San Francisco and dinner at Millennium Restaurant

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
Trip End Oct 14, 2011

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Friday, May 13, 2011

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I started getting ready to check out.  I tried to figure out what I was going to do for the day.  I had entered some notes into a file that I could access online through google.  Unfortunately, the internet connection went down for the last couple hours before checkout.  Unlike the attitude at Circus Circus, the hotel was very concerned but probably only because the phones weren't working either.

When I checked out of the hotel I also had to get my car out of their parking.  I found a nearby parking garage that would be open until 9:00 and I left my car there.  Since I wasn't able to check my notes about what I had found to do I decided to visit the downtown spots I hadn't made it to yet.

On my way to the Xanadu Gallery I came across the UC Berkeley Extension Art and Design Center Gallery.  There was an interesting photography exhibit downstairs.  The upstairs exhibit was architectural drawings much like the exhibit at Museum of Craft and Design I saw yesterday.

The Xanadu Gallery gallery is on a quiet pedestrian-only street.  The building was remodeled by Frank Lloyd Wright shortly after he designed the Guggenheim and features a greatly scaled down spiral design.  The gallery sells tribal arts and antiquities.  The works on display were Buddhist sculptures from India, Nepal and Tibet that would not have looked out of place in the Asian Art Museum I visited yesterday.

I headed toward City Hall.  My first stop there was the San Francisco Main Library.  It's a large, new, architecturally interesting building.  I then headed for the nearby Veterans' Memorial Building and the Museum of Performance and Design.  They had an exhibit called More Life!  Angels In America at 20 about the play Angels In America.  I haven't see the show or the HBO production but the costumes and some of the other things included in the exhibit were interesting.

There were some other exhibits in the hallways that were part of the Museum of Performance and Design.  There were exhibits on toy theaters (models of theaters and stages made of paper), sheet music covers of songs about San Francisco from famous musicals, famous modern dance performers from California and portraits of well-known composers.

The San Francisco Art Commission Gallery is also in the Veterans' Memorial Building.  They had an exhibit called Urbanition that was done in collaboration with Sydney, one of San Francisco's sister cities, which included jetpacks made by the artist Chris Fox and a lot of explanations to go with them that were as goofy as the jetpacks.

I wandered to the Hotel California (well, actually, A Hotel California, not THE Hotel California, which I believe is actually in Mexico) and the Millennium Restaurant, a vegan place mentioned in my guide book.  The seats were all filled by people with reservations but I was able to sit at the bar.  You can order a la carte or go with either the three-course or five-course menu options.  I went with the five-course menu.

The restaurant fails a little on ambience and the service at the bar left something to be desired but the food was all very tasty.  They used some unusual techniques, such as smoking and baking tofu and smoking mushrooms.  I'll probably buy Chef Eric Tucker's cookbooks when I get home.

I don't know where the time went, but it was 8:30 when I got out of the restaurant and I had to rush to get my car out of the parking lot before they locked it in for the night at 9:00.  I then drove to my hotel in Redwood City.
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