Written by Adrian Holovaty on November 19, 2003

This site has been quiet because I've spent long nights working on our company's new, ultra-powerful Web publishing system. Unfortunately, the silence will continue for the next week and a half: I'm going on a much-needed vacation to the U.S. West Coast.

Drop me a line if you're in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, or anywhere in between and would like to meet up somewhere. I'm also looking for suggestions on good record stores, restaurants, music venues and anything else cool to see. This Chicagoan has never been west of Kansas.


Posted by Jon Gales on November 19, 2003, at 2:23 a.m.:

Sounds crazy, but In N Out Burger is a must stop. There's one in SF I believe. Fast food yes, but fresh as well. It sports a cult following akin to that of Krispy Kreme.

Posted by Anita Rowland on November 19, 2003, at 2:29 a.m.:

we often have weblog gatherings in Seattle (regular monthly meetup tomorrow, wednesday night). why not post the time you'll be here and any other appropriate details (east side or seattle proper, for one)?

Posted by Adrian on November 19, 2003, at 5:09 a.m.:

Well, I can't post the exact time and day I'll be in any particular place, because I'm not quite sure. :-)

My wife and I have no plans whatsoever for the trip -- only that we're renting a car in San Francisco and returning it in Seattle (wherefrom we're flying back to Kansas). We'll probably be in Seattle (probably Seattle proper) toward the middle of next week. Drop me an e-mail for more details.

Posted by Brian M. Dennis on November 19, 2003, at 6:33 a.m.:

If you have time in The Bay Area, drive over to Berkeley and visit Rasputin's Records and Amoeba Records.

Crepes at Ti-Couz in SF's Mission District are to die for.

No warranty on these recs though...

Posted by Brian M. Dennis on November 19, 2003, at 6:34 a.m.:

And in Portland, you have to visit Powell's books. The main store is an entire city block and then there's another building chock full of geek books.

Posted by pF on November 19, 2003, at 1:47 p.m.:

Offtopic I know but have you been developing your system from scracth? how big is your team? and how long has it taken to build from strat to finish?

Just curious

Posted by Wilson on November 19, 2003, at 5:35 p.m.:

You kids have fun now, hear? My brother has a house in Portland, so let me know if you guys get lost up there.

By the way, I hear Adrian's crack team of code wranglers can go from strat to finish on 3 all nighters and 3 plates of pasta.

Posted by Mike Thompson on November 19, 2003, at 8:36 p.m.:

Adrian, check out for some guides to food, record stores and other things to do around Seattle.

Posted by Rob on November 19, 2003, at 11:51 p.m.:

You'll be heading to the two best Chinatowns on the continent: San Francisco and Vancouver (in that order, I believe, though I'm told they're pretty close). Have some dim sum!

Check out Stanley Park in Vancouver, too. And you might want to swing by Victoria for a couple hours.

Posted by Richard Ault on November 21, 2003, at 7:27 p.m.:

When in SF, you must hit one or more of the following.

1. Amoeba Records, Haight Street (at the top of Haight street where it meets the park, used to be a bowling alley, best record store experience north of Lou's Records, Encinitas)

2. Shawerma at Truly Mediterranean on 16th Street (at Valencia) in the Mission

3. Nanking Chicken at House of Nanking 919 Kearny in North Beach

4. The new and improved Farmers Market at the Ferry Building, kind of expensive, but a beautiful Saturday morning down by the water.

5. Surf at the end of Sloat Boulevard. Some of the most talented surfers in the world, in some of the most dangerous surf in the world.


Posted by Sean on December 16, 2003, at 9:20 p.m.:

In Kitsilano, just south of downtown over the burrard street bridge

Cafe Zen: Yew street between 1st ave. and york, Vancouver

Great eggs benny in numerous varieties

Cornwall just before Burrard

Siegels Bagels - open 24 hours - Get them hot from the wood burning oven

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