A Quick Trip to The Bay Area

Mermaid Statue at Ghiradelli Square, San Francisco, California
Mermaid water fountain at Ghiradelli Square. San Francisco. Photo © Ruby Hunt

I’ve been late on posts, and busy with the kid because the holiday break was THREE WEEKS LONG. I wouldn’t have minded so much if we all weren’t sick as dogs for most of December. It wasn’t until the last week of break till we got some sort of relief.

Because it was planned for months, I was still able to took a quick kid-free trip to the Bay Area with my husband.

Here are some things we enjoyed about our stay:

Fisherman’s Wharf

I know it screams “tourist”, but it’s an SF staple I enjoy, mainly, because we don’t have something similar to it in L.A. I booked our hotel (which was great for the location, but not much for anything else) in that area, which was a nice walk or quick Lyft ride away from a lot of the food places on my list. I stumbled upon a Groupon for a very fun and unique activity, located at Pier 39:

Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze

Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze at Pier 39 Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California. Photo by Ruby Hunt

Even without the Groupon, I think this is worth the $5 admission price. Black lights and strobe lights bounce off the mirrors, creating a very psychedelic atmosphere. One could easily get through this maze quickly, but there’s no reason to speed up the process. I couldn’t stop laughing as I poorly navigated my husband and I through the maze. Twenty minutes of the maze put us in a jovial mood the rest of the day. I highly recommend a visit, and use the people at the info booth of Pier 39 to help you find it.

https://www.magowansinfinitemirrormaze.com/

Dining

Burma Superstar

We have a lot of great restaurants in L.A., but I can’t find anything close to what has become a one of my favorite must-dine destinations in SF: Burma Superstar. Ever since my friend introduced me to this restaurant over five years ago, every trip to the Bay Area has included a meal here. I always order their famous Tea Leaf Salad. Knock-off recipes can be found online, but the list of ingredients is vast and very specific. Thankfully, our wait wasn’t long, because I added myself to the wait list through Yelp. So instead of waiting over an hour, our wait was under 30 minutes.

Burma Superstar has locations throughout the Bay Area.

https://www.burmasuperstar.com/

È Tutto Qua

Several years ago (ok maybe ten) on a girls’ trip to San Francisco, I ate the most amazing squid ink pasta dish. I don’t remember the name or the restaurant, but it was my first time trying squid ink pasta. Since then, I’ve been on a quest to find it. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t as amazing as I remembered, but probably the environment and camaraderie that contributed to the feeling. Nevertheless, I still try to find it on a menu, and É Tutto Qua turned up on my Yelp search for “restaurants that serve squid ink pasta”. The restaurant itself was fun, and had a very friendly atmosphere, due to the enthusiastic wait staff. Although it didn’t bring back the magic of the original squid ink pasta dish I searched for, it was still a pretty good meal.

http://etuttoqua.com

The Ferry Building

Cowgirl Sidekick

My husband is a big fan of anything cheese, and we love cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery. Although we can find their cheese at Whole Foods in L.A., we enjoy sandwiches from their cafés scattered throughout the Bay Area. The grilled cheese sandwiches are huge, so it was enough for us to split one for a casual lunch.

https://www.cowgirlcreamery.com/sidekick-cafe-milk-bar

Alameda

Pacific Pinball Museum

Pacific Pinball Museum vintage pinball games, located in Alameda, California. Photo by Ruby Hunt

Since our trip was so short, and our flight was out of Oakland Airport, it made sense for us to trek out to Alameda (by bus!) and spend a few hours at Pacific Pinball Museum. It was pretty awesome that we happened to visit on a “Two-for-One” day, where it’s $20 for two people for unlimited play on their 90+ pinball games! It was definitely a museum, housing a whole room of very vintage pinball machines, moving on to recognizable favorites from the 80’s and 90’s. We could have spent all afternoon there if we didn’t have to catch our flight, but it was a fun two hours spent.

https://www.pacificpinball.org/


Disclaimer: Westside Mommy was not compensated in any way for this post. This was a personal trip and I am sharing my experience. All opinions are honest and 100% my own.