{sf} symphony for grownups

February 13, 2018

After our lovely meal at Corridor Restaurant, we headed down the street to Davies’ Symphony Hall, home of the San Francisco Symphony. If you recall, I had recently gone to the SF Symphony on a field trip with my students. Because of that field trip, teachers were given the opportunity to request two free tickets. I chose February 9 in order to get to hear Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, which was quite impressive! Suffering through a field trip (even though I love them and hate them at the same time) was totally worth it to get these free tickets. It’s possible I enjoyed the second half during which the symphony played Stenhammar’s Symphony No. 2 even more!

Free tickets!

View from the upper tiers

All dressed up

View from the “tongue” of the Davies Symphony Hall building

Getting ready to begin


{sf} the corridor’s eats

February 12, 2018

Over the weekend, my friend and I headed down to Civic Center area for a Symphony show (more about that tomorrow). Since the show started at 8 pm, we needed to grab dinner beforehand. There aren’t too many options in that immediate area since it’s mainly government buildings, but we did find one location that we wanted to try out: Corridor. Despite being located on the bottom floor of a very fancy condo building, Corridor actually wasn’t pretentious at all, which was very surprising. Their prices were fair (for San Francisco). And they have an amazing Happy Hour where even their fanciest draft beers and wines by the glass are only $5 until 6 pm! Based on the reason, it made sense that there was quite the focus on root vegetables. Our waiter was super nice and even told us not to order too much because the chef is quite generous. Everything we ordered included impressive combinations of flavors that we hadn’t tried before and so even if it wasn’t blow-your-mind-away amazing (because that’s pretty difficult in SF), I would definitely love to come back here again!

So many choices!

Happy Hour draft beers for only $5

Cauliflower Soup

Pole Bean Salad

Vegetable Pot Pie

Earlier this week, my class went on an epic field trip to Downtown San Francisco’s Civic Center. We were invited to (actually got tickets that we requested) for the San Francisco Symphony’s Deck the Halls Community Day concert. The kids were so excited to ride the MUNI bus to and from what they had labeled to be a “big music class”. Once we got there, they were excited to see the dressed up gingerbread man, Frosty the snowman, and even Santa Claus. During the concert, we quickly found out that the San Francisco Ballet Institute had dancers perform acts from the Nutcracker and there were even singers, too. It was quite the show!

After the concert, we did a quick tour of the San Francisco Public Library (main branch, which is always huge and impressive). Then we checked out some street art before eating a picnic lunch and then ending our day with a self-guided tour of City Hall. Of course, before getting back on the MUNI bus, we took one last picture with Santa. What fun!