Notes on Liralen's visit in November

"Because we're grown-ups now, and it's our turn to decide what that means." —


  • 11/07 Fri 4:35pm Southwest 1778 pick up Liralen at OAK airport
    • Breads of India (510-834-7684) near Endgame opens at 5:30 so we can eat dinner there while waiting for traffic to settle.
    • Trader Joe's in Pleasanton open 9-9. Get Breakfast things for Saturday and Sunday and Tuesday as that takes less time.
  • 11/08 Sat
    • Light Breakfast
    • Sat Endgame 7th Anniversary Party opens at 10, runs until 7
    • If well, Cera and Trip will join us at Endgame and we'll lunch at Le Cheval near Endgame, then go to Carl's for Don't Lose Your Edge
      • Backup plan pickup gaming at DLYE, or just quiet manga reading
    • Dinner at Little Madfish in Dublin (which offers ramen, bento, curry, rolls, udon, and other enticing things)
  • 11/09 Sun - Santa Cruz
    • Chocolate croissants for Breakfast
    • Comicopolis at 11
    • Maybe Trader Joe's?
    • See Gretchen, Moose and Jack
    • Tea shop - Chaikhana Tea Culture 317 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, 831-423-4200 - Closed Mondays. Open Sundays 11-6.
    • Dip Liralen toes into the cold ocean.
    • Late lunch at Pink Godzilla 830 41st Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 831-464-2586, especially the Hamachi Sunrise
    • On way back stop at Mitsuwa Japanese grocery store (675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129, 408-255-6699, open 9am-8pm) near Kinokuniya (685 Saratoga Ave, San Jose - 408-252-1300).
    • Dinner at Red Tractor Cafe
  • 11/10 Mon
    • Light breakfast
    • In&Out Burger near Lee's for Lunch; take-out two Cheeseburgers with grilled onions for Cera and Double-Double for Trip
    • Gaming with Cera and Trip at Dave's 11:30 to 3:30, Marith as company
    • Sugar Butter Flour in Sunnyvale (669 S. Bernardo Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94087, 408-732-8597, open 8:30am to 9:30pm Mondays)
    • Shop at Daiso open 10am - 9pm Mon-Sat (to 8pm Sun) and meet Angie
    • Dinner at Chef Chu's 1067 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022 650-948-2696 with all of the above plus Ken
    • Liralen needs to post fic for Shuu/Kira comm moderator's birthday today sometime.
  • 11/11 Tue 11am Southwest 1710 drop off Liralen at OAK airport
    • Country Waffle in Dublin opens at 6am; Zorn's in Pleasanton opens at 6:30am; Red Tractor and Trader Joe's don't open until 9am. Or there could be extra sleeping and cereal or muffins or yogurt or pumpkin cheesecake.

Things to Do:

Possible Things to Watch or Read

  • Hikaru no Go manga
  • Whistle manga
  • Nana manga
  • Tales from Earthsea R2 Ghibli anime review
  • Ghost in the Shell manga and other Shirow
  • Scott Pilgrim manga
  • Dramacon manga
  • After School Nightmare manga
  • Shura no Toki anime
  • Sky High japanese movie

Things it would be good to Do:

  • Goodness, isn't the above enough?


For future reference, the sushi Gretchen and Brad like from Mobo are:
No soy sauce and in a seperate container from anything that does have
soy sauce:
Shiso Fine (shiso and saba)
Philly Roll
Presto Maki

In a Separate container:
Land Shark
Hot Toad

Liralen's Shopping list for Trader Joe's:

Drinking Chocolate
Cornbread mix
Banana bread mix
One frozen dessert item for while she's there. Mango Mochi Mmmm.
Breakfast thingies! No toaster!! But there is a microwave and oven!

Liralen's Shopping List for Daiso and Japanese grocery store

White paint brush
Blank fans for Jet and Genevieve and self and self. *laughs* And maybe Carl and Cera and Trip and bring watercolors to paint them with!!
Goota noodle bowls!!
Tamaki Gold rice

Ideas for future trips

  • Red Tractor Cafe
  • Mobo Sushi in Santa Cruz is now closed on weekends at lunch, opens at 4 (open 11:30-2:30 weekdays)
  • Donnelly Chocolates (1509 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, 888-685-1871)
  • There's a Dim Sum place on Castro Street now, but dim sum is also available in Colorado
  • Angie mentioned a vegetarian Dim Sum place near SugarButterFlour.
  • Ramen Halu at 375 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA
  • Cera recommends delectable Chinese food at House of Nanking (919 Kearny St, San Francisco)
  • Top 16 Ramen in Bay Area
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