Posted by Lauren
On Thursday night I left work and headed for the Oakland airport to pick up my bff Fran. I thought it was pretty funny that while using the Waze app, I drove by the Waze office …so I took a screenshot.
Fran and her sister, Sam, arrived on time – yay! – and they told me all about their family trip to Hawaii. Sam only lives ONE block away from Krizia in San Francisco, so we drove over the new Bay Bridge and made our way to the city. Fran dropped her stuff off and then joined Krish and me for a late dinner + drinks at Bell Tower.
We split a bottle of red wine and a truffle mushroom pizza. Randomly, Krizia’s neighbor and his two friends walked in for a quick drink. They joined us at the table and told us all about the wedding they were headed to that weekend. Dan (neighbor) is the best man and we tried our best to get a sneak peak at his speech. Meanwhile, the table across from us had 3 pairs of Google Glass circulating around. We were surrounded by Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Adobe employees. And THAT is why I love the Bay Area.
And then… Ari (Krish’s roommate) popped into Bell Tower to see if we were still there. :) It was the perfect Thursday night.
Oh… and we did a 1 AM trip to Bob’s donuts duhhhhh
Apparently Bob’s has movie night? The place was packed and everyone was watching a scary movie. Hey movie buffs, don’t mind the four of us just taking snaps with our donuts! p.s. it was my first time trying the French cruller-style donut
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Friday morning I took the bus with Krizia to the financial district. We parted ways and I set up shop at a local Starbucks to work remotely.
They were out of my beloved egg/spinach/feta wrap so I went with the turkey bacon english muffin. Not as good, but filled me up (I suppose).
Around 10:45 I closed my computer and walked over to see running superstar Emily (RUN EMZ) at mile 80 of her 100-mile/24 hour treadmill run.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Emz is a 3:17 marathoner that trains almost exclusively on a treadmill. She clocks in 100+ miles/week, often completing 30+ miles on a treadmill in one
sitting running. She is quite the amazing athlete, but what she accomplished on Friday is truly spectacular:
“I learned about Effect.org, an incredible non-profit building affordable, high-impact schools for children in India. Supporting Effect has given a new meaning to my training and inspired me to take on this epic challenge. On Sept. 12 and 13 in downtown San Francisco, I’ll run another 100 [mile run] and I’d love your support. A donation of as little as 25¢ per mile ($25) will make a huge impact in the lives of children who lack the educational resources we take for granted.”
I took a video of the scene on Instagram:
She looked so strong and so happy. Talk about inspiring! She started at 8 PM on Thursday and ran 108.88 miles in a little less than 24 hours. Can you believe that!?!! To donate, go to rally.org/runemz!
I took a bus back to Krizia’s house and then drove to Mountain View to continue working from our office. We had a really fun happy hour – lots of sushi and inaugural sake bombs (out of keurig cups? #resourcefulness). After work, I took it easy with a 50 minute bike ride and more Mad Men season 6.
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Saturday morning BRUNCH date!
Saint Michael’s Alley
Kyle and I slept in (yay!) and lazily walked over to Saint Michael’s Alley for “fancy” brunch.
St. Michael’s serves brunch Saturday and Sunday from the original location. I love reading restaurant history:
St. Michael’s Alley was founded in 1959 by Vernon Gates. It was the first coffee house on the peninsula and was named for the the alley in London which is home to its first coffeehouse, founded in 1652. St. Mike’s bohemian atmosphere attracted many from the beatnick era and helped launch the careers of famous musicians and writers including the Grateful Dead… The original brasserie is still open for weekend brunch and private functions.
Eggs Florentine – toasted English muffin topped with sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, and spinach; poached eggs, hollandaise sauce
Seasonal Belgian Waffle – Golden buttermilk waffle topped with fresh peaches and a dollop of plain yogurt
We split the two dishes for a savory/sweet combo. Both were fantastic, but I’d say the waffle probably deserves higher praise. It was warm, crunchy, doughy, sweet – and paired perfectly with the cool yogurt and fresh peaches.
Yuuuum. Waffle dreams.
Have a great weekend! Go eat a donut at 1 AM, run 100 miles, or have a tasty waffle for brunch.
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