Friday, April 29, 2011

Day 32: Posh Bagel (Yishan)

Niniane questioned my devotion to the lunch blog while we were heading out to lunch today because I had not yet posted my entry for Cantankerous Fish (it's up now, but it's backdated), but I pointed out to her that I was voluntarily going to Posh Bagel, which is not really that good and also the place I have to eat breakfast at almost every morning after I work out and come into the office, because it's right downstairs. That convinced her. Plus, I am getting my Posh Bagel entry up before hers!

LG visited today, Makinde returned from his trip overseas (programming mobile software for poor schools in Africa), and the mixer today was with Evernote. I'd seen Evernote before, but had no idea how awesome it is. I am currently using it now.

The meal at Posh Bagel wasn't too bad. In fact, the food is pretty consistently okay, and they have a much larger menu than you think. There are soups, salad, fruit, bagels, crepes, sandwiches, smoothies, pastries, juice, breakfast foods, and (I think) paninis. I think the issue is that you come in and look at one part of the menu and your brain sorts the place into "that kind" of establishment and proceeds to edit out noticing the other menus. For example, I've come to this place for years and only recently noticed that they also serve soup. I just wish it were open past 5pm (3pm on Sundays).

I eat here almost every day that I'm at Sunfire, as it is now a consistent part of my morning routine. The food isn't amazing, but somehow I never get sick of it (maybe that means the food is really amazing). The staff knows me, and they are very friendly.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Day 31: Cantankerous Fish (Yishan)

I think having a company holiday in honor of your own company is brilliant (e.g. Minted Day) and I was happy to see The Return of Niniane. Sorry I had to go to a bunch of meetings in the afternoon, Niniane.

A lot of people ordered fish and chips. It was decidedly mediocre, but this restaurant is mediocre. I seriously don't know how it's stayed in business; I think it's because the expensive lawyers upstairs at Fenwick come downstairs and spend a lot of money at the bar or something, or take clients to lunch there because it's close by. There are plenty of better places within a couple blocks. You really don't expect a placed called Cantankerous Fish to have mediocre fish and chips, but there you go.

Day 31: Cantankerous Fish (Niniane)

Today is Minted Day at Minted, the startup where I work, so everyone has the day off. I came down to Sunfire for the day. Yishan wrote me numerous IMs about how overjoyed he felt about the tap-tap sound of my typing at the desk behind him. Then he promptly left for the entire afternoon after lunch. :/

We ate at Cantankerous Fish. They have a weekday happy hour, so we often go for drinks and small plates after our mixers. Jahanzeb revealed that despite hearing the pronouncement of Happy Hour at every mixer, he thought it was just a joke and didn't realize that people actually came down to eat and drink.

I had the fish tacos, which were very good!

Jahanzeb told us that tonight he is flying to Seattle for tryouts of X Factor, which is NOT Fear Factor but rather a version of American Idol. Jahanzeb is an amazing singer who has treated us to concerts, so we are all rooting for him. We thought about how we could trick users into inadvertently sending sms'es that vote for him.

I said how I just started watching "The Wire", and Doug revealed how it's listed as one of the items on "Stuff White People Like".

It was the first day for iTeleport's new designer, who came from Tucson, Arizona. Her name is Monica. Everyone working at iTeleport ordered fish and chips during lunch.

Linda Avey and I talked a bit about attending Piaw's wedding yesterday. Piaw showed a powerpoint presentation of "Top 5 Reasons to Marry Me". The fifth reason was "Never do your own taxes again." This is very self-aware (since Piaw loves personal finance and taxation), and also timely since taxes are due today.