Friday, August 12, 2011

Last day...

Today was my last day at work.
I got teary on the inbound commute so I busted out the gangsta tunes to keep a stiff upper lip.
When I got in, I wrote my goodbye notes and put them on my coworker's desks with some treats.

One pretty brownie for each of the secretaries...

 One hot chocolate mousse cup for my labmate and one for our technician...

 A flower cupcake for my officemate....

And a big ol' oreo chocolate cupcake for boss lady...

I spent the rest of the morning trying to tie up all the loose ends.  
My boss and I had one more session of coding together... Sniff sniff! 

Then as planned, we met in the lobby for lunch.  But instead of wandering a few doors down to one of our local haunts as we usually do on such occasions, my boss got her car and surprised me by taking us to Greens (the only restaurant I was really bummed to have not gotten to go to before leaving San Francisco... but they didn't know that! It was a total coincidence!).

Greens is a vegetarian heaven.  It's super gorgeous, everyone dresses well and the food.  Oh, the food!  If you've followed this blog for long, you probably know I love food photography (the combination of two very awesome things).  I have especially enjoyed the delicious looking creations on homerunballerina so I took these with you in mind, Audrey!
For appetizers, we had...
Grilled Blossom Bluff Peaches...
...with Bellwether fromage blanc, Snyders honey and watercress.

Ricotta Corn Griddle Cakes...
...with jalepenos, scallions and smoked cheddar. Served with creme fraiche, 
fire roasted tomato and pumpkin seed cilantro salsas.

Fresh Spring Rolls...
...with grilled tofu, carrots, jicama, napa cabbage, Thai basil, mint and rice noodles.  
Served with peanut sauce, grilled shiitake, beech mushroom and radish salad.

During present time, I tried not to cry.
(my boss got me a math for neuroscientists book!)

Then we got the main courses.  
I ordered the
Grilled Eggplant Sandwich... 
...on green onion slab with beefsteak tomatoes, roasted onions, Cowgirl Creamery Wagon Wheel, romesco and arugula.  Served with fingerling potatoes, summer beans, pickled red onions, capers friesee, champagne dijon vinaigrette.

Two people got the
Red Curry...
summer vegetables with coconut milk, ginger, galanga, chilies and Thai basil.  
Served with cashew jasmine rice and peach plum chutney.

My boss got the
Mesquite Grilled Brochette...
...mushrooms, yukon gold potatoes, peppers, white corn, summer squash, red onions, 
cherry tomatoes and Hodo Soy tofu with Hamada dried fruit and pistachio quinoa, 
charmoula and Moroccan carrot slaw.

And two people got the
...with sweet 100 and sungold cherry tomatoes, summer squash, spring onions, pine nuts, 
opal basil, lemon oil, breadcrumbs and grana padano.

Oh, and then we got dessert
Chocolate mascarpone cake...
 ...with Graffeo espresso creme anglaise and cocoa nibs

Vanilla creme fraiche cake...
...with peach ice cream and blueberry peach compote

Lemon verbena pot de creme...
...with Yerena Farm berries
Tory Farm nectarine berry galette...
...with almond streusel, Snyders honey and vanilla bean ice cream

WHEW! Talk about feasting like kings!

After that amazing treat, we went back to the lab for the last round of data collection.
I drove my coworker home.
Maybe cried a little on my commute back.
And got massages with my dad.
All in all, a fantastic end to this chapter of my life.


  1. What an awesome feast!! Everything looks delicious and now I'm craving curry!

  2. what an amazing day...bittersweet to say the least. it sounds like you will be missed! amazing pictures of your day. and you are also so thoughtful to give everyone a little parting gift!

  3. Ok. Now I'm hungry!! All of those pictures of food.. it all looks so delicious! What an awesome last day tho.. yummy food, gifts, good company. Sounds like it couldn't have been a better last day.

  4. Awww, it sounds like you went out with a bang -- that is a great last day. (My mouth is watering from all those food pics!)

  5. Oh Rachael! I'm glad they are so good to you, and give you such a wonderful send off. You will always remember this time with the happiest of memories.

    The "eye will miss you" card? Freaking adorable.

    And the food is making me sooooo hungry!

  6. Wow, you worked with some really nice people, huh? Sadly, once I leave my job there will be nothing but sight of relief. There's nothing I'll miss from that place. Too bad, after 5 years and no good memories. But hey, I hope my next job will be wonderful.

    And that restaurant has some amazing dishes. Everything looks delicious. I'll def try to remember that name when I get to visit the great SF. My dream is to live there.

  7. Good luck with the transition. Sounds like a great goodbye at work to start the process.

  8. oh wow--clearly they were so lucky to have you! and good luck with the next chapter.

  9. Lea - I'm ALWAYS craving curry. Hopefully you can fulfill your desire soon.

    TwoBirds - Thank you! Yeah, this job saved my career. It opened a whole world of possibilities for me and is undoubtedly one of the main reasons I was able to get (back) into a graduate degree program. I feel so lucky to have gotten the job as well as gotten such awesome coworkers. Little cupcakes were the LEAST I could do.

    Jessi - Agreed!

    Beth - Yeah, it couldn't have been better. I was so sad AND happy.

    Charlotte - I definitely will always remember this job fondly. I'm glad you enjoyed the doodle and the food pics! They still are making ME drool.

    Katz - Yeah, hopefully your current job will make every other job feel like a blessing. I hope you get a chance to get to SF (and to live there!). It wasn't for me but it was a wonderful city.

    E-Yes, it absolutely was the best send off I could have imagined. Thank you.

    Meg - Thank you x 2. The next chapter has started out fantastically well so far.

  10. WHOA talk about a post that makes you hungry... food porn galore!

  11. okay, rachael? you have to come to new york city. you can stay on my couch, i will cook you vegetarian food all weekend, and we will karaoke gangsta rap from the early 00s. forgot about dre, perhaps?

    seriously, this food all looks incredible (pretty sure i'm going to rip off those corn ricotta cakes AND grilled peaches this weekend) and the more i read of your blog, the more i think we are kind of mirror images of each other. mirror images because, you know, you are going to be a g-d neuroscientist and i play with food for fun and pay. but i think we have a lot in common.

    good luck in the next leg of your journey. i'll be keeping up with it here, and seriously, if you ever find yourself on the east coast, hit me up.

  12. These photos are making me really hungry! Especially that eggplant sandwich. Yum!
    Love your blog...xoxo


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