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This is it for 1996! Come back in February to see if I've decided to keep up Dine With Dave or not. Thanks for your visits.
- Dave


Date What Where With whom Works for Position What I ate Memorable Quote

January 4 Coffee Rodger's, Palo Alto Steve Thomas Netscape Java Wonk Great salad and veggie lentil soup "I think the Web took off because a lot of people in Silicon Valley were really getting bored."

January 6 Dinner Gordon Biersch, Palo Alto Glenn Davis Project Cool Webmaster Grilled vegies and awesome penne "I'm the guy who introduced the <BLINK> tag to the Web."

January 8 Dinner Piatti, Palo Alto Gino Lee Studio Verso Senior Designer Pasta with grilled portobello mushrooms "So, Dave, with this Balkanization article, do you plan to be the Johnson of the Web?"
"As in 'Masters and...'?"
"As in Samuel."

January 9 Dinner LuLu, San Francisco Michael Nolan Hayden Books Editor in Chief Salad, beets, fusili and herb pasta "I read your journal and frankly, I prefer the Calvin Klein boxer shorts."

January 20 Dinner Mystic Cafe, Palo Alto Andy Shore Adobe Webmaster Spinach salad and cheeseless polenta "I'm going to Australia on my sabbatical, and I'm really looking forward to it."█when I asked him why Adobe hasn't announced a PostScript plug-in for Netscape Navigator.

January 30 Dinner Cafe Verona, Palo Alto Matthew Butterick Atomic Vision Site Designer Pasta with a nice green salad "Dave, Dave, Dave. You've got to learn to delegate. Have your guys write your journal for you; it'll probably be more interesting, anyway."

January 31 Lunch Japanese Buffet, Mt View Christopher Warnock Adobe Manager, Acrobat Vegetable suki-yaki I told Chris: "I never lose any data. Working on the Web, the software is so buggy, you get in the habit of saving every 20 seconds." That was just before Netscape crashed as I was showing him one of my sites.

February 2 Lunch Mandarin Gourmet, Sunnyvale Daniel Klaussen and Alex Edelstein Netscape Product managers, Navigator 3.0 and 2.0 Mu-Shu Vegetables and string beans "We all agree that site designers should have more control over the look of their sites."

February 3 Dinner Roger's house, Los Gatos Roger Black At Home Creative Director Pasta with home-made tomato sauce and artichokes "I think we should have the 'Eddie Bauer' edition browser... and the mood browser!"

February 6 Lunch Mandarin Gourmet, Palo Alto Kevin Hughes EIT Webmaster Braised mushrooms and greens I told Chris: "You want me to say something memorable? That's my quote."

February 6 Dinner Cafe Verona Andrew Wood Core Design Site Designer Pasta and green salad "I have an Apple server running System 7.5 and it never crashes."

February 7 Dinner Bijou, San Francisco Ridgeley Evers CoSite Entrepreneur Pasta with tomato sauce, salad "When can you start working for us?"

February 17 Lunch University Coffee Cafe, Palo alto Richard Powers Stanford Dance division Teacher, historian Soup and salad "Are people surprised, when they meet you, to find out you're nice?"

February 26 Dinner Mandarin Gourmet, Palo Alto David "Sparky" Cullinan Studio Verso Site Designer Mu-Shi vegetables and string beans "Dude, once you've had Legos, there is nothing better."

March 1 Lunch Cafe Borrone, Menlo Park Ridgeley Evers CoSite Entrepreneur Eggplant sandwich When I said "Ridge, it sounds like you need me to join your team," he replied: "That's why I'm sitting here having lunch with you, you idiot!"

March 5 Dinner LuLu, San Francisco Kim Clark A law firm in Chicago Lawyer salad, vegan pizza "I think women have a lot more choices than men do."

March 7 Dinner Piatti, Palo Alto Dan Baum Silicon Graphics Director of graphics engineering salad, Pasta with mushrooms and tomatoes "Dave, is your daily outlook on life going to change when Bill Gates is working for you?"

