Even though I think I could have spent every spare moment in the Japanese book store, I did manage to do a few other things during my trip to San Francisco. Most of them involved eating.
I walked by a cupcake place called "Cako" several times before I finally succumbed and treated myself.
The famous Britex fabric shop was not far from my hotel, so I checked that out as soon as I had a break in the conference. My favorite floor was the fourth floor with all the remnants. I may have been tempted except that the saleslady followed me around so closely that I couldn't think straight. I wonder if I looked like I might steal a remnant.
I went to a nice yarn shop nearby there. The doorway for it was so nondescript that I passed it right by the first time. The yarn shop was called ArtFibers, and as their web-site advertises, they have a beautiful, bright space. I ended up buying this yarn:
Which is made in a color scheme after some Manga movies. I'm really not that familiar with Manga, but they had several other colorways in the same style, and they were all gorgeous. I'm tempted to order some more.
I ended up making Addie this hat with it:
I used this pattern.
There were several of us from my company at the conference, and we got wined and dined a bit by one of our vendors. I went to a fancy steak restaurant one night, and they took a winery, Clos du Val, the next day.
Two of the culinary highlights of my week of eating out for almost every meal were an Afghan restaurant called Helmand Place and breakfast place called Buttercream (how can you go wrong there?) Bakery and Diner.
I knew absolutely nothing about Afghan food, and honestly, it never even occured to me that there was such a thing, but one of my coworkers suggested it. It ended up being SO good. The restaurant was fairly small, but the atmosphere was lovely, the service was great, and the food . . . mmm mmm mmm - yummy. For my main course, I had Theeka Kebab which was prime rib with a bunch of other stuff. I always thought of prime rib as that scary-looking, bloody stuff at buffets, but this was nothing like that. For appetizers, we shared Mantwo, Bowlawni, and one other that I can't remember now. I definitely have to find a similar restaurant closer to home.
After the conference was over, one of my co-workers and I visited on of our company's locations in Sacramento. On the way back, we were determined to find a great breakfast place. After some research on Yelp, we ended up here:
at Buttercream Bakery and Diner in Napa. We had a bit of a wait, but it was well worth it. I had the blueberry pancakes which came with a big helping of fluffy butter. I also had the generous portion of bacon which had a bit of an apple flavor if I remember right. I'm pretty picky about how I like my bacon cooked, but this was perfect. One of my guilty pleasures is having a diet cola with my breakfast. I had a gi-normous glass with endless refills. I can't remember the home fries now, but I'm sure I got some - I always do - and they must have been good. But mmm, the butter, that was the best part.
Lest you think I didn't even attend the conference I was there for, don't worry, I learned about exciting things like CDI, Arquillian, JBehave, Fusion, OBIEE, and OES, but don't be expecting a blog post about that any time soon.