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SF 49ers vs New England Patriots – Adventure Showcase #5

What a weekend! Back to back adventures left be pretty dang exhausted, but it’s nothing like what’s coming soon (*wink wink nudge nudge*).  So my dad’s birthday was a couple weeks back, and given my financial situation, I have decided to treat my loved ones to a higher caliber of gift this year. For my dad, that meant something big, really big. As a combo birthday/Christmas gift, I got us tickets to the 49ers’ game against the Patriots at Levi’s Stadium. We both haven’t been to a football game since I was super young, and neither of us had seen the new stadium up close before. I got some very pricey tickets for the second row of the third deck which, as you can tell from the picture, had a pretty spectacular view.

Getting there was no trouble. He was smart enough to know to leave hours in advance which meant we got some prime parking. After that, we got through security no problem (but without my coffee) and checked out the booths where free stuff is given out. I’m actually looking at my little Foster Farms football stress ball right now. We entered the stadium and had one goal, to find our (his) brick.

When the stadium was being constructed, they offered for people to pay for a personalized brick to be displayed. We have one at AT&T Park and my mom got him one as a surprise. levis-brickNow, this sounds easy, and even looked easy from the map I had, but there are literally hundreds if not thousands of names and bricks. It took me a hot second to find it but there it was, for all to see.

The next stop was beer, right at the top of a really cool escalator. I can’t believe I didn’t take any pictures but it was covered by a huge array for blue LEDs. It felt like something you might find at an upscale Vegas hotel/casino. We got our cheap (only in quality, not in price) beers and made our way up and up and up until the escalators wouldn’t go any higher. The view of the surrounding city was spectacular from up there, and only gave me a slight bit of vertigo… Our seats were equally as spectacular.

Kickoff approached and the stadium slowly filled up with more and more Patriot fans. Tom Brady has the biggest fan club ever. For one, he is a local boy to the area. And two, some consider him to be one of the best QBs ever. The proportions between Patriot fans and SF fans was staggering to say the least. We got an air force flyover after the national anthem and then the game was on!

In terms of football, the 49ers held on much better than I though. They really only let things get away from them in the last quarter but still didn’t let it be the blowout I figured it would be. But, enough of that, this isn’t a sports blog, its a “listen to me ramble” blog. The thing that stuck out the most, and what made this trip a memory I’ll keep forever, was the rain. field-yes-rainHoly moly it rained and it rained and it rained! We were smart enough to pack ponchos which worked for a while. Even so, I was drenched by halftime. Nearly all the seats were cleared out as people looked for any slice of shelter from the cold and rain as they could find. We thought it would never stop raining. But I didn’t let that stop me from having fun. I pushed my sponges (shoes) to the back of my mind and I enjoyed the fact that I was lucky enough to be there. It will be a memory I’ll cherish forever.

All that heartfelt stuff aside, you can be dang sure that the second I got back to the truck I peeled the shoes and socks from my wrinkly feet and stuck them under the heater. Is there any better contrasted feeling in the world than that? Who knows where my next adventure will take me, but I know that I want to do more things like this.

 

Subpar Mini Golf & Roly Poly Ice Cream – Adventure Showcase #4

It’s a rainy day in the Bay Area but that isn’t going to stop me from having some fun! When you can’t do things outdoors, take it inside, to indoor mini golf. On the mythical island known as Alameda, there exists a gem known as Subpar Miniature Golf, and it really is a diamond in the rough. I accidentally learned about it when a semi-local glow in the dark course closed down. But before that, we popped into BurgerMeister for lunch. The food was delicious and the service was quick. I, once again, got a plain plain plain cheeseburger but Alyson got a normal meal with curly fries and boy was I jealous. The rain slowed down just long enough for us to make it to mini golf without being drenched.

The first thing you will notice when you walk in is the giant wind turbine, but more on that later. To the left, you will find a slot car track with more twists and turns than you could wish for. Who plays with slot cars anymore?! I don’t have an answer to that, but if you want to find out, you can go check it out for yourself. Now, back to the turbine. Notice I didn’t say windmill, this is much more than that. The best part about Subpar is the local pride. Every single hole is dedicated to a Bay Area landmark. The turbine representsimg_1487 the Altamont Pass. Next comes the Oakland Airport. Then a hole related to food trucks. Then the shipping port. Then…. you get the picture. The further you get into the course, the cooler they get.

The most iconic hole would definitely be the double loopty-loop Golden Gate Bridge. The thing is massive in person! Although, my favorite hole is Lombard Street which you can see in the video I posted. Other honorable mentions include the Bay Bridge, the MacArthur Maze and an homage to Wine Country. When all was said and done, I had my butt handed too me 51-65. My head just wasn’t focused on the game today. It was a fun round of golf and we got to finish it off by popping upstairs for some quick ski ball, complete with a loud parent/child duo playing PacMan.

The rain was still pouring when we left which only meant one thing, I had to go get the car. As winner, Alyson decreed that I had to go fetch the car while she stood under the safety of the dry overhangimg_1532. It was a pretty steady rain fall up until I got to the car, then it let up slightly. The original plan was to grab ice cream afterwards but we were both still full from lunch so we opted for ice cream but further away. How far to be exact? Try Fremont. There was a new store called Ice3 Creamery that opened up serving Roly Poly ice cream (as I will forever call it) which I just had to see. You pick your base, mixer, toppings and drizzle and they make it from scratch right there.

Alyson got a dual strawberry and mango base with pineapple mixer and strawberries on top. I swung for the fences. Start off small with a vanilla base and add an Oreo. When that is good and done, top with rainbow sprinkles and hit it with a shot of Nutella. That is how a mini golf champion eats, if you go by the highest points scored overall. Now, I haven’t explained how they make it yet have I? Well buckle in.

Take one Oreo and pulverize it to a dust. Pour on some mystery liquid (probably vanilla cream) and it starts freezing thanks to the special cold work service. Mix and mash it untilimg_1528 thoroughly combined. Give it one more set of Karate chops before smearing it out into a flat square. Let sit, and roll. They use this spatula to roll the ice cream up into tubes.  It’s like if Cold Stone took it one step further and turned their ice cream into a burrrrrr-ito. I am terribly sorry. I had to reach my one pun quota for the day and it was just begging to be made.

Anyway, toss those little roly poly ice cream things into a cup, add the toppings and presto, you have a fancy dessert. Alyson’s was far more presentable than mine, but mine was so so so good. img_1534The amount of ice cream you actually get per cup is really surprising. It might not look like much but we were both stuffed when we left, and Alyson could finish the last couple bites. Fair warning though, it’s sugary as all hell. It is definitely a sweet treat you could share between two people if you had just come from a meal. I only have two negatives about this place. 1) They have two work stations which was fine for Alyson and I, but only because we were alone in the store. If there was a line, you’d be waiting at least 20 minutes just because each one is custom made right then and there. 2) The price is not cheap. I believe our two snacks cost upwards of $15! This is another reason to share it with a friend. You’ll cut your wait time and price in half. Luckily the place was a ghost town since it’s the opposite of ice cream weather outside. Would I go there again? Definitely.

Well I think that wraps up today’s adventure pretty well. As always, feel free to watch the video on YouTube if you want to see the course or ice cream making in action. I’ll talk to you guys in the next one!