March 8 Dinner Mandarin Gourmet, Palo Alto Hal Rucker Rucker Design Graphic Designer mu-shi vegetables, broccoli, asaparagus "We are doing our first web site, for Connectix. It's not like doing package design.\"

March 12 Dinner Ecco, San Francisco Thomas Reardon, Hakon Lie Microsoft, W3C Iconoclasts both salad, pasta arrabiatta "I'm a staccato thinker." - Thomas

April 2 Dinner Farfalle, Hollywood Harry Marks American Film Institute Teacher, seer, storyteller Pasta and salad "Having a heart attack really changes your outlook on computer graphics."

April 3 Dinner The home of David Foster, Los Angeles Gary and Lisa Foster Gary Foster's Home Page Film Producer Salad and matzoh "Baruch aia adonai, elohenu melech ha olam... boree pre ha gafen."

April 5 Dinner Cafe Borrone, Menlo Park Sally Applin Portal Interface Designer focaccia "I hate carnations, saxaphones, and India (the country, not the people)."

April 12 Dinner Stanford Shopping Center Tom Papa General Contractor Pasta with vegetables and salad "What are you going to do? Move to San Francisco and leave Gizmo in Palo Alto? Does he know about this?"

April 16 Dinner Vicolo, Palo Alto Gino Lee, Matt Johnson, Todd Fahrner Studio Verso Intraoffice Troublemakers Sausage Lasagna, 5 varieties of pizza "So, Dave, with this third-generation site-design book, do you plan to be the Stewart of the Web?"
"As in 'Patrick...'?"
"As in Martha."
(okay, dave wasn't really there, but it was funny anyway)

April 23 Dinner Stanford Faculty Club, Stanford, CA Paul Ehrlich Stanford Center for Conservation Biology Director, Population expert Big salad-bar salad "Do you want to know my official prediction on what will happen to the world over the next 30 years, or do you want to know what I really think?"

May 9 Dinner Blue Chalk Cafe Reed Overfeldt GTSI salad and mixed veggie plate "Washington is a great town. It attracts interesting people. The asshole meter is in the red sometimes, but there's always something exciting going on."

May 29 Lunch Stanford Faculty Club Paul Ehrlich, Marina Alberti, Andy Weiss Center for Conservation Biology Big salads for all "Why don't we make a big site where all environmental groups can publish their content and teach everyone about conservation, ecology, and sustainability?"

May 30 Lunch Delancy Street, San Francisco Jeff Veen Hotwired User-Interface guru Chilled noodle salad ""I'd like to start a group of web designers in San Francisco who meet and exchange ideas."

May 21 Lunch South Park Cafe, San Francisco Anne Palmer Friend Salad and Soup After lunch, her four-year-old son, Joe, told me: "No kissing! Don't kiss my mom!"

June 2 Dinner Calzone's, San Francisco Terri Arndt and her friend Joan Nike Information Systems Coordinator Salad, pasta with dried tomatoes and arrugula "I got a tattoo from the guy who did Phil Knight, but I didn't get a Nike Swoosh. I got something else."

June 3 Dinner Ecco, San Francisco Harry Mott and Dan Nash Cyberstudios Prinipals Salad and pasta with wild mushrooms "We're building the studio of the future, and we want you to be part of it. We even have an Ego Patrol that makes sure nobody's head gets too big."

June 9 Dinner Gordon Biersch, San Francisco Ben Wuersching Independent Designer Salad and mushroom rissotto "Living in Grass Valley is nice, but there aren't many good designers to hang out with."

June 10 Lunch Gordon Biersch, San Francisco Alice Hill c|net Executive Editor Salad and mushroom- focaccia "We put up stories of people doing things and talking about their lives, but they bombed. When we do a story comparing 200 monitors, the hits go through the roof."

June 11 Lunch Caffe Centro, South Park, San Francisco Lee Swearington and Cathy Clarke DXM Shockwave Designers Green salad and an artichoke/roasted red-pepper sandwich

August 17 Dinner some restaurant Budapest, Hungary my brother Bobby Yale University Student rice and "garnish" "How can people in Hungary eat such garbage, yet somehow they all look young and strong?"

August 20 Dinner A great vegetarian restaurant Vienna, Austria my brother Bobby Yale University Student indian curry --- great! "I noticed they have a saying here in Vienna: 'There are no kangaroos in Austria!'"

