Justin and I spent my birthday/Thanksgiving week in the San Francisco bay area. We drove up on Sunday and watched “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” in the evening. Have you watched it yet? SO GOOD!! We watched the Niners’ Monday Night Football game at The Office in San Carlos, deemed the best bar on the Peninsula by Justin’s brother Brian! My thirtieth birthday was on Tuesday. After working from home (Justin’s parents’ house, where we stayed), I got ready for my dinner celebration with Justin’s family. I had an impromptu birthday photo shoot:
Justin’s mom wanted to order halo-halo because she liked theirs and she’s right! It was probably the best halo-halo I’ve had! We split it between the two of us since the boys don’t like dessert.
We spent Wednesday evening having dinner with Justin’s best friends and brothers at Shabu House in Burlingame. Shabu-shabu is like the Japanese version of fondue, where you cook your own food in a broth. The restaurant offers all-you-can-eat shabu shabu for $31 and all-you-can-eat-and-drink (Japanese beers, sake, and sodas) for $42. I was the only one that didn’t get the all-you-can-drink option. The meal came with your choice of soup base, vegetables, and meat.
We ordered all types of meat (beef, lamb, and pork) over and over again. My favorite was the lamb. I’m not usually a fan of lamb, but I liked that its flavor was the most distinguishable against the broth.
And to top it off, our meal came with dessert! You have a choice of either red bean or green tea ice cream. I chose the latter:
Towards the end of dinner and many drinks later, we went around the table announcing what we were thankful for. Most of us were November babies so there was a lot of “Happy Birthday’s” being sung. After dinner, we went to The Office for more drinks, where a long line awaited us. We left his friends there as we headed home past midnight.
We spent Thanksgiving at Justin’s grandma’s house in Vallejo. As we’re usually apart for this holiday, this was my first time spending it in the bay area. It was nice seeing Justin’s family after not seeing them for almost a year. On Friday, we avoided shopping madness, though I did make a couple of online purchases. I accompanied Justin and his brothers as they kept with their tradition of buying a Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. We first had lunch at Refuge. The pastrami Reuben sandwich was delicious, but we agreed that it’s more of a $12 meal over a whopping $17 one.
We left early Saturday morning. It was a great trip and I’m glad we stayed for a whole week even though we had to work. We’re excited to go back up next week. Wish us luck on the drive!