Notes on Liralen's visit in October 2011

"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."


  • 10/19 Wednesday
    • 3:05pm Southwest 3160 pick up Liralen at OAK airport. Liralen to call when she has her bag.
    • 5:30pm Reservations for Dinner at Pican 2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 510-834-1000
  • 10/20 Thursday
    • 10am Breakfast at Red Tractor Cafe
    • Trader Joe's in Pleasanton open 9-9.
    • Browse Carl's bookshelves.
    • Iced Coffee at Maui Wowee in Pleasanton
    • 2ish Sweet Maria's Coffee 1115 21st Street Oakland CA 94607 (510-628-0919) open 11 am - 5 pm with lunch from 1:30-2. Liralen has made an order with them and said that we'll arrive on this day.
    • 5pm Dinner at [ LCX (formerly Le Cheval)
    • 6:30-10:30pm Endgame Oakland - Go Play SF Bay 3rd Thursday gaming - Fiasco "Hocus Focus" playset
  • 10/21 Friday - Liralen takes BART to see Genevieve at Marriott in Burlingame
    • Carl got the BART ticket in advance.
    • Meeting Genevieve in the lobby, her hotel room is also under the name of Donna Gregory
    • http://www.bart.gov/guide/airport/index.aspx — for Liralen's reference
    • San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront
      • 1800 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, California 94010, Phone: 650-692-9100— They pick up at the central island of Departures/Ticketing at all terminals.
  • 10/22 Saturday
    • Minicon at Endgame
      • 10am Don't Rest Your Head "Shadow of the Raven"
      • 2pm Lunch at Ratto's Deli.
      • 3pm Dresden Files: "Ghost Story" with the Carpenter Kids
    • 7pm Dinner at Breads of India.
  • 10/23 Sunday
    • Continental Breakfast at hotel.
    • More minicon! Carl as standby GM 10am-7pm.
    • 10am Liralen in Apocalypse World — "Luck be a Lady" GM Monte Lin.
    • 10am Carl running Dogs in the Vineyard "Tower Creek"
    • 2pm Lunch from Napoleons bakery in Chinatown on 8th St a couple blocks past Broadway. (Ratto's and 1015 Clay are closed Sunday)
    • 3pm Hanging out and engaging in the gentle art of conversation.
    • 7pm Dinner at Siam Bay. (Breads of India is closed Sunday.)
    • Drinks at The Trappist.
    • Return to Pleasanton.
  • 10/24 Monday Santa Cruz
    • 11am Breakfast at Red Tractor. Still morning so it totally counts as breakfast.
    • 12ish Leave Pleasanton.
    • 1ish Pick up comics at Comicopolis. Art supply store in downtown Santa Cruz. Cocoa at Chocolate next to Bookshop Santa Cruz.
    • Dip Liralen toes into the ocean. Beach at 600 Cliff Side Dr, Santa Cruz, CA.
    • Visit Gretchen
    • 7ish Mobo Sushi for dinner with Brad. Bring Shiso Fine and Guido for Gretchen.
    • Leave Santa Cruz after 8 when traffic is less.
  • 10/25 Tuesday
    • Continental Breakfast instead of any of: 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.
    • 7:45am leave for airport to get Liralen there 2 hours before flight.
    • 8:30am arrive at airport
    • 10:45am Liralen departs OAK airport on Southwest 2437
    • Carl packs to depart for WFC in San Diego tomorrow


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)
(In the past Gretchen has also liked Philly Roll, Presto Maki)

In a Separate container:
Land Shark
Corruptor (formerly Hot Toad)

Trader Joe's Notes

  • Lemon curd
  • Sipping chocolate
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sliced almonds
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Bottled water for coffee
  • Honey-roasted peanuts, more than one bag
  • Roasted almond butter with salt
  • Shaving cream


  • near Pleasanton
    • Red Tractor Cafe in Dublin
    • Zorn's in Pleasanton
    • Dean's Cafe in downtown Pleasanton
    • Mimi's Cafe in Dublin has Beignets
    • Country Waffle in Dublin
    • Railroad Cafe in Livermore
    • In&Out
    • Little Madfish in Dublin for Ramen
  • Oakland
  • Farmer's Market near Endgame Friday mornings
    • Breads of India (510-834-7684) in Oakland opens at 5:30, closed Sunday
    • Le Cheval (now LCX)
    • Pican 2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 510-834-1000
    • 1015 Clay on 1015 Clay St, Oakland, CA reviews 510-238-8780 Mon-Fri 7am-3pm Thu-Fri 4pm-8pm.
    • Ob's Coffee Cafe, 729 Washington St Oakland, CA 94620 (510-268-9696). 7am-3pm. Creole and southern breakfasts.
    • Cock-a-Doodle Cafe 719 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607 (510-465-5400). 8am-2:30pm.
    • 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."
  • Mountain View/Sunnyvale
    • 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.
    • Chef Chu's 1067 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022 650-948-2696 M-F 11:30-9:30 SaSu noon-10pm
    • Daiso 550 Showers Dr Ste # 1, Mountain View, CA 94040 650-947-9320 open Mon-Sat 10am - 9pm (8pm Sunday)
  • San Jose
    • Ramen Halu at 375 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA
    • 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
    • Nikaku Animart 615 N 6th St San Jose, CA 95112 (408-971-2822) Tue-Sat 10-6 Sun 10-4:30
    • Japanese grocery near Kumako
    • Hawaiian Shaved Ice near Kumako
  • 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)
  • Santa Cruz
    • Tea shop - Chaikhana Tea Culture 317 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, 831-423-4200. (Closed Sunday)

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.

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