Tuesday, July 28, 2015

San Francisco: Duex (a visit to airbnb)

Airbnb is the whole reason any of us ended up in San Francisco because Adam got a job there. Airbnb is like one of those start ups you've heard about. Well, let me tell you, we saw it first hand. This place is crazy. 

While I decide how to describe it, you can check out pictures of the lobby:

they share the building with pinterest (I have to say, I'm
pretty disappointed in the blandness of the pinterest sign)
OK, I'll start with the lunch room. Airbnb provides breakfast, lunch and dinner every day except Sundays and, apparently, you can bring your friends (us!).

Proof that it's not just Rice a Roni
The menu
The lunch: salad bar (with chicken, raisins, ricotta, almonds... you know, more than just a can of chicken and a metal container of lettuce)
This day, we had macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and sloppy joes. While we could have had beer on tap, iced coffee or lemonade, we had the homemade limeade (no really, we met the woman who made it). Served in ambiance:

Then we got the tour.

Man, I'd be so fat if I worked here. There are kitchens scattered throughout the office. The kitchens all have stocked fridges, beer on tap and snacks (yogurt covered pretzels, even). Different kitchens had different things-one was for making sandwiches. There were sandwich items stocked all the time and, of course, a panini press. Another kitchen had avocado chocolate pudding (amazing, by the way).

There's not just awesome kitchens at airbnb. The offices are in a very open space, but there are conference rooms all around. Some conference rooms are replicas of actual airbnb rentals and other spaces are designed for quiet space or comfort or other (there's a ball pit).

Conference room modeled after the airstream trailer airbnb

After begging HR to add an ESL department to airbnb, we headed out to do some shopping before picking up Adam for dinner. Katie made sure we visited the Farley's coffee shop. I bought a long sleeve shirt there because July in San Francisco is like March in normal places (and the shirt is awesome and says "Farley's est. 1989" on it-that will keep people guessing).

After our shopping, we met up with Adam and ate at Off the Grid for dinner. Off the Grid is a big circle of food trucks. You just go and get what you want and then eat on the grass.

Oh boy, and it's only Friday! Read on, friends. Read on.

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