Saturday, November 14, 2009
Believe it or not, this girl is 27.
To celebrate the start of my "late twenties," Chris and I headed to San Francisco, where he had planned a weekend of mini-surprises. The first stop was eating at a little take-out soul food place I'd been dying to try, Little Skillet. We devoured brisket and fried chicken in a quiet little alley, and oh, was it yummy!
Next, we checked into our home for the night, the Good Hotel. As soon as we walked in to the lobby, Chris knew he had made a good pick. There was a ReadyMade magazine vending machine, a vintage photo booth, and plenty of kitsch to make me smile. Needless to say, I was very happy with our accommodations and Chris' thoughtful choice. He has my style pegged.
We started our evening eating and drinking great food and wine at Mission Street Food, a weekly non-profit dinner prepared by chef Tony Myint. The dishes were delicious, the wine plentiful, and all the proceeds went to feed the hungry (Groceries for Seniors, to be exact), which made us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
After our dinner, we hurried over to a bar called the Makeout Room for a show, although there may have been a little making out. The show, Mortified Live, features incredibly entertaining adults reading their often hilarious, embarrassing journals and diaries from when they were teens. The combination of fantastic comedic delivery and the angst-ridden entries had the whole audience laughing from start to finish. Chris thought I would find it extra-relevant since I am currently reading much of this adolescent writing now. He was right. I already want to see the next performance.
I thought that was it for all the birthday treats but there was one more little surprise. Chris led me over to a brunch place in Cole Valley known for making really great Eggs Benedict, my favorite breakfast dish. As we were waiting for our table, I spotted two of my friends walking down the street. Chris had invited a few of my besties who live in or around the city: Shelby, Eileen, and Sara.
It was so nice just to get away for the weekend and escape a bit from lesson-planning and reading. On my actual birthday (Monday), we met my mom and Ken for dinner and cake. Food, friends, and fun ... not a bad way to kick off 27.
I used to sit in the cube behind you. Then I didn't. And then we fell in love.
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