Jonathan, his pregnant wife Kim and their 2 year old Cal. Nikki has been to the Bay area a couple times before but this was my first time and I have to admit that I was blown away.

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Cal likes Fire Trucks…a lot

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Cal’s new hat

It took us about 2.5 hours to get to across the Bridge from Fresno, which I hear, is record time. We were able to wander through the City by car for a few minutes before meeting Jonathan at their apartment. After briefly dropping our stuff we ventured down Chestnut Street to find a cocktail and immerse ourself into San Francisco hipster culture. We found The Tipsy Pig, a favorite of Nikki’s…Nikki and Jonathan got cocktails and I ordered a Russian River IPA. We left and continued to walk around before heading back to their apartment to see Kim and Cal. We hung out for a little bit then left to venture back down Chestnut to find dinner. We settled in at Delarosa and shared the Burrata Bruschetta, meatballs, pumpkin ravioli, gnocchi florentine, fried brussel sprouts and the margherita pizza with burrata. We shared a bottle of wine and enjoyed a great night with family.

Thanksgiving was next and Jonathan went all out…after cheese and bread early in the day and stuffing ourselves with food and wine for dinner we decided to head out for a walk around their neighborhood.

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Ben and Nikki at the Palace of Fine Arts

My favorite part of our walk was walking through the Palace of Fine Arts which is a few blocks away from their apartment, a few blocks away from the Presidio and a few blocks away from the Pacific Ocean. You might recognize the Palace of Fine Arts from “The Rock” which is definitely one of the best action movies ever…

Friday was spent venturing around the city again. We started by heading to North Beach and found a good cafe to help stave off the wine and bushmills hangover from the night before.

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JB, Cal and Kim at the Palace of the Fine Arts

After heading back to their apartment for some excellent leftover sandwiches we ended up making our way back to Fresno for the rest of the weekend.

It was our first Thanksgiving ever being away from one of our immediate families and we did not really know how it would go…we loved every minute of being in San Francisco with family and could not have asked for better hosts.

Nikki and I have really enjoyed our time here in Fresno but the town leaves some to be desired in terms of culture, food, drink, and energy that we have missed from our time living in Downtown Denver. San Francisco helped fill that void and we will be looking forward to our return trip as soon as we can.

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