Vegan sushi night + weekend things at Golden Gate park + favorite city hike

Hello to you all! Another week has gone by filled with the usual shenanigans. Work has been pretty crazy with the end of year crunch, but fortunately I had a few fun moments to brighten up the week.

On Thursday, I met up with my friend from work, Sam. You know those people who are acquaintances but you want to get to know better because you feel like you would click? That’s been me and Sam over the last few years – we’ve known each other from work for a while, but this was our first time hanging out outside of the office. It was really nice to grab dinner and get to know each other better, and I hope there’s more to come. 🙂

Sam picked out a vegan sushi spot in the Mission, and it was interesting to say the least. I’m a big sushi fan, but let’s just say I’ll probably stick with non-vegan next time. 😛

Fast forward to the weekend. On Saturday, Joe and I had a typical day doing our favorite weekend things. After breakfast, we walked to Golden Gate Park for a morning adventure. We saw the observation deck at the De Young Museum was open, so we headed up the elevator for views at the top. I feel like this is one of the best kept secrets in SF as it’s not on the typical attractions lists. At the top there are beautiful 360 views of the city. And it’s FREE!

After the observation deck, we walked a short distance to the Botanical Gardens. This has become our second home as we frequently go to check out the new growth (plus it’s free for SF residents). It’s been nice to track the changes during the year-long cycle of the garden.

At this time of year, the garden was scaled down, but it was still a nice experience especially after all the rain over the last few weeks.

Some parts of the garden were healthy as ever like the bamboo forest. I worked on a bamboo farm in Portugal my summer after college, so I’ve always loved bamboo. 🙂

After our morning walk, we picked up Dragon Eats for lunch. I could eat this every day.

The rest of the day was spent watching true crime documentaries and chilling inside. We made s’mores where we replaced Hershey’s chocolate with a Reese’s cup. If you haven’t tried this yet, you must!

Sunday was another relaxing day with gorgeous SF weather. Joe and I hung out at his apartment most of the day, but we did get out for a hike in the afternoon in the Presidio. We did the Batteries to Bluff trail, my #1 favorite city hike. It doesn’t even feel like you’re in the city as the trail takes you from the top of the rock cliffs down to the beach, with views of the Golden Gate Bridge the entire way. It’s another one of my favorite secret spots of SF.

I love the iconic wooden stairway that leads you down the trail with views of the water the entire way.

The views of the Golden Gate Bridge can’t be beat.

We chilled at the beach area before climbing all the way back up.

I’m looking forward to the short work week and spending Thanksgiving in SF this year for the first time. Usually I find a reason to get out of town, but this year we decided to keep it simple. Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving with loved ones where ever you are!

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