The Bee’s Knees – San Francisco edition

4 May

I would like to start this post with a big thank you to my blog friends for being super amazing and post a lot of great content while I have been away. I think that it is safe to say that our new theme song did more then fill the gap of my absence.

I had the pleasure to travel to San Francisco this week to meet with some of my new friends at salesforce.com – it was a busy few days of meetings but my colleague and travelling partner Jon (@jonmcginley) and I had one day to see the sights and enjoy the city.  I have complied a list of some of our favoritve spots on our very quick tour of the city.

China Town – and more specifically Hong Kong Clay Pot Restaurant on Grant Ave. Someone had suggested another restaurant in China Town but upon arrival we learned there was an hour wait, we decided to instead consult Yelp (honestly what did we do before Yelp, wander around like fools, that’s what). Following Yelp’s suggestion we headed up the steep steps, and I have to admit a few members of our group were a bit skeptical but once the food arrived, we were thrilled. The food was great, and really reasonably priced.

Double Deck Bus Tours – yeah, you read that correctly. We only have 5 or 6 hours to see the city and the bus tour was the best way to do it. It hit all the highlights and let us hop on and off. I may be suffering a slight wind burn on my face due to the windy conditions in the city today, and I was starting to think that I might blow off the bus as we flew across the Golden Gate bridge but otherwise it was great way to cover a lot of ground in a short time.


Tee Off Bar and Grill – This is a 5 star dive bar – it was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and it did not disappoint. The atmosphere was exactly what you expect in a dive bar, I believe my chair was an old office chair from the 80s, and the carpet looked like astro turf but the server, Curtis was a treat. The food was amazing and it was a great experience. The bar is located off the beaten path but it was certainly worth the effort.

Twitter – ok I am going to be a dork here and I am sorry in advance but while I was in San Francisco I had the opportunity to have lunch(they have meals provided for them, along with snacks and a coffee bar) at Twitter. That’s right, I had lunch at Twitter! Ok so at least I warned you. I have been working with some of the great folks at Twitter for a while on some various opportunities and I finally had the chance to meet them in person. It was a great time and I got a tour of their offices (and yes, their offices are exactly what you would expect, super modern, super cool and trendy).

Haight Ashbury – While the area has it’s pitfalls, such as a lot of kids asking for money while wearing expensive shoes – there are still lots of great vintage shops and some great restaurants and cafes – it’s certainly worth spending some time warning around. Amobea records is fantastic and music lovers could spend days in that place and nothing says Haight Ashbury like having a cone of Ben & Jerry’s.

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