Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Cliff House | Ocean + Eats

When I wrote here about driving 8 hours two Saturdays ago to attend our friends' wedding in Oregon, I didn't delve into the other part of the story. Not only could Jay not make it to the wedding and miss seeing his friends while I left town but it was his actual birthday that day. Bummers all around. Weddings trump birthdays so we had to be separated but I wasted no time the following weekend planning a wee' littl' celebration for the belated birthday boy.

When I get excited about something, I do a sh*t ton of online research to feed my anticipation. And by online research, I mean Googling things, clicking links and never keeping track of any sites I visited so I guess it's a bit liberal use of the word "research". But no matter. In the historical case of The City of San Francisco vs. Caitlin's Entertainment Needs, I tried to read EVERYTHING I could before we came down here. With respect to that, I was so ready to eat sushi burritos, test my car's brakes on Lombard street, go on a run with Chandler at Crissy Fields ("run" again is a very liberal use of the term...) and get drinks at the Mark hotel. But what most articles about SF fail to mention is THE BEACH and how much access to it you have. 
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My first Sunday here, I drove all over in a quest for vintage furniture stores and somehow rounded this amazing bend which produced the most incredible views of the beach, the ocean, the neighboring homes and a restaurant called "Cliff House". It looked like something from a movie and I was in disbelief that I had never even heard of this place after scouring lists of things to do in SF. I mean just look at it:

So that's immediately where I decided to take Jay for his birthday late lunch. He didn't know where we were going but just like my first time, as we rounded the bend and he saw the ocean and view he couldn't help but say "wow!" over and over and over again. We quickly parked and soaked in those views as we slowly made our way to the restaurant.
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^I feel like THIS should be listened to right now
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^Are you kidding me with these views?
But soon enough, it was time to partake in my favorite activity of all time: Gorging myself. So we made our way into the restaurant and got settled in at our table at Sutro'sordered our traditional libations while we visually accosted the menu items.
^"With enough butter, anything is good" - Julia Child
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^I enjoyed the Chicken & Dumplings and noted how much the exquisite output didn't match the simple title
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^Jay devoured his Scallop & Gulf Shrimp Scampi
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With our bellies full after our meal, we made our way down to the ocean to walk off our indulgences. As my toes burrowed into the sand and the ocean crashed against the rocks, I felt so happy in that moment. The beach is a special place and it's hard to not feel like there's  something larger than you at play when you're on one.
So this may not be 40. But this is 32 & 31 (respectively^). And it feels pretty good.

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awhite said...

Amazing shots + view- and how yummy does that food look?!

Le Stylo Rouge

PorkStar said...

Oh wow that's a great place and those views! Happy belated bday to the boy! I'm sure he loved it!

Cheers, lady... just coming back from the dead, for like the 10th time :)

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Awesome views, and the food looks great too.

Amy @The Crazy Wise Woman said...

Oh lawd... That food and those views!!! Looks like a spectacular place to celebrate!!!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

okay seriously, the views, the food and your outfit. love it all.
i totally research the same way you do lol

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

First of all LOVING your outfit, secondly - those views! <3

Green Fashionista

Myra said...

Omg, can I have that food?! And those views? I do the crazy style research when I get something in my brain too! Lol.

Pat Hatt said...

Wow, that water sure looks super blue. You found an awesome spot with a great view.

Christina Lea Loves said...

These photos are just gorgeous! What a fantastic spot you guys enjoyed!

Laura Darling said...

Wow seriously, those views are unreal! I'd never want to leave! The food doesn't look too bad either! :)

Panty Buns said...

Happy belated birthday to Jay! Your eye-makeup looked beautiful. What great views - that's a fabulous view you had from almost on top of the water at Cliff House while the two of you enjoyed the birthday lunch!


Elle Sees said...

aw happy bday to him! perfect place. the food looked amazing and the VIEWS! omg.

Stephanie Faris said...

That food looks yummy and the views are breathtaking. Looks like a great experience!

Lisa Loves John said...

Oh my goodness... I am drooling over all of that amazing food!!! And those views are beautiful!

Marie said...

I love your outfit!! Those views are amazing.

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Your outfit is the tits. Shit. Bomb. On fleek. (Whatever the kids are saying these days... I like it. I like it a lot!)
Your pictures turned out GREAT! This looks like heaven!