The highlight of June was spending our anniversary together! 8 June…Happy Anniversary SMS! 6 years! He bought me beautiful flowers, which are barely done any justice by the photo above.
We spent the day in San Francisco, walking around on a gorgeous day. Towards the end of the afternoon, we headed over to Rich Table to wait in line for a walk-in seating. [Edit: Lie!] We barely made it but we were seated. The line-waiting was slightly stressful because there was a clear line. Then people who arrived right before the restaurant opened lined up on the other side of the door from where the original line was. It all ended up working out but the last 5 minutes was a little weird. I think a few of the people had a reservation while there was also a couple definitely trying to skip the line, which doesn’t work all that well in front of a bunch of people who are waiting.
All was forgotten though once we were seated. The food was amazing! The menu changes but there are a few standards that are raved about in the reviews. The dried porcini doughnuts with raclette drizzle were so good. They may have been my favorite! The sardine chip, horseradish, creme fraiche was very cool-looking, with the potato chip cut so the sardine fillet could lie in it as if it were belted in by a potato chip belt. Mmm, that sounds delicious, a potato chip belt! Although the execution was cool, it’s not necessarily something I’d get again- I would branch out to something else on the menu. We ordered four oysters with an excellent mignonette, which was already portioned out. The two dishes below were from the seasonal menu and I can’t quite remember what they are…blog fail! It looks like one is a burrata-cheese puff and I’m pretty sure the other is a hamachi sashimi dish. Oh, man. I want to go back so badly. I just looked up reservations online and, well, 10 p.m. seems to be a widely available time. Sniff. We’ll have to do the stressful bar line again. But now I’ll know it’s worth it!
[EDIT: These paragraphs are lies! The line-waiting of Rich Table is real but it happened in July. The green sentences are the only thing that applies to this meal which happened at State Bird Provisions! Sheesh!]
Food coma June extended to the next weekend since I went to Boston for a conference. The first night, I went into the city by myself and treated myself to an incredible dinner at Neptune Oyster. It has gotten really popular and seems somewhat touristy. In another it-pays-to-have-connections moment, I totally saw a group of 6 get seated right away since the ringleader clearly knew the owner. It was another weird line scenario because I was in the doorway for 45 minutes at the front of the line without any acknowledgement from the hostess. Like, at all. But I knew she knew I was there so I just held tight and patience was rewarded! It looks like the keep the first two bar sets open for single diners so after I finally got my name on the list, it was only another 20-30 minutes before I got in. And I ordered a feast!
I ordered 12 oysters and the razorback clam cocktail. The oysters were so fresh and I tasted the one each from the menu. I liked the West Coast and one local oyster the best. The razorback clam was another local bivalve and was also tasty. I would probably try something different next time just to get another experience but if you’ve never had it before, I recommend it!
So, for the entree, I was torn between the lobster roll and the daily special, sea urchin bucatini. I had the Neptune lobster roll before and it is amazing. Going into the night, that’s definitely what I thought I’d get but when I saw that daily special…I thought if one place would get sea urchin right (it has to be super fresh to be delicious), it would be Neptune. And I was right! The dish was insanely good. If I’m there on a Tuesday again, this is definitely what I would order!
The next night, my colleague and I went into the city to watch a Red Sox game. Apparently, he is known for getting ice cream in a helmet sundaes because when we texted two of our other friends/colleagues, one immediately texted back, “Ice cream?!?!” We got amazing seats due to a military connection. Initially, the guy told us that the military seats were standing room only, which we said was fine. Right before he was about to print those out, he said, “Oh yeah, someone turned in tickets to give to military members.” It was already in the second inning so I guess we would do!
It was a lot colder than I was expecting so I bought a sweatshirt. Sorry, Dad, all they had were Red Sox! I bought the kid’s sweatshirt on a discount so I didn’t give Red Sox Nation too much money!
The conference itself was pretty good. A lot of research structure talks which got a little tiresome but there were a few really interesting groups I got to talk to. We were out in Lexington near Lincoln Labs where we had an amazing tour! I missed the final overnight in Boston proper in order to get back to the Chief’s Dinner at work. It turned out to be worth it because one, the event was great and the videos were very funny and two, I was awarded Teacher of the Year by the residents! What an honor! I was really happy and humbled.
After an amazing start to the month, I started to get ready for my upcoming move. I sold the couch set and after checking with Mom and Dad as to whether they wanted the money (no!), I bought myself an Occulus Rift. It is a computer base station-less VR headset. I love it although I pretty much only use it to play BeatSaber. The first video shows how cool you feel playing, the second video shows how lame you look playing it.
I started the apartment cleaning process, which was painful but that it mostly a July discussion. I did move out of my office to allow for the switching office shuffle to occur. For the rest of my time, I was in a spare office, which was fine. I am including a picture of my cleaned out main office because it ended up looking great!