Fortune Cookies

Birthday Bash in Chinatown

As fate would have it, Scott’s birthday fell on the most anticipated holiday of the year, Bay to Breakers. With friends coming into town for the weekend, we decided to celebrate his birthday on Friday evening at the Great Eastern Restaurant in Chinatown.

Birthday boy & Co.

The venue actually ended up being perfect for the 35 people we had in tow. We arrived a little early to set out some homemade party favors and then got started with our Chinese feast. I was able to snag custom fortune cookies for the goodie bags from a local spot in SF, Mee Mee Bakery. I was debating a bit beforehand, but ended up being pretty thrilled with the way they turned out. For anyone in search of something similar, I would definitely recommend this spot. Who doesn’t love party favors, after all?

Courtesy of Mee Mee Bakery

Let the Chinese feast commence!

After finishing dinner, the staff at the Great Eastern (who were incredibly accommodating and helpful) brought out the ‘birthday cake’ I brought. Seeing as how Scott isn’t the hugest fan of cake, I brought in a mini key lime tart to celebrate. I put the candles in the bag (a “2” and a “7”) and explained that he was going to be 27, not 72. I couldn’t help but giggle a little when the candles came out looking like this:


After dinner, we moved on to North Beach with a stop at Amante, Grant & Green and a final run in at Maggie McGarry’s. Naturally, with a crew of gentlemen in tow, we had to make a late night run to Buster’s for some cheese steaks (veggie burger for moi), before getting home and calling it a night.

All in all, it was an amazingly fun evening and a great way to celebrate Scott’s birthday! So many friends, so much fun and definitely some memories. Hopefully he agrees!

xoxo from SF,

More about Shannon Kircher

Shannon Kircher is the founder and editor of The Wanderlust Effect. Founded in 2009, she has continued to document her international escapes as an expat in Europe and the Caribbean. Additionally, Shannon is the founder of Compass & Vine, a luxury boutique travel design firm, and is the Director of Marketing for the Frangipani Beach Resort. Shannon holds an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and is a current candidate for WSET Level 3 in Wines & Spirits.