Weekend in the city

So to start, I must admit that I have a really bad song stuck in my head thanks to this title. When I was a sophomore in high school, I played piano for the jazz choir, and one of the songs we did was “Night in the City.” In case you haven’t heard of it, it is a super cheezy 70’s sounding song that goes like “Night. Night! In the city! In the city! Looks pretty! Looks pretty to me! Night in the city!” And that reminds me of last night when Laura and I were singing the song from the strip-club scene in “Lost in Translation” (yeah, that one) walking back from Love Parade. But enough of songs stuck in my head…

This has been a picture perfect weekend in San Francisco, although I haven’t done too much to take advantage of the sunny weather. But just walking around is wonderful when the sun is shining.  This weekend has been fun, but not too crazy, and so I think that I am beginning to find that balance between partying all night and sitting at home stressing out about things.  It’s been good food, good friends, and no hangovers, which makes me feel rather mature. Although I must admit, that when I get home, I do feel that something, or someone rather, is missing, and life isn’t quite where I want it to be.

But enough of that. Here are some of the places I’ve been this weekend:

  • Love Parade:  I finally made it this year, and didn’t stay for too long, but it was quite the site to see. It was like everyone went into their closets and found their favorite Burning Man/Halloween/underwear/clubbing outfit and headed to the Civic Center. It was very mellow and the cops looked bored, which is always what you want at big events.
  • Alembic: The attitude of the staff aside, this bar was lots of fun. It is no fun when it gets crowded, but we got there early enough to get a table. We worked our way though many of their interesting cocktails and wines, and most of the food menu. In general, the food is a bit salty, but super yummy. The only disappointment was dessert. But I’ll definitely be back.
  • Modern Tea: I haven’t been here in ages, but we ended up here when we wanted something near the Civic Center that wasn’t your typical rich restaurant food. For some reason, the food tastes more homemade, and there are lots of vegetarian options. The carrot cake was a bit boring, but maybe that’s a sign that I just need to give up on desserts when I go to dinner.
  • Kaleo Cafe: The internet continues to not work at the SF apartment, so I at the only place in all of Inner Sunset that has free wireless. It stopped working yesterday when I was here, and the girl did not know how to fix it, but I am not going to complain since it is the *only* place in Inner Sunset with free wireless. I had no idea it was here since it is not in the main 9th&Irving area, but Aaron finally found it searching on his Blackberry when he was here. If only they made better coffee…

I am staying up here instead of going back to San Jose tonight, so I might go check out the Folsom Street Fair, or maybe kiss some ass again at pub trivia at Pig & Whistle. Or, if Heather is lucky, I’ll tackle cleaning the refrigerator. I know y’all want to know these details.

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