Spring is coming! Rain, it was nice to see you, we really needed you, but now it’s time to play and frolic in the beautiful Bay weather again. January is practically over, which means with Valentine’s Day decor already hitting the shelves at Target; Easter and spring will be in our faces faster than you can say “Bon Weekend!” .
Here is a fun, unique way to spend a day in the Bay. I’m giving you a head start so you can be the first of your friends this spring to have the dopest #sundayfunday.
Airbnb for boats
Yes, there is an Airbnb for boats. Of course.
As a blogger, I usually turn to blogs when I want to try something, go somewhere, or need inspo. For my fiance’s birthday, I wanted to put something special together, so I turned to some of my favorite blogs: http://www.funcheapsf.com, http://www.upout.com , and http://www.bloglovin.com , just to name a few.
Along my research, I came across the idea of having a party on a boat (duh). That led to another rabbit hole of finding a dinner cruise, and then then there she was: http://www.boatsetter.com .
In short, Boatsetter provides an easy boat rental experience where you can pay by the hour to drive a boat if you already have a boating license, or you can add the captain to your rental as well. There are no monthly membership fees, it’s free to join, and get this… they are almost completely international!
You can filter based on your budget. I filtered on the cheapest hourly rate and was able to find a boat that fit 6 people. I split the cost with friends who were down & promised them beer and snacks (of course).
How we spent the day:
We met our captain at the Berkeley Marina and sailed under the Bay Bridge and back, which was a good 4 hours. Our boat was named Blue Haven and it was equipped with a small cabin that housed a cooler, small kitchen sink, some built in benches and a small restroom.
I jumped down into the cabin and served my friends plates of munchies and handed out beer and wine that we kept down in the cooler. We couldn’t exactly walk around, and had to basically just chill out in our chosen seats — no biggie, we were on a boat!
We brought our portable speakers and blasted Nirvana, we were feeling nostalgic ;). After, feeling completely toasty and high on life (because that’s what partying on a boat does for you) we stumbled in a Lyft to Casa Latina Bakery.
After lunch, we made it back to the city just in time to crash face first into our pillows and take a siesta. Day drinking always knocks me out.
It was a great time and all the friends I invited had a blast and couldn’t believe how easy it was to coordinate all of this. Not only that, but everyone thought I had the best snack spread. 😉
The Best Snack Spread: Using items from Trader Joe’s
Being Filipina and Mexican, I am always 1) hungry and 2) feeding people. Raise your hand if you know the type… Needless to say, when I entertain people, I am always afraid of running out of food. My friends love this about me; my wallet, sometimes not so much… Since I was shifting the bulk of this birthday bash budget towards the boat experience, I wanted to still make sure I had a substantial amount of food without breaking the bank.
With that said, I wanted to share my picnic spread for 6 people.
The key to making a party spread is that you have to have a balance of substantial food and sweets, especially if people are drinking.
- Nutella Sread with Strawberries
- Chocolate covered pretzels
- Lentils and Bruschetta Dip with water crackers
- Hummus and Carrots
- Lemon Basil Pasta Salad
- Wine, red and white
- IPA beer
- Water – Never forget!
This picnic brought to you by Trader Joe’s:
The day before, I went to trader joes and purchased items that required the least amount of preparation. Everything was already pre-packed or made, like this bowtie pasta. I just threw about 3 of these packages into a Tupperware to serve 6 of us.
Of course, who doesn’t love the samples at Trader Joe’s? A while back I tasted this sample below with their steamed lentils and bruschetta sauce.
This recipe is delicious and so easy to make. It’s filling, and when garnished with some fresh basil, everyone is asking what it is, like you’re some kind of culinary god or something. Seriously.
Simply mix the two together, with proportions to your liking, and serve with crackers. Read more about this “more filling appetizer” from the Conscientious Eater Blog
If there is one thing the bay area loves to do, is brunch. I get invites to bonnet brunches, wig brunches, costume brunches, and murder mystery brunches… we love to brunch.
So the next time you are looking for something to do with your crew, get on boatsetter, pack a picnic and sail away.