August 22 Dinner a 500-year-old restaurant Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic my brother Bobby Yale University Student "Our choices are stewed gruel and fried gruel? I'll have stewed."

August 25 Dinner Prague, czech Republic Doug Arellanes Internet Service Provider A fantastic middle-easern dinner with dishes of all kinds "It takes all year to get a phone line over here. That's why we all have cellular phones!"

August 27 Dinner A great vegetarian restaurant in the old-town Munich, Germany Karen Heidl Grafik und Teknik, Publishers Editor cheeseless pizza: lots of spinach on a whole-wheat crust "We're printing 8,00 of your books here. They'll be out in November. Did you know you're a cult figure here in Germany?"

August 28 Dinner a nice mexican restaurant in the old town Zurich, Switzerland Alice Hill self employed Fashion Model vegetable fajitas "I think it's been five years since we've seen each other."

August 29 Lunch A greasy biergarten Basel, Switzerland Wolfgang Weingart and Michael Renner Basel School of Design Teachers rice and tomatoes "Why would anyone want to make handwriting into type? That's a stupid idea."

August 31 Dinner chalet St Moritz, Switzerland Tatjana Keller (and her parents and her boyfriend) Zintzmaier and Lux Graphic Designer Excellent home-made gnocci and vegetablles "I think we won't be hiking tomorrow by the way it's snowing outside."

September 2 Dinner Sabine's house Zurich, Switzerland Beryl Guhl self-employed Sabine's charming little 3.5-year-old girl Sushi and rice "Dave, hast du angst?"

September 7 Dinner Cafe Centro South Park, San Francisco Jun Nakashima Dentsu, an advertising agency in Japan Web producer soup and a big green salad I can't wait until your book comes out in Japanese. Many people at my firm want to learn your methods. Can we take a picture together?"

September 7 Dinner Dumke's house Andrew and Sarah Dumke Pacific Mezzanine Fund Andrew is a venture capitalist A big catered birthday party with barbecued veggies Someone gave Andrew a spiked leather S/M collar (and a pair of sexy black thong underwear) for his birthday, to which he responded "This is just my size! Now I need a matching one for my neck!"

September 8 Dinner A new reataurant where Pearl's used to be Palo Alto Bob Rosin and Yumie Sonoda Sony Product designers and planners a spicy veggie rice and vegie dish -- too spicy!! "Palo Alto is cool. We thought it might be boring, but it's nice to walk around!"

September 11 Lunch MOMA cafe San Francisco Hakon Lie W3C, France Researcher, Contributor Soup and pasta (their soups are amazing) "We would love to see you start playing with style sheets immediately."

September 12 Dinner offices of Silicon Gaming PaloAlto Adam Levinthal Silicon Gaming hardware designer "God, it's New Wave Dave! I haven't seen you for eight years!"

September 14 Dinner Monterrey Bay Acquarium Monterrey Barry and Cherise both work in high-tech ex-roommates a big spread of vegetarian dishes from the buffet "I do!"

September 16 Dinner A cool place in North Beach Bill Hill Meta Design, San Francisco Principal middle-eastern plate "We're trying to get our clients to see the Web as a place to extend, to experiment with some new things. We're having fun and learning a lot."

September 17 Dinner Yoshida-Ya San Francisco Birthday party friends various companies vegetarian suki-yaki Someone said: "After just seeing 'Dead Man', I don't think I want to order any meat." Someone else said "Here's to Dave on his 37th birthday!" Everybody: "Gompai!"

September 20 Dinner OrItalia San Francisco Lisa and Gary Foster Gary Foster's Home Page english teacher and film producer Gnocchi and a bunch of amazing appetizers combining oriental and italian cuisines. "We're in town shooting a film to be released next summer: "Desperate Measures", starring Michael Keaton and Andy Garcia. We're shootingoutdoor city scenes and rooftops. We also came to play golf."

September 22 Dinner Prego San Francisco Danny and Margaret Siegel my parents Gnocchi and braised greens with a delicious mushroom soup "You know you're in trouble when you hit all your irons the same distance."

