Max and I never celebrate Valentine's, but with everything jam-packed into that particular weekend, it sure felt like it! We don't get to see each other often with our busy schedules and 2 hour driving distance, so when we do hang out it's usually a weekend full of things to do or a lot of couch time and Netflix.
Max couldn't take a day off from his workout and the 24 Hour Fitness on the border of Union City/Hayward is a Supersport–he can't get access with his basic membership–so I had to find a local community pool for him to get his swim on. Hayward Plunge was $4 and the best option. None of the other 24's have pools, I tried calling for the free trial at City Sport and the membership advisor bothered me via phone EVERY DAY for 3 weeks, and the next community pool, Siliman in Newark was $9 for a day!!!
An old friend from Chicago was on a work trip to SF, so a bunch of friends gathered at the Academy of Sciences for Nightlife. We luckily got in for free and there was a Valentine's/Beerfest thing going on so it was especially crowded. Beers were alright, lines were long, everything was packed. I had a pretty good time although I would have enjoyed getting to explore more of the exhibits. I also didn't get to drink very much because I had to drive my manual car into the city!!! Ahhhh....but the hills weren't so bad. I only used my E-brake once.
The only place open late on a Thursday for "good" food was a Korean place. It was alright. Soju was cheap but I didn't get to drink that either :(
The next day, I took Max to St. George in Alameda! We're both HUGE fans of St. George. It was a beautiful day and we had stellar views of the city and warm sunshine.
It's hard to see the sign above the door, but it says: "Emotional Support begins here".
St. George has a $20 tour and tasting. The tour is a detailed insider look into the company's upbringing and brewing process. I love hearing nerds nerd out about their stuff. Their enthusiasm and attention to near-perfection is why I love their company so much.
Their absinthe is my favorite!
I also love their gins.
After our tour and tasting, Max and I had a picnic on St. George's front patio. You can't drink alcohol out there, but you can bring outside food to eat. We packed a picnic lunch with Trader Joe's goodies and enjoyed the scenery by ourselves. There aren't any restaurants too close by which is why the patio is usually always empty.
On a whim, I drove around Alameda some more and ended up at the USS Hornet. How often do you randomly park your car to this kind of view?!?!
Overall, we had a simple, amazing weekend :)