San Francisco Giants Game

Travel

San Francisco is all about their baseball team, The Giants. Come to think of it San Francisco is really into all their sports teams. Living in the city, you get to see the hundreds of thousands of fans rooting for the Giants a few times a week for the entire season. Trust me, you know when the Giants are playing due to the crazy amount of fan gear displayed on thousands of people. It’s not a bad thing, you can feel the energy and it gets you hyped yourself.

That being said, if you’re ever in San Francisco or you happen to live here, I highly suggest attending a game. Even if you don’t like sports, it’s all about experiencing it. I, myself have only been to two Giants games. Ironically, two northeastern teams, the Mets and the Phillies. I saw the Mets last year around May and the Phillies I had seen recently. In no way do I consider myself a Giants expert but I do have some helpful tips, if you ever do want to attend a game here.

 

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The official website you can get your tickets from is HERE. Unless you are able to buy your tickets months in advance or you simple could careless about the price, I don’t recommend buying them off here…..Every time I look for tickets on this website, the descent priced tickets never let you purchase two seats together. You have an opinion to choose the “scattered” button, but if I am going to a game with someone, I would actually like to sit next to them.

That being said, I have purchased my tickets off a site called Vivid Seats. I like this website. It’s legit and you’re able to get tickets together at a reasonable price. Once you purchase your tickets, you’ll receive an email and you’ll have to print out your tickets. (Don’t worry if they are in a random persons name.)

 

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Both times I have gone to the Giants, I have sat in section 304. These seats are high up, but they are the best bang for your buck. Tickets range $20-35 and the seats have a great view of the bay. Also you’ll have no problems seeing the game. There are usually canoes in the water, along with boats and even swimmers in the bay waiting for a baseball to come their way.

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There are also a lot of giveaways at the games, so keep that in mind when buying tickets. I’d show up somewhat early if you want to get the free gift. For example, when my mom and I saw the Phillies play the Giants, they were giving away free hats.

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Let’s talk about what you should wear. The weather in San Francisco is unpredictable. It rarely changes from 55-75 degrees, despite it being in the 80’s the last few days. With all of that in play, I suggest layers. The wind is always a game changer. It could be 65 degrees and if there is no wind, it could feel like t-shirt weather. Then again it could be 80 degrees and windy and you would probably want a jacket. So I suggest a tee-shirt and a jacket, just to be safe. If you aren’t going to wear giants colors, I would say wear plain colors, unless of course you are rooting for the other team.

Getting there is easy, if you’re staying downtown or near any muni (public transportation) that hits the underground rail, including the N or T lines. These look like subways and will take you directly to the ball park for $2.25 a person.

The food in San Francisco is not like the food in other places. You could go to the mall’s food court and get a gourmet meal and a beer. So if you’re going to the Giants game, the food is going to probably be better than other stadiums. With that comes higher prices, just to keep in mind. Be prepared to pay $11.50 for a 8 oz beer. Let’s be honest though, It’s worth it for the picture.

 

Mets vs. Giants (2014)

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Phillies vs. Giants (2015)

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Now go check out a Giants game for yourself!

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Anthropology Home (Sale)

Home Decor

Recently, I stopped into Anthropology to see if they had any on sale home items that appealed to me. Anthropology is known to be a little pricey. Yet, if you find some good sale items, you can get a pretty good deal. I only bought three items (this time) and only one of them was on sale. I feel like the website has more of a selection than in-store. Both online and in-store have an extra 20% off on sale.

So onto my buys…..

The Egg Crate

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I really like this. It’s adorable, kind of has an “old country” feel. I was really drawn to this because I never have anything to separate my hard-boiled eggs from my others eggs. This will ensure I’m not cracking a raw egg unless it’s intentional.

It’s stoneware, Dishwasher and microwave safe. The dimensions are 2.75″H, 6″W, 4″D

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I feel like you could also use this as a ring/jewelry holder.

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Egg Crate Holder – Retails for $12.00 – Purchased for $ 4.25 (it’s not on sale online)

City Vignette Mug

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Next I bought a mug….I have a mug collecting problem, I am aware of this. This was so beautiful, I could not resist. There are four other cities in the collection, but obviously I choose San Francisco. It’s a great quality mug with different landmarks from all over the city. (So much better than a tourist one.)