September 23 Dinner An italian restaurant where Ruby's used to be San Francisco Robert Simon Stock Center angel hair pasta and hearty vegetarian minestrone "That's a good business idea, Dave. When are you going to get started on it?"

September 27 Dinner Guayamas Tiburon, CA Verso staff Verso Amazing nuevo-mexican food. Everything is great but the tamales. Don't order the tamales. Sparky: "Todd and Nancy may have had the best scores in mini-golf, but I'm going to give Gino and Brian something to squeal about when we go back to the office and fire up Marathon."

September 28 Dinner The Grand Hotel San Francisco Caryl Self-employed Graphic Designer A beautiful great-room style restaurant with stunning food. Go there after the theater. "I thought the play was good, but the partial nudity seemed not to excite Robert. I guess he was expecting female partial nudity."

October 3 Dinner Up & Down Club San Francisco Paige Manzo Women's Wire Big Shot This trendy SOMA club (dancing upstairs) has velvet drapes and loud jazz to accompany the very hip menu. Excellent kitchen. "Dave, we've got to stop meeting like this. Every time I eat with you I get more vegetarian."

October 4 Dinner Prego San Francisco Sally Hedges Actioneer Business Consultant One of my favorite italian restaurants. The gnocchi is to die for. "God, I haven't seen you in eight years! You lost all your hair!"

October 5 Dinner Betelnut San Francisco Heli Koski Stanford University PhD Student A new hip Sino-San-Francisco joint with an attitude and a serious wait. The dim-sum is excellent, but stay away if you're a vegetarian. "This is my first time in San Francisco. It's cold! Not cold like Finland, but colder than I expected. Do you remember where you left the car?"

October 7 Lunch The Japanese Place on 2nd between Mission and Howard San Francisco Bruce Falck and Simon Smith Phoenix Pop Productions Web Site Designers Fast sweet and sticky rice and noodles. Hot soup if you're cold. Lunch only. "We've been overwhelmed with the amount of work coming in. We've already had a few offers for our company. I guess we must be doing something right."

October 9 Dinner MOMA Cafe San Francisco Andrew Rich and Shelli Leitzke Sony Andrew runs sponsored merchandising for the World Cup 1998 One of the best lunch spots in town. Famous for mushroom burgers and killer soups. "We're moving to Paris, where everyone smokes, even at the health clubs."

October 11 Lunch Ecco South Park, San Francisco Amy Goodloe Lesbian.org Writer, Researcher, Community-maker A hot lunch spot for the wanna-be multimedia producer set. Mushrooms in everything. "I have so many offers to create more online communities, I don't know which one to choose!"

October 14 Dinner Some obscure restaurant Tokyo Yoshi Asai and friends Plan-Net Labs An awesome place. I could never find it again in my life. "Soon, Siegel-san, we will find out how well you like Karaoke-bar singing!"

October 16 Dinner An almost empty restaurant Sapporo Jonathan Nelson and our Japanese Hosts Organic Online An almost empty restaurant. "You know, Dave, we'll never really get to know our hosts if we don't go out and do as they do after dinner. And that means Karaoke."

October 18 Dinner A restaurant in the Rappongi district Jonathan and the Japanese gang The restaurants here are small and the sake comes hot and cold. We went for karaoke afterwards. Jonathan and Yoshi: "Country Road..." Me: "Acquarius!"

October 19 Dinner Fucha Shojin Cuisine (83 872-0375) Jun Nakajima Dentsu Co Web Site designer The best meal I've ever had in my entire life. Jun: "Wow. Good." Me: "Wow. Amazing."

October 22 Lunch Cafe Rustica San Francisco Doug Menuez and photo-shoot crew Menuez Pictures A great place for lunch. Nice to sit outside and eat good pasta and pizza. "Okay, when we get to Union Square, don't pay attention to me. Everyone will be watching the angel. If we're caught, we all go our separate ways. Got it?"

October 24 Lunch South Park Cafe San Francisco Alan Badiner Rainforest Action Network Chairman A Verso standby. I go for the Pistou soup, green salad and bread. "I really like this idea for an ecology/environment site, Dave. Let's get started!"

October 28 Dinner No Name Restaurant (2223 Market St) San Francisco Verso staff Verso Excellent nouvelle-chic. A place to be seen and to eat very well. I had their token vegetarian dish and it was awesome. "Happy Birthday Dear Gino... Happy Birthday To You!!!!"

