This article is written by Shantanu Ghosh.

Another quick trip to San Francisco and Silicon Valley. I expected downtown San Francisco to be very cold but the weather turned out to be pleasant, unusually so for this time of the year. Emirates had upgraded me to first class on my entire onward journey from Mumbai to San Francisco, and I was nicely rested by the time I arrived. By the time I checked in, showered and thought of lunch, it was pretty late in the afternoon.

I strolled over to California Pizza Kitchen which was right in front of my hotel. For some reason, I had never eaten at this restaurant chain before. The meat lovers pizza was a delight, as was the super friendly waitress who served me. The generous toppings of cheese and meats (compared to those I get in India) took care of my hunger pangs very nicely indeed!

I was back at Alexander’s Steak House in Cupertino after a long gap. After they were awarded the Michelin star a couple of years back, this restaurant is even more popular. It took me a 45-minute wait to get a table at lunch-time on a week-day; thankfully, I did have the time! Hamachi shots, a steak and truffle fries later, I asked for the cheque. Along with the cheque came a cotton candy which was cherry flavored and actually quite nice!

The view early in the morning from my downtown San Francisco hotel was phenomenal. Here’s a picture taken through my window on the 34th floor just before I walk down for my morning fix at the neighboring Starbucks.

I am going to retrace this trip in two weeks’ time; I expect to have a lot more to write then. Hopefully, Emirates will also have an upgrade available for me again. I could get used to that! 🙂

Shantanu Ghosh

8 Feb 2012

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