Intel Computer Museum and Cyrus

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

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Good Nite Inn - Redwood City
Read my review - 2/5 stars

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

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I had originally planned on going to the Maker Faire on Saturday and Sunday.  I mentioned the event to a friend of mine, Bill (Not the same Bill who joined me in New York City.  The Bill I who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with me.)  He thought it sounded interesting and decided to fly into town to join me.  There was nothing online when I had looked for ticket information before I left home but when Bill checked ticket information had been posted.  Among the options was something called a Booster ticket that gave you more access over more days than a standard ticket.  It sounded good to Bill so he bought one, which is good for two people.  That meant we could get in today although we weren't sure what would be going on.

I went to the airport and picked up Bill.  After a quick stop at the hotel to leave his bags we went to the San Mateo Event Center to pick up our tickets and see if anything was going on.  With our Booster ticket we really got the VIP treatment. 

The Maker Faire is organized by the people who publish Make Magazine, a magazine for the DIY subculture.  The event has grown over the years and now gets nearly 100,000 attendees.  While most of the projects on display involve electronics, there are also people into crafts, cooking, fermentation, human-powered vehicles and every other DIY hobby imaginable.  There are a significant number of people involved in projects for Burning Man, which I wasn't expecting but wasn't that unexpected given the location

There wasn't much going on today.  There were some people setting up but most of them were the people setting up food booths.  We didn't stay long.

We were in the vicinity of the Intel Computer Museum and decided to go there.  It was very nostalgic for both of us.  We've both worked with Intel chips since the late '70s and have lived a lot of the history shown in the museum. 

Our next stop was the Cable Car Museum in San Francisco.  There are displays about the history of cable cars in San Francisco.  In addition, all of the underground cables that drive the cable cars are driven from this facility and you can see them in operation.

We tried to take a ride on a cable car.  We waited at the stop outside the museum.  A few cable cars came by but they were all full.  Then one seemed to get stuck at the end of the block and two more were blocked by the first stopped car.  We gave up on taking a cable car ride and headed for dinner.

Since I had thought that the Maker Faire started on Saturday I thought that Thursday would be a good night to go to a restaurant so I had made a reservation at a restaurant called Cyrus in Healdsburg, a small town in the wine country north of San Francisco.  When I found out that Bill would be joining me and that the Maker Faire started today for people with Booster tickets, rather than cancel the reservation I changed it to a reservation for two.  Bill isn't too big on fancy restaurants but I thought he'd be able to tolerate it just one night.

We found Cyrus and went in.  Cyrus is one of three Michelin two-star restaurants in the San Francisco area.  They offer both both five- and eight-course tasting menus as well as five- and eight-course vegetarian tasting menus.  I ordered the eight-course vegetarian tasting menu.  Bill ordered the five-course tasting menu plus the cheese course for a total of six courses.

We were brought a number of amuse-bouche.  There was supposed to be one for each of the five flavors: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami. I didn't find them to be particularly successful in this.  For instance, the predominant flavor in the one that was supposed to be umami, which was a broth of shiitake and kombu, was salty.

The eight courses were more successful.  My favorite was the corn risotti with black truffle.  While Bill wasn't thrilled with the dinner, he seemed to like his six courses.  Service was very good.  The room is OK but there's no view or anything really special about it.

After dinner we had a somewhat long drive back to Redwood City to our hotel.

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