Any chance I get to visit San Francisco, I take it. So, when Capital One came to me to ask if I would partner with them and sponsor me on a cool launch with HotelTonight, I was thrilled. It was going to be a Facebook Live event with surprises!
I’m a proud Venture card carrying girl, utilizing the travel perks it allots me, such as their unlimited travel rewards, “book travel your way” options.
Once in San Francisco, I met up with the team, and learned that three travel experts (I’m one of the three), would be able to spin a wheel, and win a location to somewhere in the USA with HotelTonight.
HotelTonight does this each month for their employees. They bring their packed suitcases to work the day of the “spin” and who ever wins, gets whisked off to a cool locale. I heard that some employees traveled to Iceland, New York, and Chicago.
How fun, right?
The live FB event went off without a hitch. We all spun our wheel and I got San Francisco. I couldn’t have been more excited to spend another couple of days in one of my most favorite cities on the planet.
I booked my hotel through HotelTonight, as now through January 31, 2017 Venture and VentureOne cardholders get an extra 10% off thousands of hotels they can book through the app.
Hello, Hotel Vitale! I chose this hotel for its views and location. It sits across from the Ferry Building at the water. The Ferry Building now boasts some of the best shopping and restaurants around, and a great destination for anyone visiting.
It was late, I was hungry, so I made a ressie at the very hard to get into Kusakabe, a Michelin starred Japanese restaurant on Washington Street, just across from the Triangle building in the Financial District.
Kusakabe has just two seatings for dinner— 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. There was just one seat left at the later time, so I grabbed it.
Dinner was amazing. I ate sushi I might not of tried otherwise. What was also great, was meeting a new friend from the UK, who I sat next to. We chatted about the world, the city we were in, his travels, my travels, all the while tasting some of the best Japanese food in the city.
My “SF” adventure was quite unexpected, so being able to have a card that gives me flexibility, especially when I travel, helped. I used the Capital One Wallet app to stay on top of what I was spending for the trip.
My next foodie adventure was at the Ferry Building the next afternoon for lunch. The chef, Traci des Jardins, opened Mijita Taqueria in 2004 to rave reviews, and I cannot miss eating their mushroom quesadilla and shrimp tacos each time I am in the city. The space is tucked away in an open seating space right by the water, so on nice days, there is seating outside.
San Francisco is a foodies town, so dinner on my last evening was at Leo’s Oyster Bar. A small restaurant, with two dining areas, one at front with a bar and oyster bar, the other tucked away in a backroom that looks much like an outdoor patio in someone’s personal residence.
I sat up at the oyster bar and tried their deviled eggs to start— a spin on the traditional dish, but with a fried oyster and hot sauce. Other items on their menu, which I tried, are the lobster roll, and Hamachi with avocado.
Where I stayed and played!
Hotel Vitale: 8 Mission St. Waterfront Hotel.
San Francisco Ferry Building: 1 Sausalito at the water.
Kusakabe Sushi: 584 Washington St.
Mijita Taqueria: Inside the Ferry Building.
Leo’s Oyster Bar: 568 Sacramento St.
Thank you Capital One for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own and were not directed by Capital One. To learn more about the Capital One Venture Card, visit: https://www.capitalone.com/credit-cards/venture/
Photo: Stefanie Michaels