Mike and I both grew up in suburbs of two great cities – Mike in San Francisco, and me in Los Angeles. We’ve been talking about our childhoods, and we realized that we really took for granted the amazing opportunities that were in our own backyards.

This last weekend we were at Mike’s childhood home, and we found ourselves with a day spread before us. We decided to take the opportunity to go into San Francisco with Annabel and explore – tourists in a hometown.

The first thing we did was head to Crissy Field where we had a beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Golden Gate

Spohrs in front of Golden Gate Bridge

Annie squealed with delight at Crissy Field. There were so many people and things to look at, and she loved the breeze on her face.

We needed to warm up after that, so we headed to Ghirardelli Square for some hot chocolate. And some regular chocolate, since I knew that they hand out samples to everyone that enters the stores. We scored several delicious caramel chocolate squares, my favorite! And now Annie’s favorite:

eating a caramel chocolate square.

After Mike and I each ordered salted caramel hot chocolate, we grabbed a warm brownie. People, that warm brownie was made with chocolate and pure flecks of heaven. OHMIGAH. SO. DELICIOUS. Of course, Mike had to let Annie taste it.

mmm chocolate
this is the best thing I’ve ever tasted!

anyone looking? Imma snag this brownie
I gotta snag another piece when no one is looking.

I’m going in!

Once we finished up there, we drove a few miles and met up with Jackie!!! Jackie! and Annie are totally best buds. Annie even styles her hair just like Jackie!

We went to a Chinese restaurant and had yummy Dim Sum. Annie had some of that too. Clearly, as you all can tell, Annie is not a picky eater.

China Town!

All the people at the restaurant kept remarking what a big girl Annie was. I was like, “HELL YEAH! You said GIRL!” while Mike and Jackie! would point out that she was quite in proportion.

After we said our goodbyes to Jackie! (with extra hugs ’cause she’s so damn huggable), Mike and I talked the whole drive back to his parents’ house about what a fun, cheap day we’d had. We decided that we’re going to make a habit of exploring what our city has to offer. There are so many amazing things (free things! cheap things!) in Los Angeles that we never take advantage of, and we really need to remedy that.

Does anyone else take their surroundings for granted? We are making 2011 the year of the at-home tourist!