Not counting the newborn photos taken a few weeks after they were born, James and Julia had never been to San Francisco. So at the end of January 2012 when they were 2 years and 1 month, Mark and I made a day of it. I packed a lot of toys and musical instruments for the car ride because I didn’t want them to be bored when it was dark.
First stop was Anzu, a restaurant in Union Square. Anzu was participating in Dine About Town,
a promotion wherein upscale San Francisco restaurants offer discounted
prix fixe meals. But first we had to park and in doing so we discovered
that James HATED being inside a parking garage, and next we had to take
an elevator and James HATED that too. (When we returned to the car, I
waited with the twins outside the garage to avoid further trauma.) For
the record, after lunch James also HATED getting going inside a public
restroom for a diaper change. Judging from what he HATES, I’m thinking
he has a bit of claustrophobia.
James and Julia see San Francisco for the first time, at Market & 5th.
was an elevator to get to the restaurant (oh no, not again) but we
decided escalators and stairs were a far superior option. And the babies
loved crawling up the staircase. I just pretended not to think about
them eating with their hands after that.
Julia and James wait in the lobby of the Hotel Nikko, home to Anzu.
Anzu, a swanky Asian fusion Sushi bar, was easily the nicest restaurant the twins had been to, and they were model diners!
They loved the house bread and decorating the coloring book of San
Francisco Anzu provided. I ordered them the $5 mac and cheese off the
kid’s menu for them, and I ordered the truffled mac and cheese off the
prix fixe menu for myself and we got the same exact thing! Portion size
and everything! I wasn’t sure if I should be outraged that I paid so
much for mine or excited that theirs was so cheap. (Note to self: Anzu’s
kid’s menu is AWESOME. Can I convince Mark to look 12 on our next
visit?) As it turns out, James and Julia preferred the cold Trader Joe’s
mac and cheese I brought along, but I got some pretty sweet leftovers.
The babies enjoy fine dining at Anzu.
Julia daintily eats bread above her San Francisco coloring book.
James and his Truffle Mac N Cheese
The twins love the bubble sculpture at Anzu. Hope they don't mind toddlers pounding on it.
James talks to Ghost James.
We took a long long walk all the way from Union Square to the Mission Creek
drawbridge by AT+T Park, hoping the twins would nap. In the end, only
Julia did. James was literally on the edge of his seat in the stroller,
not wanting to miss a thing.
Next we visited Yerba Buena Gardens Children’s Playground.
The playground is pretty chaotic with tons of kids running up steep
ramps and swishing down long flume-like covered slides. The twins stuck
to the water area and were content playing there with sand toys. They
also experimented with hitting the pipes to play different musical notes
and ran with us up some of the lower ramps.
Julia and James play with their sand toys in the water.
Julia plays the pipes.
Afterwards we had a quick dinner at Frontera Fresco, Top Chef Masters winner Rick Bayless’s
fast casual restaurant in Macy’s Cellar, with James quickly getting
cranky due to not having a nap. Not surprisingly, he slept on the way
that’s the end of the our first big toddler day trip. And any day trip
you can walk away from (with your eardrums intact) is a good toddler day