Okay, so one thing about California I could get used to is the food! Of course I’m on East Coast time, so I was up at a ridiculously early time this morning. What that did allow me though, was the chance to actually go out for breakfast.
I found my way to a place called Sol Cal Café not far from my hotel and the convention center, and I was totally thrilled. All vegan and healthy place, I not only got a tour of their offerings from the gentleman that worked there, but I also had an incredible breakfast! I may have also sampled two of their coconut milk based homemade ice creams, but that’s so okay….
They make cold pressed juices, and I opted for the Happy Roots (beet, lemon, ginger). It was so good, and a fresh juice after traveling is just what I needed. I also decided on their waffle breakfast. Gluten free waffles with blackberries and coconut cream. People, I’m telling you….ridiculous. I want to eat this all the time.
Lunch was during the conference, and V and I walked a couple of blocks to a place called Mary Jane’s. It was pretty much a diner (with terrible service), but my veggie chili was tasty.
Dinner was at Queenstown, which was a neat little place. They put their wine in totally non-fancy water glasses, and that made me like them even more! I was a bit surprised at their lack of flexibility to accommodate vegan eats on their menu, but totally made due. An appetizer of a raw veggie plate and a meal of quinoa salad was more than enough to make me not hungry.
I mentioned that stupid early wake up, so with time to kill I got my workout on. Sunrise was pretty and I can’t complain about the weather!
Well, it’s Saturday and I was technically at work all day, so there’s that. I’m at a conference evaluating vendor IT solutions within the cardiac world. It was a really good day in the sense that I got to see a lot of what’s out there and what companies are planning, but it was also a bit of a challenge because no one is really getting the long term vision and don’t have a real solid offering. Someday it’ll be there, but not quite yet. <insert sigh here>.
After the conference I went back to my hotel and immediately got quite restless. It probably didn’t help that there’s an outdoor concert going on outside my window, and I think the entire hotel is vibrating. At least it’s not country music….
I changed and pretty much left to walk around the city. I wasn’t planned to meet up with my conference hosts until around 7, but I really didn’t want to listen to the thumbing electronic music, so off I went. I walked through Little Italy and picked up a bottle of water and a newspaper and sat to read for a long time. It was a really gorgeous evening, and while the news was depressing, it was still pretty fun.
It was then off for dinner and drinks, and back to my room because I’m still on East Coast time, and it’s WAY past my bed time!
Yet it will be about two hours before I can go to bed. Why? Hotel is still vibrating. Concert is still rampaging outside (seriously, reminds me of my rave days!). And what did I do? Called the front desk like some old lady to ask when the concert would end. 11pm. 1 hour and 45 minutes. And don’t think I won’t be watching the clock the whole time…and if they go past 11pm, I imagine I’ll be scowling out my hotel window at those “blasted kids”. When did I become an old fuddy duddy? Oh yeah. Tonight, apparently.