A morning craving for a gyro sandwich led to a search session. The reviews suggested we try Rainbow Pizza, a Greek-Italian restaurant, tucked away in a valley among the San Mateo hills. Good gyro, physically enormous menus. I think we’ll go back to try the pizza.
Mushroom burger, from Classic 101 Burgers and Shakes, originally uploaded by schahn.
Classic 101 Burgers and Shakes [Yelp] makes a reliable, basic burger. It’s one of the few hamburger-serving restaurants from the tour I return to without hesitation. (When I’m not up for a new location, Classic 101, with its generally predictable serving latency, is the current default.) They make an excellent malted milkshake, too.
Nathaniel and I, after reading most of the menus on Broadway in search of a hot dog, stopped at The Patty Shack [Yelp] on Main St. Having enjoyed Tijuana Dogs at Fremont’s now-defunct Juan More Taco, I was pretty excited to have a local source for bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Nathaniel enjoyed his corn dog; he’s torn between the Shack’s better product versus Ben Franks’s location beside the train tracks at Whipple.
Had a nice lunch off California Ave today. [Yelp: Birch St]
When Dina and I moved to California, the first plant we bought was a dwarf kumquat. We planted it in an oak half-barrel, which, as an alleged byproduct of the wine industry, was another novelty. It survived years on our apartment’s porch, the move to our small house, and years more on the driveway. I couldn’t, however, resuscitate it from a summer of neglect caused by a renovation project.
So, at the end of the past summer, we bought and planted a new dwarf kumquat. And waited.
This morning, Benjamin and I went for a walk downtown. (7.36 km total, according to the phone.) On our way out, we noticed these two fruits on a limb of the tree. It’s a small first crop, but it won’t be long before I’m making kumquat-lemon marmalade again.
This morning, the pipe segments began to arrive for the section of Bay Division Pipeline No. 5 nearest us. The pipes are a distinct dark blue-green, with the ends capped with paper.
They assembled this machine this week, but haven’t fired it up. The pipeline runs right behind our property, so I expect we’ll hear the crunching of treads and a large motor (or more than one) fire up early in the morning soon.
When you’re digging a miles-long trench, there’s a clear axis of work. And it looks like they’ll be removing the road surface soon.
There are a couple of major construction projects in Redwood City. On El Camino Real, the block between Broadway and Brewster is being updated, as part of the multi-county Grand Boulevard project. This excavator was standing sentry on the Broadway end. Closer to our house, a new high-pressure water line–part of the Hetch Hetchy system that supplies San Francisco–is being installed, which requires its own host of excavators of all sizes.