As I mentioned last year, my husband and I spend our anniversary in Vegas every year - sounds weird, is always a great time. This year, our trip was delayed until the end of August, but no matter. We were still able to try out restaurants, shop and people watch until we dropped, and relax by the pool. We also checked out Absinthe, a R-rated cirque-style show that's been in a tent outside Ceasar's for years. All I can say is, if you're not afraid of a little profanity, GO! The acts are top notch and the whole thing is hilarious from start to finish. The show is moving inside to the Rose. Rabbit. Lie. space at the Cosmopolitan, which is another really fun evening in itself, so there should be plenty of future opportunity.
Only in San Francisco
One of my dear friends got married over Labor Day weekend - a gorgeous, understated backyard wedding full of love and family - which gave my best friend who moved away two years ago an opportunity to come visit. My husband had a different wedding to go to, and her husband stayed home to take care of their kids, so she and I had a great girl's wedding hitting old haunts around the city. One of those was none other than Swan Oyster Depot (which doesn't have a link because it doesn't have a website). This place is a favorite of Anthony Bourdain and has lines out the door for a reason: the seafood is served simply and is the best you'll find anywhere. Forewarning: they open at 11, but the line starts forming around 9:45 most mornings.
The bride and groom also invited us for a casual BBQ and hike the day after their wedding. I never exactly look forward to a schlep to the East Bay because of the inevitable bridge traffic, but on this day the trek was totally worth it. My friends and I got the chance to catch up with the bride, which is so hard to do at the actual wedding, and discovered a dog-friendly park with a great variety of trails for everything from a one mile saunter to a multi mile serious hike. If you're looking for a place to get outdoors, try Redwood Regional Park!
Run This City
One of the things I love most about being a member of the Junior League of San Francisco is the opportunity to interact with this city in unexpected ways while giving time to a great cause. This past weekend was the Giant Race, a half marathon/10k/5k put on by the San Francisco Giants to benefit Project Open Hand. One free t-shirt and a quick lesson later, and I was checking runners in and handing out bibs and wristbands, chatting with people about the race, and generally having a great time alongside other JLSF volunteers and a big group from Salesforce.