Mom proved at 91 years old, she’s not too old to fly to San Francisco, especially when it was to see her grandkids! 

Our adventure began with buying mom’s favorite coffee at Graffeo Coffee Roasters on Columbus Avenue. The Italian company began in 1934 and Luciano keeps the family business brewing bean by bean. Don’t worry, she bought decaf! 

Graffeo Coffee


Another favorite, a late lunch at the ever popular Scoma’s Restaurant on “the wharf”.  Always timeless with great food, service and atmosphere. Year after year, mom’s favorite is the fried fish and fries.  I ordered their Dungeness Crab Thermidor which is a throwback to classic French cooking. Fish is fresh, right from the boat to the kitchen.  If you’re looking for a classic place, this is it.


We stayed the night at the Marines’ Memorial Club near Union Square in San Francisco and the property displays traditional pride for our military.  The landmark building is a hotel for active and military veterans and civilians can stay here too. The Leatherneck restaurant looks out with spectacular city views and the happy hour can’t be beat.  We checked out every floor with the Marine’s history and the library is old school military. The entire establishment is a treasure to visit.

Marine's Memorial Club & Hotel

The visit was memorable.

Graffe Coffee 735 Columbus Ave, San Francisco

Marine’s Memorial Club & Hotel  609 Sutter St, San Francisco

Scoma’s Restaurant   1965 Al Scoma Way, San Francisco