When we got to the strip mall, it didn't look super-promising. A little hole-in-the-wallish, which is usually either outstanding or horrible: no middle ground. Fortunately, looks can be deceiving. House of Thai served up the very best Pad Thai I've ever eaten in my life. Hands down. Dave and Ryan were happy too. Yay! Love traveling with people who are adventurous eaters!
|Photo: Van N (Foursquare)|
After that treat, we headed over to the HQ...
|The company's HQ looked a bit like a ship|
We had a great meeting and I'm so glad to have met our partners in person. Although I have to say, the incredible view of the Bay from the 5th floor was slightly distracting, and we were all a little green with envy:
|This is the view from their windows: the SF Bay!|
As opposed to the view from our windows...
We walked in and talked to the receptionist, who asked if we had a reservation. Unfortunately not. Then she said, "Well, you're in luck—I just had a cancellation. You can have that table if you're sure you can finish eating within two hours, before the next reservation." We were pretty sure that was do-able.
Just walking through the restaurant I knew it was going to be incredible, and it didn't disappoint: impeccable service, fun, friendly atmosphere, and an absolutely outstanding menu. So many delicious-sounding small plates that it seemed impossible to choose. So we each chose 2-3. The selections included grilled lamb ribs, zucchini cakes with homemade pickles, fresh hummus, grilled octopus, feta-stuffed calamari (not the fried kind), assorted olives, spiced lamb meatballs, giant fava beans... and of course some cold Anchor Steams. WOW. Let's just say that I considered eating here again over the next two days, though I didn't make it. But this is most definitely a place to which I'll return. As soon as possible.
|How do you say "smorgasboard" in Greek?|
|At Boudin they turn bread into bears, crabs, alligators & more!|
This shot reminds me of something... Hmm...And then we saw it: a beacon in the dark San Francisco sky. The sign that everything was going to be alright: we were about to undo any benefits we had just gained from walking all the way over here! Ryan frolicked up the hill like a giddy schoolboy. I didn't know Ryan well before the trip, but I instantly took a liking to him.
|Ryan & his bowl of chocolatey hot fudge bliss.|
|All this bliss for only $1!|
|Dave and his Dave-sized peanut butter hot fudge sundae|
|I only eat desserts larger than myself. It's a strict rule.|
Alas, the clock was striking, and Dave and Ryan had to return home to their families early in the morning, so they dropped me back at the hotel in Brisbane and said good-bye. It would have been fun to hang out some more, but I still had plenty of tricks up my own sleeves...