It’s Valentine’s and Galentine’s season. Time to not only celebrate your significant other, but also to celebrate love and friendships with the ladies in your life!
The first of my Galentine’s season festivities took place on Saturday. Annie of MontgomeryFest threw her Galentine’s Day Soiree at Ampersand, an adorable flower shop in the Mission. It was a delightful occasion – lovely decor, bubbly drinks, and a friendly group of local bloggers gathered.
I have a few more get togethers this week with lady friends. Ryan and I are keeping things low key as usual with dinner plans and potentially helping his mom move!
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Earlier in the week, I had been reminded of one particular Valentine’s of the past. 2008.
It was the Valentine’s before I met Ryan. I’d been through a few non-relationships [not worth revisiting], so I was leading the single life. That Valentine’s, I decided to do something different. I put myself up on the chopping block for a date auction. A little nerve-wrecking for an introvert, but the auction was for charity, and I was part of a date package with a friend. We went to beautiful Point Reyes with a picnic lunch. Years later, we are still friends with the guy who won the date, so not a bad deal!
Why the sudden reminder?
Last week, I attended the reopening party of The Pub at Ghirardelli Square. The space just also happens to be the latest incarnation of the spot where that date auction was held. SEVEN years ago… pretty crazy.
The Pub at Ghirardelli Square – Before and After
Before [left] and after [right] shots courtesy of Remark Media Relations – these were the stairs we walked down when our date package was announced.
The space has been revamped from the darker and more classic Irish pub to a brighter rustic feel. It’s light and welcoming.
Before [left] and after [right] shots courtesy of Remark Media Relations – the bar where people gathered their liquid courage to bid on dates with strangers.
In addition to a new face, the food and drink menus have undergone a lift as well.
At the reopening party, we had a chance to sample items both old and new to the menu. Some of the items joining the menu classics [such as Tommy Tots and The Espresso Burger]: American Cassoulet, Pete’s Pot Roast, The Quinoa and Kale Burger, and Teriyaki Glazed Pork Wings. New cocktails on the drinks menu, all inspired by life in San Francisco: Fired Up, Orange Pride, Day on the Bay, Old San Francisco, Golden Gate Stroll.
From what we’ve heard, they’re trying to make the space as attractive to locals as it is to tourists. The decor and the view of the bay from the restaurant is certainly inviting!
The Pub at Ghirardelli Square – Giveaway
In celebration of the reopening, we have teamed up with The Pub to give away a $50 gift card to the restaurant! Enter below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclosure: I was invited to the reopening event at The Pub SF. No compensation was received for attending, and all opinions on this blog are my own.