North Beach Saturday

Phew, has this been a really long weekend. Let’s backtrack to where I left off on Friday! I left my car at Toyota while I worked and found seriously heart breaking news. My car, which is a Corolla ’09, has been acting funny for the past few months. When I went on a mini trip to So Cal last week, my AC stopped working. It only blows the air that’s from the outside, leaving it pretty useless really. Then, there was a scraping sound whenever we went over bumps on the freeway so I wanted to get it checked out before it broke down on me. It turns out that everything will take around $2000 to fix which is a bummer. I certainly do not have that kind of money laying around! I’m going to take it to a few mechanics to get more quotes. Everyone tells me that it shouldn’t be happening because of how new my car is, which bums me out a little more.

To cheer myself up, Chi, Richie and I went to eat sushi after they had a bro workout in the backyard. I don’t eat seafood (except for shrimp, calamari and jellyfish), so I always get my standard shrimp tempura roll. I found a pretty unique vegetarian option that sounded option to try: the veggie caterpillar roll! Shiitake mushrooms, avocado and cucumber. Yum!


I had to work early the next morning, so Chi and I watched parts of a forgotten movie before I passed out. Something exciting I did was use the Sidecar app for the first time!


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Essentially, it’s kind of a new-aged taxi service. You pick a driver close to you they pick you up if they’re available. The cars have GPS so you can see where they’re going and how far away they are. All transactions are through the app, so you don’t have to worry about not having cash or any safety concerns. You can also rate drivers and customers, so customer service is astounding. I wasn’t asked to sponsor this company, but I still highly recommend anyone that lives in a big city that offers this app to give it a try. It’s also way cheaper then catching a cab and having to worry about being verbally assaulted by the driver!

I used a sidecar to go from my job to Abby’s house because we were going to the North Beach Festival!


San Francisco has a decent amount of fairs during the warmer months, and I believe NB Fest to be one of the bigger ones. Food vendors, beer gardens and so many local boutiques occupying booths for us to shop.

We were all standing in line for Vietnamese food when I blinked and Chi disappeared. He snuck back in with this


and this.


How could I be mad when he made sure to bring two forks? Thanks Chi! I’m not a huge fan of funnel cakes, but look how amazing this looks.

I ordered the chicken garlic noodles, which was also amazing. The only thing that could of made it better was a cold beer to wash it down.


We hung around for a few hours with a group of friends until everyone was worn out and ready to go home.

The next day, I volunteered my usual shift at the hospital, then nannied all day. This time, I got to bring the kids to the Exploratorium.

“The Exploratorium a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker. For more than forty years, we’ve built creative, thought-provoking exhibits, tools, programs, and experiences that ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning.”

I couldn’t of said it better my self! I think I was more excited than the kids to go. There are so many cool interactive things to do there. I can’t wait to have my own so I can bring them here to learn while having a lot of fun. They teach visual learning, science, biological things that had my two-year-old wrapped up and not wanting to leave!


They recently moved the Exploratorium from the Palace of Fine Arts (where I want to get married) to a Pier on the bay.

The first attraction, although not so much for learning, really invoked the kids to give it a go. It’s a toilet shaped water fountain. I can still hear their giggles as they drink out of it.


Most of the pictures I took of the actual exhibits had pictures of the kids face’s, which I do not feel comfortable posting online. So pretend you saw the timeline of a live chicken embryo, the explanation of how equilibrium has much to do with our hearing and the huge chairs that make you seem little.

Now gawk at the amazing view I witnessed while eating my overpriced half chicken and roasted carrots ($22! Can you believe it?!).


I also watched the America Cup’s sailboats practicing and a family of seagulls playing with each other while I enjoyed my meal.

This pirate art made out of toothpicks took 38 years to build, and works as a little maze. You can put the balls on top and watch them roll down the decks all the way down to the bridge. It was really cool to watch.


A wall of funny artistic signs and sayings.


And finally, one of the most beautiful views of San Francisco on top of Twin Peaks. Located right in the center, you can see a panorama from the Golden Gate Bridge all the way downtown. I just want to point out that I hardly had to edit the picture, it was that beautiful.


Do you enjoy going to fairs in your city? Are you amazed by how far technology has came since smart phones came into play?

10 thoughts on “North Beach Saturday

  1. The food, as usual, looks incredible! I’m sorry about your car though! The sidecar app sounds really cooL! I’ll have to give it a shot! I LOVE that water fountain. When I first saw the picture I was really confused, but I read the post and it all made sense! Gorgeous scenery!

  2. All the food you post! Ay yi yi! I drool!
    Your photographs are exquisite and make me want to come out there to visit! I went to SF when I graduated college, courtesy of my mama and grandma, and it was amazing! I didn’t feel like I had enough time there at all (but do you ever on vacations?). I’m not so sure I could drink water out of a toilet, no matter how legit it really is. We have a similar car service here in ATL but I couldn’t get it to work for the life of me! That service looks and sounds so much better though! So jealous! 🙂 happy Monday!

    • If it makes you feel better, I don’t think it was ever used as a real toilet. I totally understand where you’re coming from, I’d be a little bit hesitant!

    • I saw on my reader, I was so surprised and thrilled! My boyfriend was actually telling me the other day that he was talking to a blogger at Toma. I was curious who it was because he couldn’t remember the name exactly. Small world! Also, glad to have you as a new reader! xx

  3. That Sidecar app is such a great idea! How awesome to live in such a progressive, innovative city like SF!

    I don’t think we really explored North Beach much while we were there, but we did go see the sea lions at the piers!

  4. The Exploratorium is fantastic for kids…and the funnel cake doesn’t look too bad either. 🙂

    Have you been to North Beach Restaurant? One of my favorites up there…

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