October 30 Lunch One Market San Francisco Sanjay Sakuja Digital Prepress International A very popular banker's lunch place. Deals being made over poached salmon. They screwed up and put cheese in my pasta. "I think we have an opportunity to create something interesting on the Web together."

October 31 Dinner Towns End San Francisco Betsey Vobach Independent Writer This is one of my favorite South Beach restaurants. They have their own bakery, and the raviolis are unbelievable. "Dave, I'm so excited about our new book project!"

November 4 Dinner Julie's Supper Club San Francisco Cathy Clarke and Lee Swearingen DXM Shockwave producers This retro-chic lounge-lover's paradise in SOMA has an imaginative menu and a stylish staff. The kitchen almost manages to pull most of it off. "We shipped our book to the printers! The only problem left is that we have to crank out the PC version in four days!"

November 7 Dinner Eleven San Francisco Company party with guest of honor: Yumie Sonoda Verso This club-goer's "Ricky and Lucy"-style bistro serves imaginative menus for parties smaller than 12. Go there for the upbeat atmosphere and the loud live music that prevents conversation over dinner. "Happy Birthday Yumie!"

November 8 Dinner Zoe New York Michelle Miller Empanada Queen of SoHo Zoe is still one of the best places to have lunch in New York (you can't go to Dean and DeLuca every day). Dinner isn't bad, especially the green mashed potatoes with the basil ground in.

November 9 Lunch A soba noodle shop San Francisco Stacy Rosenblatt Lehman Brothers Account Executive This fancy noodle place serves a lot of fresh, bland, buckwheat in a lovely zen-like atmosphere. I forget the name, though. "Dave, I'm one of your best friends, and I have to pay $40 for your book?"

November 9 Dinner An Indian restaurant on East 6th St New York Rebecca Shulman tango dancer/teacher All the restaurants on east 6th are great. We found enlightened food in an upscale one that didn't have two yogis playing weird instruments in the window. "Buenos Aires is really wild. I have so many stories to tell you. You know, I haven't had a watch in years. I think I'd like one."

November 10 Brunch Sarabeth's Donna Berg Twist Productions Fashion industry consultant Possibly one of the best brunch spots in New York, they could be more accommodating of vegans. The combination four-flower juice is to die for. "I love Chanel. I don't wear it head-to-toe mind you, well, sometimes I do, but I did just get a pair of fabulous Prada shoes that are really uncomfortable for walking. I never wear socks -- they're too practical."

November 10 Dinner Man Ray Rebecca Shulman tango dancer/teacher This Chelsea bistro has a lot to offer. The atmosphere is thoroughly modern and the food is really delicious. "Thank you for the watch!"

November 11 Lunch A nice restaurant in New Haven, CT Fud Benson Stone cutter It was great to see Fud again, the guy who cut the inscriptions in the Kennedy Memorial and is now working on the Roosevelt Memorial. "Dave, you're not still drawing letters, are you? Oh, I see you are!"

November 11 Dinner A Thai restaurant in New Haven, CT Chip Benson Yale Dean, School of Art Chip is an old friend, a man who understands more about half-tone printing than possibly anyone alive and now bringing Yale's art school into the 21st Century. "Dave, your talk today was fabulous. But I think we really ought to talk about the future of the human species, because I think it's going to be great and you don't."

November 12 Dinner A fancy Italian restaurant near Union Square NY Josh Baran Tommy Boy Records, Upaya Music Label Chief Honcho The food wasn't great, but the company was. "We're going to do event-based records. Very different stuff. Very exciting. Wait until you see our first release!"

November 16 Dinner Mangiafuoco SF Heli Koski Standford Graduate student This intimate wonderful Italian in the Mission is a real find. Highly recommended! "I like the rain, normally. Not this much rain, but a little less."

November 19 Lunch Ted Schlein JavaFund Venture Capitalist They have their own buffet lunch brought in. It's great. "Dave, it's been a long time! Maybe you can help us with a few web sites for our companies. Have some guacamole. Let's talk."

