The recent disappearance of my job caused a jolt of concern and then a burst of excitement as I realized I'd be "on the beach" during the summer. Note: on-the-beach is my reference to a virtual vacation a la 'workforce reduction'. Shopping? Lunch? How ever would I fill my time?
Well, nothing as exciting as a trip to an actual beach. After all, bills must be paid so I decided to dust off my resume and start networking.
Coffee, tea, and more connections than I can count
In the new world of job seeking in San Francisco it seems a lot of coffee connections - or tea - are now the norm. Don't get me wrong, I do love coffee. But for quick, casual meetings in San Francisco it's no longer Peets or Starbucks although I always remain a fan of both.
While out and about talking about my skills (so many, so varied) my expectations and the weather (yes, it can be a topic) I ventured into more cafes, coffee houses and bars than I can count. As my parking bills stacked up, here's how the various places I visited stack up...
The coffee list
- Philz (San Francisco, Palo Alto and Cupertino) is not just about coffee, the size cup or the temperature of the milk, it's about your taste preferences and mood of the day. The person behind the counter actually seems to care about what you want and attempts to align that with the offering(s) of the day. A casually cool place with a process that can feel a bit intimidating at first glance.
- Craftsman and Wolves. Wins the prize for most interesting items behind the counter including the "Rebel Within" which is a gooey egg inside a bacon-y muffin. Oh, and the coffee is good too.
- Radius Cafe. Great outdoor seating which allows for comfort and sipping in the summer sun (if available). Love the deviled eggs!
- Coffee Bar. Clearly a top choice for the tech set with an abundance of laptops and buzzy conversations about the next best idea or company. Chocolate chip cookies worth noting (e.g., delicious) and hip vibe.
- Mavelous - small, intimate and reminiscent of a wine bar which is perhaps because they also sell wine along with a bevvy of coffee beverages. Located on Market Street.
- Sextant Coffee (SOMA). Quality coffee in a beautiful brick/wood setting.
- Samovar Tea Lounge. Samovar is a welcome break from all the coffee, plus they have outdoor seating and a decent lunch menu. For some odd reason I felt like I was on vacation while here. Fun!
For what it's worth, my next gig is scheduled and I have two more weeks of daydreaming and quiet mornings. However, I might skip the coffee for now and head to the hills for a hike.