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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Choosing places to eat with Foursquare.

I was in the San Francisco area for work last month, and although I was there for work, I wanted to have some interaction with the city, so I was looking into various ways I could check out local foods and activities in the area. I didn't want to buy a travelbook, or have to carry one around with me, so I looked tried Foursquare. This turned out to be a great choice.

I has remembered a post I read a while back on how useful it could be in a travel situation, so I tried it out upon arriving. Coupled with the fact that I was going to be in the US, it seemed logical to use the software that had a large user base that I could get data.

After work, I would stroll out to a nearby venue, or find a place close to my hotel. I was traveling with two colleagues and after having chosen a good breakfast place, I became the one to search for places to eat. I only checked Foursquare and listed options for them, though.

I usually have a sizable breakfast thanks to my wife, and I wanted to keep that up as it gives me energy throughout the day. I went to a place called The Grove to get a boost on some fresh vegetables.

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Bread, tomatoes, grilled zucchini, fresh mozzarella cheese, all with basil leaves. The above photo and a freshly squeezed glass or orange juice gave me a lot of energy for the conference I was attending. Buono.

On another morning, I wanted a more traditional breakfast, so I tried a local shop called the Taylor Street Coffee shop and had french toast there.

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I really enjoy maple syrup, so that was a big plus. This store looks comfortably retro, and was very relaxing with very good food. The berries were most tasteful, and the jam seemed home made. I enjoyed this place so much I went on a separate day and had some greek yogurt with berries and granola.

For lunch I tried out many things nearby the venue I was working, but there were times I wanted something lighter and organic, and lots of vegetables. I turned to soup and juices a lot, and with the right sandwich this could be a very balanced meal.

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Jamba Juice in San Francisco
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The Grove

On the other hand, I had to have a hamburger at some point, so St. John's Bar and Grill was a choice that had to be made.

Since on our last day we wanted to try out some seafood, reached out to the Hyde Street Seafood House & Raw Bar. This place was great with all sorts of seafood to choose from.

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Oysters, lobster bisque, chowders and pasta, with crab salad too.

Most of all, my trusty GR Limited was small enough to take around with me anywhere to snap photos. I never liked looking at other people's food photos, but now I'm guilty of posting my own on the internet.

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