I wrote a post 3 weeks after I quit both my instagram channels listing 5 positive changes. It’s now been 7 weeks without instagram, here are 5 more positive changes:
- I quit my facebook. Now I’m even MORE productive at work. Funny thing is, I still have the urge to type in facebook.com everytime I open a web browser…but then I remember I don’t have it, and so I just go to work. How many times have you opened up google chrome to research or get something done and you get sucked into a facebook rabbit hole before you remember what you actually went online to do?
- I’ve discovered more internet. Funny to say, I know, but it’s true – there is so much more world wide web out there to be discovered, why spend all your time in one place? It’s like moving out of your parents house for the first time and realizing that there is so much more world beyond your hometown.
- I don’t live through my phone screen anymore.
- I’m more engaged in conversations, I have more things to say, more opinions to try out.
- I can create with less anxiety, I feel more confident in what I make; there is less fear of being judged.
My favorite quote this week:
“The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go.”Dodinsky
In San Francisco’s Japan Town District, located above the Western Addition, you will find the 38 Geary bus that takes you across the city; Ocean Beach to the Financial District.
Japan Town sits right in the middle, on one of the higher topography points in the city, facing only Twin Peaks, with Russian Hill on it’s shoulders in the north. My inner map may be a bit off, as I am writing this from my passive memory having lived in the Richmond District for seven years before I moved downtown. Whenever I envision Japan Town, I have this image of myself sitting on the bus feeling the caterpillar slug over the downtown crest of Gough Street into the burbs of Laurel Heights and into the Sunset District. An interaction I passed everyday, but never fully can remember the details; slowly bobbing my head on the way home from a long day of retail work waking up just in time to get off at my stop on 6th Avenue…
I rode my bike that day, from my apartment in the Tenderloin. I was nervous I was going to hit some gnarly hills. It was rather easy along the McAllister bike route. I remember it being humid and gray; I was hungry and ready to chow down on some sushi and green tea ice cream.
We found a fun little sushi spot where each plate came out on a conveyor belt that wrapped around the restaurant and all you had to do was pick one up and start eating it. The plates were color coded, so yellow was your most basic sushi, and blue was fancier, etc. It was a fun little experience, I could tell it made everyone a little giddy, and perhaps a bit overeager to try everything, more than you would have if you just ordered off the menu. I guess that was all part of their plan…
There happened to be some festival that day, and my friend Sarah swore we saw a celebrity while we stood in line for the green tea ice cream. But I’m not good with pop culture stuff, so I just shrugged and she laughed at me…
And so, I snapped this photo, while this group danced to some Japanese war music; loud drum noises accompanied by abrupt coordinated movements. It was very energizing to watch, it made me think about my own ethnicity of my two mixed cultures, and my eagerness to be a part of both. Growing up both Filipino and Mexican in white suburbia made me feel a bit marginalized when meeting other Filipinos and Mexicans, I didn’t speak either language very well, and so I was quickly dismissed as being one of them. I guess in these moments of being excluded from them makes me feel truly American. America will constantly ask you where you are from, but where my mother and father’s blood originates from is foreign to me. I am from here, but here will always see me as a product of there…
..In this moment, I stood and admired how these Japanese dancers had their culture to stand by, and how their culture embraced them back.
The rest of the story… well, Sarah and I just drank a lot of tea and looked at a bunch of awesome Japanese stationery and trinkets. We talked about adult friendships how to break them off when they aren’t serving you well and how to recognize the good ones; we talked about the possibilities of moving out of the city or even to another state along the west coast – Oregon, perhaps…
It was a great day, highly caffeinated and full bellied.
It’s happy hour in the city, and the weather is great. Where should you go? Jones Bar located at the base of Nob Hill, 620 Jones street. With a great patio that sits above the street, you can enjoy a rooftop-like scene in the middle of downtown San Francisco. Be sure to try their Rosé Slush- my favorite drink.
Camera: Minnolta x700
Film: Kodak 400
Model: Luis Quiroz