Friday, November 12, 2010

ASA 2010-San Diego

The American Society of Anesthesiologists annual conference was held in San Diego this year. I was sharing a room with Caroline and Marny at the snazzy Andaz Hotel, a boutique hotel in the Gaslamp District. We were shocked when we saw our room:



There is nowwhere to hide when your shower has only clear glass! A quick trip to CVS got us the materials to provide some privacy.



Even so, we had to sit facing certain walls when someone was showering because there were mirrors everywhere. But we made it work.

The ASA annual conference sounds nerdy and is nerdy. Here I am modeling a pulse oximeter that goes on your forehead rather than on your finger.



I ran in place and held my breath to see how it would change the reading on the monitor.



The weather in San Diego was very bad. It was cloudy, rainy, and cold. But we got some good eating in. The Tin Fish was right by the convention center. We were sad about the rain.



But Tin Fish's amazing fried oysters cheered us up.





They were the best fried oysters I have ever tried, although they were not quite as good on our second visit. The first time we had them, they were hot, crispy, and extremely juicy when you bit into them. Very delicious.

On another day, Chris, Caroline, Fahad and I had dinner with Dr. Blanck and Sue at Aqua Al 2. Everything was tasty, but the most memorable part of the dinner was trying white sambuca for the first time. I wish I had taken a picture - it is a clear digestif that comes in little glasses with coffeebeans floating within. It is basically pure essence of licorice - not as caustic as Fernet Branca, but potent enough to necessitate slow sipping. The whole ordering of white sambuca came about when we learned that Chris and his brothers drink down a good amount of the stuff during the holidays with this chant, "'buca! 'buca! 'buca!" Seeing Dr. Blanck do the chant was pretty awesome.

On the other days, we ate at Cowboy Star, Stingaree, and Searsucker, all fun to eat at. And on our way home, we paid homage to the ultimate Californian destination - In 'n Out.

2 comments:

micky said...

Looks an awesome place to hang out...
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micky said...

Looks an awesome place to hang out...
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