This past weekend, I took a trip up to San Jose to visit Dave for his birthday since he’s been in Cupertino for the last three weeks doing training. I came up here thinking I was just going to spend the weekend exploring a few places in the city with my boyfriend, and I ended up getting so much more than I could have ever imagined. Here are just a few of the highlights I documented.
The first day, while Dave was at work, I lounged around the suite in the comfiest bed of angelic pillows, eating all the snacks in the fridge. No complaints there. Later we got dappered up and headed into San Francisco that night to spend his birthday at a speakeasy within another speakeasy. We’ve sort of become aficionados of prohibition style cocktail bars hidden from street view, and make it a habit to find a blind tiger each time we’re in a new key city. After being given the usual go-around (ring a secret doorbell from the street, provide the right password to the hipster hostess), we were led through the red glow of a Boardwalk Empire-esque lounge to a bookcase that opened up into another bar set within a library. Here it was loud and crowded, and the house rules were frequently broken by touristy camera flashes. Not the type of “speakeasy” affair we’re used to. Thankfully our host came to get us shortly after and led us through yet another secret passageway to where we had made our reservation – a quite and intimate, private detective themed bar in a hazy, narrow room. The experience was fantastic, our bartender was awesome, and our drinks were even better.
The next day, we journeyed into beautiful Napa Valley with the rest of Dave’s team. His roommate’s dad is the head winemaker at Castello di Amorosa and we were invited to tour the incredible Italian-style castle and enjoy some once-in-a-lifetime VIP-treatment wine tasting. The whole day here was absolutely surreal and it was such a pleasure getting to know Dave’s team. After a long day of sipping on complementary wine, we’d worked up quite an appetite and hit up downtown for a feast of beer can chicken, melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork and ribs, and more wine (all free, yet again).
On the final day, we headed back into the city and I dragged everyone to some curiosity shops like Paxton Gate and Loved to Death (unfortunately I couldn’t take any pictures in these places, but they were incredible). We toughed the tourist crowds to get a bread bowl of clam chowder and fried calamari on the Wharf, and ended the day by relaxing in Golden Gate Park with the hippies and vagrants, and the beautiful San Francisco sun.