We flew out around 1pm on Sunday, but we went back to Sears Fine Foods to breakfast before heading to the airport. I got the 18 Swedish pancakes with bacon, and it was awesome.
I also got a picture of our very interesting shower/bath at the Hotel Union Square.
On Sunday, we went to Sears Fine Food for breakfast, recommended by LocalEats as the best breakfast in San Francisco. There was a line outside on the sidewalk but we were still seated in 15 minutes. We both got mimosas and Keith also got a Bloody Mary. I got the French Toast, which were ok, and Keith got Big Al’s breakfast after a server said it was the best thing on the menu. The swedish pancakes that came with his meal were good.
After breakfast we caught a cab down to Pier 39, to go see the sea lions.
When we were on our honeymoon our cruise ship docked a few piers over from 39, but I didn’t go to the Aquarium of the Bay last time, so I went this time.
As I expected this is a small aquarium, and it features local ecosystems.
They have 2 sections of underwater tunnels, with a moving walkway, which were pretty cool.
After the tunnels they have some small exhibits featuring turtles, snakes, salamanders, etc… They also have some fun looking touch pools.
They do have otters now, but they were all snuggled up together at the back of the exhibit napping when I was there.
The weather was so nice that we wanted to drink outside. A few places had ciders or good beers and had a view, but they were 30+ minutes away from where we were.
The closest place I could find that looked like it had a lot of good beers and food was BIN 38. We ordered the cheese plate, which was excellent. Unfortunately the cheeses did not go well at all with the Angry Orchard Cider or the Broadbent Vinho Verde that I ordered. BUT it went really well with the Einstök Icelandic White Ale that Keith had ordered. So thats what I drank the rest of the time.
The beer and wine descriptions were a lot of fun to read, example below.
Einstök Icelandic White Ale (5.2% abv - Akureyri, Iceland)
Sublimely refreshing, world-class Belgian-style ‘witbier’ marked by hints of orange peel and coriander, a white creamy head and pure Icelandic water. Similar to a Blue Moon, but 38 trillion times better.
We sat on the sidewalk and read our kindles and drank our beer for a couple of hours. I would have stayed there all day, but Keith wanted to take a nap
Across the street from BIN 38 is Kara’s Cupcakes, so of course we had to stop in there and pick up cupcakes. I got the Meyer Lemony Lemon (the frosting was not lemony enough for me, but the filling was awesome) and the Raspberry Dazzle (which was ok). Keith got the Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Ganache and the Sweet S’mores. He proclaimed them both awesome.
After going back to the hotel and taking a nap, we went to Thirsty Bear Brewing Company for dinner. We had the housemade pickles, which were good. I tried several of the one bite skewers: grilled marinated mushrooms (would have been better warmer) and marinated machego & membrillo (this was interesting. membrillo is some sort of quince paste). I also had one of the cheeses: Cana De Oveja from Murcia, Spain. This was descriped as sweet, creamy, bloomy rind sheep’s millk, and I really liked it. I also got the grilled bistro filet with adobo marinade and cilantro mojo. This was good, but a little spicy for me.
Keith had the Thirsty Burger, which he liked.
For beer we both had the Valencia Wheat, which was good.