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This mug has the best details all over. These are perfect gift ideas. I would consider getting all four if they ever end up on sale. The mug is Stoneware, Dishwasher and microwave safe. It’s 16 oz and Is 4.5″H, 5″ diameter.

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City Vignette Mug – Retails for $12.00

Annees Folles Matchbox

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These are an online exclusive. I went in-stores to order these as a gift. I bought the two different colors and had the greatest hopes for them despite the bad reviews. In pictures, they don’t look bad but in real life they look extremely cheap and Low quality. I do not recommend buying these unless they are on clearance. I returned these as soon as they arrived. The box has 100 matches and is made from paper.

Annees Folles Matchbox – Retails for $6.00 each

You never know when you can find a good deal at Anthro!

Dessert for Dinner

Travel

A few weeks ago I decided to explore a new spot in the city. If you aren’t familiar with San Francisco’s layout, it’s split up into different neighborhoods (kind of how New York is). After browsing Pinterest for SF’s top spots for about a half hour while enjoying my morning coffee, I decided on Ghirardelli Square. Yes, this chocolate company has its own little plaza in San Francisco. I myself did not know this was a real thing, but now I’m so glad I do. After I decided on my location, I got dressed, grabbed my bag and headed down on the bus to Ghirardelli Square, which is considered in the North Beach neighborhood. I have never been on this route or bus before, but thankfully I had my trusty app “Rover”, which is a lifesaver. If you have a location, but do not know how to get to it, you can put in the address and the app will tell you how to get there and what bus to take. I’m not sure if this app works for other cities, but if you are in SF, it’s a lifesaver!

Once I arrived, it became very hot (in the best way possible)! The bus drops you off in front of a gorgeous beach, seriously this beach is beautiful. Luckily for me there weren’t many people out. Before I even entered Ghirardelli Square, which was across the street, I did a quick walk on the beach. It was so nice to soak up the warm sun. (Side note, San Francisco is not always warm in the summer, most days it’s been in the 50’s, so any 70 degree weather, I’ll gladly take.)

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After about twenty minutes of walking on the beach, I decided it was time to check out Ghirardelli Square.

It was kind of intimidating entering the “square”. There are stairs that you can enter but you can’t really see how it’s set up until you get into the building. The whole thing is mostly outdoors and is three stories high. It’s confusing but I feel like it makes more sense once you’re in there. When I got in there was live music playing, while young families listened. There were many people sitting in the sunshine, looking delighted, and eatting their chocolates and ice creams. I decided to bypass the music for the time being and checked out the stores instead. There are two Ghirardelli stores in the square (that I saw) filled with delicious chocolates and both had an ice cream parlor inside. They also handed out free samples, so that was a bonus in my books. There is also a high-end restaurant, a diner, a coffee kiosk, and countless SF gift stores.

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When I finally figured out the lay of the land, I decided to get myself a dessert. After looking at the menu for a good 10 minutes, I decided on a caramel chocolate sundae. Although it was $10, I decided it was well worth it for a treat. It took less than five minutes for my mouth-watering dessert to come out. Once I picked it up, I decided to head back to the beach. I obviously couldn’t get enough of the view and the ice cream was the cherry on top, literally.

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The ice cream sundae was out of this world, but I would highly recommend splitting one if you can. I, myself could not finish it all. It was truly my dinner for the night. After my attempt, I decided to head back into the square and do a little touristy shopping. There are lots of different stores, ranging from wine, to kids stuff to gift shops. I stopped into this cute little store called Lulu’s. If you want really cute SF gifts, this is the place to go. A little over priced if you ask me, but the staff is friendly and like I said, the stuff is really cute. I ended up buying a SF skyline mug. I also checked out some of the other stores, but didn’t stay long in any. I decided it was time to head back to my apartment, so I hopped back on the bus and headed home. I probably would have stayed longer, but I was on a sugar high and it was getting late.

I am so happy that I finally checked out Ghirardelli Square! I am looking forward to going back when a friend is in town or honestly on the next sunny day.