Notes on Liralen's visit in October 2010

DRAFT: Everything but flights and Minicon subject to change.

"While I know that planning ahead is sometimes not our way, now that the camel of forethought has put his nose into the tent of possibility, plans should inevitably follow like the gentle strain of a metaphor collapsing under its own weight."


  • 10/13 Wednesday
    • 6:20pm Southwest 1301 pick up Liralen at OAK airport
    • Breads of India (510-834-7684) in Oakland opens at 5:30 so we can eat dinner there while waiting for traffic to settle. OR Le Cheval OR somewhere else. (We wound up eating at Mimi's Cafe in Dublin)
  • 10/14 Thursday
    • 10am Breakfast at Red Tractor Cafe
    • Trader Joe's in Pleasanton open 9-9.
    • See "Let Me In" 12:30-2:30
    • Call Cera as we leave Pleasanton or after 2:30 to give her an ETA.
    • 3:30ish See Cera and Julia. Julia is 1!
    • 4ish Sugar Butter Flour in Sunnyvale (669 S. Bernardo Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94087, 408-732-8597, open Mon-Thu: 7am-7:30pm Fri 7am-8:30pm Sat 7:30am-8:30pm Sun 8am-5pm.
    • 6ish Shop at Daiso 550 Showers Dr Ste # 1, Mountain View, CA 94040 650-947-9320 open Mon-Sat 10am - 9pm (8pm Sunday)
    • 7pm sharp Chef Chu's 1067 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022 650-948-2696 M-F 11:30-9:30 SaSu noon-10pm for dinner with 12! Chrisber, Christy, Teo-chan, Earl, Cat, Trip, Marith, Ken, Cera. Peking Duck.
      • For the record: Pea Sprouts, White Chicken, Sichuan Green Beans, Hunan Lamb, Hunan family-style tofu, Wok-Seared Black Bean Salmon, Tangerine Beef, Wok-seared Scallops in Spicy Garlic Sauce, Preserved greens and pork soup, and Peking Duck were eaten
  • 10/15 Friday - Santa Cruz
    • Continental Breakfast
    • Leave Pleasanton around 10
    • Kumako Ramen 211 Jackson Street, San Jose, CA 95112 (408-286-2111) M-F 11-2:30 5-9 Sa 11-9 Su 11-7 (Friday hours confirmed by phone Oct 12)
    • Nikaku Animart 615 N 6th St San Jose, CA 95112 (408-971-2822) Tue-Sat 10-6 Sun 10-4:30
    • Wander through Japanese grocery near Kumako
    • Hawaiian Shaved Ice near Kumako
    • Comicopolis Super Secret Fall Sale - "The ice is slippery…" (see Note below)
    • Visit Gretchen if available
    • Dip Liralen toes into the ocean
    • Tea shop - Chaikhana Tea Culture 317 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, 831-423-4200. (Closed Sunday)
    • Mobo Sushi for dinner after 5:00.
    • Leave Santa Cruz by 8 when traffic is less, for early evening
  • 10/16 Saturday
    • 8am Breakfast at Red Tractor
    • Most likely Drive (see note on Parking below), but possibly BART from Dublin 8:42am to 12th St Oakland 9:30 (transfer at Bay Fair 8:58-9:12); return 10:02pm to 10:50 or as desired. BART runs every 20 minutes on weekend.
    • Minicon at Endgame
      • 10am Don't Rest Your Head - "Rural Dreams in a Small Town"
      • 3pm Apocalypse World - "We just want the ing Gasoline"
    • 7pm Dinner at Breads of India.
  • 10/17 Sunday
    • Continental Breakfast
    • Pick up Liralen at 9:30.
    • APE. Or, you know, not.
      • BART Dublin 9:42am to Civic Center (1150 Market Street, San Francisco) 10:30. Take 19 Bus (Polk - Direction: Galvez Ave & Horne Ave) from 8th and Market to 8th and Brannan. $2.
      • Alternative Press Expo at the Concourse Exhibition Center (635 8th St, San Francisco) 11am-6pm $10 tickets at door
      • Walk to Division & Townsend (or 7th and Brannan) and take 19 Bus (Polk - Direction: Beach St. & Polk) to 7th and Market, and BART home. $2.
    • In&Out, mmmm.
    • 2pm Online checkin for Southwest, print boarding pass
    • Maybe Little Madfish for Ramen dinner?
  • 10/18 Monday
    • Country Waffle in Dublin opens at 6am; Zorn's in Pleasanton opens at 6:30am; Dean's Cafe (620 Main St, Pleasanton 925-846-4222) in downtown Pleasanton opens at 6:30am; Red Tractor opens at 9am (8am weekends); Trader Joe's opens at 9am.
    • 2pm Liralen departs OAK airport on Southwest 1643


Endgame Minicon Important Street Closure/Parking information

ChrisH writes: Pacific Coast Brewery is closing down all the streets right in front of the store. This will also affect the free parking we are used to having. This fair will run from noon to 7pm.and close off Washington from 10th to 8th.


I recommend people use the lot directly behind Mexicali Rose on 8th and Clay. it costs $7 and will last the full length of the MiniCon. (The machine takes cash, and credit cards) I park my car there almost every day, and like it. The real win is that you won't have to move your car for the evening slot.


Comicopolis Sale Note

* Used Books - 60% Off cover price
* Manga - 40% Off
* Graphic Novels - 30% Off
* Single Issue Comics - 25% Off*
* Magic the Gathering & Pokemon - 15% Off
* All 'Wall' 1/10, 1/15 & 1/25 variants - cover price!
* All back-issue-bin comics - $1.00!!
* Everything else in the store is 25% Off (except This Week Comics, Original Artwork, Used DVD's and items already on hold)

Mobo Note

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
Corruptor (formerly Hot Toad)


  • Oakland
    • Peony Pacific Renaissance Plaza, Suite 288, 388 9th Street, Oakland, CA 94607 (510-286-8866) Chris H says "Sadly, only passing reviews now a days. It would be my second choice though, if you don't wanna bart over the bay. (It might be worth it just to walk through the Ferry Building too.)"
    • Shan Dong, 328 10th St, Oakland. 510-839-2299 - Mon closed, Tue-Thu,Sun 10am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. Northern chinese breakfast place near Endgame. Ping's review: "It was very home-style which was nice and pretty good. We had the salty soy soup, the chive turnovers, the special regional dumplings, the beef sandwiches and the pigs ears which Ryan was daring enough to try. Their selection is not huge and they were missing some things such as yo tiao (the fried crullers), scallion pancakes and the other bread products that I expect on a northern breakfast menu. However, "north" is a big word, they are a small family restaurant and my knowledge of chinese regional food is very limited so what we had may have been 100% authentic to their region and those other things are from another region in the north."
  • San Jose
  • San Francisco
    • Yank Sing Chris H says of Rincon Center "It is probably one of the best Dim Sum places period, and worth the extra travel."
      • Rincon Center, 101 Spear St, San Francisco, CA (415-781-1111) M-F 11-3 SaSu 10-4 (Take BART to Embarcadero station).
      • 49 Stevenson St, San Francisco, CA (415-541-4949) (BART to Montgomery Station, walk a block down 2nd, L on Stevenson)

Future possibilities

* Chez Panisse in Berkeley would require advance reservations
* Sweet Maria's Coffee 1115 21st Street Oakland CA 94607 (510-628-0919) available for walkins Tue-Thu 11am-1:30pm,2pm-5pm. Not open 10/14

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