I decided to give CMB another chance. After about a week and a half of texting back and forth with Jeremy, we planned for an all day SF date. I know this is not the norm and it was quite the gamble, but Jeremy was confident that it would not be a bad date.
Planning for the date itself was a collaborative process. I was pretty impressed since decisions were made fairly easily. Jeremy provided dining options and I told him places I wanted to see around the city. I even set up a Google Map with pins on all the places we were checking out. Ha! :)
I met Jeremy in San Jose and he drove us to SF. (Yes, I am forever attracted to those who aren’t local for some reason. >.>) We started off with brunch at Sweet Maple.
Right off the bat, I noticed how Jeremy shared his food with me and put food on my plate to try. I discovered it was a conscious effort, but I was not used to a somewhat stranger doing that. It definitely caught me by surprise.
Afterwards, we were going to check out Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous ice cream, but ended up walking around the SF Street Food Festival instead that was held nearby at Pier 70.
We did not try any food, but did stumble upon the Frozen Kuhsterd truck that was there! We shared the Thai Tea flavor together, which Jeremy thought was an adventurous flavor. :P
We had some time to kill before our reservation at KitTea, so we went to check out Warby Parker. Around 0530pm, it was time for us to play with kittens!
Even though it was a bit expensive, the cat cafe experience at KitTea surpassed my cat cafe experience in Japan. It was cleaner, the unlimited tea was awesome, and we got to actually play with the kittens. It easily became one of my favorite parts of our date.
After our 30 minute session was up, we walked over to Clarion Alley. The walk to the alley was pretty sketch, but it was worth it once we got there. Several others were there appreciating the art as well. :)
Our dinner reservation at Lolinda was not until 0800pm, so Jeremy squeezed in another treat while we still had some time. We went to check out Billy Goat Hill, which has been known for their swing. The swing is there on and off and it was sadly was not there during our visit. However, the view was still lovely.
At this point, Jeremy asked me if I wanted to date exclusively. Again, this is perhaps not a norm for dating nowadays, but Jeremy and I agreed we were not interested in talking to others. Jeremy had already won me over, so I said yes. :)
The rest of the evening went well. Lolinda was a fairly loud environment, so talking was a bit difficult, but it was an overall good experience with delicious food. (No photos here because the place was way too dark!)
On our way back to San Jose, we stopped by Scoop Microcreamery. Jeremy was super excited to show me their Speculoos flavor, but we sadly watched the last scoops of it get sold to a customer ahead of us. :( We still got ice cream anyways and ate that while enjoying a live music performance across the street.
So, the gamble with planning an all day date turned out to be a success. It was probably one of the best first dates I have had. We were instantly comfortable around each other and we even had comfortable silences. (How awesome is that?!) One of his best moves though? He burned a CD of the Spotify playlist he had been putting together for me.
This guy sure is something. <3
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