Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Cold and Rainy California!

San Francisco DowntownMy flight touched down on a bleak, chilly morning in San Francisco. While San Francisco is always chilly and windy, this winter's been rather extreme. Even the hills near Palo Alto got some snow this month, causing much excitement at such an unusual event.

I had chosen Singapore Air during this trip to the US. In Mumbai I had a few hours to spend at the Intercontinental Grand and their Baluchi restaurant. I will post the Baluchi experience separately.

San Francisco DowntownIt was a relief to be boarded after being in the crowds in the departure area. Singapore Air is amazing: their flight attendants continue to be the most friendly, courteous, and ever-helpful. Armed with the knowledge of their new business-class cabin, I had chosen a window seat (1-2-1 configuration in which all seats are aisle seats, and the window seats are both aisle and window!).

I even watched a few movies during this flight: Rush Hour 3 (Jackie Chan is still so much fun to watch!), The Brave One (a new Jodie Foster movie with a vigilante theme), Resident Evil: Extinction (enjoyed this one - zombies and Milla Jovovich - lethal!), and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (another Bollywood masala movie...Bobby Deol was particularly awful). During the brief stopover at Incheon airport, I had the most incredible ice-cream - it had pictachio with a hint of green-tea and cherries, which made the taste very exotic!

Room Service at the Courtyard Marriott in Downtown San FranciscoDuring my first day in San Francisco, I had lunch at Osha but decided to stay put in my room after that. Room service turned out to pretty good: check out the Olive Pepper Chicken, roasted red potato, and baby squash I ordered.

Finally, a break in the bad weather today and some welcome sunshine! Since my meetings had gotten over early, I strolled the streets near my hotel in downtown San Francisco.

San Francisco DowntownOne of the things I always notice in the US is how nicely they build the pavement around trees. Notice the metal covering that allows the earth around the roots to 'breathe'?

Tonight, I dine at the Boulevard, a Michelin starred restaurant. But that's another post. Watch this space!

10 comments:

Nitin More said...

Hi Shantanu,
Welcome to winter in CA. Wish you get snow there :-) I am becoming regular reader for your blog. All your blogs are nicely written.
One recommendation for you, to try crabs if you like - "Crab house" at Pier 39-San Francisco.

evolvingtastes said...

Love that comment about the pavement around the trees - as someone who has stayed here for a long time I often miss such things until visitors point it out.

Zhu said...

SF is a city I'd love to visit! I haven't had the chance to go to California yet...

And as usual, the food looks yummy ;)

Shantanu said...

@nitin: Thank you! Thank you for the tip. Will try that this time (or the next).

@evolvingtastes: I know...I have seen many things in a new light when visitors have pointed them out to me in India.

@zhu: More coming up. :-)

indicaspecies said...

Been to a few places in the East coast in summer and winter as well, but never got an opportunity to reach the west. SF in particular, and CA in general, sounds interesting. Would love to visit someday. Till then, shall enjoy it through your lovely blog. :)

Shantanu said...

@indicaspecies: SF is unlike any other city in the US. Deserves a visit for a number of reasons - including the variety of food options.

foodette said...

It's been cold and rainy in LA, so I can only imagine SF was dreary. But, it still sounds like you ate a lot of great food. Cheers!

Shantanu said...

@foodette: Thankfully the week after that was much better! Hope LA is getting some sunshine too now.

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