It wouldn’t be a happy Friday if I didn’t share another round of “Friday Favorites.” We’ve covered a lot of things this week, including class reviews, the top six reasons to work with a personal trainer and my workouts and eats, so let’s get to something a little bit more informal.
My favorite recent dining experience: Stones Throw
Because Dave and I go to so many new restaurants in San Francisco, I rarely write a full review or detail every meal for you. However, last Saturday we had some noteworthy food and customer service at Stones Throw in the Russian Hill neighborhood. Stones Throw is a busy new spot, and I had to make reservations more than six weeks out to get a table for four on a Saturday night at 8 p.m. Dave and I were joined by another couple, including my work friend Lauren, who you see frequently in my class review posts.
The setting of Stones Throw was the typical San Francisco laid-back scene, but for some reason all the patrons were dressed a little fancier than normal (so it’s a good thing I had on my red lipstick, which you see pictured below). There was a big bar at the entrance and a larger dining room around the corner, so it wasn’t as small and cozy as other neighborhood spots.
We arrived right at 8 p.m. and met our friends near the busy bar area. The hostess immediately took our drink order and apologized for a short delay for our table. Instead of having us go to the bar ourselves, she brought drinks to us, and even put Dave’s beer on ice in a little ice bucket. It was a great touch and was above and beyond what you would expect upon arrival. When we were finally seated, she gave us a complimentary appetizer snack, the Crispy Tomato Cream Wafers and Fresh Fava Dip, for our troubles.
Shown from top left to bottom right: Fava Bean Dip, Tuna Tataki, Menu and Salmon.
Dave and I split an appetizer snack, the Heirloom Melon & Tombo Tuna Tataki, which was small but tasty. For our entrees, I had the Pan-Seared Salmon with Pureed Corn, and Dave had the famous “Da Burga a.k.a Da Disaster” — yes, that’s really the name of it. My salmon was some of the best I’ve had (and believe me, I’ve had a lot of salmon), and I can attest that Dave’s burger was mouth-wateringly incredible. I may or may not have finished the last corner that he left of it on his plate and didn’t even get a picture.
We didn’t get dessert at the restaurant, wanting to save that for later, but were super impressed with everything. In fact, Stones Throw is a good contender for my next iteration of the top 25 restaurants in San Francisco.
My favorite thing about walking in San Francisco: Sights
It’s no secret that it was a big transition to get into this city life that I lead now on foot around San Francisco. Having moved from Florida, public transportation, a walking lifestyle and an urban setting were entirely new to me. Now that Dave and I are officially reaching the two-year mark, I like to stop and appreciate the good moments of being on foot. We won’t live in the city forever, and I’m so glad I’m getting this experience.
Although I can get tired from marching around with a backpack and sneakers going from one gym to another, many times I enjoy the cool breeze, city buzz and fun sights of traversing the urban core. Earlier this week as I was walking to teach BODYATTACK on a Wednesday evening, I felt moved to take a picture of this functioning retro MUNI train. Why? Because it’s just one example of the old and the new you find mixed together here. And those sneakered feet take me everywhere I need to be.
Shown above: MUNI bus at Market, Montgomery and Third in the Financial District.
Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of times when I’d rather rely on the ease of driving and parking to get places quickly. But if I was always in the car, I’d miss these great intersection moments.
My favorite gifts: Personalized signs
Have you ever ordered anything from Etsy? For our wedding, Dave and I received a wooden sign with our last name on it and the year we were married. I love the sign (shown below), and it has now been hung in three different apartments over the years. I’m a big fan of personalized gifts and since receiving the sign, I’ve given three other couples similar signs for their respective housewarmings, weddings and new babies. I always order from Etsy and have always been impressed with the customer service. My latest order was from this shop owner, and he was great.
When we moved into our current apartment, we had one little corner wall that needed something tall and narrow, so I selected a big red, wooden rustic “P.” I ordered it from this shop owner, and it’s such a high quality wood piece. I love it.
Shown above: Rustic P and Customized Sign.
These pieces hang in different parts of our apartment, and they both make me happy every time I look at them, so I felt it was time to share.
Ok, friends! That’s the end of today’s “Friday Favorites.” At lunch-time today, I’m heading off to try a new barre class and then teach BODYPUMP tonight. Dave and I have a few fun things on the agenda for the weekend, and I’ll be sure to pop back in for some pictures and updates. Have a good one!
And one more thing …
But before I go, I will leave you with something to laugh about: Have you seen the Celebrities Read Mean Tweets segments from Jimmy Kimmel Live? These videos have me cracking up. The other night, Dave and I went through and watched every single one. Please enjoy!
Other entertaining Friday Favorites
Check out all of my previous “Friday Favorites” posts below. And for even more, visit the the link-up hostess, Heather.
- A snack, a purse and a ritual
- A delivery, a bra and a guy
- A sweet, a wine and a read
- A drink, a gadget and a plan
- A time, a bottle and a powder
- San Francisco edition
- Beauty edition
- Beach vacation edition
- Hidden meanings
- Kicks, a book and a bowl
- The very best sweatshirts
- Party hosting and froyo
- Fourth of July daytime activity
- Beauty basics edition
- Workplace edition
- Shopping, sales and a show
- The foods I always buy
- Sushi, a game and pants
- Fitness apps
- Delicious and healthy products
- Comfort, fitness and function
- Beauty, buddha + blog events
Questions of the day
Do you have any fun weekend plans? Any new favorites to share? What’s the best service you’ve ever had at a restaurant and what made it so great?