11.10.2010 - 16.10.2010 30 °C
First full day in San Francisco was Tuesday. The Taj Compton Place is well positioned for walking around, just a couple of blocks from Union Square. After a morning sorting out conference logistics, the 4 of us in the advance party walked down to Pier 1. We had lunch at the Plant Cafe (www.theplantcafe.com) on Pier 3. I had a chicken ciabata with a mango smoothy, very nice too. When I say piers these are not like we have in Southend, although Pier 7 was reassuringly wooden decked and metal framed, replete with menacing looking seagulls and locals fishing whilst a huge container ship passed through the Bay. It was very warm and good to see something of the steep hills that dominate.
The rest of the conference was arriving by now and we had our evening reception. After that 10 of us (all from the UK) went to China Town a short walk away and ate in a restaurant recommended by the hotel, the name of which I can't remember. We ordered the banquest for 10 at $330 or so and after soup had a numerous dishes placed in the centre of the table on a turntable, which included crabs, fish, duck, chicken, beef and vegetables. It was too much for those who had just arrived, saying they did not know what meal this was and if they were really hungry when faced with such choice. We did not make huge inroads into the food as a result.