Posted by Jon “Poppa” Stewart

January was an especially fun month for us as my mother and brother made the trek to Oakland to visit Brooklyn for the first time.  Unfortunately, my father wasn’t able to make it this time due to illness, but we’re hoping to visit NJ in the summer so he can meet Brooklyn as well.

Uncle Kieran and Nonna were very excited to meet Brooklyn and experience awesome Bay Area weather.  When they left Newark there was snow coming down, while Oakland was 60 degrees and sunny during their entire visit.

Brooklyn was excited to have Kieran read to her before bed time.

We explored some fun spots in San Francisco. While in San Francisco we had lunch at Hunan Home’s Restaurant in Chinatown – a must visit if you’re in the area.

The “painted ladies”.

Waterfall in Golden Gate Park.

The Golden Gate bridge.

The trip culminated in a fantastic brunch at Portal near Lake Merritt in Oakland – highly recommend it!

Amazing brunch at Portal.

We had a great time hosting Nonna and Uncle Kieran. This cutie is looking forward to their next visit to Oakland.

Cutie McCuterson