Monday, July 30, 2007

The Cupertino Weekend

This was a rather quiet weekend at Cupertino. I had a bad cold and had to be frequently on the phone with my family back home. I only ventured out for food and restricted myself to places in the neighbourhood of my hotel. If you stay at the Cypress Hotel in Cupertino, there are quite a few good places for breakfast, lunch and dinner within walking distance of the hotel (that is, if you have tired of the in-hotel restaurant, The Park Place).

Cypress Hotel Lobby CupertinoLe Boulanger (pronounced Luh Boo-lawn-zhay), a bakery/cafe right next to the Cypress, is a great place for breakfast or lunch. They have very good sandwitches made with sourdough bread, bagels, egg and bacon croissants, etc. There is also a Starbucks right across the street to which I made frequent trips for lattes, mochas, and cappucino. Le Boulanger has lot of seating, both indoors and outdoors, and wi-fi; a better choice to read or browse the Internet than the crowded Starbucks.

One night I had dinner at the Hong Fu Chinese restaurant located in the same block as the Starbucks across my hotel. I sampled their shredded pork in chilly sauce, kung-pao triple delight with chicken, scallops and shrimps, and fried rice. Pretty good Chinese fare, large portions and good service.

On another night, I had a working dinner with a colleague at Armadillo Willy's, a Texas BBQ place right next to the Cypress. I tried their beef brisket which is interesting stuff if you are in the right mood. Make sure you ask for their hot sauce; anything else is for sissies!


foodette said...

Le Boulanger sounds wonderful - I think I would sit there for hours.

Shantanu said...

@foodette: I spent quite some time with a book; it is particularly nice during the late afternoon if you are seated outside.