Day TWO of time off:
I connected with my two favorite teaching Biologists today. Off we went to the Miramar Beach Restaurant for a lovely lunch and it was that and more! We had a fantastic meal sharing the Artichoke Cakes appetizer–a delight! I had the blackened Organic Scottish Salmon served with vegetables, rice pilaf & avocado mango salsa & raspberry vinaigrette. LK enjoyed the Halibut Veracruz: a simmered halibut filet with tomato, garlic, onion, jalapeno, capers, green olives & avocado served with vegetables & basmati rice. Susmita enjoyed the plentiful and delicious fish tacos. A perfectly chilly and crisp December wind accompanied our walk into the restaurant, making for a perfect day by the ocean.
By the time we got to dessert, sharing the most delicious BOMBA (that I will definitely return for) and a light and fluffy chocolate mousse, I recognized a famous educator and politician at the table behind my friends : Tom Torlakson, the California State Superintendent of Public Schools. Who was with his wife Mae Torlakson (running for State Assembly) who also currently manages the state Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program, helping educationally disadvantaged students pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Along with them was my fellow colleague Jim Torlakson who teaches Art at CCSF and is a HOOT! and their Mom who is a retired educator from SF’s Lowell High School. As if the food and wonderful science faculty companions were not enough, we ended up with several more amazing educators and enjoyed wonderful conversation about upcoming MESA events and various state funded grants that CCSF has been participating in. Educators discuss education EVEN on holiday! The family of educators were quite warm and inviting. What a great way to spend the rest of our lunch! All in all, it was a fantastic day by the ocean. This short time away from work for a bit feels so good!
And OOOH, La Bomba dessert was perfect!