November 20 Lunch Townsend SF Vivian Kilstrup my mother A killer nuovo-italian place with their own bakery. Delicious soups! "Now that you're successful, what about getting a wife?"

November 22 Lunch Ecco SF John Tariot footage.net CEO Ecco is a Digerati Diner on South Park, a place to see the front liners in the digital revolution. The food is good but relies too much on salt for flavor. "With your help, our site will be the premiere place for on-line digital video clips."

November 28 Dinner At the home of my sister, Lisa Los Angeles Family A huge feast, with people bringing food from all over. Lisa: I didn't know we could get this many people into my living room!

December 4 Lunch Ecco SF Lisa Goldman construct.net Founder What can I say? It's close to the office. "VRML is in your future. I'm really excited about creating online worlds and doing architecture in cyberspace."

December 4 Dinner Il Fornaio Palo Alto Dan Connolly World Wide Web Consortium Chairman of several Internet standards committees Always crowded, the venture capital set eats and does deals here. The food and service are excellent. "Trying to get companies like Microsoft and Netscape to agree on anything is definitely a challenge. Knowing millions of dollars are at stake freaks me out a little, but it keeps things from getting bogged down in pure academics."

December 6 Lunch Valentine's SF Tim Morgan Digital Dreams President This enchanting, intimate vegetarian on Church street has heavenly everything, and a killer Sunday brunch. "With Surftalk, you just tell your computer where you want to go. Just say 'Go highfive' and you're there. No hands required!"

December 7 Dinner Ten-Ichi SF Craig Thigpen and Sara Bacon Levis Craig works on the Intranet Orgasmic eggplant sushi and delicious veggie suki-yaki Craig: "I really like designing web sites." Sara: "I really like playing with young children who look like a combination of me and Craig - hint, hint."

December 9 Dinner An Indian restaurant Seattle Kim DeWitt Oz.net Gardener, Internet Support I love Indian food, and this place was quite good. Too bad I don't remember the name. "I want to set up a home where I can take care of lots of kids, on a ranch in Montana, with a T-1 line so we can have kilobits of fun."

December 10 Lunch Gravity Bar Downtown Seattle Tinoo Amazon.com Engineer I loved the Gravity Bar. Awesome soups, salads, and ethnic everything. "Next year our site will be much bigger than it is today. I'm interested in how to scale web sites so they really serve customers without getting out of control."

December 10 Dinner A good italian restaurant Seattle Rick Ayers Amazon.com Editor in chief Good restaurants are not hard to find in downtown Seattle. "We're bringing in some of the best editors and writers from around the country to make our site the premiere bookstore in the world."

December 11 Lunch Gravity Bar Downtown Seattle Maryam Mohit Amazon.com Planner What can I say? I wish we had a Gravity Bar in San Francisco! "We get a ton of traffic with the first-generation site we have today. We're interested in making it better without turning off our current users. It's an exciting challenge."

December 13 Dinner Ti-Couz SF Shuji Utsumi Sega America Vice President, Product Development This country French creperie has almost nothing for pure vegetarians, but the atmosphere is great, and the flaming Grand-Marnier crepes are probably delicious. "My office is filled every day with groups of engineers who say they can create the next game platform architecture."

December 16 Lunch A cute sandwich shop in SOMA SF Kirsten Linley and Justin Cady web site designers It's great, but I forget where it is, sorry. "We've found that the small jobs are the most difficult, and the bigger clients just want their site done right."

December 16 Company Dinner Julie's Supper Club staff of Verso Verso Julie's doesn't cater well to vegetarians, but the lounge music is cool. "Thanks to Gino, Sparky, Hussein, Todd, Brian, Nancy, Christina, Purvi, Mary, Kolin, and Jennifer for making Verso's first year a huge success. Next year we'll have to go to a bigger restaurant because they won't be able to get us all in here."

December 19 Lunch South Park Cafe SF David Hodge Lunar Vice President, Strategic Product Development It's nearby and the vegetarian soup is hot. "We are working on something called Product Anthropology. We think it might involve you."

December 21 Dinner Eric's SF Dave Fuchs and Cynthia ? Adobe Systems Programmer "We're adopting a baby girl from China. We can't wait 'til she gets here."



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